The Bloody Footprint

     I always wanted to make my daddy proud. I did the best that I could. I finished high school at the top of my class. I stayed out of trouble and kept on a straight and narrow path. I had a great group of friends and was happy with the direction my life was …

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The Dead Escort

     I wasn’t always this pretty. I was seriously overweight for my size. I weighed over two hundred and fifty pounds by the time I turned twenty. My sister would always tell me I needed to do something before it was too late. She would suggest different diets and different programs to help me lose …

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The Murdered Hiker

     I was excited to get away. It was the first day of summer vacation and I had plans to travel fifty miles north to my favorite hiking spot. Not many people knew of this spot, which made it so much more inviting. Peace and quiet in nature were just what I needed after the …

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Short Story: Untitled

It was 1936 and Antonio was enrolled at the Accademia Nazionale Di Arte Drammatica. He was twenty-two years old when he first met Rosa. She was the most beautiful girl he ever seen. One evening, after everyone retired, he accidentally walked in on Rosa rehearsing. He fell in love with her instantly. Antonio knew then …

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A Visit to Charles Bukowski’s Grave

I’m a huge fan of Bukowski, and an even bigger fan of his writing style - which was in the stream-of-consciousness vein, a la Hunter Thompson. Bukowski often said, “Don’t try,” and some would think he meant just let the words flow, don’t try to make sense of them. His wife, Linda, says it means …

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H.P. Lovecraft: Legend of Horror & Monsters

“The Dunwich Horror” by H.P. Lovecraft was surely a treat to read. A great example of the complex discovery plot. It was a slow start for me, but the descriptive writing Lovecraft used easily kept me interested. He makes it effortless to visualize the surroundings and become one with the story. His description of Wilbur …

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My Modern Day “School of Athens”

The High Renaissance held the best historical phase of philosophical painting. Raphael, who Vasari called “the prince of painters”, learned from the greatness of two mentors, Leonardo and Michelangelo, who fueled his ambition and along with his skills resulted in one of the greatest images that taught us viewers about philosophy as a way of …

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Favorite Scene by: Chris Columbus (1985)

To write screenplays you must read a lot of screenplays. I didn't emphasize on the 'A LOT' enough. I spend hours and hours reading scripts to study the different formats of various writers. Today, I am reading one of my favorites, for probably the 100th time. It's one of my all-time favorite scenes, and probably …

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My take on Greek & Norse Mythology

The chasm between Greek and Norse mythology is huge. The beginning of each of their worlds couldn’t be more different. Although they both began with nothing but a void of darkness, the Norse creation story was made by an evil giant, as the Greek’s story was made from an egg. Norse mythology is full of …

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The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock

T.S. Eliot’s poem “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” uses the overriding image and theme of old age to present. It’s beautifully written and yet somewhat disturbing. He tells you of his story from the hell that he’s become stuck in, just as Guido tells Dante in the section from Inferno at the beginning …

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