Film reviews — a way to shape the writing craft (Part 2)

You're back! Great. Thanks for returning to the second part of this mini-series on film reviews. (If you're new here though, you might want to read Part 1 first) Last week I stated that the act of writing film reviews can be an excellent training ground for aspiring writers to hone their writing craft for … Continue reading Film reviews — a way to shape the writing craft (Part 2)

Film reviews — a way to shape the writing craft (Part 1)

I've been pondering the power and place of film reviews ever since I took up a film criticism and analysis module nearly a decade ago, on my way to completing a Mass Comm Masters. Back then I took up the module for the simple fact that I, like millions of other folks around the world, … Continue reading Film reviews — a way to shape the writing craft (Part 1)

How to stay true to my own writing “voice”

Since starting my blog in April 2019, I finally had my own go-to public platform to publish my own writings my own way. Initially the feeling of control was great, and I loved the feeling of getting my say out into cyberspace and to whoever cared to read. Along the way, I was surprised and … Continue reading How to stay true to my own writing “voice”

How “flit-reading” among books inspired me to write

When I think about a recent line I read, I can't help but pump a fist in the air and say a definitive YES! In the novel “The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society” (which was made into a film I recently reviewed), co-authors Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows had one of their … Continue reading How “flit-reading” among books inspired me to write

(Print + audio) books = best reading experience ever!

Hey can I tell you how I've been reading my books these past few years? Here's how: I read them in three ways. They are print, audio and (to a far lesser extent) electronic. In that order. Okay, that's it. You can stop reading now. I'm done. Except, I'm not. Actually. No, I'm not trying … Continue reading (Print + audio) books = best reading experience ever!

Is “showing up” all it takes to be a writer? Not quite.

Woody Allen once said that "80% of success in life is showing up!" I believe he's right. This is why I'm showing up at my usual writing space now, sitting and waiting for inspiration to come-a-calling. So I can blog my next masterpiece. Right. The truth is, since taking a break from blogging in the … Continue reading Is “showing up” all it takes to be a writer? Not quite.

His latest book is why Philip Yancey is still ‘my man’!

For three decades, I've been a fan of Philip Yancey. Of all the authors I've read in the world of Christian writings, I've rarely come across someone as clued-in, and as clueless, as him! Christian lit and the multiverse of self-help books Photo by Negative Space on Pexels.com If you've read Christian books for as … Continue reading His latest book is why Philip Yancey is still ‘my man’!

My Conflicted Christmas & Year End Musings 2021

It's that time of year again - December. Meaning 2021 is coming to a close. After the crazy we've had these past 20-21 months, you would think we're finally entitled to end this year of 2021 with some yuletide cheer right? Yet here we are again. Another Covid Christmas; with no clear end in sight … Continue reading My Conflicted Christmas & Year End Musings 2021

A letter to Seamus — “Son, daddy will be ok.”

Below's a love letter from a devoted father to his son. It is the second guest post on my blog (do click here for the first). This is a deeply personal piece from someone I got to know while touring Israel at the end of 2018. I feel deeply humbled and honored he's allowed me … Continue reading A letter to Seamus — “Son, daddy will be ok.”

My “Writing Heroes” #4 – Those who write. Or do nothing!

Everyone would agree it's an absolute gift to come into a new work week where the calendar looks pretty empty! For a writer, that's like a sweet promise of long, uninterrupted moments filled with blissful writing. What could be better? Of course, my daily parenting duties continue, so I'm not exactly "free". Still, since last … Continue reading My “Writing Heroes” #4 – Those who write. Or do nothing!