The Queen’s Gambit – Ep 1: Openings

SPOILERS AHEAD My daughter Amber recommended The Queen’s Gambit (Netflix) to me because she knows I loved the period piece “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” and am a chess nut. Good call on her part. After watching Episode One “Openings” I thought I might write a series of reviews of the show discussing its use of story devices and comparing it […]

Star Trek First Frontier – Review

One of the groups of fan fiction filmmakers has released their feature Star Trek film “First Frontier.” It took five years to produce and violates many of Viacom/CBS’s guidelines for a fan-fic-film: 1: It’s 70 minutes long (the limit is 30 minutes)2: They built their own set3: They use professional actors4: They use non-CBS props and costumes Some of the […]

Good vs. Bad book? Don’t Judge

K.M. Weiland is an excellent resource for writers of all types. Her website Helping Writers Become Authors should be on everyone’s short list of helpful websites. Also, her books on writing are excellent and merge well with Agile Writer theory. But, in a recent site article by Katherine Marsh entitled “Why Do So Many Bad Books Sell on Amazon?” steps […]

On Awards Shows

  Why Watch Bad Films Every year, my writing partner on ReelHeroes.net, Dr. Scott Allison and I discuss the idea of reviewing films on the Golden Globes and Oscar nominations lists. Scott prefers to review movies he knows are going to be of high quality, whereas I like a sort of random draw – reviewing both bad and good movies. […]

Guest Post: The importance of colors to your BRAND

Our friend Sharvette Mitchell is the creative genius behind Mitchell Productions and will be presenting at the Agile Writer Conference January 26th. Click on the image below to learn more about the conference. In the meantime, she’s offered this article from her website to help you. As I say often, BRANDING is largely about visibility and consistency. This relates to what people […]

Guest Post: Your Content Needs A Solid Foundation

Our friend Nakita Rowell-Stevens is a writing coach from The Word Stylist and will be presenting at the Agile Writer Conference January 26th. Click on the image below to learn more about the conference. In the meantime, she’s offered this article from her website to help you.   How do you build a house? Brick by brick, right? And, what is […]

Guest Post: Understanding Psychopathy in Villains

Our friend Tina Glasneck is a USA Today Bestselling Author and will be presenting at the Agile Writer Conference January 26th. Click on the image below to learn more about the conference. In the meantime, she’s offered this article from her website to help you.  During an interview, Ted Bundy, a notorious serial killer and necrophiliac, once said, “I don’t feel […]