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This Is Us Is My Family

Image: Justin Hartley, Chrissy Metz, and Sterling K. Brown in NBC’s This is Us This Is Us I am not alone when I say that This Is Us is one of the best shows on television. Milo Ventimiglia, Mandy Moore, Sterling K. Brown, Chrissy Metz, and Justin Hartley win…

Takers Are Not So Pretty in Pink

Image: Jon Cryer and Molly Ringwald in Pretty in Pink (1986), Paramount Pictures My John Hughes Life In 2017, I championed My Bridget Jones Life. In 2018, I’m moving into John Hughes territory. Not only does the director have a litany of classic 80s movies under his belt, he…

What Groundhog Day Teaches Us About Today

Image: Andie MacDowell and Bill Murray in Groundhog Day (1993), Columbia Pictures Time Is of the Essence In the movie Groundhog Day, one of my all-time favorites, self-absorbed weatherman Phil Connors is forced to live the same day over and over again — until he gets it right. That…

Bounce Back When It Counts

Image: © Sergey Nivens (Fotolia.com) Life Is Basketball We live in New England, but instead of cheering for the Boston Celtics, my son rocks a Cleveland Cavaliers jersey. At least that was the case until the Cavs traded his favorite player, Kyrie Irving, to the Celtics. Then again, since it…

Finding Time to Write

Image (from left to right): Alan Ruck, Mia Sara, and Matthew Broderick in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986), Paramount Pictures The Speed of Life Ferris Bueller knew how to live life to the fullest. Whether it was singing Danke Schoen on a float, dining as the Sausage King…

Why You Should (Not) Write What You Know

Image:© alphaspirit (Fotolia.com) Every Story Has Been Written I’m sorry to burst your bubble, but your story is not one of a kind. It’s not the first time you will hear this either. Every story has already been told. Man v. fate Man v. man…

Oh Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas Tree

Image: Image (from left to right): Juliette Lewis, Chevy Chase, Beverly D’Angelo, and Johnny Galecki in National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989), Warner Bros. The Perfect Christmas Tree You see it time and again in the movies and on television. Unless it’s A Charlie Brown…

How to Write Like a Pro (By the Pros) Part 2

Image (from left to right): J.K. Rowling and Stephen King attend a news conference for “An Evening With Harry, Carrie and Garp” at Radio City Music Hall on August 1, 2006 in New York City. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Getty Images) How to Write Your Best Novel…

How to Write Like a Pro (By the Pros) Part 1

Image: Interview between Stephen King and George R.R. Martin at the Kiva Auditorium in Albuquerque, New Mexico (2016) How to Write Your Best Novel Every new writer, or even established author, wants to know the “best” way to write a best-selling novel. Even Game of Thrones…

Enough with the Self Sabotage

Image: Renee Zellweger and Colin Firth in Bridget Jones’s Diary (2001), Miramax.com My Bridget Jones Life My October 2017 Resolution Stats (See my original resolutions, January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, and September stats here) Averaged 210+ minutes of exercise per week (v. good, above goal…