Demons of Creativity: Sitting Down

The toughest thing about sitting down and saying “I’m going to be creative” is entering the proper mind-space. Is there a better word than mind-space? Maybe. But I think it’s more than attitude. I work on the premise that we have inside of us a multitude of competing voices or personalities. I have gotten used to calling them my “board of directors” though a friend who dislikes the corporate feel of that, suggested “characters.” I don’t know why we have “demons of c...

What world is this? And why do we care? HBO The Leftovers

What world is this? Well on HBO's The Leftovers this is THE question of the show. The premise that 2% of the world's population mysteriously disappear IS the plot. The whole show is a metaphor for our world (aren't they all?) but instead of mysterious disappearances we "merely" have to deal with the Great Paradox of Death. That is -- if there is God etc. and/or a plan for the Universe why would it create these great critters (us) only to let them pass on to compost after so many useful years. ...

Movie Review: Elle

[Spoiler alert. All my reviews have spoilers.] There are reasons why we like actors who we can “read” what’s going on with them from their expressions, but Isabelle Huppert is the opposite. Isabelle Huppert is a fearless and inscrutable actress. Though her face is always expressive we have no idea what’s going on in her head. Paul Verhoeven not only takes advantage of this but it is central to the enigma of her character Michele Leblanc in “Elle.”  I know Elle is controversi...

Fortitude – snow and ice and crazy

          I like to watch Scandinavian films and TV in the Minnesota winter. It gives me a sense of shared suffering with another part of the world. Amazing how much is out there given the populations of some of these countries (especially Norway and Iceland) are small by US standards. My taste skews to the "snow noir." Fortitude is an unusual one, created by the BBC to ride the Scandinavian Noir bandwagon so I wasn't sure it would be as good as som...

AUTOPSY OF JANE DOE REVIEW

 A little out of practice on blogging. Had to rediscover a reason to do it. Sort of tired of blowing my own horn and self-promotion. My son suggested I use it for snippets of fiction (flash, short story or parts of novels) but all that strikes me at the moment as a bit too self promotional. So the reason to do it is for fun. And what would be fun for me is writing about movies and TV. I watch a lot. And for the record since this is self-entertainment, I'm going to put "spoiler alerts" mo...

Nature vs “Nature”

There have been a lot of stories lately with the theme of "cute eats cute" and variations on it. Although I don't think the alligator attacking a child at Disneyworld qualifies, there were people who were upset that in the search for the child they were killing alligators and cutting them open to look for evidence. Yeah, pretty gruesome I admit. Less gruesomely, I came across some stories about bird watchers  (who you normally think of as pretty "nice" people) being upset when they witness t...

Cute Eats Cute: variation Ugly Eats Us

    It's surprising how often themes from my novel CUTE EATS CUTE arise in the news. This current story is about an ecologist's efforts in Massachusetts to save an endangered species of northern venomous rattlesnake. Hardly "cute eats cute," right? Wrong. This issue isn't that people think a rattlesnake is charismatic fauna, but that it is endangered. Granted many humans have fear of snakes, especially poisonous ones and aren't too eager to sign on to giving them their...

Cute Eats Cute: in action!

My novel CUTE EATS CUTE is about the realization (through the eyes of a 15 year old protagonist, Sam) that no matter what philosophy you advocate, Nature still runs a pretty tough game plan. So there I was at my favorite coffee shop in Stillwater, Minnesota, watching a cute family of baby Canada geese waddle through the parking lot. I watched them, wondering how they were going to cross the street and where they were going. out of nowhere a red tailed hawk appeared and swooped down and gr...

Cute Eats Cute: the deer problem only got worse!

Back when I wrote my early drafts of CUTE EATS CUTE, my writing coach at the time said, “You better get this out fast. This issue is probably going away soon.” In the months and years that followed, I have only seen the issue of “too many deer” increase its profile in the media. In other words: it ain’t going away. But the real issue of my book is not just “the deer problem” but growing up in a world of highly opinionated (ahem, boomers) while trying to find your way. In the ...

Marketing as a Lifeboat

Apologies to self. Self as blogger. Self as self-marketer. Cynicism and inertia got the best of me. You see (analogy alert) I've been shipwrecked.   The image of people in a shipwrecked boat just came to me, so I'm going to go with it because it came from deep in my unconscious.  I just realized writing this how shipwrecks and lifeboats are currently trending, that is conglomerating around the migrant crisis in the Mediterranean. So apologies. This isn't that. Here's the image. M...