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The Green Bench Film

I wouldn't write the flash fiction the same way today. A few years ago, The Green Bench was one of those rare writing events that arrived whole. Adapted into a short film, it's a different story. The first draft I wrote was a literal adaptation - too one note, too depressing. The blessing and (if… Continue reading The Green Bench Film

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the gravity of values and time

Last night, I was very fortunate to attend the SAG-AFTRA screening of INTERSTELLAR at the IMAX Chinese Theater. Don't worry - absolutely no spoilers here. If you like Chris Nolan's work, you'll enjoy the movie. One note: there was a Q&A after with Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway and Jessica Chastain. McConaughey told us they did… Continue reading the gravity of values and time

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home and diving deeper

Below is a TED talk from Elizabeth Gilbert on success, failure and the drive to create. In it, she discusses "home," something I heard Dorothy Allison also talk about in a memorable lecture a few years ago at Antioch University, Los Angeles (will look for my notes to include in the next post). This dovetails… Continue reading home and diving deeper

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The needle and the damage done…

There's something about the passing of a master in a field you've been trained in that pierces the heart - not in the same way as family or friends of course - but out of a bit of knowledge about the journey, the work, the struggles, the process, the lifestyle. There are so many writers… Continue reading The needle and the damage done…

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Resolutions, goals, inspirations

Do you make New Years' resolutions? Set goals? This year, I am trying something different and using Danielle LaPorte's The Desire Map. How would you like to feel when you acheive your goals, finish the book, the script, the performance? To avoid the emptiness of spending years only to find there is no there there, try… Continue reading Resolutions, goals, inspirations

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a Norwegian Blue pining for the fjords…

What does writing improv look like? Like the Live Write at David Rocklin's Roar Shack in Los Angeles.  Here is how he describes the Live Write: Live Write! A thrilling feat of writerly improvisation! As you arrive, you get to vote on a prompt. The winning prompt will be revealed to four intrepid authors –… Continue reading a Norwegian Blue pining for the fjords…

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a death in the family…

My brother died November 19th. Growing up at the beach, I was in the water all the time. One of the scariest things that can happen is getting caught in that washing machine when big wave after big wave comes pounding into shore and you can barely get your breath in between and you wonder… Continue reading a death in the family…