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May.29.2013
From photographs, I’ve seen the immense beauty of Alaska’s Glacier Bay, where mountain walls of ice meet water. From this comes the image I have of giving and being interviewed. There’s something both amazing and dangerous about a good interview. It’s hard to explain. I happen to be on a blog tour...
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Jan.10.2012
I have to preface this story about the awards I’ve just won. I once worked in the public affairs department of the California Institute of the Arts. It’d been a dream job. I was immersed in the arts and interviewed such fascinating people as directors Tim Burton and Werner Herzog, theatre...
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Oct.15.2011
AMERICAN AUTHORS AS ARTISTS Last week I heard fabulous story on NPR about American authors. Guy Raz spoke with Alexander Nazaryan about how Americans don't deserve a Nobel Prize in Literature.  While I expected someone in an Andy Rooney voice curmudgeonly calling American authors cry babies,...
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Aug.11.2011
A Beer Tonight: A Bullet Tomorrow - A Travelogue in 40 Parts Prologue 1 - Why We Did It - Heather It was nearly 90 degrees when we sat down for the Cal Arts commencement ceremony. I wore black leather. To cool off I drank from a communal bottle of warm tequila. For two years I had exhaustively...
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Jul.05.2011
I’m new to Twitter. Now that I’m there, I’m seeing all sorts of Tweets on self-publishing, which is clearly the new Gold Rush. Here’s one tweet (love that word):      If I Were a Newly Self-Published Author, What Steps Would I Take To Succeed? http://bit.ly/dh8I7N  It’s...
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Mar.21.2010
One of the happy accidents in my life was when the chair of the Santa Monica College English Department, Nina Theiss, had called me out of the blue and asked if I’d consider teaching English at the college. She said she’d heard I was a great teacher, and I had been recommended by a colleague. That...
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May.10.2009
Book writers are funny creatures. Don't we all wish we knew the secret to writing--the one thing we'd follow to make us successful every time at bat?  We all MEAN to write great, engrossing, passionate books, and we certainly EXPECT to finish them--just like we truly plan to follow through with our...
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May.08.2009
For the last eight years, I’ve taught “Story for Animators” at CalArts. It’s been a wonderful challenge for me, a fiction writer and instructor, to teach to animators, but the way I’ve looked at it is that story is story. My students have been teaching me, too, how to draw. The attached drawing is...
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Apr.21.2009
One of the great inspirations in my life was experimental animator Jules Engel, best known for his work on Disney's Fantasia and Bambi, as well helping develop Mr. Magoo and some of the first animated series on television, Gerald McBoing-Boing and Alvin and the Chipmunks. When I started at CalArts...
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Mar.27.2009
I'm seen as an upcoming writer--and I feel it. Twenty-six years ago, I received my master of fine arts degree in professional writing from USC. Twelve years ago, I wrote a play called Who Lives? where I had become utterly fascinated about a true event: a citizen's committee devoted to choosing a...