book reviews

THE VELVET ROPE BEGINNING

First up. HAPPY HOLIDAYS EVERYONE! I hope all the readers of the Pen Warriors’ books and blog have a safe, healthy, and very festive season. To help that along, here’s some Yule advice: Drink what you enjoy, eat what you like, and hug who you love.   But before we drown ourselves in eggnog, it’s time to talk book openings… Read more →

STORIES THAT SAG AND DRAG

STORIES THAT SAG AND DRAG

I am a fan of Robert McKee. I have his book, STORY: Substance,  Structure, Style, and The Principles of Screenwriting, and there’s more nuggets of story-writing wisdom contained within its pages than I’ll internalize and master during my lifetime.  In short McKee knows his stuff. I even attended one of his three day workshops in 2009, and I’d say it… Read more →

Things That Go Bump in the Night

Things That Go Bump in the Night

Maybe it’s in my genes. As a kid growing up, my grandparents believed that when things went bump in the night, there was probably something there. As far as they were concerned, ghosts were as real as tomato soup, though even harder to pin to the wall. They believed in magic anything, full fat everything and moose meat. I never… Read more →