Stories That Endure

“After nourishment, shelter and companionship, stories are the thing we need most in the world.” ~ Philip Pullman “Stories can conquer fear, you know. They can make the heart bigger.” ~ Ben Okri It’s been a rough week. I’m still not completely recovered from my cold, so I dragged myself into class last night gladContinue reading “Stories That Endure”

Write What You Know.

“People of mediocre ability sometimes achieve outstanding success because they don’t know when to quit. Most men succeed because they are determined to.” ~ George Allen, Sr. “Self-knowledge is essential not only to writing, but to doing almost anything really well. It allows you to work through from a deep place – from the deep,Continue reading “Write What You Know.”

My Favorite Class to Teach

“I made mistakes in drama. I thought drama was when actors cried. But drama is when the audience cries.” ~ Frank Capra “A film is – or should be – more like music than like fiction. It should be a progression of moods and feelings. The theme, what’s behind the emotion, the meaning, all thatContinue reading “My Favorite Class to Teach”

Movies As Art – The Heroes Journey

“In our increasingly secular society, with so many disparate gods and different faiths, superhero films present a unique canvas upon which our shared hopes, dreams and apocalyptic nightmares can be projected and played out.” -Tom Hiddleston “A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself.” -Joseph Campbell “MythsContinue reading “Movies As Art – The Heroes Journey”

Movies As Art – Ripples in Time

“This world spins from the same unseen forces that twist our hearts.” Spoken by the character Robert Frobisher played by Ben Whishaw in Cloud Atlas For several weeks I’ve been struggling with who I am as a writer. Writers write what they know. That’s why in this blog I write about my spiritual journey, myContinue reading “Movies As Art – Ripples in Time”