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The Saturday Matinee and a July 4th History Giveaway

As it is the Fourth of July and the weekend for celebrating independence, life, liberty, and all that, I thought I’d do a July 4th history giveaway for those interested in getting copies of my latest novel. All you have to do to enter is take this short quiz. If...

The Crime Cafe Hits YouTube

As promised, I have created my first episode of the Crime Cafe. In fact, it seemed most appropriate to create yet another YouTube channel for those episodes. This does not eliminate or substitute for my weekly update on my own YouTube channel. And, given the...

The Saturday Matinee: Only the Best B-Movies

Welcome again to the Saturday Matinee, where we feature only the best B-movies! Today’s selection is Voyage to the Planet of Prehistoric Women – Part Three! And so, without further ado, here we go! :) And don’t forget to come back for the YouTube...

The Saturday Matinee: More of the Bad B-Movie

As you may have deduced by now, I’m a fan of the bad B-movie. There are movies that are just bad, and then there movies that are so bad, they’re awesome. So far, this one has my attention! So … without further ado, here’s Part Two of the bad...

Books and Coffee are the Perfect Combination

There’s something about curling up with a book (or even an ereader) with a great cup of coffee that just can’t be beat. Books and coffee go together like popcorn and movies. And as a writer, I find coffee (or, to be more specific, espresso) to be an inextricable...

The Saturday Matinee: One of the Best B-Movies

How do you judge what makes a B-movie one of the “best B-movies”? By their very nature, a B-movie is one made on a limited budget, but isn’t an arthouse film. It’s all very subjective, but I think this film could qualify. And, so …...

The Saturday Matinee: Short Video Clips

Today’s Saturday Matinee features two short video clips. First, Part Seven (and the last part) of D.O.A. Secondly, here’s the first short documentary I’ve ever made. I made this as part of my class with Docs in Progress! It was a team effort, and I...

Print Books Make You Smarter

Reading is good for you, in so many ways. Books make you smarter. Reading reduces stress and helps ward off conditions like Alzheimer’s. However, studies show that reading print books is better for your brain. Personally, I find it easier to remember books in...

Life is an Adventure

Boy, my life lately has been really interesting. In fact, my life is an adventure. First, I signed with WildBlue Press – the first publisher to release my books, other the small one that will remain unnamed. Secondly, I’m in the midst (let us say) of entering an...

The Saturday Matinee: D.O.A. (Part Six)

Once again, it’s time for the Saturday Matinee! This time, we have the penultimate episode of the serialized version of D.O.A. from 1950! So … I hope you enjoy it! And thank you, Grace Helbig, for this inspirational video. Never, ever give up! :) PS: Today...

Hardboiled Mystery vs. Noir

What distinguishes hardboiled mystery from noir? They are actually two different subgenres of (what I guess would be) the crime fiction genre. My father, who was a writer and a big fan of hardboiled mysteries, once described the hardboiled detective as “a man at odds...

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...

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