Why We Write

…Because art – yes, including video games – is the best way we know of to get through the suffering misery agony aggravation frustrations vicissitudes of life:


Anyone Remember “Confessionals?”

It was a genre, way back in the day. Fallen out of favor now. Replaced by Exploitative Memoirs. But the following, by a Utah man, may bring ’em back…with a vengeance:

Dead man confesses all in self-written obituary
by Sun News

A Utah man took his secrets to the grave – but confessed them in his obituary.

Val Patterson, of Salt Lake City, died of throat cancer on July 10, at the age of 59. The death notice he wrote for himself appeared in the Salt Lake Tribune this past Sunday.

“Now that I have gone to my reward, I have confessions and things I should now say,” Patterson wrote.
He starts out admitting to a crime.

“As it turns out, I AM the guy who stole the safe from the Motor View Drive Inn back in June 1971. I wanted to get it off my chest.”

Then he reveals that the PhD on his wall was mailed to him as the result of a paperwork error. In fact, he never even graduated.

“For all of the electronic engineers I have worked with,
I’m sorry, but you have to admit my designs always worked very well, and were well engineered, and I always made you laugh at work.”

In the lighthearted letter, which runs nearly 900 words long, Patterson describes a fun and fulfilling life, and thanks his friends, family and pets.

Patterson’s wife of 33 years, Mary Jane, told KSL News every word of it is true.

In a final act of contrition, Patterson tells Disneyland and SeaWorld San Diego they can throw away the “banned for life” files they have on him.

“I’m not a problem anymore.”

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Now this is writing! Brilliant. We absolutely are going to do this. We have to.

But not for a very long time.

We hope.

Why We Love Pop Culture

by TeamTVWriter Press Service

Artists of all types and imagination are, of course, synonymous. But the wonderfullest thing about being creative is the way artists can fire up the minds of their audience. These costumes from Comic-Con and elsewhere illustrate, without a doubt, how much TV, film, and comics mean to so very many people:



Starting Your Own Series on a Shoestring

Yes, it can be done. Check out this mucho helpful article from CliqueclackTV on various types of interweb video series and how to start them:

Drinking is the new writing…just ask these drinkers writers

Tired of TV? Create your own web series! – Monthly Musings
by An Nicholson

Although I think today’s TV is pretty good, it can improve. If you aren’t satisfied with network/cable shows, create your own! With today’s inexpensive technology and the multiple opportunities available through the internet, public access TV, campus TV, and local radio, you have NO excuse to NOT contribute to the creative TV landscape.

To provide suggestions for the fledgling web creator or student producer, I tapped the awesome Joe Wilson, writer/director of the kickbutt web series Vampire Mob and our own Katie Schenkel, who runs the movie review vlog, Just Plain Something.

Click on page two for Joe’s suggestions for starting your own web series, page three for Katie’s suggestions regarding creating your own vlog, and page four for my five cents on starting your own campus/public access TV show.

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