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Using Real People as Characters

The issue of using real people as characters in your stories or books comes up frequently in writer workshops. The reality is that we frequently use aspects of a person whom we have known or aspects of our own personalities in our stories. 1,930 more words


'Everything Is Copy' Traces How Nora Ephron Transformed Pain Into Art

Nora Ephron is a writer whose influence is like oxygen: it’s everywhere to the point that it’s invisible. Before our current surge of smart, cynical romantic comedies, there were her canny takes on relationships that helped redefine the genre. 911 more words


Deceptions: Do the ends justify the means?

It is said, that “All is fair in love and war.” However, history suggests that the cliché should be, “All is fair in love, war, politics, and personal agendas.” In a system that is supposed to be “by the people and for the people,” the overwhelming evidence of scandal and controversy throughout the political arena, term-after-term, should dispel the myth of democracy being alive and well in the United States of America. 1,089 more words

The best obtainable snapshot of impending doom in Hong Kong

This blog post can also be read at SCMP.COM

It is a rare thing these days to find oneself at liberty to read an entire day’s newspaper in a sitting. 874 more words


Four HBO Docs on Famous East Enders

First up is “Becoming Mike Nichols” on February 22. The doc paints an intimate portrait of the director, producer and improvisational comedy icon through a set of final, historic interviews with friend and fellow director Jack O’Brien. 377 more words