Archive for June, 2012

The 1″ Picture Frame

The 1” Picture frame How I write has evolved quite a bit, especially as I read more books and stories, and have completed an MFA program.  It’s a tough question to ask, really, sort of like asking musicians how they write a song.  Some artists speak to process (develop a routine) while others stress resolve […]

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A Lesson In Screenwriting: Snow White and the Huntsman (A Review)

By Jennie Jarvis Tonight, I finally got a chance to see a film that I’ve been excited about since I saw the first trailer. With images beautifully shot, costumes stunningly designed, sets built with perfection, and Charlize Theron throwing herself completely into a role that she was born to play, Snow White and the Huntsman […]

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Breaking The Chain

By Jennie Jarvis Years ago, comedian and writer Jerry Seinfeld delivered some of the best advice on writing I’ve ever heard – Don’t break the chain. This essentially means that it’s a good idea for a writer to take a wall calendar (perhaps one of the hundred that I receive each month from charity organizations […]

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Building A World With Ridley Scott: Prometheus (Review)

By Jennie Jarvis When the teaser trailers for Prometheus started coming out months ago, a good friend of mine nearly jumped out of her seat in the theater. Not only did she adore the first two Alien films (and adamantly pretended that the third and fourth ones didn’t exist), but she also loved the worlds […]

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Book Fight Episode 8: The Art of Fielding

Brad is one of three authors who discusses Chad Harbach’s The art of Fielding in the eighth episode of the new podcast Series Book Fight.  Together with Barrelhouse editors Mike Ingram and Tom McAllister, I add my impressions of this recent novel.  And we have a bunch of fun along the way. You can download […]

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When The Strangers Come Visiting . . .

I know people who write with index cards.  People who outline.  People who do mounds and mounds and mounds of research to understand every nuance of setting, costuming, language etc. before they write a single word. Me?  I just start talking to my characters.  And I keep talking until they answer.  (If they don’t, they’re […]


The Recipe (or How I Write)

* “Never write with pencil, mi’ja/It is for those who would erase.” (Carmen Tafolla, marked)   Sonnets and Salsa ISBN: 0916727106 “Alphabet Soup” image courtesy of : Recipe Template:

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