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Where the Weird Ideas Come From

When I was a senior in high school, I was in AP English.  Once in a while our teacher, Mr. John Durand, would get a new piece of educational material to look at and comment on.  He would then pass it to some of us to look at and rate.  […]

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Thanks For Nothing, You Useless Reptile

With “How to Train You Dragon 2” out, my wife and I pulled out our DVD of the first movie.  After watching it, we watched the deleted scenes.  Since I’m in the process of editing my own script, it occurred to me that the deleted scenes are a good study […]

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Two Steps Forward, One Step Back

Last Monday was our biweekly meeting of GLAWS Screenwriting Critique Group that meets at Los Angeles Valley College.  Every other meeting we take fifteen pages of two submitted scripts, read through them and critique them.  This is the second time since I have joined the group that my work has […]

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Book Review: “How to Blog a Book” by Nina Amir

This book is really geared for those writing nonfiction.  If you are writing on a nonfiction topic, this book should be a great help to you.  The premise is that if you want to write a self-help, how-to or other informational type book, why not do it as a blog?  […]

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Interview: Cherie Priest

As I said in my last post, Gaslight Gathering 4: A Martian Holliday, was my first steampunk convention. The Writer Guest of Honor was Cherie Priest, the author of the Boneshaker series. I interviewed her for our show on Krypton Radio, The Corsair’s Closet. You can listen to it on […]

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Convention Review: Gaslight Gathering 4: A Martian Holiday

Though my interest in writing is novels and screenplays, I have also written a few articles for Krypton Radio.   This particular one was not published, but it was a heck of a lot of fun to put together. Since I’m currently writing a steampunk trilogy, I had been anxiously waiting […]

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HERE’S THE PITCH

A pitch is what it sounds like. It’s a sales pitch. When you write a script, you wait for the opportunity to pitch it to a production company. Sometimes they have already read your script, sometimes not. Sometimes you go in cold, sometimes you go in recommended. It all depends […]

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A LONG TIME AGO…

In a Starlog magazine far, far, away science fiction writer David Gerrold wrote about being a writer. He often wrote about being a writer, and one of the things he said is that a writer has to be an egotist. If you are walking into a publisher’s office, or are […]

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