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My List of the Best Film Noir – Part Two

To continue on from where I left off last time in this post about the best film noir, here’s the remainder of my Top 10 list of best film noir classics. Starting with #5, here we go! 5. Kiss Me Deadly: In 1955, this film must have been pretty hot stuff. It...

My List of Best Film Noir – Part One

As an avid movie fan, I love many films. This post will list what in my humble opinion are among the best film noir classics. This will be a Top 10 List, a la David Letterman, i.e., in reverse order. So, here they are: 10. The Killers: From 1946, The Killers features...

Thoughts I Had When Writing a Journal

Here are some more excerpts from the time I had a law office and I was writing a journal for a freelance writing class. Thursday, September 28, 1995 I just read in The Sun that if Congress cuts back EPA’s budget, hazardous waste cleanups in Maryland could be delayed....

The Saturday Matinee – D.O.A. (Part One)

Once again, it’s time for the Saturday Matinee. This week, we have Part One of the film noir classic D.O.A. from 1950, with annotations and a few other additions. Not only that, but check out My Day as a Detective (a...

How to Write Well

One of the worst questions writers hear is “Where do you get your ideas?” For my own part, I can’t seem to stop getting them. It’s as if my mind is flooded with thoughts I simply must express. The idea part isn’t hard. The hard part is creating the story. Unlike life,...

How I Started Writing Fiction

I started writing fiction, when I had my own law office, wa-a-ay back in the day. Sometimes people ask me if my stories are based on real cases I had, and I assure them, “Absolutely not! Fiction has to make sense.” To give you an idea of how it is to run...

What’s Up With Twitter?

You know, the strangest thing has been happening to me lately. Whenever I try to tweet about my books, I’m not able to. For some reason, Twitter thinks my little one-off messages are spam. So … what’s up with Twitter? I’m not sure why all these book...

Another Film Noir Movie Favorite

Back in 2012, I went to the Austin Film Festival. It was during that trip that I decided, once and for all that I wanted to write screenplays, as well as novels. I’ll never forget my first experience there for as long as I live. I met so many great film people...

I Love Film Noir Movies

I love so many movies, it’s impossible for me to pick a favorite. Well … nearly impossible. I love all sorts of crime, suspense, and film noir movies. According to Wikipedia, “Film noir (/fɪlm nwɑr/; French pronunciation: ​[film nwaʁ]) is a cinematic...

My Young Adult Novel

Although I’ve never imagined writing a young adult novel, I had the idea for one that came to me out of nowhere. Like I’ve said before, I heard this voice in my head while showering. It was all I could do to stay there and not jump out dripping wet to write down the...

Note Cards: The Hardboiled Mystery Author’s Friend

When it comes to writing a hardboiled mystery novel, I’ve always found it helpful to break down the scenes on index cards. A story has a beginning, a middle, and an end. I make it a point of knowing (roughly) how I’d like my story to end. That way, I can create a map...

Who is Sam McRae?

Years ago, when I was practicing law, I developed the idea for a mystery series in which a lawyer acted as a sleuth. This was a few years before I actually began writing fiction on a regular basis. My initial idea was that the lawyer would work at a law firm and that...

My Guest, Jim Winter, on ‘Gypsy’s Kiss’

It’s my pleasure to have Jim Winter as a guest on my blog. As noted herein, Jim and I go back several years to a time when we both had books released by a publisher who won’t be named. In any case, he’s here today to discuss his latest novella,...

Meet Erica Jensen

I’ve been reading in National Geographic about veterans of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, who’ve suffered brain injuries due to back blasts from improvised explosive devices (IEDs). In the past few years, many soldiers have suffered mood swings, depression, and...

Live from Beltsville! It’s Saturday Night!

So, on Wednesday, I went to see Alex Buomo of Saturday Night Live speak about cinematography. There was an exhibit room full of cameras, lighting, and other film equipment. As I walked around the room, I noticed people taking photos of cameras, which I thought was...

My Weekend at ScriptDC!

This past weekend, I went to a most awesome film conference, ScriptDC, put on by Women in Film & Video, DC! Among other things, I got to see an interview with Golan Ramras, an award-winning writer/producer. I got to meet all sorts of great people! I even had my...

I’m Back From the Austin Film Festival!

I had the best time at the Austin Film Festival, so I thought I’d post a video about it. Enjoy! I had SUCH a great time! It was like a dream and a non-stop party! Know what I mean? :) And I totally forgot to include this awesome photo! Finally, just to review,...

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