Guest Post: 7 Steps to Create Conflict and Tension in Your Screenplay
Guest Posts , Latest Posts / November 29, 2018

7 Steps to Create Conflict and Tension in Your Screenplay “Life’s like a movie, write your own ending. Keep believing, keep pretending,” writes Jim Henson. And he is right – life is neither smooth nor trouble-free. We all go through challenging times and tough situations, yet we never give up. Now let me ask you something – wouldn’t life be boring without these challenges? If everything went perfectly all the time, would we really appreciate the good times? Probably not. Same goes with movies – without associating some tension and spontaneous conflict to it, the action seems dull and lifeless. People enjoy watching movies because it reminds them of their own lives. When they empathize with characters, they relive their life stories. Here are the 7 most important steps any screenwriter should take to include conflict in their screenplay. 1. Create a Logline First and foremost, you’ll need to come up with a plan – what is your main character’s purpose? A logline is a summary of your scripts. Here are some quick tips on how to be proficient: ● Include the protagonist (and his or her intentions) and the antagonist (and his or her intentions) in your logline  …

Book Review: The Passion According to Carmela by Marcos Aguinis
4 Stars , Fiction , Historical Fiction , Latest Posts / November 28, 2018

About: The Passion According to Carmela by Marcos Aguinis is a novel which takes place during the Cuban Revolution. Mr. Aguinis is a prize winning, internationally bestselling novelist. 284 pages Publisher: AmazonCrossing Language: English ISBN-10: 1503905381   My rating for The Passion According to Carmela – 4 Buy The Passion According to Carmela from Amazon.com* More Books by Marcos Aguinis* More Books by Carolina De Rebertis** Thoughts: I really didn’t know what to expect from The Passion According to Carmela by Marcos Aguinis, I knew it was a celebrated novel and a bit out of the categories I enjoy, but wanted to give it a shot due to the fascinating premise. I don’t know much about the Cuban Revolution, a few bullet points I learned in school and a few more I picked up afterwards. I discovered that the fascinating parts of the story were actually after the revolution has ended, and the consequences have begun. The characters’ disillusionment from the utopia they envisioned, and were promised, slowly embed themselves in their reality until they realize that their vision will never be fulfilled. The revolution’s leaders have abandoned them, and maybe have never intended to keep the promise they sold…

Guest Post: Novels, Artwork, and Design
Guest Posts , Latest Posts / November 27, 2018

Creating designs for some the best loved classic novels has been a unique and rewarding experience. For as long as I can remember, I have really loved to read. Stories, and in particular classic novels were a large part of my childhood that and one that is still a part of my everyday life. While many of my classmates were reading newly published novels, I was hunting through the library to find and try out some of societies’ older and more recognized titles. I enjoyed reading, and often listening to a wide range of stories Reading everything from Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre, to Herman Melville’s Moby Dick or, The Whale. Novels, or more specifically narratives, are perhaps the most powerful way that ideas are transmitted from one person to another. Many well-known authors published their works, not years but centuries ago. Take for instance authors like Miguel de Cervantes and Jane Austen, even after so many years they are still considered some of the most famous authors of all time. There is really no better way than through reading their works to know what their ideas, worlds, and thoughts were like. No retelling of those stories can ever take the…

Book Review: 20 Years in the Secret Service by Rufus W. Youngblood

Synopsis: 20 Years in the Secret Service: My Life with Five Presidents by Rufus W. Youngblood is a memoir spanning the author’s career. The book has been published in 1974, this is a re-release which includes photographs from Mr. Youngblood’s collection not included in the first printing as well as a forward by Clint Hill. 272 pages Publisher: Fideli Publishing, Inc Language: English ISBN-10: 1948638991 My rating for The General’s Cook – 5 Buy 20 Years in the Secret Service from Amazon.com* More Books by Rufus W. Youngblood* Thoughts: I picked up this book because I was looking for something similar to Five Presidents: My Extraordinary Journey with Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, and Ford by Clint Hill which I enjoyed very much. To my delight, I enjoyed 20 Years in the Secret Service: My Life with Five Presidents by Rufus W. Youngblood just as much. Mr. Youngblood shares how he entered the Secret Service and got onto the Presidential detail. He goes on to share his experience the day John F. Kennedy was assassinated, very interesting since Mr. Hill’s account was fresh in my head. I enjoyed the easy manner in which the book is written in, Mr. Youngblood loved his…

