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Art for Art’s Sake

It’s been a really busy time for me. In between writing a script, writing a short story, revising an old, unpublished novel, going to occupational therapy for my hand, doing exercises and stretches three times a day, learning how to make a documentary, and...

Happy Towel Day!

Before I post my Towel Day video, allow me to explain how I became such a huge Douglas Adams fan. Many years ago, back when I was working at the EPA (as in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency), I came home from work in a soaking rainstorm, all the way from D.C....

Exploring All My Digital Storytelling Tools

So … between screenwriting, fiction writing, and documentary making, I’ve been keeping mighty busy exploring my various digital storytelling tools. When I think back to when I first took an indie film producer course, so many years ago, I kept wondering if I’d ever...

WildBlue Press Will Publish My Crime Fiction

It’s my great pleasure to tell you that I’ve signed with a small publisher, WildBlue Press. This publisher started as a true crime publisher and is now expanding its stable to include crime fiction authors. Come June, WildBlue Press will start publishing my backlist....

More of Film Noir Saturday

Again it’s time for the Saturday Matinee, which is fast turning into Film Noir Saturday! Last week, we left off with Part Three of D.O.A. from 1950. We take up again with Part Four! So … here we go then! And thanks to Janet Rudolph and Mystery Fanfare for...

Reading is Fundamental

Currently, I’m working on a documentary as part of an Introduction to Documentaries class. Appropriately enough, the subject is the Literacy Council of Montgomery County. The organization is located in Rockville Memorial Library. One thing I’ve come to appreciate from...

Truth is Stranger Than Fiction

As I’ve been wont to say (fancy talk, huh?), truth is stranger than fiction. That’s why I’ve decided to vlog about it. Here are a few examples of true things from the news that really are quite bizarre. Now if that isn’t strange enough, here’s one for you. Personally,...

My Social Media Break

As you may know, if you read this blog, like me on Facebook, follow me on Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, or Google Plus, or subscribe to my YouTube channel, I’ve been taking a one-week break from social media. For my own part, I’m glad I got off the social media...

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...

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