Make Things Happen: Writing Tips from an Eight-Year-Old

In the latest episode of my podcast, a misunderstanding leads me to interview an award-winning eight-year-old author and her younger sister. Later, their father reveals how his own childhood trauma has informed their creativity. The younger sister then rounds things off by explaining how to make pot holders. The episode ends with a musical remix…Read more Make Things Happen: Writing Tips from an Eight-Year-Old

Is Billy Pilgrim Crazy?

A student of mine recently asked whether Billy Pilgrim, the protagonist (for lack of a better word) of Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse Five, has, within the context of the narrative (such as it is) really experienced a close encounter with aliens or simply lost his mind. The question is certainly valid. When I first read the…Read more Is Billy Pilgrim Crazy?

A Week of Sketches: Whatever

Hmm... This is actually the last of the sketches I wrote for Madhouse, so calling this "A Week of Sketches" may have been a little bit generous on my part. Oh well... WHATEVER The setting: a stage. Major characters include a director, a writer named Barry, and an actor named Todd. Other actors mill about,…Read more A Week of Sketches: Whatever