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“We penetrated deeper and deeper into the heart of darkness”  ― Joseph Conrad, Heart of Darkness “Hello darkness, my old friend…” —Simon & Garfunkel The Sounds of Silence (written by Paul Simon and sung by Simon & Garfunkel) The last two movies I happened to see in theaters were Joker and The Lighthouse. Thankfully, I didn’t see them on […]

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If you’re on Twitter, two writer/directors that I’d recommend you follow are Scott Beck and Bryan Woods (A Quiet Place, Haunt) who go by @beckandwoods on Twitter. Here’s an example of one of their tweets.

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“In the beginning, I tried to be a more cosmopolitan writer, but I realized that I was a country boy, and I had to deal with things I knew about and where I came from.” Ernest Gaines The odds from the start were greatly against Ernest Gaines becoming the novelist Ernest Gaines. Or the one whose work […]

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“Often bumpy roads lead to beautiful places. And this is a beautiful place.” Washington Nationals Manager Dave Martinez If you like comebacks and reversals then the 2018-2019 Washington Nationals are your team. There aren’t too many people in May 2019 who would have predicted that the Washington Nationals at the end of October would be […]

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“Often bumpy roads lead to beautiful places. And this is a beautiful place.” Washington Nationals Manager Dave Martinez If you like comebacks and reversals then the 2018-2019 Washington Nationals are your team. There aren’t too many people in May 2019 who would have predicted that the Washington Nationals at the end of October would be […]

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“[Dave Martinez is] a fine role model for many. Just not, it seems, a very good big league manager.” Thomas Boswell The Washington Post, May 22, 2019 (A few months before Martinez led the Nationals to their first ever World Series appearance.) Last night, during game six of the World Series between the Houston Astros […]

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“A writer who has had experience in newspaper reporting has an advantage [of finding movie story material] because he has learned what offers human interest. If the life of the world about you seems dull, the fault lies in yourself. You are not seeing it clearly or not interpreting it rightly. Life is the basis […]

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I absolutely treat myself like a factory. A word factory. That’s been really helpful for me because writing is very mysterious, and the creative process is very mysterious. It’s comforting to have a few mechanical tools at hand to help balance that sense of mystery. First of all, if you don’t have a deadline, give […]

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“It might have been one of the strangest nights in the history of Los Angeles, which is a city that has had its share of strange nights.” Susan Orlean (on the 24-hour Save the Book telethon in 1987) The Library Book, page 122 As I make my way through the audio book and paperback of […]

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Who doesn’t like a good origin story? Here’s one I found recently in Susan Orlean’s book The Library Book.  [Ray] Bradbury and his wife had four young daughters. When he tried to work at home, he spent more time playing with his children than writing. He couldn’t afford and office, but he knew a rook […]

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