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!

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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The 5.75 Questions You Need Answers to

Yes, I know. Technically, if I use the grammar rules Sister Mary John Frances taught me in grade twelve, I should have written: "The five point seven five questions to which you need answers". But grade twelve passed like a vapour many decades ago, and I'm an author,...

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Jake & Bosco Take A Ride – Part 2

Bosco made a rude noise with his mouth then turned his body towards me, propping his knee on the centre console. "Audrey's feeding you well. You're growing a double chin, my Friend." He folded his arms tight across his chest and leaned back against the car door. In...

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Jake & Bosco Take A Ride – Part 1

The following excerpts are from material I prepared in 2012 while I was 'getting to know' my main characters better. They were introduced in the first novel of the Jake and Kenora series - Reinvention Hustle. Their development, challenges and personal growth are more...

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