A Story is Born (or: a brief digression about fiction writing, idea generation, and Gilmore Girls)

During the last six months of 2021, I managed to get 10,000 words written of a novel-length story idea that’s been percolating in the back of my head for more than twenty years. Since I average 250 words per printed page (double-spaced, 12-point type), that’s forty pages. Not a bad start. These forty pages are […]

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Gilmore Girls: Season 5 — a review

Amy Sherman-Palladino and the other great minds behind Gilmore Girls know how to write characters that you grow to care about. That’s what keeps me watching this series, which is a veritable Masters class on characterization. Towns such as Stars Hollow, Connecticut, do not exist. They’ve probably never existed except on shows like this one, […]

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Gilmore Girls: Season 3 – a review

  Reaching the end of the third season of Gilmore Girls has left me with mixed emotions. Oh, I still love the show. I can’t recommend it nearly enough for people interested in watching, or creating, character-driven narratives. This show is my best evidence that my attention can be kept without over-the-top violence, explosions, shootouts, […]

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