The Making of a New Short Film: “As Seen On TV”

There was a time in my life where I could call up a couple of friends with a wild idea, grab my handheld camcorder and make a short film in an evening or a weekend. It was a freewheeling, fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants style of filmmaking that prioritized creative freedom over everything else — including scripts, plot, lighting,Continue reading “The Making of a New Short Film: “As Seen On TV””

Fifth Time’s a Charm

For four years in a row, I have participated in the madness that is National Novel Writing Month. Affectionately known as NaNoWriMo, I have endeavored to write a complete novel — 50,000 words — from beginning to end in the span of 30 days. Every year, I have failed to reach my goal. To beContinue reading “Fifth Time’s a Charm”

You’ll Always Be a Planet To Me

Dear Pluto, They say you are just a dwarf planet; that you are not the largest object beyond Neptune. You were demoted and nearly forgotten. Relegated to a footnote in a science book. A blurry dot in the distant firmament. I grew up in Flagstaff, Arizona, the town where you were first discovered. I wentContinue reading “You’ll Always Be a Planet To Me”

Poverty With a View

Ten years ago, my good friend Ian approached me with an idea for a script. He had an idea to cast our high school friends in a musical and he wanted me to write the script. The resulting epic story of a pirate who gives up his pillaging ways for love, two fighting Siamese twins,Continue reading “Poverty With a View”

A Tale of Two Cities

Physically, my weekend started with an early morning flight down from where I live in the Pacific Northwest to attend a wedding in my old home in the Southwest. But mentally, my weekend started with running into a high school friend who didn’t remember me while changing planes in Phoenix. Had I really changed soContinue reading “A Tale of Two Cities”

The Play’s The Thing

Shakespeare knew best that a stage play can provoke powerful emotions. A great performance can make you laugh, make you cry, make you question (and in Hamlet’s case, expose a guilty conscience). With that in mind, I started writing a play shortly before the end of the year. Now, nine weeks later, I’m finished. WormContinue reading “The Play’s The Thing”

Lucky Thirteen

When I eventually retell the story of my life, I think that I’ll say that 2013 was the year that everything changed. The funny thing about stories is how the details vary with the telling. The exact words are misquoted, the specifics are glossed over, timelines are stretched or squeezed and the wrinkles in theContinue reading “Lucky Thirteen”

Salmon’s Run

Ten adult salmon wait patiently in five inches of water. A foot above them, a culvert spills cold fresh water into the bay. All around them lie the scattered corpses of others who didn’t make it, pecked on by ravenous seagulls. It is low tide and the fish are temporarily trapped on their long trekContinue reading “Salmon’s Run”

One Week In Washington: My Obsession With Water

There is so much water. So much. It’s been seven days since I found myself in the mysterious, far away land that is the state of Washington and I think it’s slowly beginning to dawn on me that I’m staying. Will flew home on Tuesday and much of the early excitement has cooled off. IContinue reading “One Week In Washington: My Obsession With Water”

Day One: Oasis

The first leg of the Great Move of 2013 is behind me. Yesterday, the U-Haul was packed, my car loaded up onto the back and my trusty co-pilot, Will, and I trucked westward. Learning to drive this rig is proving difficult, so I’m that guy everyone hates, going twenty miles (or more) under the speedContinue reading “Day One: Oasis”