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When They Say That Your Writing is Episodic

After winning Honorable Mention in a screenplay writing contest, I lent my screenplay manuscript to a  co-worker for her to read. When she returned to me the manuscript, she said, “…the story is good, but it’s episodic…” Hearing the word “episodic”, I immediately agreed because in my thoughts the story was also based in some Read more about When They Say That Your Writing is Episodic[…]

Ian McKellen as Mr. Holmes

Mr. Holmes (2015)

While browsing of what movies to watch on iFlix, I stumbled upon Mr. Holmes, a 2015 film by Bill Condon and stars Ian McKellen as an elderly Sherlock Holmes. It’s 1947, Sherlock Holmes is 93 years old, long-time retired, and living in a rural farm with his housekeeper, Mrs. Munro, and her son, Roger. He Read more about Mr. Holmes (2015)[…]

Issa Bacsa as a toddler with her dad

Thoughts On Father’s Day

The whole world celebrates Father’s Day today and here are my random thoughts about it. I can say I’m a Daddy’s Little Girl. Not because I’m the only child, but also because my Dad and I are much closer than I was with my Mom. I grew up under the care of my uncle, Mom’s eldest brother, Read more about Thoughts On Father’s Day[…]

Ordeal By Innocence book cover

Ordeal By Innocence

Ordeal By Innocence, (1958) by Agatha Christie I think I mentioned before that Ordeal By Innocence, the 1958 novel of my idol, Agatha Christie, is the first book I’ve read among Christie’s long list of novels. I was on my sixth grade when I got hold of a copy of it. 32 years after, I Read more about Ordeal By Innocence[…]

Casting JonBenet

Casting JonBenet

Casting JonBenet is a 2017 documentary film by Kitty Green. It is about the JonBenet Ramsey murder case in 1996 and the actors’ thoughts about her death and its investigation. “I’m ___, and I’m auditioning for the role of ___.” The film opens with kids wearing similar American-themed costumes scrambling to their seats, getting ready Read more about Casting JonBenet[…]

Gustave Flaubert quote

Celebrate World Book Day. Read!

23 April is World Book Day. Since 1995, countries around the world celebrate this day to promote not just reading but also publishing and copyright. It is also the death anniversary of Shakespeare and Cervantes. Some countries celebrate World Book Day by reading their literary works. These days, reading is not much as it used Read more about Celebrate World Book Day. Read![…]

Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold

Columbine High School Massacre

18 years ago, on 20 April 1999, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold stormed Columbine High School with pipe bombs and gunshots. They killed 12 students, a teacher, injured 21 people, and committed suicide after. The day coincided with Hitler’s birthday and the release of KMFDM’s album, “Adios“. No one saw it coming. The massacre became Read more about Columbine High School Massacre[…]

Issa Bacsa

Happy Easter and Happy 48th Birthday!

Happy Easter! Today, I feel blessed to be 48. Yes, today is also my birthday. I just feel happy about it. It’s the year of the Fire Rooster and it’s my Chinese zodiac, too. Lucky year for me, I wish. Years ago, I wrote down on my old blog that age is just a number and listed Read more about Happy Easter and Happy 48th Birthday![…]

Cat Among The Pigeons book cover

Cat Among the Pigeons

I’ve heard about this Christie’s book during a brainstorming session with my colleagues in the film industry many years ago. Last year, I got hold of an e-book version and recently, I read this using my cellphone’s text reader. Cat Among the Pigeons by Agatha Christie, 1959 Prince Ali Yusuf, the liberal ruling monarch of Read more about Cat Among the Pigeons[…]

Steven Amsterdam quote

Are Your Characters Running On Empty?

You have seen this cycle before. You’re writing a novel or screenplay. You have a great idea, so great that you dream it will become the next bestseller or award-winning film. You spend days outlining and writing the first few pages. Then… you lose steam. It becomes harder to write. The momentum goes down. Writer’s Read more about Are Your Characters Running On Empty?[…]

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