An Actor Prepares: On Revenant, DiCaprio, and the Silly Things Actors Do in Order to Play Pretend

He risked hypothermia, he ate bison liver, and slept in an animal carcass. Or so actor Leonardo DiCaprio, claims. These are just of some of the stupid things he and other actors like him do when playing pretend. All in pursuit of Oscar glory. But will he finally get the golden statue named Oscar which … Continue reading An Actor Prepares: On Revenant, DiCaprio, and the Silly Things Actors Do in Order to Play Pretend

Social Medicine & Che Guevara: An Historical Observation

In January 1959, the world woke up to the Cuban Revolution and the overthrow of the former Cuban dictator, Flugencio Batista. Fidel Castro, the leader of this revolution, would shortly become and long remain a thorn in the side of the United States government. The revolution’s other leader, Dr. Ernesto “Ché” Guevara would influence not … Continue reading Social Medicine & Che Guevara: An Historical Observation

Poetry, Stars, and Violence: An Essay on Mexican Folklore

In Ireland it’s known as The Troubles, in Colombia it’s known as La Violencia, and in Costa Chica, México, there is not definitive name for it but it is definitely historical, as well as, contemporaneous. With Ireland and México, the past gives the present meaning and the present returns the favor. The kinds of people, … Continue reading Poetry, Stars, and Violence: An Essay on Mexican Folklore

Birds without a Nest: A Critical Review

Clorino Matto de Turner’s Birds without a Nest, written in 1889, was an attempt on her part to make a political statement with her novel. The political statement was concerning the mistreatment of the indigenous people in Peru and how it affected Peru’s progress. Her novel examines the plight of the Andean Native Americans and … Continue reading Birds without a Nest: A Critical Review

Inspiration …. When You Least Expect It

Burning the midnight oil often is the romanticized image of writing. Writing sometimes is not as beautiful as we might dream. However, the harder a writer works the more material they produce. With more material brings with it accomplishment and a larger portfolio. Time and time again I doubt my ability. All creative people do … Continue reading Inspiration …. When You Least Expect It

How to be Successful Pitching at a Pitchfest

Finished Writing … Now What? So, you’ve finished writing your baby. The long sleepless days of writing and re-writing are now over. You have had the right people read your script (Friends, Family, Enemies?). You have received all the feedback for the time being and made appropriate changes. Now what? Now what do you do with this … Continue reading How to be Successful Pitching at a Pitchfest