The Red Pen of Doom

Conventional wisdom about writing is conventionally wrong.

Six ways to fix NEVER GO BACK by Lee Child

Let’s say it: Lee Child has a Superman problem. His hero, Reacher, is beloved by fans for having the brains of Sherlock Holmes and the body of Conan the Barbarian. … Continue reading

September 5, 2013 · 9 Comments

Possible script for STAR WARS VII by J.J. Abrams

First of all, J.J. Abrams should direct everything. Not just STAR TREK and the new STAR WARS: EPISODE XVIII-whatever, but every film for one entire year. You’ll say, “That’s not … Continue reading

May 21, 2013 · 1 Comment

Why new STAR WARS movies by Disney are an achy breaky big mistakey

Disney just bought LucasFilm for $4 billion dollars, causing a great disturbance in the Force, as if millions of souls suddenly cried out in pain and anguish. Maybe because they … Continue reading

October 30, 2012 · 19 Comments

Hollywood: Sidekicks do NOT need their own stupid sidekicks

Ever look at an overstuffed movie poster and wonder, “Is that tiny figure over on the left a man, a woman or a smudge that didn’t get properly PhotoShopped out … Continue reading

September 4, 2012 · 40 Comments

The secret truth about writing

When was the last time you went to a movie and wanted to stay behind and watch it again? What was the last political stump speech that made you laugh … Continue reading

April 25, 2012 · 51 Comments

The automatic shotgun: born for a zombie apocalypse

Anyone who watches zombie movies knows the scene I’m talking about: the chainsaw massacre. A hero grabs a chainsaw and starts wading through the zombie hordes. Sure, a Husqvarna  450 … Continue reading

April 15, 2012 · 6 Comments

Surviving the coming zombie apocalypse

Are you prepared? The zombies hordes are coming. It’s just a matter of time. Maybe not today, though it is Halloween. It could happen next month, when some egomaniac scientist … Continue reading

March 25, 2012 · 6 Comments