Category Archives: Research

New Year’s Rehabilitation

This year, as I enter my second month of physiotherapy, I’m making New Year’s Rehabilitation—not Resolutions—a priority. I was proceeding through a green light one morning in late November last year when a DO2V (translation = Driver Of Other Vehicle, … Continue reading

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A Five Second Revelation

  A few years ago I wrote a Who Done It—or rather, I tried to, but wasn’t terribly satisfied with the results. I recently toke another look at the story—because, hey, it was a good idea. After extensive revisions, I’m … Continue reading

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Archetypal Gods and Goddesses: A Book Review

  Bolen, Jean Shinoda. Goddesses in Everywoman: A New Psychology of Women. (©. 1984) and Gods in Everyman: A New Psychology of Men’s Lives & Loves. (©. 1989) Harper & Row. About the Author: A Jungian analyst and Clinical Professor … Continue reading

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Alphas are in the Driver’s Seat

  Characters are the backbone of the stories we write and read. What intrigues us about these characters are their personalities—their temperament. Merriam Webster defines temperament as: characteristic or habitual inclination or mode of emotional response.   Most of us … Continue reading

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Speaking of Vampires…

Vampire aficionados know that the popularity of things vampire in books, film, theatre, and television is attributable to Irish author Bram Stoker’s 1897 Gothic novel Dracula. Stoker, himself, though was influenced by two earlier vampire novels—Carmilla, an 1871 Gothic novella … Continue reading

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Meteor: Truth or Dare

  Check out my latest Disaster Movie article called: Disaster Movies Revisited: How much is too much? But while Hollywood seems enamoured with space rocks hurtling toward earth, just how realistic is this disaster? I did a quick internet search—here’s … Continue reading

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The Big 5

  What do you think of when someone says “The Big 5”?   What about the Big 5 Major Film Studios of the 1920s? As a film buff—the older the better—I remember movies I’ve seen from all 5 of the … Continue reading

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The Big 5: Personality Dimensions

As an author, personality fascinates me. I usually start by identifying a “generic” archetype for my main characters—and even major secondary characters. But then it’s up to me to fill in the blanks that make that character more identifiable. In … Continue reading

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The Action in Action-Adventure

  The other day I managed to see, at long last, the 1920 silent version of The Mark of Zorro staring Douglas Fairbanks, Senior.   By 1920, Fairbanks was an established Hollywood star, with 29 films behind him. He was … Continue reading

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Show Don’t Tell: A Disastrous Disaster from Space Movie

  I don’t know how I find them. It’s not like I’m purposely searching for disastrous disaster movies so I’ll have something to blog about.   Given the all-star cast—Sean Connery, Natalie Wood, Karl Malden, Brian Keith, Henry Fonda (as … Continue reading

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