Updates on what I’ve been writing and where it seems to be going…

Hello! In the past few weeks I've had some news about some of my short stories and I also thought I'd mention here for the record what I'm currently working on. First of all, I am still expecting a story of mine to be published online by Frontier Tales although due to technical difficulties on… Continue reading Updates on what I’ve been writing and where it seems to be going…

First Reformed – Movie Club Review for September 2020

First Reformed Released 2017 – Runs about 1 hour 50 minutes Directed by Paul Schrader Written by Paul Schrader Starring Ethan Hawke, Amanda Seyfried, Philip Ettinger, Cedric the Entertainer and Victoria Hill Viewing Conditions: I had previously watched this film perhaps eight or nine months prior to re-watching for the purposes of movie club. On… Continue reading First Reformed – Movie Club Review for September 2020

Shane by Jack Schaefer – Western Thursday Book Review

I will likely be re-reading this book later this month. I wanted to get this review posted today and I rushed getting it read, which I regret somewhat. It deserves to be read slowly and calmly. One day while on holiday in Texas, in the early 1990s, my family encountered a couple at the end… Continue reading Shane by Jack Schaefer – Western Thursday Book Review

The Blue Dahlia – (Not a Movie Club) Movie Review

A representative of this year's dahlia flowers from my garden. Hey, their's aren't actually blue either. No-one's are. The Blue Dahlia Released 1946 – Run Time 1 hour 40 minutes (or so) Directed by George Marshall Written by Raymond Chandler Starring: Alan Ladd, Veronica Lake, William Bendix, Howard Da Silva, Doris Dowling, Hugh Beaumont, Will… Continue reading The Blue Dahlia – (Not a Movie Club) Movie Review

Rio Bravo – And the Stories That Taught Me About How to Tell Stories – Legends of Western Cinema Week

I let time get away on me a little and I didn’t remember until this afternoon that this is the last day of this celebratory week. I hope that readers will forgive sloppy hasty thoughts as I sit down to write this post in a bit of a hurry to get it done before supper!… Continue reading Rio Bravo – And the Stories That Taught Me About How to Tell Stories – Legends of Western Cinema Week

True Grit by Charles Portis – Wednesday Westerns Book Review – August

"I have hopes that the marshals will get him soon. His name is Tom Chaney. He worked for us. I am trying to get action. I aim to see him shot or hanged."- 'Mattie Ross' speaking of her father's killer in Charles Portis's True Grit I'm going to admit right now that I actually read… Continue reading True Grit by Charles Portis – Wednesday Westerns Book Review – August

Joint Interview with Gemma and Aud

Gemma L. Brook

Writers Aud and Gemma have two things in common: they attend the same critique group and both have short stories in Running Wild Anthology of Stories, Volume 3. (Available at independent bookstores, through Bookshop.org, and from Barnes and Noble and Amazon.)  They are also good friends who, during the pandemic, came together via Zoom to talk about writing and to share their creative plans for the future.

Gemma and Aud across space!

Gemma: So, Aud, it tickled me that our short stories were next to each other. And you have a story in Running Wild’s thirdNovellaAnthology, too!

Aud: First, me too! I’m excited that we’re not only both in the short story anthology, but my story comes directly after yours!

G: So tell a little bit about both of your stories.

A: My short story in Running Wild Anthology of Stories, Volume 3

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Frost/Nixon – Movie Club Review for August 2020

Frost/Nixon Released 2008 - Runs a little over 2 hours Directed by Ron Howard Written by Peter Morgan (based on his stageplay) Starring Frank Langella, Michael Sheen, Kevin Bacon, Sam Rockwell, Rebecca Hall 3 stars out of 4 Somewhat weirdly rated R in some countries when it came out (for language) this is currently a… Continue reading Frost/Nixon – Movie Club Review for August 2020