Pass the Popcorn

One of the best things about having an eleven-year-old grandson is you’ve got a built-in movie buddy to see the big stupid summer blockbusters your wife won’t sit through. He and I have been on quite a roll lately. Here are my capsule reviews of our last three Saturday matinees. “Man of Steel” – The…
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Be Grateful

I needed to take a break from the novel I’m working on. So I wrote this.   “Write this down,” the speaker said. He waited until he had the crowd’s full attention. “If you remember nothing else today, remember this. Ready?” He flashed a too white smile, scanning the room for poised pens. Satisfied, he…
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That Old Time Rock ‘N’ Roll

On the way into the office today, I was the recipient of another dose of “radio luck,” that happy circumstance when whatever’s on at the time perfectly matches your mood and just keeps going through three, four, even five songs before the magic is gone. (It also helps to catch the first tune from the…
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Writing is a Puzzle

Aaron, my 11-year-old grandson, is really smart. That’s not just the opinion of a proud papa; we have definitive proof in the form of recent school aptitude tests. Currently, he’s reading (yes, reading!) at a 10th grade level and solving math problems at an 11th grade level. He can figure out any Rubik’s cube in…
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Lessons Learned

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Last week, a colleague forwarded me an email from her sister. It was her sister’s 31st birthday and she had decided to perform a life assessment by listing 31 important lessons she has learned so far. My colleague thought it was a good exercise for everyone and I agree. Especially because my birthday and the…
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Seeking a Movie for the End of the World

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In my time here on Earth, I’ve lived through literally dozens of end-of-the-world predictions, from psychic Jeane Dixon and psycho Jim Jones to con man Harold Camping and the comet Hale-Bopp. I’m writing this blog on 12/21/12 with reasonable certainty that the Mayans didn’t know any more than the Moonies. (I know, I know, the…
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The Selling of the President 2012 (and 2008)

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While I don’t often write about marketing subjects in these posts (it’s how I make my living in what passes for real life), I feel compelled to comment on the recent Presidential election from an ad guy’s perspective. Please keep in mind that I’m not weighing in on partisan issues, but examining basic reasons why…
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Update

Just a quick update for those who have been nice enough to keep tabs on my writing progress since my last post about getting unstuck. I just finished a proposal for a nonfiction humorous (I hope) business book, and have dived (dove?) in to my next novel. However, I’m tackling this one in an unorthodox…
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A Writer’s Confession

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I’m stuck. Let me explain. In my mind, there are two kinds of writing. Real writing and everything else. Real writing would include novels, nonfiction books, screenplays and other long form projects. Everything else would include everything else. Like this blog. I enjoy the whole blog thing. Over the last few years, I’ve compiled more…
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