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48 Hours – A City of London Thriller

48 Hours – A City of London Thriller by J. Jackson Bentley (2011) I’ve stumbled upon this e-book years ago on Free-eBooks.net but it was only recently that I got the chance to read it in full. Josh Hammond worked as a financial adjuster in London. One day, he received a text message from someone Read more about 48 Hours – A City of London Thriller[…]

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Murder On Cue by Jane Dentinger (1983)

While shopping with my husband, I saw a sign on a book sale saying two hardbound books for Php 99.00. That’s equivalent to a little less than $2.00 USD. So I took the chance because my husband paid for it. One of the hardbound books is Murder On Cue, a 1983 novel by Jane Dentinger. Read more about Murder On Cue by Jane Dentinger (1983)[…]

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Danger.Com @2 – Firestorm

One of the rare finds I had recently was a copy of Danger.Com series number 2 entitled Firestorm. The tagline of the whole series lies on the front cover which got me hooked: “Surfing the Internet can be hazardous to you health.” I admit, I am a sucker for book sales. Not only for Book Read more about Danger.Com @2 – Firestorm[…]

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Contratiempo (The Invisible Guest)

Contratiempo, also known internationally as The Invisible Guest, is a 2016 Spanish film by Oriol Paulo. Aside from being a crime fiction fan, I also appreciate foreign films like this. The story starts when lawyer Virginia Goodman visits businessman Adrian Doria, who is under house arrest for killing his mistress, fashion photographer Laura Vidal. For Read more about Contratiempo (The Invisible Guest)[…]

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7 Little Known Facts About Arthur Conan Doyle

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was a Scottish physician and writer. He was noted for creating the famous fictional detective Sherlock Holmes. When I was a child, I’ve been hearing references to Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson. But it was only during my professional years that I got hold of the complete volumes of his works. Read more about 7 Little Known Facts About Arthur Conan Doyle[…]

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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[…]

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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[…]

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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[…]

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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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Character’s Goal

You have a story but it seems that the pages feel slow and aimless. You check the character and the premise, both are good enough to move the story. However, there’s a problem in the handling of the characters’ goals. We as writers understand what a goal is in storytelling. It is what the main Read more about Character’s Goal[…]