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My Next Big Box-Office Hit?

Horror thrillers and Movies for Women are among the most successful movie genres. Could this be my next big hit: A Filmmaker’s Journal 2020 was my biggest year ever as a filmmaker. Oddly enough, thanks to the-pandemic-that-shall-not-be-named, I had three … Continue reading

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Making Something Real

Five years ago this month, we dared to enter our not-yet-finished movie Healing River (then titled after its setting, Cincinnati’s gritty inner-city neighborhood Over-the-Rhine) in the world’s largest Christian film festival. It was my first feature film as a writer-director-producer, … Continue reading

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Use Me

“When you’re drowning and someone is reaching down from a rock and says, ‘Grab my hand!’ you do it! That’s when it’s all right to use someone, Alec, because that’s how they got there. That’s how I did. I mean, … Continue reading

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Mixed Blessings

The term “mixed blessings” is redundant. Why do I say that? Because all true blessings are mixed. God isn’t just in the blessing business, he’s in the growth business, and growth requires challenges, difficulty. Just as our muscles don’t grow … Continue reading

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My Recipe for Humble Pie

Image credit: behance.net Thought for the Week One of my most important life experiences was also one of the most educational. And by “educational” I mean painfully humbling. Healing River was my first feature film as a writer-director. I thought I … Continue reading

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Optimism Can be Learned

Source: allposters.co.uk Thought for the Week “You are not the center of the universe, Alec. Not everything happens because of you! Do you think God gets up every morning, and says, ‘Boy, I’d love to do some terrific stuff today, … Continue reading

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Tips for Writers: The Final Edit

Photo by Matthew LeJune Whether you write fiction or non-fiction, short or long, you’re going to edit your work multiple times. Writing is like clay modelling. First, you slap a big blob of ideas, facts and feelings onto your table (computer … Continue reading

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Why (at Least Some) Bad Things Happen

I don’t often get a sense of “why bad things happen.” You know, the “senseless” stuff we didn’t plan on—illness, lost income, the death of a friend. But a few years back, while writing the screenplay for my movie Healing … Continue reading

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Touching Base With My Friends

First, allow me to apologize. I’ve been out of town most of the last two weeks, and have had little time to visit my blogging friends’ sites. So I feel the need to touch base with you now, because you … Continue reading

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Are We Happy Yet?

“I can’t wait until I’m financially able to afford who I really am.” ~Unknown “We tend to forget that happiness doesn’t come as a result of getting something we don’t have, but rather of recognizing and appreciating what we do … Continue reading

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