Mind the Art

Salutations.

It’s been over a year since I posted thoughts, ideas, or press in this particular digital storefront window.

I haven’t been creatively dry during that time – more like adrift, periodically bobbing into project shores, and then floating back out to sea.

stormyseasI blame a heavy storm of negativity for my limited activity. Negative thoughts, people, and actions on a global scale.

It’s hard to create joy and laughter when you see an almost endless stream of tears around the world. And for me, constantly using ANGER and OUTRAGE as inspirational fuel is much like powering a family camper with nitro, or playing handball with C4.

So I step back a bit, float, contemplate, or … sometimes for too long … close the shutters.

Not productive. Not self-sustaining. Not the way I wish to meet each day.

So, I’m back.

True I will not post on a daily basis because – as I said in a post some time ago – I enjoy the doing of things. And when you’re busy participating in life, you don’t always have time to comment on same.

Still, I’ll do my best.

Jeremy BritThe late actor, Jeremy Britt once told me that at certain times in his life he’d “felt like an empty vessel.” And in order to both portray a certain role, and to just live, he had to “fill it up” with elements of life.

I believe that may be true for all of us. Certainly it is for me.

To create art, one must live life. So as I am fond of saying to friends, family, and students … go forth and be brilliant.

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KID REPORTERS & THE SUICIDAL SEAMAN! Part 3 of …

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NEVER UNDERESTIMATE A CHILD’S CAPACITY TO COMPREHEND I have to agree with The Carpenters (old singing duo) about “Rainy Days and Mondays.”  They do have a downer slant to them.  At least that’s what I felt that drizzly Monday in … Continue reading

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Tell The Damn Story #122: What Is A Writers' Toughest Challenge? Or Tales From The Comments

This week Alex and I catch up on our separate creative projects, give a huge shout out to a truly fun podcast (besides this one, of course), and we use our “Get Your Write On” segment to respond to your comments about plot, character, and structure.

It’s talks and tips and a whole lot more, so don’t miss it!

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#DefendersDialogue #ChristopherGolden #BrianKeene #plot #character #structure #godzilla #marvel

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Tell The Damn Story #121: For Writers What's The Big Story Behind, "LITTLE WOMEN?"

After weeks of Alex fretting about the quality of the new film version of “Little Women” both he and Chris (and the goddess) went to see #LittleWomen and they discuss the film, earlier versions of it, and Louisa May Alcott’s 1868 novel. 

All of this is in the service of creativity and telling the damn story. Then they discuss Getting Your Write On, part two, in which Chris and Alex explain subtext, avoiding stereotypes, the usefulness of second bananas, and interior versus exterior dialogue, using the film/book and other works as examples to support each topic. 

Come for the film, stay for the learning, and then go tell your own damn story

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#LittleWomen, #saoirseronan #EmmaWatson #FlorencePugh #ElizaScanlen #LauraDern #TimotheeChalamet #TracyLetts #BobOdenkirk #JamesNorton #ChrisCooper #MerylStreep #AmWriting #WritingSubText #AvoidingStereotypes #secondbananas #Dialogue

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Tell The Damn Story #120: A 2020 Look At Getting It Write

Alex and Chris launch a new decade with a new feature, “Get Yer Write On” offering practical advice on a wide range of storytelling skills, this week including Motivation (two kinds!), Character, Conflict, and Creating a Character’s Arc.

And that’s after discussing current events and personal news. All this and laughs! Don’t miss it!

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ALEX SIMMONS, award winning writer/speaker arts-n-ed consultant, writing coach. CHRIS RYAN,
Author of mysteries, children’s books, screenplays and novels
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Another Angel in Rock and Roll Heaven, Schoolhouse Rock That Is.

Sorry to hear this. I had the pleasure of meeting him a few years back when we did an event benefit for Ronald McDonald House and a hospital in Brooklyn. Great guy lots of fun. I truly understood where his music came from. Oh well one of us pick up the Baton and let’s keep running! They’re still children to entertain and educate! ✌🤣🌟👌🏼

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Tell The Damn Story #119: The Last Decade, Yours Mine & Ours

It’s TELL YOUR OWN DAMN STORY about the teens as Alex and Chris tell theirs. “We’ll leave “Best ofs” and “Top Ten” lists for others to share, and we are grateful for their ideas as we look back to look forward. This episode the cohosts we’ll be talking of books and films and TV and music that fueled us, and ask you, what fueled your creativity over the past decade?

Let’s celebrate together in preparation for roaring into the 20’s with new damn stories to tell a world that so needs our best!.

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If you have any positive or inspirational tips to share, drop them (along with your questions) in our Comments Section below.Or write us at: TTDSOnAir@gmail.com

#jamesclear #atomichabits #donwinslow #thebordertrilogy #educated #tarawestover #marvelcinematicuniverse #thenewsroomopeningscene #HBOWatchmen #Tulsa1921 #educationcontinues #justintimberlake #robertpalmer #ittakeseverykindofpeople #itstilldoes #letscreatein2020 #AllRise #BobHeartsAbishola #NCIS #ChrisStapleton #KnivesOut #DanielCraig ##BrunoMars #MarkRonson

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Tell The Damn Story #118: What's A Creative To Do With 2019

This week Alex and Chris say goodbye to a decade –goodbye twenty-teens –and prep for 2020 by talking to Creatives about how they can use the technological and social media revolution of the last decade to curate the best fuel for their creativity in the new decade. Through reflection and action, we can avoid being programmed, block trolls, and contribute positively to where we all go next.

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If you have any positive or inspirational tips to share, drop them (along with your questions) in our Comments Section below.

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Tell The Damn Story #117: IT IS THE TELL THE DAMN STORY CHRISTMAS SPECIAL!

Alex and Chris talk about fuel for creatives’ holiday productivity, going through lots of Christmas music and movies and TV shows discussing the themes of redemption and renewal and reunion and how we can use any or all of this to fuel our own creativity.

This episode offers a lot of fun and many suggestions for both your holiday entertainment and for creative nourishment during this busy time of year. Peace.

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If there were any songs, TV shows, or movies we left out, add them along with your questions in our Comments Section below.

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