March 6, 2019: After kicking around some ideas for this blog and possibly even podcasts (!), the following assembled at the usual: Dean, John L., Don, Jeff, Alex and myself. We began by brain storming for Alex’s flash piece, which he feels needs a more punchy ending. (It oddly reminded me of this scene in Airplane.) We would pick up this thread later in the conversation as well. After one member of the group failed to clearly and satisfactorily explain why he was on a first-name basis with the waitress, we moved on to the nature of story arcs in film, how some people Alex knows have an uncanny ability to name fictional characters, why long-standing comedies get serious, (including Soap), what the Hell James Joyce really meant, Joseph Campbell, Ken Wilber, the art of good tipping, and a story John L. didn’t tell me. As always, a good time was had by all. Good luck Alex!
The Corner Booth, Writing-(noun & verb)
if anyone were ever casting about for ideas for things to write about, they only need to check into Tomek’s Corner Booth column.
I should probably do an entire article just on how naming characters can work (and sometimes doesn’t) but alas, I think more research is required.