Fun Facts Friday: Shaun Herron
Fun Facts Friday , Latest Posts / November 23, 2018

Shaun Herron (23 November, 1912 – 1989) is an Irish novelist, a finalist of the Edgar Award. Books by Shaun Herron* Herron was born in Carrickfergus in County Antrim. After high-school he started studying in Queen’s University Belfast. During the Spanish Civil War Mr. Herron left the University to join a Basque battalion that fought alongside the International Brigade. The author returned from the war after he was wounded in the leg. Instead of going back to Ireland, Mr. Herron found himself at Edinburgh University. In 1940 Mr. Herron was ordained a Congregationalist minister. During World War II he worked in Intelligence. Fighting in France with the Green Howards, Mr. Herron was wounded in the neck. When the war ended, Mr. Herron moved to Canada and served as a United Church minister in Weyburn, Saskatchewan. Heron was the Edgar Award finalist for his novels Miro (1969, 1970 finalist) and The Hound and the Fox and the Harper (1970, 1971 finalist) Books by Shaun Herron* Zohar – Man of la Book *Ama­zon links point to an affil­i­ate account

Book Review: The General’s Cook by Ramin Ganeshram
4 Stars , Fiction , Historical Fiction , Latest Posts / November 19, 2018

About: The General’s Cook by Ramin Ganeshram is a historical fiction book taking place in 1793, following Herucles, a slave as well as President George Washington’s chef. Mr. Ganeshram is a journalist, chef and food writer. 336 pages Publisher: Arcade Publishing Language: English ISBN-10: 1628729775   My rating for The General’s Cook – 4 Buy The General’s Cook from Amazon.com* More Books by Ramin Ganeshram* Thoughts: I have heard of Hercules before from reading several biographies of George Washington and visiting his home in Mt. Vernon. Even though we know little of Hercules, The General’s Cook by Ramin Ganeshram takes the little we know and expands upon it to create a rich story of early America. The picture the author constructed of 1793 Philadelphia, where most of the story takes place, that of a bustling town where people from all walks of life interact. At that time a law stated that if a slave was in Philadelphia over six months, they would be considered free. The Washington’s sent their slaves back and forth to Mt. Vernon so the clock will start ticking again. At a bind they’ll send them over to New Jersey, to step over the line and come back….

Fun Facts Friday: George S. Kaufman
Fun Facts Friday , Latest Posts / November 16, 2018

George S. Kaufman (16 November, 1889 – 2 June, 1961) was a playwright, humorist and critic, born in Pittsburgh, PA. Kaufman was a professional journalist writing humor columns, but in 1918 he decided to become a playwright. From 1921 to 1941 Mr. Kaufman had at least one hit Broadway show (either as a writer or directory). In 1937 Mr. Kaufman won the Pulitzer Prize for his play You Can’t Take It With You. You Can’t Take It with You was turned into a 1938 motion picture, and won a Best Picture Oscar, but the story was significantly changed for the film. Kaufman was married to Beatrice Bakrow in 1917 until her death in 1945. Four years later, he married Leueen MacGrath, an English actress he collaborated with. Kaufman wrote several musicals, including a few for the Marx Brothers. From 1949 to 1953 Mr. Kaufman wa as panelist on the CBS TV show This Is Show Business. Kaufman got fired by CBS because he “Let’s make this one program on which no one sings ‘Silent Night’.” The public outcry caused CBS to take that drastic action. The writer was an avid bridge player. Kaufman was played by actors David Thornoton (Mrs….

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