Writing & Publishing

My Favourite Word

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My favourite word in the English language is “Insouciance” — pronounced in-shoo-see-ance.

It means a casual lack of concern; indifference; playful.

It comes from an 18th-century French word that means ‘not’ and ‘worrying.’

It encompasses a great philosophy and attitude for life as a whole.

There are lots of ways to apply it.

I was once undergoing a business mediation, although not a formal legal process it was nevertheless a distraction and annoying. In my rebuttal of the accusations against me, my written reply was done so with an attitude of insouciance. I wrote my response as a second-grade kid, pointing out things I didn’t understand and writing with “me thinks there is sum’mut wrong wid that.” It was hilarious, although the mediator didn’t really get it and my accuser became madder. The more insouciant I was about the whole thing, the madder and more threatening he got. I guess that was his aim, to make me less insouciant or to make me worry more.

In other areas of life, it applies. Spilt milk? An insouciant attitude makes a joke out of it.

Like anything, it just takes practice. If you practice being insouciant, making fun of the things that usually upset you—not necessarily making fun of the people, but the situation—you’ll find, sooner or later, those situations make you laugh.

Go ahead, give it a try. What have you got to lose, except your worry?

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Unregistered the Movie

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Unregistered is a short film created and directed by my friend Sophia Banks.

She has done a truly amazing job of creating suspense, drama and action all focused around a compelling love story.

Sophia comes from a background of 15 years in the fashion industry - starting her career in film as a costume designer and upon returning to school for further training in film she broke into the industry with her award-winning short “Making it On Time” for Christian Siriano and Vogue, featuring girls wearing high-end couture gowns skating through an urban DTLA setting-the first video of it’s kind.

She continues to do commercial work and has worked for notable clients such as: Pepsi, Chobani, Blistex, Kendall and Kylie Jenner as well as Dell and Target. She has a diverse reel focused heavily on beautiful shots and stunning frames that catch your attention. (Check out her show reel here.)

Much of her experience and eye for detail as well as passion for all things visual is what has given her an edge in creating her first Sci-Fi short film, Unregistered.

The film was made with a stellar cast of actors and crew, including Director of Photography, Paul Cameron, who worked on such films as; Collateral, Westworld and Man on Fire.

Unregistered is a love story unlike any other, set in the near future of Los Angeles, where the Federal Government has a “State Of Emergency” law that limits one child per home due to overpopulation.

Here’s a sneak peak.

And to find out more visit unregisteredthemovie.com and connect via Facebook and Instagram


Writer's Myth #1 - The Number of Words

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One of the most common myths I hear is that a book must be a certain number of words— not too many and not too little.

Let me tell you, that is an arbitrary rule.

Here's a principle you should follow: 

 

The whole purpose of writing is to
convey your message or story.

 

If you do it in a 100 words, great. If it takes 10,000, fine.

What's important is that your audience understands what you have written.

Some publishers or editors will tell you that a book should not be too big, but what about that classic Gone with the Wind with over 400,000 words?

Others will say that a book can't be too short either, then how to you explain the success of Fight Club with less than 50,000 words?

So throw away this myth and just write, say what you want to say, no more, no less. 

The only real purpose of counting words is to measure your daily or weekly production as a writer, if you must. I have personally never done so. I measure my production on the number of chapters I complete.

And as a self-publisher of 7 books, I don't need to adhere to someone else's idea of "ideal word count."

And never let anyone tell you that you need to write more or less. It's a myth.

Feel free to ask questions.

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Social-Fiction (So-fi) — A New Genre of Storytelling

Social-Fiction (So-fi) — A New Genre of Storytelling

I believe there is a new type of storytelling.

Just in case my fictional writing fails to leave an indelible mark upon the literary world, I thought I should claim the title as “the-one-who-named-it.”

Social-fiction is driven by the social interaction between fans and fictional characters who communicate with fans via social media.

Although the characters are fictitious, their interaction with the audience is real and the plot develops through that interaction. Real people and scenes may find their way into the story as it unfolds.

So-fi, as a genre, is used alongside any other genre, be it romance, action, mystery or science fiction. It has no limits.