Survivor Songs—Writing Stories of Hope
Twelve years after 9-11, poet Gene Scheer is writing inspirational lyrics to accompany music by Jake Heggie on the new album “Here/After: Songs of lost voices”. The lyrics inspire a sense of hope and renewal; and are crafted from real conversations with survivors. Following the inspirational stories of survivors and families of survivors can help us all connect and come together as a community. Continue reading
Hollywood Has No Room for Wonder Woman, Only a Glass Ceiling
Writing strong female characters hasn’t been a top priority for Hollywood where superheroes are concerned. Superman, Batman, Spiderman, Thor…are all male heroes. But where are the heroines? Wonder Woman is a major franchise with a devoted following. Something must be holding back her fight for justice, love, peace and gender equality. And the problem isn’t a lack screenwriting talent. Plenty of other, more unwieldy characters have hit theaters, but the woman who wields the golden lasso may have hit the glass ceiling. Continue reading
An Ancient Text with a Jerry Springer Style Plot
An ancient text can help us better understand the history of the world. Questions about how people lived, why they married and even basic things like what they ate can be explored. One ancient society I can’t seem to study enough is Mesopotamia. This interest has been piqued ever since I read The Epic of Gilgamesh. The Epic of Gilgamesh is an ancient Sumerian text that helps capture the story of the ancient land of Mesopotamia. More interesting, it is not just an ancient text, it is also a literary work of prose style poetry. Filled with twists and turns about the human experience, I must say I was stopped in my tracks to realize the theme of prostitution runs deeply in this epic tale.
Written and Protected – At All Costs
There are some things in this life worth protecting with your very life. This concept is outlined very well in the action packed screen play, The Book of Eli. Our dear protagonist, played by Denzel Washington, spends the majority of this film fighting to protect a well written document. With his life, he guards against all sorts of mischievous miscreants. This is a must-see film whose popularity will span across generations, I’m sure.
Fan Fiction, I love you XOXO –Gossip Girl
Have you ever wondered what Gossip Girl would have said if Chuck and Blaire’s on-again-off-again relationship went down in flames with a disastrous wedding-day rather than the much expected happily-ever-after? When you write a book— your own fan fiction ebook for Amazon Kindle Worlds, that is—you can make anything happen. That’s right, writing ebooks for Kindle Worlds is a great way to get published. And it pays 20-35% of the revenue to the fan fiction writer. Amazon has obtained the rights to three hit shows with more to come. Gossip Girl, The Vampire Diaries and Pretty Little Liars provide provocative characters to work with when you’re looking into options for getting published. So let your imagination wander. Continue reading