Larry Brody: Live! From Paradise! #167 – “Jack Daniel’s Ready-to-Wear”

THE USUAL NOTE FROM LB: From the summer of 2002 to  the spring of 2010, Gwen the Beautiful and I were the proud and often exhausted owners of a beautiful Ozarks property we called Cloud Creek Ranch.

In many ways, the ranch was paradise. But it was a paradise with a price that started going up before we even knew it existed. Here’s another Monday musing about our adventure and the lessons we learned. read article

“Venting Your Spleen”

Last week LB talked about overthink and an article in justpublishingadvice.com about using commas with the word “because.” This week we’re happy to present another article from the site, this one about the origins of the phrase, “Vent your spleen.”

Overthink again? Undoubtedly. But informative as hell. We hope you’ll agree.

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LB: New Writers Guide to Storytelling

by Larry Brody

I’m making this as brief as possible, which means I’m not explaining the “Whys” of these tips, other than with this preface:

This is the 21st Century. Storytelling, by which I mean plotting, ain’t what it used to be. The contemporary audience has seen and read and experienced at least as much as you have, which means MAKE SURE YOU KEEP EVERYTHING AS SHORT AS POSSIBLE SO YOU’RE NOT TELLING READERS/VIEWERS WHAT THEY ALREADY KNOW .  read article

LB sees Jay Leno’s Version of ‘You Bet Your Life’

by Larry Brody

The Good:

The Not So Good:

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LB: “Goodbye, Norm Macdonald”

by Larry Brody

Norm Macdonald, who died yesterday of cancer, at 61. was one of the funniest, brightest people I’ve ever met.

If art is what happens when your creations reveal your inner self, then he was an artiste extraordinaire in life as well as on the stage.

RIP, dood. Chill in peace. read article