Free Kindle eBooks and Activity Pages: 3/21 and 3/22

I’m making four of my Kindle ebooks FREE for the weekend.

If you’ve got little ones at home who need some entertainment, please feel free to gift them with these books.


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Angelico Goes To The Store

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Hide & Seek With Beverly Picture Book

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12 Funny Faces For You To Try Picture Book

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Usually, these free downloads are for people who join my mailing list.

But right now, I’m leapfrogging you right to the download page. No signup required.

The coloring pages are from the book Hide & Seek with Beverly.

The Valentine’s Day cards are seasonal, but isn’t this a great time to tell people you love them? 🙂


Rocket Summer Available Worldwide with Free Shipping

Did you know…

You can order Rocket Summer to be delivered anywhere in the world with FREE SHIPPING.

How awesome is that?

Get this exciting and heart-warming middle-grade adventure book sent to you wherever you are.

“…a real page-turner … riveting and profound”
– Binghamton Children’s Books Examiner

Screenwriting for Distance Learning Providers

Curious about what I do for #distancelearning clients?

I work alongside the Instructional Designer (ID), who is a specialist responsible for designing and organizing the course. They work with the Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) to define the overall educational goals of the course, and develop supplemental materials like quizzes and tests, downloadable support assets like workbooks and syllabi, and interactive content.

The ID determines which portion of the material needs to be presented with narration or scenarios, which are short scenes using actors to demonstrate best practices, and then forwards the relevant SME documents to me.

The SMEs are very smart people who are experts in their fields; but they often (usually?) aren’t teachers, and in my ten years of experience aren’t necessarily good at decrypting their specialized knowledge for learners who are not yet expert themselves.

So the SME docs can be very dense, hermetic, and technical in ways that don’t lend themselves to knowledge transfer.

My job is to review, edit, organize, and simplify the SME content so it’s more accessible and engaging while retaining its educational value. If we can keep learners engaged in the material, we can improve knowledge retention and training completion rates.

Then I take the optimized SME content and write scripts for the narrator and the actors to record.

All of this is done in stages, with reviews and input from the ID to ensure we’re all staying on track with the teaching goals of the distance learning provider.

Here’s an example of a course I worked on for Care Academy. The video starts at the beginning of one of the scenarios, but I also wrote all the narration portions as well.

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Big Time Big Deal Sci-Fi Book Reveal and Unboxing

International children's sci-fi collection

Exciting news! My latest novel just arrived and you’re going to see it for the first time just as I do.

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New sci-fi novel released!

Exciting news!

The book I wrote last year has been released as part of a series.

Very proud to be one of the 15 international authors chosen to contribute to this IP.

International children's sci-fi collection

“…after nearly two years of preparation and creation … the authorship team of 15 internationally renowned writers was finally determined.” Continue reading New sci-fi novel released!

Number 1 New Release on Amazon!

My new book, 21 Things You Need To Know About Screenplay Options, is the #1 New Release on Amazon in its category, and a Top 100 title in three categories overall!

This is a refinement and republication of the very popular blog posts I wrote up back in 2010, that have been cited or reprinted by Bluecat Screenplay Competition,  ScriptTips, and SimplyScripts.

I’ve done some rearranging, a little editing, and a general cleanup.

In a handy-dandy portable ebook version just for you.

Very exciting!


21 Things You Need To Know About Screenplay Options

William Gibson Interview – All Tomorrow’s Parties

William Gibson, Author
Portrait of author William Gibson taken on his 60th birthday; March 17, 2008. Photo: Gonzo Bonzo

A long time ago — in the 1990s (holy crap, 20 years ago!) — I was the co-host (with my very good pal Sean Meehan) of a radio show on KSCO/KOMY called “Brave New World: The Coliseum Of Cultural Evolution.”

We interviewed lots of cool and interesting people, like Peter Bart, editor of Variety, who talked with us about the trends in Hollywood film-making; WWF wrestler Mick Foley who had just released his first book; and William Gibson, who had just released the novel “All Tomorrow’s Parties.”

For all kinds of reasons, very few recordings or text of the show survive… but I’m stoked that we did capture the Gibson interview.

I’m still looking for the audio file, but in the meantime, here’s the transcript… enjoy!

Continue reading William Gibson Interview – All Tomorrow’s Parties

Thunder Road – Jim Cummings

thunder road short film jim cummings

Every now and then you run across a piece of filmmaking that inspires, and stuns, and leaves you saying “holy crap.”

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R.I.P. Jerry Pournelle – And the infamous Ringworld and Squich Stories

Jerry Pournelle

Image: Roland Dobbins, Flickr

Wow. Jerry Pournelle passed away.

What a character… I’ve got a few Jerry stories from back in the day…

I’ve already shared the Jerry/Ringworld story that his sometime writing partner Larry Niven shared with me about a million years ago, over here Continue reading R.I.P. Jerry Pournelle – And the infamous Ringworld and Squich Stories

No-budget visual tricks for indie filmmakers

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Image: Reddit

Indie filmmaker? Limited resources?

Don’t forget that what’s outside the frame doesn’t matter. Particularly with tightly framed shots, and shallow depth of field.

Being an art director for no-budget shoots, I’ve had to get creative with zero money, and with zero time, more times that I like to remember. But there’s nothing like solving a problem, and seeing the result on the screen… knowing just what kind of shoestring magic is happening outside the frame.

This set of images might just inspire you to get a little creative with your framing and your atmosphere… they’re for still photographers, but no reason you can’t steal the ideas for your movie.

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