Start with the Synopsis

Quick tip, I’ve been learning the hard way.  If you want you to write a book, you’ll want to write a synopsis first. While I’ve gathered a lot of positive feedback from agents having a concise synopsis with clearly stated character goals and moments of tension to guide my story would have saved me months…

Get Lost in Vermont – The House with Mirrored Windows

The House with Mirrored Windows There’s an old Victorian house just west of Ludlow that once belonged in a Norman Rockwell painting. It’s a large red house, newly painted with a white picket fence surrounding a landscaped yard. That’s what it looks like in the old sales pictures, but the old house looks far different…

Song of the Open Road – Walt Whitman

I edited this after driving around Oregon for a week just before my twins were born. I animated the footage to really let the words settle in. This poem is as relevant now as it was the day Whitman wrote it. There’s the line Out of the dark confinement! out from behind the screen! where he…

Get Lost in Vermont – The Green Hole

Lovely watering holes dot the state of Vermont. Many have found popularity due to Instagram, with out-of-state tourists populating the once secluded summer spots to relax, refresh and unfortunately litter. There are plenty others locals won’t share for the threat of reprisal and one they won’t share out of fear. In the Green Mountain Forest…

Three Years in Shelburne

Three years ago this weekend, we moved from the beaches of Delaware to the hills of Vermont.  There hasn’t been a moment of regret for me despite the long winters.  The mild summer makes all the effort worth it, plus we’ve added in some winter sports to our activities list.  I created a video of…

Get Lost in Vermont – The Treasure of Main Street

The thirty of fifty possibly fictional places to visit in Vermont you won’t find in any travel guide. These are the places the locals keep to themselves and if you go, you’ll soon learn why. The Treasure of Main Street Commuters and residents who drive through Burlington Vermont are all too familiar with the constant…

Get Lost in Vermont – The Statue of Prosperity

The second of fifty fictional places to visit in Vermont you won’t find in any travel guide. These are the places the locals keep to themselves and if you go, you’ll soon learn why. The Statue of Prosperity A benefit of a summer drought is the opportunity to catch a glimpse of the copper green…

Get Lost In Vermont – The Vampires of the Northeast Kingdom

The first of fifty places to visit in Vermont you won’t find in any travel guide. These are the places the locals keep to themselves and if you go you’ll soon learn why. The Vampires of the Northeast Kingdom Despite all the signs, most residents of Vermont will never see a moose. The ones who…

The Scary Derriery

Writer note: The Scary Derriery will not get your child to stop using potty words but it will give them a wider array of words to use describe their butt. Write with your kids, it’s fun and it gives you the freedom to coin new words. How many words for butt can you find in…

Once Upon a Trailer

Big week for trailers.  Once Upon a Time in Hollywood drops theirs with Brad Pitt delivering deadpan as only he can, a Bruce Lee clone and a dancing Leo. Even Uma’s daughter makes the cut, so apparently, they buried the hatchet. If Pitt didn’t have leading man looks he’d be a legendary character actor. Tarantino…