Stories and Outtakes

As writers we produce so much that it often doesn’t always fit into a specific category. Here you will find some of my stories and outtakes. Enjoy!

The Real You – Do We Ever Know?

Alan Watts was a British philosopher, writer, and speaker who spent much of his life in San Francisco. Best known as an interpreter and visionary who popularized Eastern philosophy for a Western audience, the concepts contained in his books still resonate today....

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George Orwell Skewers Mark Twain

Would that George Orwell and Mark Twain could see the current state of writing, especially in the political sphere. 'Cheap immigrant labour' and 'Big Business'? The Gilded Age has morphed into tin. What a cage-match these two titans of literature would have debating...

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Fear with longing….

It's called lack of confidence. Fear of being slagged. Not wanting to listen to those who don't write but find it easy to critique what you've written and rewritten and lost sleep over. We budding writers always worry - what if there's a germ of truth in their sharp...

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Screenplay Structure: The Five Plot Points

If the sequences are what shape a screenplay's three-act structure, then the five major plot points are the building blocks behind sequence construction: Inciting Incident, Lock In, Midpoint, Main Culmination, and Third Act Twist. Nearly every well-constructed...

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Story Masters Toronto Workshop – Chris Vogler

Origins are very important – that’s where we come from, where we get our inspiration, the beginnings of our path. He’s known as a ‘structure guy’ – he can look at a story and see through to the bovines – almost like a chiropractor who can see what’s out of alignment....

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Back in Business

It's been a long few months since I decided to do an author's website refresh. But here I am with a new look and new energy. I've been to the wilderness and have returned, energized! My thanks to Carly Ottaway, freelance writer and brand specialist....

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Time to renew…

Kaboom! I can't believe how many years I've been using the same layout for my website. It's time for a change, so I'm getting out the safety equipment and firing up the jackhammer so that I can rebuild. I want a clean, fresh look. I'm going to post more of my own...

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The Wisdom of Alan Watts

... an interesting take on a philosopher mentioned by Jane Friedman in her recent Toronto Romance Writers' workshop. The gaspy speaker with the selfie stick is not Alan Watts (1915-1973), but his energetic replay of Watts' words is powerful enough. Watts was a British...

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