I have a thing about love stories. I hate 'em. Okay, that's over-selling it a bit. But I'm a tough critic when it comes to actually letting a love story pass mustard in my book. My wife and I go back and forth all the time about this subject. The other day she said to … Continue reading Love Stories
"While the road to Final Draftland is long and not clearly marked by yellow bricks and Munchkins, revisiting a draft after many moons has some advantages."
Ebert has posted his review of Ridley Scott's new Robin Hood movie here. His thoughts pretty much mirror mine going back several months when I first saw the trailer, "Braveheart called; it wants its plot back." His review opens with these lines: Little by little, title by title, innocence and joy is being drained out … Continue reading Robin Hood: Try this instead
Had a conversation between classes today, during what students love to call my "free period," with a fellow teacher who's also the mom of a kid I will likely teach next year in IB English 1. After a few minutes, the conversation returned to a familiar place: boys who love to read when young, but … Continue reading An Interesting Conversation
I’m fascinated by the process of writing prompts, how there are things lurking inside us, just below the surface, that we have no knowledge of until we are prompted. Sometimes, it's a character, sometimes, an emotion or an experience we had forgotten (or, perhaps repressed). And at the bidding of a writing coach, or a … Continue reading What I Wrote