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05 Aug

… almost …

As I dot the i’s and cross the t’s on UNTITLED SPACE THRILLER there are several things on the checklist that stand out: 1) Write for emotional impact; 2) Make sure reader understands emotional tone; 3) Be global. 4) Let the writing be poetry, but not flowery. Rhythm. Tone. Word choice. 5) Appeal to all […]

30 Jul

The Dead Zone

It’s Sunday, July 25th at about 5 in the morning. I curiously awake and eager to get to it. Something changed. Last night, around 7:00 pm. I’m working through UNTITLED SPACE THRILLER, somewhere near page 80.  At this point, you have to have a really good idea of where the ending is because, on the […]

16 Jul

Sci-Fi, Writing with Heart, Time, and what newbie writers need.

I dilly. I dally. Me, on Monday (4 days ago…) “Yeah, I think I’ll be done by the end of the weekend.” Me, today, Friday, 4 days later “No. Not so much. I don’t know what I was on when I said that.” Here are a few random things that have occurred to me lately… […]

09 Jan

Trapped in a …

Venture / Void / Osiris is about a group of people who are trapped in a escape shuttle in the middle of space. The story is about how they cope with the predicament. When I wrote it, I thought I was writing a horror movie first, a suspense movie second.  Venture (as it was called […]

29 May


I’ve been in re-write hell for … ohhhh… 3 months now. With the year nearly half-gone, I’ve only completed one script, THE DISCIPLE, which, truth-be-told, was half-written the previous year. First there was a light re-do on THE DISCIPLE.  No big whoop.  Then 2+ months on BETWEEN GOOD AND EVIL which became THE POSSESSED (10+ […]

04 May

Final Draft 8 is out!


17 Apr

Busy busy.

Not much time right now.  Here’s the short version.  Went through about 15 heavy re-writes on The Possessed (formerly Soul Purpose, formerly Between Good and Evil).  We’ll do the full project update next Friday. You can read the first 10 pages by clicking on the link on the left side of the page. Just back […]

10 Apr

The Masters

Shhhhhh Be back next week. M A R K

13 Feb

Project updates

Whelp. It’s been a long road for The Disciple, but it’ll be “done” (whatever that means, huh?) on Tuesday, February 24th. A year to the day from finishing Big Blue Meanie aka “Hot Metal” (boooo — LAME-O title!). Oddly, The Disciple’s already listed on IMDB. (Tip from me to you: The info on IMDB is […]

23 Jan

It’s a Rocky Road to Ensenada

As I lay sick and broken Viva Mexico My eyes just won’t stay open And I dream a dream of home I dream a dream of home Where there’s coffee on the table And kindness in your hand Honey I’ll help you when I’m able But right now I’m feeling bad Right now I’m feeling […]

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