A Christmas Story – Revisited

‘Tis the season… to revisit a seasonal post.

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One year ago, when my blog was just starting out, I posted an article on my Top Ten Christmas Movies. And while I’d mentioned at the time that my top three picks were pretty much interchangeable, I’m officially changing my stance to a ‘3-way tie for first’.

This year, A Christmas Story has taken front and centre in our household.

our_porch_2016 Our porch.  Careful, fragile.

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From the decorations on our porch, to my sudden desire to explore a little movie trivia, I’ve been consumed by all things leg lamps and Red Ryder BB guns.  I’ve always known that the bulk of A Christmas Story was filmed in Toronto Canada, and a key piece, shot in a smaller, less known Canadian city that just happens to be close to where I live.  Remember that memorable scene in the school yard?

What I didn’t realize was how close I reside from the exact location where that marvelous frozen moment was filmed…

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Grim Grinning Ghosts, a Halloween Project

Revisiting my very first post, 3 years ago. It’s been quite a journey.

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So this was on the to-do list for a couple of years. I have to credit my wife for the idea.  We’re fortunate enough to be able to visit Walt Disney World regularly, and Haunted Mansion at Magic Kingdom is always a favourite. Hence, the attempt at duplicating the singing heads. I finally got around to purchasing the necessary items in time for Halloween 2015, and to our delight, the project was a great success. Information is already out there, however I’ve broken it down further, real-simple-like, and cost effective.

Here we go:

First off, grab the projection loop from Youtube. There are several versions out there, including a 5 bust one, but this is the one I prefer:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7TFUAq_VAQA

You may need to download a free program in order to capture the video from Youtube to your laptop, just make sure you use a reputable one to avoid any…

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Page Twenty-Five

Retro post.

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I’ve come to the realization, through my pseudo-masochistic, life-long labor of love, that I am not a ‘plotter’.

In fact the more preparation I put into a longer piece of fiction, whether it’s a screenplay or book, the greater the odds I abandon the project, forthwith.  Despite time spent outlining, creating a three act structure, incorporating rising conflict, theme, detailed character analysis, in spite of all of this, the more time I put in, the higher the probability I jump ship, usually by page twenty-five.

Page twenty-five.

The point at which the muck & mire of my scripted creativity; the self-imposed chains of a confined journey on a one-way roadmap, prove fatal.  My efforts to craft a clever storyline, one that sees a likeable hero tackle adversity, overcome tragedy, learn a valuable life lesson, and save the day – in grandiose style, is all for naught.

My inspiration wanes, frustration…

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