Writing Powerful Villains

I am making my way through Robert McKee's Story (subtitled Style, Structure, Substance, and the Principles of Screenwriting) for the second time (it's just so good!) and I wanted to touch on McKee's principle of "the negation of the negation" and how it used to create the most powerful villains. First, when I say "powerful villain" I don't … Continue reading Writing Powerful Villains

Rough Draft is Underway!

Hello everyone. Sorry that I haven't posted in a while. Just been getting back into the swing of things after the holidays, and sadly the blog is what fell to the last of the priority list. But now I'm back at it! Even though I haven't shared anything, the last month or so has actually … Continue reading Rough Draft is Underway!

Christmas Day – Luke 2

The Gospel According to St Luke Chapter 2 1 And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Cæsar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed. 2 (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.) 3 And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city. 4 And Joseph also went up from Galilee, … Continue reading Christmas Day – Luke 2

Christmas Eve – ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas

  'Twas the Night Before Christmas or A Visit from St. Nicholas by: Clement Clarke Moore       'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse; The stockings were hung by the chimney with care In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there; The … Continue reading Christmas Eve – ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas

December 23rd – A Christmas Carol (Dickens)

This is a Christmas classic that can't be ignored. Just as Scrooge learned, when our time comes we will be more concerned about the people that we helped, rather than the money that we made or the time spent at the office. So let's remember that this Christmas season as well. It's not about how … Continue reading December 23rd – A Christmas Carol (Dickens)

December 22nd – The Mansion

This is one of the three stories that Thomas S. Monson, someone I look up to, always reads during Christmas time, along with Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" and the second chapter of St. Luke. It's a touching story that reminds us that what matters most is not the things that we get, but the people that … Continue reading December 22nd – The Mansion

December 21st – Silent Night

Silent Night by: Joseph Mohr Silent night, holy night, All is calm, all is bright Round yon virgin mother and child. Holy infant, so tender and mild, Sleep in heavenly peace, Sleep in heavenly peace. Silent night, holy night, Shepherds quake at the sight; Glories stream from heaven afar, Heavenly hosts sing Alleluia! Christ the … Continue reading December 21st – Silent Night