Garth!

Last weekend, my wife and I celebrated our anniversary by going to see Garth Brooks at the Wynn Encore Theater here in Las Vegas. She’s a big fan; me, not so much. The tickets set me back more than some vacations, but I felt it was important to honor the occasion  (a milestone number) and…
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Old Dog, New Tricks

One of the best things about working with young people is they keep you on your toes. If it weren’t for all the twenty-and-thirty somethings at my day job, I doubt if I would have jumped into social media with one foot, let alone two. First I stuck my toe in the My Space waters,…
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Hello in There

Welcome to the third installment of “Real Men of Genius,” the semi-semi-regular feature that celebrates creative artists who, while successful, have been largely under-appreciated by the general public (with apologies to Bud Light for letting me rip off their commercial theme…so far). Today’s nominee is Mr. John Prine. Ever since Robert Zimmerman burst on the…
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Bad Movies I Can’t Stop Watching

There are good movies and there are bad movies. And then there are bad movies that are way too much fun to turn off. Guilty pleasures. Movies that, no matter how quickly I’m channel surfing, I just have to stop and watch. Here’s my top three: “Road House” – Between “Dirty Dancing” and “Ghost” lies…
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Another Form of Procrastination

So I’m in the middle of a writing project, taking an idea that someone else came up with and fleshing (not “flushing”) it out in the form of a treatment. As I get closer to the end of the first draft, I’m finding myself going over and over what I’ve written so far, making little…
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Memoir Redux

Last weekend’s memoir conference, sponsored by the Writers of Southern Nevada, drew more than 160 attendees to listen to five speakers covering all aspects of the memoir writing process. I learned at least one new thing from each speaker. Here are some kernels of wisdom:   Linda Joy Myers – Author of “The Power of…
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The Year of the Memoir

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Everybody’s doing it. Writing their memoirs. Whether to leave a lasting legacy for their families, or with visions of “New York  Times” best-seller status dancing in their heads, these would-be authors can use all the help they can get. Heck, I’ve been involved as a ghostwriter in half a dozen memoir projects and I’ve still…
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Noah’s Archetype

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I’ve been thinking a lot about archetypes lately. (Hey, you’ve got your hobbies, I’ve got mine). Not to get all academic on your asses, but the theory of archetypes says that there are only so many basic story structures, most of which go back, back, back to the Bible, the Odyssey, and Gilgamesh (among others).…
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The World’s Shallowest Movie Review

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I’m sure I’ve mentioned in previous posts that my wife and I rarely agree on movies. Her tastes lean toward Hollywood love stories, indie love stories, and light comedies (with love as the central theme). I like anything with karate and the undead. So I’m sure I surprised her when I jumped at her suggestion…
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Missing the Classics

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Recently, as I dozed through 20 minutes of commercials at my local Cineplex, I awoke in time to watch a promo for a newly re- mastered, digitally-enhanced, one-night-only showing of “The Sound of Music.” (I believe the “Do-Re-Mi” song roused me out of my slumber; it scores the same on the annoyance scale as “It’s…
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