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Grow up!

Yesterday I was in a jewelry store with my wife and there was girl at one of the counters buying a gold charm for her necklace. The salesgirl hands her the charm and she places the charm on the chain around her neck and asks the sales girl how it looks. Now, the girl buying… Read more »

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An old conversation

It was an unusually warm summer afternoon in Jerusalem 3000 years ago. Mort, Sayid, and John had just finished playing racquetball and were sitting around the bar drinking Baoji wine. After a few minutes of guy talk, mostly about the new dresses that were showing much more ankle this year, Mort commented on the growing… Read more »

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Making The Cut

This week I did not have a lot of time to write my blog – I’ve been incredibly busy cleaning up and revising my book so I can send it out at the end of the month. But never fear, the crap-fest continues.  I have included snippets from my book that did NOT make the… Read more »

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Original Movie Dialog

Writing dialog is an art. The spoken word you hear on the big screen is the result of several read-throughs and multiple rewrites -the final product is flawless. So let’s take a peek behind the finished product and see your favorite lines before they’ve been cleaned up, improved or cut altogether….   “Well Igor, I… Read more »

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Judgment Day Is Upon Me

Well, it’s just about time for me to send out query letters for my new book. For those of you who aren’t familiar with the painful methodology for selling a book, let me compare it to having your wisdom teeth pulled without anesthetic, while simultaneously having your lower extremities consumed by flesh-eating bacteria. It’s like… Read more »

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The End Is Near

No, I’m not talking about the Zombie Apocalypse or the Mayan end of days (December 21); I’m talking about my first book. I spent the entire week working on the final revision, and probably have a month or so to go. It’s actually shaping up to be pretty good. Once I complete this final revision,… Read more »

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Words

As an eBay addict, I have a lot of items on my eBay wish list. Whenever one of these items becomes available, I receive an email notification. The other day, I received nine emails for the same rare item. Nine emails for a rare item? Have people forgotten the word rare isn’t just how you… Read more »

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The T-shirt Contest

So last week I was surfing one of my favorite websites, The Chive, when I noticed a banner announcing a new t-shirt design contest. Now even though I am technically a writer, I am pretty good with Photoshop, so I decided to give graphic artistry a try. I looked at the t-shirts for sale in… Read more »

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The Hollywood Sign

I was working on an article about the Hollywood Sign and had finished all the desktop research I could – the only thing remaining was a possible visit to the Sign itself. I contacted the trust that handles media inquiries for the Hollywood Sign, and they agreed to help me out. This was a remarkable… Read more »

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What’s in a title?

As Rodney Dangerfield once quipped, “I bought a book called How to make it big…it was all about business!” Titles are important. They can make or break a book, a movie, or even a video game. So when it came time to choose a name for my book, I really gave it some thought. The… Read more »