Category Archives: For Inspiration

Honoring Real Life Heroes, or, Defying Mother Nature in the Key of “C”

This is a repost in honor of Veteran’s Day. On this blog I use the term Hero a bit liberally. Obviously, I use the word to (hopefully) inspire ordinary people to become for fully realized versions of themselves. But my … Continue reading

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Why do Heroes and Heroines Always Have to Lose Their Parents?

I have three daughters, so it just so happens that we stumbled upon an obscure little animated film that my girls quite enjoyed. Frozen, I think it’s called. Ever heard of it? And, as other commentators have noted, many parents have had … Continue reading

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Once More Into the Fray!

Once more into the Fray… Into the last good fight I’ll ever know. Live and Die on this day… Live and die on this day… –Jon Treloar Hail Heroes, near and far. Have you ever poured your Heart and Soul … Continue reading

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Cry Havoc! And Let Slip Your Inner Chuck Norris!

One of my favorite books about the creative process is A Kick in the Seat of the Pants by Roger Von Oech. In it, he advocates a kind of multiple personality approach to creativity. Four personalities, to be precise: The … Continue reading

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Swimming Toward the Taj Majal

“It always seems impossible until it’s done.”  ―    Nelson Mandela If it seems like Heroic storytime has become a little more infrequent, like waiting two years between seasons of Sherlock, you are right. Keen deductive skills, Hero(ine)! My script is in … Continue reading

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Writing an American Classic, One Rejection Letter at a Time, or, ‘We’re just Knopf that into you’

“…this is a badly misdirected talent and … this huge sprawling and inconclusive novel would probably have small sales and sardonic indignant reviews from every side.”  — Alfred A. Knopf, Inc. publishing house’s rejection letter of Jack Kerouac’s On the Road, an … Continue reading

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The Ballad of the Penguin, P-Hustle, and the Turbaned Torpedo

“The miracle isn’t that I finished. The miracle is that I had the courage to start.”  – John Bingham “Anything worth doing is going to be difficult” – Fauja Singh “Arch support is for pansies!” – Phidippedes Writing a screenplay … Continue reading

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