You can’t win it if you’re not in it. When I worked in the UC humanities institute world, this is the advice I routinely gave the scholars I coached on proposals for research funding. Two years ago, almost by accident, I began taking my own advice — and I learned some valuable lessons along the… Read More Power of a Proposal
This is some marketing copy I wrote in 2012 or 2013, in a crime fiction class with Lynne Hightower. Thousands of words later, much has changed, and yet the general outline still holds. At that point, I imagined I was writing a genre novel and that I would bang it out quickly and…. Of course,… Read More Margot Black Is Back!
I’ve been participating off and on in National Novel Writing Month for close to a decade. I absolutely love the idea that for thirty days in November hundreds of thousands of writers around the world are throwing their hearts and minds into the writing of a novel. Even though I’ve only hit the 50,000 word… Read More NaNoWriMo: Serious Fun
Originally posted on December 13, 2018 at creative-egghead.com Last winter I came to the Fountain of Youth intending to jumpstart — and hopefully finish — The File on Margot Black, the historical novel project inspired by my academic work on the 1947 film Crossfire and the House Un-American Activities investigation into Hollywood radicalism. Even as I was working… Read More Auf Wiedersehen, Margot Black
CROSSFIRE @ 70 Seventy years ago today, Crossfire – Hollywood’s first postwar film to tackle the problem of anti-Semitism in America – premiered at the Rivoli Theatre in New York City in a “blaze of glory.” The Radio Flash, RKO studio’s in-house exhibitor newsletter, crowed over eager movie-goers forming lines around the block, standees in the back of… Read More Le Plus Ca Change: