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Ode to the Cast-Elimination Film

Sunday, June 4, 2017
By Phil Elmore
Ode to the Cast-Elimination Film

One of the most enjoyable and interesting things about writing is finding the common themes, methods, and mechanisms employed by writers across a culture or category. In screenwriting, for example, there are only so many tropes that can be employed, only so many plot devices that can be invoked. Emphasizing the finite nature of... »

Getting Paid as a Working Writer

Wednesday, April 26, 2017
By Phil Elmore
Getting Paid as a Working Writer

If you are a working writer, you must be getting paid. Working “on spec,” or on speculation, means you’re working with the hope that you’ll be able to make some money. A working writer should almost never work on spec if he or she... »

The History of Fidget Toys

Friday, April 21, 2017
By Phil Elmore
The History of Fidget Toys

It all started with torqbars. Or maybe it was tops. It was definitely furthered with fidget cubes and spinners. And now everybody sells them, even your local grocery store. I’m talking about fidget toys. Let me start by explaining that “Torqbar” is a patent-pending... »


The Etiquette of E-Begging

Tuesday, April 4, 2017
By Phil Elmore
The Etiquette of E-Begging

I saw something recently that turned my stomach. A self-published author who has a considerable following took out an ad on social media to promote his latest work. When one... »

Mean Street Graphix: Dye Sublimation Printing That’s Anything But Mean

Thursday, February 9, 2017
By Phil Elmore
Mean Street Graphix: Dye Sublimation Printing That’s Anything But Mean

“Send me your logo,” Keith Miller of Mean Street Graphix told me. That was it; I didn’t give him any instructions. I simply sent him a high-res version of... »

Dealing with Post-Holiday Blues

Monday, December 26, 2016
By Phil Elmore
Dealing with Post-Holiday Blues

There are any number of reasons some people feel depressed or stressed leading up to and during the holidays. Feeling lonely because they lack family or romantic connections, feeling... »