Hit by the Sledgehammer of Inspiration

How it All Starts I start off my Thursday afternoon as I always do. I drop off my client to his therapist and hit the local Yogurtland to grab my favorite chocolate obsession and do some writing. I used to think that when I started working part-time, I would have […]

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The Short of It

So, I’m currently working on my 165-page screenplay.  I’m trying to get it down to at least 143 pages, the length of the first screenplay in the trilogy.  By page 25, the heroes have figured out who the villain is and what he’s planning.  Now I come to two intercut […]

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The Long and the Short of it

As I have been mentioning, my critique group has now gone over my entire script for my second steampunk story.  I’ve gotten a lot of good feedback, both in the Zoom meetings and in written notes.  At 165 pages, I knew it was too long, but that’s how first drafts […]

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Back to CSUN

We’re not going anywhere today, it’s 104° outside!  And tomorrow it’s supposed to be 106° in Chatsworth.  But that’s okay because last weekend we did go out to the duck pond at CSUN (California State University, Northridge) to look for dragonflies. Last month was our first trip back to CSUN […]

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There’s GOLD in them thar hills!

Well, Mountain Dew Gold to be exact.  Pepsi has been releasing a whole bunch of Mountain Dew flavors lately, some for a limited time.  So, being a Mountain Dew man, I had to hunt them down.  No supermarket or convenience store has all the flavors, and some are exclusive to […]

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The Greater Los Angeles Writers Conference

The Greater Los Angeles Writers Conference Two weeks ago, was the GLAWC, after which I was too brain-dead to write it up.  The following week I wrote about Karl Lembke’s memorial.  So now, here is my overview of the conference. This was the first in-person conference in over two years.  […]

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So Long and Thanks for all the Platelets

Aside from the Writer’s Conference last week, Kris and I attended a memorial for Charles (Karl) Lembke.  I wrote about him a few weeks ago when I donated blood at the American Red Cross in Woodland Hills, California. Karl had donated platelets 997 times (the updated plaque was off by […]

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My Brain Hurts

Setting up and tearing down conference rooms all through the three-day weekend at the Greater Los Angeles Writers Conference.  PHYSICALLY TIRED. Stuffing my brain with writing knowledge.  MENTALLY TIRED. Saying goodbye at Karl Lembkey’s memorial.  EMOTIONALLY TIRED. Normal blog will return next Sunday. Dennis Amador Cherry 123rd blog completed. First […]

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Busy Weekend

It started Saturday morning at 6:00 am.  I was on kitchen staff at church making breakfast burritos for the woman’s conference the way we make them at the men’s monthly breakfasts.  Hey, women need burritos, too.  Luckily, I’m ¼ Mexican, so I know how to wrap a burrito. After getting […]

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An Emotional Blood Letting

I’ve been nervous to give blood, light-headed a few times, but I had never gotten emotional until yesterday.  First, the blood center in the West Hills moved.  I went to the old location only to find the doors locked and a sign with their new location at 21333 Oxnard St, […]

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