Episode Fifty-Five: Ebola Doesn’t Want YOU.

There it is folks. Let’s all be a bit smarter.

Tales From the Hilltop

One of the truest things I’ve heard about the American public came from an episode of The Wire. It’s when a detective was asked if people would believe a story that may or may not have actually happened. His response was pure genius:

“By in large, people are pretty stupid, especially here in America. We pretty much believe everything we’re told.”

That, right now, hasn’t been any truer than the American public’s general reaction to an outbreak of a deadly virus called Ebola. This virus, which was made its way in the continental United States, has infected only a handful of people in the U.S. since its arrival last month. However, the chaos and mass hysteria that has come with it would have you believe we have a pandemic that’s going to challenge the Black Plague of Middle Eastern Europe on our hands.

Yes, it true: is certain countries…

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#WriterWednesday: How to get started

Writing

A few weeks ago, I was asked on twitter how to get started as a writer. I wasn’t sure what I really could offer to him—I’m not a published author just yet, I haven’t won any awards, and I’m sure a lot of people don’t know that I even exist.

But nonetheless, I was very flattered that this guy had asked me how to get started. And my advice was very generic—just start writing. I had a few other tidbits in there and I’ll cover those in a minute.

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#WriterWednesday: My Writing Process

Hey guys!

Apologies for the very late #WriterWednesday post—I’ve had a very busy day today.

First, NaNoWriMo is almost upon us, and I can’t wait! Now that that’s out the way…

Today I wanted to share my writing process. It’s very simple really; I usually have an idea, or some vague picture of an idea and I will form something from that. Once I have the important stuff down (genre, characters), I usually like to write in my notebook.

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I will not be censored.

This breaks my heart.

For #WriterWednesday, instead of me posting about something I’m doing, I’d like you guys to read this and follow the call to action at the end. Post your thoughts below.

juliamarchese

It absolutely breaks my heart to say this, but the New Beverly Cinema that have I loved and stood so ardently for – and that I believe so many of you out there love and stand up for – is gone.

 

 

 

The first time I walked into the New Beverly Cinema in October of 2001, I heard a little voice inside me say: “This is where you belong.” 

 

 

It felt like home.

 

 

I loved that the theater was slightly shabby, that the prices were too cheap, the butter was still real, the films were still on film. I loved the kooky cast of characters working there, and the even kookier regulars who came to watch the films.

 

 

All you needed to be welcomed with open arms was a love of film. 

 

 

Here was a place that was never about…

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