Speaking of old novels you should (re)read…

Finally, I guess, everyone’s re-reading 1984. Good! I re-read it this past summer and did my part to advertise its application to modern day. Glad to see the appreciation of this classic dystopian novel alive and well again. Here’s a list of other must-read classics (or re-reads) to put on your list after you finish … Continue reading

5 Short Stories You Should Read This Month

May is #ShortStoryMonth. And why not. Seems a perfect way to follow the #NationalPoetryMonth of April. Also, with the weather what it is in May, short stories are perfect little “snacks” to digest outside during a little pick-me-up from office indoor weather. Below is a list of five of my very favorite scifi-y short stories. (I’ve included … Continue reading

Open Letter to Chris Carter

Open letter to Chris Carter, creator of The X Files   Dearest Chris Carter: I realize that Lord Kinbote may be inhabiting your body and that you may not receive this letter due to being at the Earth’s molten core; however, I felt the need to reach out to you after the conclusion of The … Continue reading

On the why would anyone care to read about you question

On the why would anyone care to read about you question…I would say what I say to my journalism and film students when they tell me that they have no story ideas… Everyone has a story to tell, this is what journalism is to me at its heart – the stories of all of us, … Continue reading

Advice for students who want to work in any media industry

I’ve been asked to participate in a mentoring program for students about to graduate from college this coming weekend. In preparation for the event, I was asked to share the most important advice I have to give young people who want to work in the media industries. So here’s that answer… The advice I give to … Continue reading

The Truth Is Out There

  It was July 1997. A hot, humid night like all of the others in a Fort Worth, Texas summer. My friend and coworker, Anita, and I were enjoying a night out at the AMC Palace 9, the newest downtown movieplex, packed elbow to elbow in front of the largest screen the theatre had, the … Continue reading

Exploring truth in storytelling through The X Files’ Bad Blood

I was recently discussing what it is to tell a truth, to write about truth, in story telling with some other writers. We talked about the possibilities for multiple truths to co-exist, the possibility of believing something making it feel true and other such writerly arguments that you’d find in a Creative Nonfiction Writing Workshop. … Continue reading

Chasing Connections Down Rabbit Holes of Inspiration

I love the internet. I love how it connects things I didn’t even know were connectable. In a few keystrokes I am down a rabbit hole chasing ghosts and echos of words, thoughts, ideas gone by but not forgotten. An example: I decided to do a little research on a movie (Midnight in Paris) and … Continue reading

On being inspired to write (and report) people’s stories

I am inspired today. And I have news and journalism to thank yet again. And I want to share the trigger to my excitement with the world. It’s an amazing story that deserves the word amazing, when most things we read that have that word attached to them probably aren’t. But this is: A man … Continue reading

Breaking Bad’s Story Design Applied to Journalism

Check out this great article from Inside the Story Magazine: http://www.insidethestory.org/preview/breaking-bad-stories-a-manifesto-for-story-design-in-journalism/ It sounds pretty much like “New Journalism” to me. And great ideas for all types of storytellers… though a team that large working on any one story is pretty rare in the “news” biz – but why not use this as a classroom approach! (Sundance … Continue reading

Snow Fall and The Jockey

There once was a little newspaper who thought big and tried new things. Overtime, they started a following. It turns out that solid reporting, interesting stories, and innovation was what “the people” wanted. Enter The New York Times multimedia stories “Snow Fall” and “The Jockey.” Read/watch/investigate them here, if you haven’t already: http://www.nytimes.com/projects/2012/snow-fall/#/?part=tunnel-creek http://www.nytimes.com/projects/2013/the-jockey/?pagewanted=all&_r=0#/?chapt=introduction It is … Continue reading

Write On! Get creative this July with Camp NaNoWriMo

Need a little help getting your creative juices flowing and charging up your outlook on life? Start writing! Join me at Camp NaNoWriMo from July 1-31, 2013 and write your first book! It’s free and fun – so why not make your summer one to remember in words. Writing anything helps all of your writing … Continue reading

How do you write?

I was recently asked – how do you write? This is my process: It happens in a split second like flipping a switch. I go into automatic pilot. Words flow out of my fingers letter by letter onto keys. Somehow, perhaps by some sort of yet-to-be-discovered-magic, a story forms. My mind has taken in information … Continue reading