May the force be with you and your weekend remain spoiler-free, my fellow Star Wars geeks.
As a writer, I must extend great thanks, first, to my dad who taught me to appreciate music that didn’t include words, and to John Williams for his career full of inspiring, beautiful scores that can be a writer’s best friend. Below, you can listen to his new score to “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” Continue reading →
I was asked, how much is the average cost to build a website? As we head into 2016, here are some factors to consider before you take the plunge.
First, the price is influenced by what you want and what you need. Do you only require something that is a brochure style? That means you would have a few basic pages: home, about, product/services, contact. Or do you require a more advanced site with features such as a blog, CMS-integrated design and programming, and dynamic content? (Most of my designs, for example, fall under the latter…and I love, love doing this work. Tons of fun and opportunity to create something original and enticing.)
As writers, we strive to discover and produce that magical combination that will carry the reader into a new world. I think this quote from Terrence Des Pres explains how to create what he calls “a priceless gift.”
It also explains why writers are famous for day dreaming and why they rely on their craft to vividly broadcast those daydreams in the imagination of the reader.
I came across this quote when I was reading a story in The New Yorker about author John Irving who recently released Avenue of Mysteries. You may know him better from his World According to Garp.
His latest book is on my reading list. I like the concept he used to advance his protagonist’s journey. He discusses it in this book trailer:
Every person is unique, thank goodness, and by being individual, each person has the potential of offering something wonderful to their family, friends, community, country and the human race. This week, I have been writing about how a local pastor has been promoting messages that divide and categorize people. (Today is the second part of Pastor Mark Smith’s sermon “Justice Mocked by the Jews.”) And as I further contemplate how his actions, his choices, lay the groundwork for anti-Semitism and hate in my community, I realize how much I feel sorry for him and the people to whom he preaches.
Yesterday, I wrote about how he separates people into those who are saved by Jesus, and those who are not. The latter group, he insists, ultimately will be damned if they do not believe what he does; what his church believes. If that is one’s belief, then one has the right to adhere to that belief…as long as one does not force that belief onto someone else, or intentionally hurt others in the name of said belief.
“Keep in mind that when public figures get in trouble for something they said, it is usually not because they misspoke, but because they accidentally told the truth.”
–David Carr, New York Times writer
Just when you think you are making progress to get people to see things from a different perspective, your faith in people’s fair play, decency and altruism is tested…and disappointed. After I (and other people) complained about the Anti-Semitic tone of the sermon title on the billboard facing out onto a busy intersection in front of Berean Baptist Church in Rohnert Park, the title, “Justice Mocked by the Jews,” was changed to “Fundamentals of the Faith.” I’m so very sad to say, the antagonistic sermon title has returned for part 2 of this sermon scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 15. Continue reading →
Who will sit behind Jon Stewart’s news desk to helm the empire he built? That’s what Daily Show viewers have been asking since Comedian Jon Stewart announced Tuesday—as though you haven’t heard—he is stepping down as host after 16 years.
“It is time for someone else to have that opportunity,” he told a surprised audience at yesterday’s taping. And while viewers are curious about what he’ll do next, even before the cushion on his chair had cooled, fans began speculating about who will fill Stewart’s role as cultural commentator and political/media watchdog and critic.
The blogosphere chatter is calling for a woman to take the lead. People are saying Comedy Central should step away from the tradition of male comedians hosting late-night shows in favor of selecting from an abundance of female comedians.
Is it really necessary for a car company to post the “Do not attempt” warning on its TV commercial that shows a few rock climbers slam an abundance of over-sized blocks of plastique on the face of a cliff before an explosion neatly shapes cars in stone? Other than an expectation of Johnny Knoxville accepting that challenge based on its superfluous advisement, are there people stupid enough to attempt this?
Can’t you just hear the advertising guys standing in front of a bunch of Honda suits displaying their sketched version of Mt. Rushmore and pitching this idea that further deteriorates the remaining respect for Presidents’ Day?