The Long Story in the Short Film: An Analysis

I've been interested in film for a long time. It's such a dynamic and powerful medium for communicating feelings and ideas. Although I'm predominantly a writing person, I would argue that you can share stories in a vividness of detail though film that you can't come close to touching in any other branch of art. My favorite format is the miniseries. It's longer than a feature film, which dims in comparison; in a miniseries, you…

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Why I Do CrossFit

Why do you do CrossFit?" I get asked this question a lot. Sometimes when I tell people about my fitness habit they want to know if it's as intense as it's made out to be. Some people roll their eyes and say, "Oh. You're one of them." Almost everybody follows up by asking me why. Why I Do CrossFit: The Short Answer 1. I want to be strong. Scratch that -- I want to be…

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Meditations on Soul and Back Roads and Ethos

Life is complicated – there are lots of facets. But riding under all of them – or as a blanket over them – is ethos. Ethos is what makes your life yours – it’s how you give it flair, and vibe, and aesthetic. It’s style and signature and voice. What’s yours? Driving a sporty old SUV in the dark, in a light rain, with my windows partway down, down lonely back roads with Chris Stapleton…

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Fiction #2: Annapolis

She sat in a diner on Main Street and ate French fries with her fingers and wrapped her shawl around her shoulders and looked out at the rain. The waitress -- a thin-faced woman named Mary -- had to talk to her twice to get her attention. Called her "hon." Brought her a tall glass of cool water. She sipped the water and tasted the bay and looked out at the rain, listened to the…

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Fiction #1: 1943

He left in the pale dawn, without saying goodbye. The dirt road glittered under the rising sun, covered with thin dew, enough to sparkle but not enough to weigh down the dust. He walked up the hill. A thin figure in a shift stood in the upstairs window and watched him go, fingers holding his last kiss to her lips, tears burning her eyes. The farmhand with the mangled fingers stood in the barn doorway…

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Don’t Tell People About Your Creative Projects

Your creativity is something sacred. Steven Pressfield says it's a gift from the muses. Other people say it's the voice of God. Wherever it comes from, it's holy, and it's fragile; push it too hard and it might break. I used to talk about my creative projects a lot. They lit me up -- I was on fire with excitement. I was always looking to explain them to someone. But when I started talking about…

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