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My mother’s estate

When my mother passed away 15 years ago, she didn’t leave much of monetary value. In fact, she left me with the debt on her mobile home, which we wound up selling for scrap. What she did leave me with has tremendous value, and I shall benefit from it the rest of my life. Here are 15 things she bequeathed to me that have lasting worth: Read more »

Remembering Challenger

If you see the July 7 Pooch Cafe strip online, you will notice a large space in the final panel. The version that was published in my local paper included the following “punch line.” Read more »

Script Frenzy Week 4: Finding my second wind (and the finish line)

I found a solution to my “script is finished, but I have less than 20,000 words” problem. When I looked at my script, I found that there were some scenes I could add. I also added one more musical number. Those changes took me over the 20K mark. Once I was able to get my word count verified, I did take out a few of the things I added, including that one number. So, I was able to complete a script and meet my word count goal.

As any scriptwriter knows, the real work comes after the script is written. First comes the reviews, the feedback, the rewriting. Then, trying to find a producer who will even look at it, let alone consider it for production. This will definitely take more than 30 days.

But, the first step is done. I have something that I can show to people. Now, it’s on to the next step.

A proud papa moment

My daughter was promoted from eighth grade today. Not only is this a proud papa moment, it’s an old papa moment: I’m now a parent of a high school student!

My daughter's eighth grade promotion

Script Frenzy Week 3: Script Frenzy, We have a problem

For me, Script Frenzy really has been a frenzy. I’ve spent almost every free moment on my script. And three weeks in, I now have a completed draft. I spent 20 days creating a script for a musical that has been germinating within me for the past 21 years.

The problem is that after I’ve said everything I wanted to say, the script is only 17,699 words long – short of the 20,000-word goal. Read more »