If you like psychological thrillers and have yet to see The Fall, grab the popcorn and prepare to be glued to your sofa. After broadcasting its third season in the United Kingdom, this tantalizing BBC produced crime show is now available to Netflix streaming customers. Created by entertainment guru Allan Cubitt, The Fall takes the viewer on a bumpy ride for seventeen episodes as Gillian Anderson (starring as a senior police investigator) tries to capture a killer (played brilliantly by Jamie Dornan) and then, once caught, make sure he is punished with a long jail term. In between the chase and the search for justice,Read More →

“The Meddler” with Susan Sarandon and Rose Byrne is not just a heartwarming tale of a widow and her daughter. It’s a sweet yet effective reminder that one is never too old to make a difference. The power of kindness is immense and the film’s screenwriter Lorene Scafaria does a terrific job in bringing that point home. Based on the true story of her mother’s loss and a desire to stay relevant and connected, this 2016 movie packs a lot into 100 minutes – humor, sadness, love, friendship, risk-taking, introspection and romance. According to an article in Variety, this screenwriter and director “wrote it as a way to process”Read More →

No doubt you’ve heard the maxim that good writers need to be good readers. Stephen King goes a step further, advising that “If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.” In “How to Make a Living as a Writer,” James Scott Bell recounts how he read lots of books strategically in order to better understand plot points and know “when it might pay off to leave a ‘blot‘.” I agree with both gentlemen that it is important to read. Fortunately, I love books so reading to write is far from a dismal task. That said, as I stretch my creative wingsRead More →

Credits to Plato who coined the phrase that “Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder.” While true that what I find pleasing may differ from others’ opinions, there seems to be a school of thought that every book should have at least one villain. In other words, a beauty is insufficient without a literary beast.  A “baddie” does not necessarily have to be a person. As Randy Ingermanson shares on his website, www.advancedfictionwriting.com, “It’s perfectly OK to have society be the cause of all your lead character’s ills. It’s perfectly OK to have the environment be the ‘villain.’ It’s OK to have your protagonist be his own worst enemy.”Read More →