While I was working on the first draft of my novel, "Everything Can Change," I discovered that music dramatically improved my writing process. The book is about Jack Ritter, a young man who is diagnosed with testicular cancer while working a high-demanding job as an associate attorney at a large NYC law firm. Due to… Continue reading Music Playlists: Soundtrack to Everything Can Change
In 2015, I self-published my first novel: "Everything Can Change." The novel, available now on Amazon, was a very personal endeavor as it was largely based upon my life. In 1995, two weeks into my first semester of law school, I was diagnosed with testicular cancer. With surgery and chemotherapy, I was able to survive,… Continue reading Everything Can Change Excerpt
When you think of movies about mothers and daughters, a number of classics likely spring to mind: "Terms of Endearment," "Steel Magnolias," "Postcards from the Edge," and perhaps others. Yet, when I thought about mother-son movies, only two came to mind. The first film was "Mother," the funny 1996 film that starred Albert Brooks (who… Continue reading “Mother” (1996) – The Perfect Movie for Mother’s Day.
Hi, I'm Brian. I am 46 years old and I'm a Nerdy Dad. This is not a guilty confession, but rather an enthusiastic declaration. My geek status has been obvious for some time now. At my old law firm, I filled my office with Star Wars and Superman posters and superhero statues. At home, I… Continue reading I Am A Geek (And You May Be One Too).
This morning, I came across the following Youtube video by Tim Daly, who you may know from "Wings," "Storm of the Century," and, if you're a Superman fan, the voice of Superman from "Superman: The Animated Series." This amusing video shows Tim congratulating his son, Sam, for being cast as Superman in an upcoming DC… Continue reading League of Supermen
Pink is a badass. I had this thought often as I watched Pink perform at Madison Square Garden on April 4th in a concert that featured many of her popular songs along with high-flying acrobatics, colorful theatrics and intriguing dance routines. The concert began appropriately to one of her early hits, “Get This Party Started,”… Continue reading Pink’s Beautiful Trauma Concert At Madison Square Garden
Five years ago, I came across the following tweet: At that point, I was ony a novice writer (and I probably still am), but I instantly recognized each step of the process, especially steps 3 and 4. I am very familiar with those steps. (Sigh). As you may gather from the tweet, the creative process… Continue reading Writing: The Creative Loop, Hemingway and Fecal Matter
I've made some cosmetic changes to the site, such as changing the colors, adding some ads (let's see if I can make some pennies at this) and adding a link to the right to make it easier to follow this site. Click on it, enter the password and you'll get email notifications when I post… Continue reading Site Update
Sentimental [sen-tuh-men-tl]: adjective expressive of or appealing to sentiment, especially the tender emotions and feelings, as love, pity, or nostalgia: characterized by or showing sentiment or refined feeling (Definition, courtesy of dictionary.com). As I’ve grown older, I have learned that, deep down, I am a sentimental guy. Well, at least somewhat. I don't tear up while watching commercials,… Continue reading Joyland: A Sentimental Ride with Stephen King
I love music. I know that’s not a unique thing to say. In fact, I have to admit that I’ve never heard anyone ever say “Music? I hate it” or "Eh, it’s all right but I could live without it.” I guess, though, there must be some people who don’t like any music, if only… Continue reading Music Playlists: Sunday Morning