I write, teach about writing, and write about teaching and writing. I work to bring it all together with this blog.
I’m a husband, father, writer, and teacher living in Michigan. I believe we’re as capable of revising our selves as we are revising our work. I like liking things, and sometimes I get the chance to share that enthusiasm.
If you’re looking for more details about my professional background
Here’s a link to my CV.
If you want to know what I’m working on now
Here’s a brief list.
If you want to get in touch with me
It’s easy to find me on Twitter.
If you prefer email, please understand that I may not always respond promptly, especially depending on my current available bandwidth.
Selected Writing (Past & Present)
Mystery, Audio Drama
College student Zina Roberts works to balance solving cases of academic dishonesty for her school’s Dean of Students with the demands of writing a weekly advice column for a student paper.
Three Page Excerpt from Episode 2: Parlez-vous Cheating? (Opening scenes)
You can listen to the complete series on in your browser or through your preferred podcast app.
Ladies & Gentlemen, Miss Ida Walker
Western, Feature-length screenplay
A silent film studio sends a devil-may-care, gunslinging actress to shoot a picture in the middle of the Mexican Revolution.
Four Page Excerpt from the script (Opening scenes)
There’s also a recording of a table read of the entire script, performed by actors from Central Michigan University.
Will to Freedom
Biographical Drama, Feature-length screenplay
An adaptation of the autobiography of the same name by Egon Balas, a member of the Hungarian underground during World War II who found himself falsely accused and imprisoned by the post-war government he fought for.
Three Page Excerpt from the script (Egon facing an interrogation in the Malmezon prison)
Other places you can see my work
- Switching from Final Draft to Highland 2
- 7 Tips for Creating Unforgettable Villains
- The Black List Blog
What’s in a name?
The name started as a riff on the line Calvin’s dad repeats in Calvin & Hobbes — a play on how writing is all about doing the work of building characters from nothing.
After I became a dad, I realized that I was becoming more like Calvin’s father. Some of the jokiness of the title has worn off.
But the core is still there. Writing is the work of building believable, honest characters. And just like how the dialogue and actions of characters tell us who they are, our words and deeds build a picture of who we are for others.
If you’re new here, I recommend these posts to get started.
Disclaimer: All opinions expressed on this site are mine alone and do not reflect the opinions of my employer(s).