21.9.2018

When I graduated from college and moved to LA with no plans to return to school, my relationship to time changed. I didn't have the end of a school year, the start of a new semester, or the end of summer to look to, all of which split up my entire life previous. I didn...

6.9.2018

Dumb ideas are valuable.

We develop filters to block thoughts from escaping our mouths or pens. Sometimes we repress thoughts and emotions, too, which means we block them before we consciously acknowledge their existence. Our filters are honed by what we view to be soci...

25.8.2018

King Hudson sat atop a throne in the high palace over the grey city of Ledidbi. A day had gone by since he commanded the Ledidbi people to follow the New Rules, a set of orders designed to bring joy to all who follow them, yet the king found himself disturbed and restl...

26.7.2018

Easier said than done! When we sit down to write a story, we carry an idea for how we want to execute it. The problem arises when we try terribly hard to (or force) the initial plans for execution. The tighter our grip on an idea, the more difficult it is to let in mea...

15.7.2018

"If you open a window and make love to the world, so to speak, your story will get pneumonia."

-Kurt Vonnegut

Outside the E--n House it's always winter. We prefer you leave your coat at the door, so you'll have to keep the windows closed. Expect bouts...

1.7.2018

I just finished reading Robert Mckee's Story, a book I've been pridefully (and naively) avoiding for years. The book was so helpful that I read it twice back-to-back, and I promise I'm not being paid to say that. So why did I avoid the damn thing for so long? 

Part...

18.6.2018

Acting is a combination of solids and liquids, my friend tells me. The solid is like a jar built from preparing lines, motivations, and backstory. The liquid fills the jar, and it's raw impulse, improvisation, and emotion. Acting without the jar is directionless. Actin...

4.6.2018

When you first state that you're going to take on a project, a small gravity builds around that statement. When you say "I'm going to do this" out loud, a little part of you believes yourself. Then you tell people about it. Those people might check in about the project...

27.4.2018

"I feel my soul grow every time I write."

That's a burp of a lie for most writers, I think. I've talked on here before about days where the fingers feel stiff, self doubt screams, and focus wavers... My understanding is that these feelings are ubiquitous in writing....

5.4.2018

Are you a member-managed LLC or a manager-managed LLC with multiple managers? How about taxes: S-Corp, C-corp? Are you nesting your LLCs so as to dissolve the investor one after the production while maintaining the parent company? Have you drafted your operating agreem...

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