Monthly Archives: July 2014

What’s good for actors (may also be good for writers)

Quora: What Are Some of the Telltale Signs of a Bad Actor?.

There’s some great advice here for actors, both in your own performance or in watching/evaluating another’s performance.

That said, as a writer, I think there’s an awful lot to be said for some of these observations. The ability to reveal yourself on the page, to make your characters face uncomfortable situations and honestly deal with truths is what will define a good character and by extension, make you a better writer.

Mostly, I’m posting this for me to remember. One of the hardest things for me is to be cruel to my characters, to let them not be nice people, to put them in circumstances where the easy thing to do might be the least honorable.

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Wet and Wild

photoOn my birthday I got a gift certificate to go and spend a few hours at the Vichy Water Park in Vilnius and yesterday, we decided to go.

Now, for me, water parks are a bit of a double edged sword. About 29 years ago (’85 or so), I was in Salt Lake City and happened to make friends with a guy whose mom ran a scuba shop. Continue reading

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The Writing Tools of 20 Famous Authors – Flavorwire

The Writing Tools of 20 Famous Authors – Flavorwire

The Writing Tools of 20 Famous Authors – Flavorwire.

As someone who has written longhand (and not really that keen on it) I appreciated this look at how writers write – the actual physical process itself. Especially since I’ve just jumped on the Scrivener bandwagon.

That all said, the Levenger catalog still qualifies as writer porn and if you find yourself in Vegas, there’s a pen shop over at the Wynn with pens only about half the writers in this list could afford.

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Happy Birthday, Marcel Proust: David Bowie Answers the Proust Questionnaire | Brain Pickings

BowieHappy Birthday, Marcel Proust: David Bowie Answers the Proust Questionnaire | Brain Pickings.

Bowie has always been one of my heroes – not so much for his music (of which I enjoy a fair bit but certainly not all) but as a person. I love his chameleon like nature and his creativity. He’s always been an inspiration and role model and these answers just solidify that for me.

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Review: 105 Creative Writing Exercises for the Obese Writer

105 Creative Writing Exercises for the Obese Writer
105 Creative Writing Exercises for the Obese Writer by Ben Hicks
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

While the concept here is fine, it’s not really worth the $2.99 price tag. Basically, its a list of writing prompts, organized into almost arbitrary categories with “witty” introductions.

You can find most of these online for free but I’d be willing to spend .99¢ for the organizational effort.

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Review: Walking on Sunshine

sunshineWhen you watch Walking on Sunshine one thing seems obvious: The budget lines for the music rights and locations were by far the largest numbers on the spreadsheet. This isn’t to say the film is bad. It’s exactly what you expect a film with the tag line “If you liked Mamma Mia!, you’ll love this” to be. It’s a plot barely held together with connecting 80s music set against the backdrop of Puglia, Italy, a beautiful seaside village.

Of course, the reason this film isn’t compared to the equally 80s Rock of Ages is because it’s a much lighter film with much peppier message. So Mamma Mia! it is and the opening confirms what we’re in for. Continue reading

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The Best Illustrations from 150 Years of Alice in Wonderland | Brain Pickings

alicedali1The Best Illustrations from 150 Years of Alice in Wonderland | Brain Pickings.

Anyone who knows me, knows I love Alice. I have two different Alice themed tattoos and back in Vegas in storage there are three or so boxes full of different editions of the book along with various paraphernalia and collectibles so this article definitely strikes my fancy.

That said, while I agree these are some great illustrations, I think there are some classics being left out.

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Again with the Zoo

Do what makes you Happy!Landing back in Helsinki I found my way back to Jennica’s place and we decided to go out for dinner and visit her friend Emma. We’d met Emma on Thursday night when I got in and we’d taken Donna, Jennica’s dog, out to the dog park for her late night business. It’s interesting… in a lot of cities, the dog park has become the best place to socialize. Jennica has met several good friends at hers and my friends Al & Teya do the same down in San Diego (and they don’t even have a dog!). So we met Emma, who’s a chef and evidently the restaurant she works at is pretty good. Also, they were changing the menus on Monday so a Sunday night trip for dinner seemed appropriate.  Continue reading

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A Wedding in Vaasa

2014-07-05 13.31.31“I’ve seen you naked.”

This was the first thing I heard when I stepped into the church for Antti & Tiina’s wedding.  “I’ve seen you naked.” Thing was… he had. This was Vesa, whom long time readers will remember from my first time in a Finnish Sauna almost exactly six years ago.  Continue reading

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DAVID • Sense: Party Pools

 

DAVID • Sense: Party Pools

DAVID • Sense: Party Pools.

My latest piece from David Magazine… this time with more water!

Enjoy this take on the wet and weird side of the Vegas Ultrapool scene!

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