Many of you know I left journalism after a 34-year career on Sept. 27 to pursue writing full-time. So, today, Sept. 30, I started doing just that. On my first morning as a full-time writer, not only did I drink coffee and take a walk (during which I found a penny), I also managed to... Continue Reading →
Learning how to write a screenplay, then fitting my story into the format, is fascinating. I haven't actually started putting any text into the fancy screenplay-writing software I purchased yet. But, I've been going over the parts of the Syd Field book, "Screenplay: The Foundations of Screenwriting" that I marked up in yellow highlighter, and... Continue Reading →
I finished reading Syd Field's book, "Screenplay: The Foundations of Screenwriting," yesterday. This was the first big step for me in writing a screenplay based on my book, "Murder in Wauwatosa: The Mysterious Death of Buddy Schumacher." The book explains how to go about writing a Hollywood-type script. All the nuts and bolts. Hopefully, I learned enough... Continue Reading →
I've set aside my bowl full of cherries and my block of orange rind Muenster cheese to update you a little on the progress of my first screenplay. But don't worry; the Torpedo Juice brand root beer obtained directly from Manitowoc, Wisconsin, is nearby in case I get parched. Many of you know that I... Continue Reading →
We conducted a poll in October asking folks which actor should play Buddy's father, Art Schumacher, in a movie adaptation of this book. The winner was John Cusack. According to IMDb.com (Internet Movie Database), "John Cusack is, like most of his characters, an unconventional hero. Wary of fame and repelled by formulaic Hollywood fare, the... Continue Reading →
We're going to assume that this book will be made into a movie in the near future. Who do you think would be a good actor to play Buddy's father, Art Schumacher?
Even though this book is written, I'm still open to hearing more about this case. I'm hoping at some point to do a screenplay and would welcome additional information on any of the people involved. Among the people and topics I would love to hear more about would be:William Brandt's family. Brandt was one of... Continue Reading →