Thoughts on Star Wars: The Force Awakens

My heart can’t help but flutter at the sheer potential awesomeness of this movie. However…my heart must overcome my brain’s horrific memory of that midnight showing of The Phantom Menace. The night the child inside me died. Yes, it was only a movie. But growing up in 1977, Star Wars was everything. As an 8-year-old it shifted my perception. Made me dream. It created the creativity inside me. Or at least gave birth to what was already there.

I hope this movie can give back at least one hour of those six magical ones I spent in the summers of 1977, 1980, and 1983 as a kid munching on popcorn and dreaming of adventures in space. If this film can give just a little of that magic back, I’ll gladly overlook any of its imperfections.

But if Jar Jar Binks shows up I’m gonna lose my sh*t.


An Evening With Ray Bradbury

This is a must see if you want to be a serious writer.

This is a wonderful hour with the funny and insightful science fiction author Ray Bradbury, writer of such masterpieces as FAHRENHEIT 451 and SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES. The entire hour is filled with great advice for young writers starting out and some of us who are still hammering on the keyboards. Grab a pad and pen because you’ll want to be writing stuff down.

This was recorded in 2001. But every word is still relevent for writers today.