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[THE MAKING OF] Bookish

So I started writing my first novel. It won’t be part of any future school curriculum. Well, probably not, anyway.  It’s not that kind of novel. It’s a fun novel.  An adventure novel. You know, for kids. While I’m on … Continue reading

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[IN THE TRENCHES] A Recipe for Creativity

As writers, we’re all fueled by creativity.  We need it to fill in that foreboding blank page, to wow those executives in that pitch meeting, to finish the outline for that new idea, and so on and so on and … Continue reading

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[THREE CENTS] Owning Star Wars

There might be a spoiler or two in here, but seriously – if you haven’t seen The Last Jedi by now, I have to think you don’t really care.  So let’s get on with it… When I first saw Star Wars as … Continue reading

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[ETCETERA] Final Fantasy (FCL Update)

This is a follow-up to my previous post about the Fantasy Casting League.  You can click on the link to get up-to-speed as to what the hell I’m talking about before going any further. Or, if you prefer to work … Continue reading

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[ETCETERA] It’s Just a Fantasy (oh-oh-oh-oh)

Like most people, I have a good amount of friends who are all but consumed by Fantasy Football or Baseball.  I’ve even been invited to join them a few times, but I had to pass. It’s all just too much. … Continue reading

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[THREE CENTS] But Does It Hold Up?

Back in college, I started compiling a list of my favorite movies.  I was in film school, so watching, studying, and (over) analyzing movies was a considerably large part of my life. I’ve been much less active in filling out … Continue reading

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[IN THE TRENCHES] Rhonda Smiley: Novel Screenwriter

My frequent collaborator, Rhonda Smiley, has been a working screenwriter for years, both as a solo scribe and in partnerships. As one of the many little-known, but prolific, creatives in the business, she’s written dozen of hours of television, including shows like High … Continue reading

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[THE MAKING OF] San Diego Comic-Con 2017

As I roamed the crowded aisles of the San Diego Comic-Con, handing out Blowback bookmarks to the distracted and confused, the electricity in the air was both alluring and intimidating. The ultimate goal is to be here in our very … Continue reading

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[IN THE TRENCHES] I.P. Or Do I?

What the hell is I.P., you may ask? Well, to start with, there’s no need for that kind of salty language.  There are kids all over the internet. Intellectual Property is the literal meaning behind it, but in essence, it’s … Continue reading

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[IN THE TRENCHES] Merch

We all love merch.  Stuff.  It’s hard to leave a concert or game without picking up a t-shirt or cap, maybe a giant foam finger. How else will everyone know you were there? We’re even compelled to bring home water … Continue reading

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