Buster Returns

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  • 3/2/2015 |
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Buster Returns
In October I did something that marketing people call a "soft launch." I published (quietly) a couple of books that I'd penned for upper-elementary students. Because these books were targeted to a slightly different audience than my Galahad series, I chose to use a pen name for them: Buster Blank. Shaking Demons and Madison Cooley's Shoes immediately received glowing reviews from teachers and students alike. Over the next few months I'll begin a serious campaign to bring the books into classrooms, with author visits and Skype appointments. But there are a coupl …

The Story Behind the Galahad Movie

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  • 1/22/2015 |
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The Story Behind the Galahad Movie
A few years ago my agent phoned and said, “Dom, I have great news. A cable television network loves the Galahad series, and they’d like to option it for a possible movie and TV series.” How would you react to a call like that? When I caught my breath I asked him what the chances were that it would work out. “Hard to say,” he told me. “But they have big ideas for how they’d like to make the movie.” At the time I interpreted ‘big ideas’ as perhaps: They have a particular young actress in mind to play the part of T …

The Bulging Netflix Queue

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  • 1/17/2015 |
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The Bulging Netflix Queue
About twenty years ago Bruce Springsteen released a song called “57 Channels (And Nothin’ On).” It was a rare flop for the Jersey rocker, perhaps because it was a little too obvious. He wasn’t telling us anything we didn’t know. Television at that time seemed like nothing more than a wasteland of poor writing and even worse acting, a sludge pot of desperation, trying every trick and gimmick to lure a potential audience of millions, an audience made up mostly of adults exhausted after another dreary day at work, along with millions of teenagers open to almo …

The Positive Password

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  • 1/5/2015 |
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The Positive Password
Brian had an argument with his wife one morning, just before going to work. By the time he arrived at the office his feelings had already meandered this way and that, alternating between anger, frustration, and - finally - regret. Sitting at his desk, he logged on to his computer and stared at the screen. Like many companies, security demanded that employees change their password every 45 days, and the pop-up notice informed him that today was the day. That’s when the idea hit him. He changed his password to: ForgiveMe&LoveAmy. So, for the next six weeks, every time he …

The Anonymous Actor

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  • 12/30/2014 |
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The Anonymous Actor
I just finished watching an eight-part series on Netflix, a British drama called Broadchurch. You may have heard of it, but it’s likely that you haven’t; although a huge hit in the UK, the ratings for this murder mystery were paltry in the States. Which is a shame. I personally found it to be one of the most compelling - and well written - dramas I’ve ever seen. More importantly, the acting was fantastic. And it reinforced an attitude I’ve had about acting for a few years now. I’m convinced that one of the reasons I was so riveted to the performances …