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Hey folks, sorry for not posting on Monday, my internet was down so I was unable to post. Anyway, with that crisis over just wanted to post that today marks the day my dog Sienna passed away(1992-2004).  My main website, freewebs.com/sienna-beagle was made in memory of her as well as to promote my stories,  a few of which where she’s the main character.

She was my first dog that I had for 11 great years.

Stay tuned for more info and photos.

See ya on Friday!

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And… it’s well, I think it’s safe to say everyone knows it’s Friday. As for the title mentioned above, it’s a quote from the Disney film, Pooh’s Grand Adventure: The search for Christopher Robin. Growing up it was one of my favorite films. I know two other quotes from this movie one of which is: “You’re braver than you believe and stronger than you seem and smarter than you think”.

Today marks the first day of Fall with yesterday being the last day of Summer(hence today’s blog title).

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Fall brings back many great memories but also some sad ones including the recent passing of Mr. Earl Kress and another friend of mine, my first dog, Sienna(1992-2004).  What do these two have in common? both inspired my written work. Listed below are just a few of the writers who’ll receive an ‘honorable mention’ in my work-in-progress project, Storywriting 101.

List of writers who have inspired me:

Bill Cosby

Maya Angelou

Earl Kress

Dwayne McDuffie

Paul Dini

Kevin J. Anderson

and more.

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At some point, I will post more about these writers in October.  In the meantime, take a look at the photos posted below.

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Photo of Earl Kress during the panel "Cartoon Voices II" at Comic-Con.

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Photo of Sienna, taken in 2002.

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Hey folks,

Not my usual self today and here’s why, Last night, I got a message that somebody posted a comment on the wall of one of my Facebook friends. I immediately went to check and found out Animation screenwriter, Earl Kress had passed the day before after losing his struggle with live cancer(the very same disease that took famous comedian Flip Wilson). I’ve got misty eyed twice today.

I had met Mr. Kress during lunch hour at last year’s comic-con. Ironically, the theme for 2010’s show was “The year of the writer”.

While reading his writing credits on his website I found out he wrote for a number of TV  shows I grew up with, many of them my favorites. I found out I was the last person he ‘spoke’ to on Facebook, which over a month ago.

For the longest time, I’ve had an interest in screenwriting and would have enjoyed having Mr. Kress as a mentor since he’s had 40 years experience in the industry.

Earlier this year, Cartoon Network aired his final project, Tom & Jerry meet Sherlock Holmes. Which I have to say was the best Sherlock Holmes animated film I’ve seen since Disney’s The Great Mouse Detective. Both films are currently available on DVD.

I wish/hope  Access Hollywood, The Insider or one of the award shows such as the Emmys gives him a mention. I know I will in my book, Storywriting 101.  Hopefully at next year’s comic-con, they’ll do a tribute panel like their sister convention Wondercon did in March for DC comics writer, Dwayne McDuffie. I never got a chance to actually speak with Dwayne but I did see him at a Comicbook event in 2006, five months after the hit animated series, Justice League Unlimited ended. Like Earl, Dwayne was a screenwriter for animation. He also wrote comicbooks, many of which were DC comics. Sadly Dwayne met his end in February after complications of a heart surgery. He passed prior to the premiere of his last project, All Star Superman an animated feature film adaptation of  the 2004 DC comics publication of the same name.  This was a bit of a drag for me also since his death coincided with the anniversary of when my website went online.

Both he and Earl Kress are two of my favorite writers next to Bill Cosby and Maya Angelou.

More details about Earl in a blog post by a friend of his:

His Name Was Earl

http://www.newsfromme.com/archives/2011_09_19.html

I still have the business card he gave me at comic-con last year and plan to contact his wife, Denise Kress this week.

Here’s one of my favorite TV show episodes written by Mr. Kress himself.

Krypto the Superdog: “Now you see him…”

 

 

Commentary: I found out from him last November that a 3rd season of this series was planned but due to copyright/legal issues with Warner Bros and DC comics, season 3 never made it to production and the show was canceled in December 2006 but continued in comicbook miniseries with the final issue released in April 2007.

Two things came to mind today. Both of which are from the movie The Help.

