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Shane Black knows action

Okay, that’s a duh headline if ever there was one, but it’s true. And while I aspire to include just geegobs of original content on this blog, at the moment, I’m reading, revising and (yes! thank you!) fixing a story problem per an epiphany in an upcoming book. Which translates to: Original content? Not so… Read more »

Adaptations

My husband and I have been hosting an Adaptations book club for a couple of years now. I’m going to try to keep a running list of the books on a page in this blog, and post info re the books we’re reading (and then watching). Tomorrow’s book is Enemies: A Love Story and I’m… Read more »

Popcorn

In some ways, getting slapped in the face is actually worse than getting punched. The physical pain is almost the same. But there’s an added dose of humiliation and shame on top. An overlay of mortification. As if someone dumped a pail of loser juice over your head. Plus, your cheeks get all flushed. And… Read more »

Kari, we blew it!

Back in the halcyon days of high school, when life was perfect and there was no stress and happy thoughts ran like wild bunnies through the tall grass… Oh, wait. Okay, back in high school, my best friend Kari and I had an imaginary companion. This is not as strange as it sounds, and I… Read more »

Origin Story

Ha! Check it out. I found the origin of “angry superheroes.” Here you go. Fresh from my old, old, old home school blog. Because, hey, I know you care. A lot. Really. So, why “angrysuperheroes”? A good question. It started with C’s faces. Budding actress that she is, she used to run around being a… Read more »

Because you can't have too many dancing cats…

We told the kids today that, yes, we would get them a kitten (hopefully the 10+ year old cat will not freak). This prompted many hugs and kisses…and the eldest child finding this video.

Indiana Jones and the status quo

I’ve been listening to some tapes on story craft, and something in one of them recently struck me. In a nutshell, the instructor was talking about the first act, and how in the set-up, we see the hero in their ordinary life–the status quo. Then, per the Hero’s Journey, Joseph Campbell, Vogler, and basic story… Read more »

So what's up with the new blog?

Yeah, it’s a bit bizarre, but I felt like I needed a place where I could be Julie Kenner or J.K. Beck or Julie Beck (gads, please, not back to elementary school). So while I’ll continue to blog about book-specific stuff over at www.juliekenner.com and www.jkbeck.com, this puppy here is going to be the new… Read more »