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Writing 3.3 – “The Death Story”

In January of ’84, after a decent winter break between college semesters, I was excited and nervous about something new in my college schedule – theater.  Not theater from a book but more like an intro to acting.  I had always loved movies and plays, but I had never actually done anything towards joining a…

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Writing 3.2 – “Finding your voice”

One of the greatest compliments I have ever received was from a colleague who had just read one of my sarcastic emails sent to inform the rest of the staff about something unimportant. Sue:  “You will never get away with sending an anonymous letter.” Me:  “Whaddya mean?” Sue:  “Because I don’t even have to look at…

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“Joyland” by Stephen King, book review (C+)

Here is what I imagine could have happened as Stephen King was planning to write Joyland: Okay.  I like amusement parks.  I should think of a certain ride that is likely to terrify lots of people.  I know – the ferris wheel.  I’m seeing a struggle on that ride, and it stalls.  Two people are…

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Writing 3.1 – “He said, she said”

  I recently received a rather unexpected comment on something I had written, and I think I did a good job of responding politely.  Like most writers, I greatly look forward to comments, either positive or negative.  Naturally, we like the positive nods because it means, usually, we did something well.  I pause with usually…

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“Maleficent” film review – B

  First, I’m not thrilled with the live-action remake of animated classics trend, most notably Disney classics.  I’m warning you now that Cinderella comes out next March with Helena Bonham Carter as the fairy godmother.  Second, I’m also not thrilled with changing the story for marketing sake.  In the case of Maleficent, Disney went for a better reaction, especially…