First Class Fairy Tales

A few weeks back I told my younger daughter a bedtime story that featured a noble hero on a quixotic quest, a tunnel-guarding troll who jealously withheld a pack of golden tickets, and a maiden fair who watched from afar. Now the truth is that we (or at least she!) are a little old forContinue reading “First Class Fairy Tales”

Welcome to the Hellmouth

There are certain things in life not open to debate: among them, that Buffy the Vampire Slayer is one of the greatest TV shows of all time. For those of you who don’t yet know this, watch and you will see that Buffy’s otherwise idyllic town of Sunnydale happens to sit atop a Hellmouth proneContinue reading “Welcome to the Hellmouth”

Notes from a Nearby Road

I will get back to Miami, promise. . .but in the meantime, I saw something this morning that prompted me to write a quick new entry. For context: although my daughters have stayed fully remote this school year, which ends in a couple weeks, my older daughter is doing an outdoor fitness class that featuresContinue reading “Notes from a Nearby Road”

The Sunset Sisters: A Family Interlude

Remember when I showed you my friend Deb’s feet and promised you would see my own? Well, be careful what you wish for. . . One boring morning a few months ago, when the New England weather was doing its thing, I idly suggested to my younger daughter that we have a sleepover-style party —Continue reading “The Sunset Sisters: A Family Interlude”

Prologue Part 4: Taking a Chance

We won. It took a while, and bonus points to anyone who put “armed insurrection” on their bingo card for January 2021, but we won. And so after the Inauguration, my thoughts turned to the question lingering on all our minds: what do I do now? You see, I’m a screenwriter, and before the pandemicContinue reading “Prologue Part 4: Taking a Chance”

Prologue Part 2: Taking a Walk

March and April 2020 were two of the toughest months of my life. The fear I felt was matched only by the speed with which everything fell apart. A week after returning from Kauai, I hopped back on a plane to LA to take care of some screenwriting business. In retrospect, it seems so stupendouslyContinue reading “Prologue Part 2: Taking a Walk”