My New Interactive Writing Experiment

Ever since Twitter exploded into the social media juggernaut it’s become, I’ve been thinking of a way to interact with fans and followers in a unique way. I even got close to starting this experiment a couple of years ago, but the idea faded into the background in favor of some other projects I was working on at the time. But now that I have this blog, have officially joined Twitter, created a Google+ account, and have linked them all together in one big happy social media family, there’s no better time to jump start this idea than now. Find out how to participate

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Phoenix Moirai – Request a Quote

Phoenix Moirai - the place for all of your graphic design, writing and video production needs.

Phoenix Moirai – the place for all of your graphic design, writing and video production needs.

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Movie Mayhem – Fury

As long as there have been movies, there have been movies on or about war. More to the point, there have been commentaries on the bravery of the men and women who fight for the ideals they have sworn to protect and how the perils of war affects the state of mind of dedicated soldiers. The best war movies don’t revel in or glorify the physical actions of war, nor do they dwell heavily on the mental or physical ramifications of those acts so as to become overly melodramatic. They take care to balance both aspects to understand the mentality of people who choose (or are elected) to participate in such intense, and in some cases unthinkable, situations. That exploration plays a major part in Fury, the new World War II drama that does a terrific job presenting this mindset, even though it can’t seem to find a strong narrative footing to represent its characters. Don’t Stop — There’s Plenty More

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WANWM – Answers For Chapter 2

I’d like to thank those of you who participated in answering the question for Chapter 2 of my interactive writing experiment, Write A Novel With Me. All three answers that were given are up for your vote. As you consider these three very good choices, make sure to take into account the story thus far and where you would like to see it go. Here’s a link to Chapter 1 and Chapter 2 if you haven’t yet read them (or would like to reread them before making your decision).

Cast Your Vote

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Write A Novel With Me – Chapter 2

Welcome back to my interactive writing experiment, Write A Novel With Me. If you are unaware of what this project is, please click here to learn all about it. You can also read Chapter 1 and check out the best answers provided by you, the reader, to the question: “What happened to Sawyer?”

And now, without further adieu, please enjoy Chapter 2 of our story where we learn of Sawyer’s fate based on your votes. Read Chapter 2

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Movie Mayhem – The Judge

Robert Downey Jr. knows a thing or two about second chances. After nearly throwing away a lucrative career to alcohol and drugs that landed him in a rehab prison, his future prospects looked dead in the water. But what he learned from those mistakes allowed him to clean himself up and return to the spotlight with a stronger will and a clearer mind. He started small in some independent films and supporting roles to help rebuild his reputation in hopes of finding a public that would forgive his past sins. And forgive they did as they helped him jump start a new revolution in film with the success of Iron Man and the Marvel cinematic universe. To capitalize on this good fortune, Downey Jr. (and more to the point, his wife and producing partner, Susan Downey) has now turned to producing a film all about forgiveness and second chances in the dreary familial courtroom drama, The Judge. Don’t Stop — There’s Plenty More

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Movie Mayhem – Annabelle

After watching Annabelle, the newest horror film from producer James Wan (who directed The Conjuring, from which the film is spun off), the freakiest part was finding out the lead actress’s name is Annabelle. I jest, but in all seriousness, with the series of Saw and Insidious films under his belt, Wan has found his niche when it comes to delivering the same story in different packaging, having gone from provocative innovation (such as the reveal of Jigsaw rising up off the bathroom floor) to tried-and-true generalities. I don’t fault him for going back to the well of good fortune to spin a yarn about something as freaky as Annabelle; the least he could have done was try and give it an ounce of originality. Don’t Stop — There’s Plenty More

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WANWM – Answers For Chapter 1

I’d like to thank those of you who participated in answering the first question for my new interactive writing experiment, Write A Novel With Me. Normally, I would choose the top five answers for you to vote on, but because there were only three answers given for this first chapter, all of them will be up for a vote. As you are considering these three very good choices, make sure to take into account the story thus far and where you would like to see it go. Here’s a link to Chapter 1 if you haven’t yet read it (or would like to reread it before making your decision). Cast Your Vote

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Write A Novel With Me – Chapter 1

Hello readers. The following is the first chapter in my new interactive writing experiment, Write A Novel With Me. For those who understand how the project works, feel free to jump right in. If you aren’t aware of what the project is, please click here to learn all about it. Then come back here, read the first chapter and answer the question posed at the end.

With your help, I will be able to write one creatively insane story. Enjoy, and above all else, have fun! Read Chapter 1

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Movie Mayhem – The Equalizer

In 2004, Denzel Washington was paired with a then-rising star, Dakota Fanning, in the revenge thriller Man On Fire, and though a lot of people found the film to be a top-notch actioner, I’m sorry to say I’m not one of them. The pairing of Washington and Fanning was incredibly smart, giving life to the scenes they were in. I was very emotionally invested in their relationship, so when director Tony Scott removed that element of the film, I was sorely left wanting. The energy and the spark that was so deliciously evident in the first act of the film crumbled without a trace, never to rise again. The same thing happens in Washington’s new film, The Equalizer, which falls into the same exact trap by following a very similar formula. Don’t Stop — There’s Plenty More

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Writing My First True Story

This afternoon, I had the pleasure of sitting down with an incredible young girl and her father to learn more about their amazing story of faith and survival.

A few weeks ago, I was talking to someone I know and somehow the topic of one of his friends and his daughter came up. With what very little he talked about, I instantly felt connected to the story and knew that it was one that was just waiting to be told. So I contacted the guy and asked if he and his daughter would mind sitting down with me to discuss the possibility of making a film, or writing a novel about her story. Little did I know how extraordinary the story actually was. Don’t Stop — There’s Plenty More

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