The Living Proof- Mary J. Blige

Another song that also came to mind.

Losing You- Randy Newman

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You is Kind… You is Smart… and You is Important.

– Abeleen (The Help)

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See ya on Friday!

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Hey folks, I apologize for not posting on a regular basis. Been tired and other things but I plan to get back on track this week.

Anyway this post is based on the prompt: “If you could take any class for free, what would you choose?”

For me, I’d have to say I’d choose a writing class, screenwriting to be more specific.

Why? well, I’m rusty when it comes to this format, I know the basics for writing novels and short stories but screenwriting is another story(no pun intended). Writing courses can be expensive, especially the film school courses at colleges like UCLA.

Though they do offer individual courses both online and on campus. Some of which I want to take.

Still, if anybody offered a free screenwriting class, I’d take it unless of course, there was a catch.

Aside from that, I’ll gladly accept a free lunch… by ‘free lunch’  I mean, free food, free movie tickets…you get the idea.  For example, I’ve attend Free Comic Book day since 2009, so why not attend a free class about writing comics and learn how to write comics that might be next year’s freebies?

Still though, who doesn’t like free stuff?

Whoever said ‘There’s no such thing as a free lunch’ didn’t know what they were talking about.  But that’s me.

There is such a thing as a ‘free lunch’ folks just have to know where to look. By this, I’m talking about checking when certain websites, stores and restaurants are offering freebies.

Starbucks has a rewards card and customers who have this card receive free syrups, drinks, soy and such when they earn a certain number of points. See’s Candies offered free lollipops earlier this summer. So needless to say overall, it’s there. Just try looking around. Also keep an eye out for my upcoming two part blog post on the Tasmanian Tiger.

See ya on Wednesday!

 

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Day late…


No update for day… nothing personal just one of those days where a person needs to stay in bed.

Sorry for the inconvenience.

See ya on Friday.

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Monday…that time of the week when adults are back work and the kids are off to school. It’s also one of the days Pen & Paper is updated on a weekly basis.

 For this week, I decided to write a review on one of the most high class restaurants I’ve ever been to.

It’s been said what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, this however, is too good not to keep a secret!

Jaleo, a critically acclaimed Spanish tapas restaurant located in The Comsopolitan hotel in Las Vegas, NV offers a unique dining atmosphere and menu. I went there one Saturday for a family dinner and I have to say it was great!

The variety of appetizers was just the tip of the iceberg but gives first timers an idea of what to expect.

The sampler I had consisted of 3 different types of cheese, two of which were blue cheese and mozzarella. The rest was dried grapes, apricots, olives, almonds and brushetta bread with a tomato spread. Just enough to whet appetite and hold over guests waiting for the main course. Getting a Chef’s table has its perks. First time guests are given the opportunity to try a variety of menu items.

Some of which are white asparagus in romesco sauce, for those that don’t normally eat their vegetables, give this one a try!

Other dishes include shrimp in garlic sauce, scallops wrapped in bacon, chicken fritters,  bacon wrapped fried dates, salad with beets and mushrooms with mashed potatoes, just to name a few.

My personal favorites were the lobster with rice, the skirt steak and the crab all of which had a unique flavor.

Best drink to wash this down with?

The classic Shirley Temple. (and a glass of ice water on the side).

After that, the dinner was topped off with classic flan with vanilla ice cream which was more like whipped cream than a run-of-the-mill ice cream scoop and a rich chocolate mousse like  dessert with praline ice cream. The plate was decorated with caramel and chocolate sauces and a fresh mint leaf. For those that think coffee is just something to drink in the morning for a pick-me-up think again! Jaleo’s cappuccino coffee goes great with dessert.

Overall, this was a meal unlike any other, first class and five stars all the way!

The dishes on Chef Jose Andres’ menu are all made up of  simple house hold ingredients, fresh meat, seafood and items found in the average store and some farmers’ markets but are full of unique and rich flavors.

After a meal like this one… let’s just say I went home happy.

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From left to right, Chocolate mousse, Cappuccino and Flan

 

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One of several tables at Jaleo. Casual yet formal at the same time.

 

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This week so far…


Updated post coming soon…

thanks for waiting!

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