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Michael Sirois

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Michael Sirois was reading by the age of four, and writing stories by the third grade. In high school he fell in love with acting, and added that to his repertoire. After college, armed with English and Drama degrees, he taught writing, drama, and technology in the middle school trenches for two decades, but continued to act and write. One of his stories, Loonie Louie, placed in the top hundred of the 1989 Writer's Digest Short Story contest. The 1990's saw his one-act play, Baum in Limbo, produced in Houston. His screenplay, An Ordinary Day, survived the first round of cuts in the 2005 season of Project Greenlight, beating out over 5,000 other scripts. An excerpt from his first novel, If a Butterfly, was featured in Rice University's 2006 ...more

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Michael Sirois There have been so many good ones (Romeo and Juliet, obviously; Jake and Sadie in 11/22/63, and tons more). This is hard to answer, but I would have t…moreThere have been so many good ones (Romeo and Juliet, obviously; Jake and Sadie in 11/22/63, and tons more). This is hard to answer, but I would have to say my current favorite couple is probably Claire and Jamie from the Outlander series. Despite all the obstacles they face (no spoilers) they always manage to find each other across time and distance. I did find it disheartening, though, when I Googled "fictional couples" prior to answering this to find very few references to couples from literary works on lists unless they had been turned into films or TV shows. Some even had comic book couples listed. Sad.(less)
Michael Sirois I don't experience it. There have been times when I feel I'm not ready to write a particular scene (and, yes, sometimes I'm in the middle of writing i…moreI don't experience it. There have been times when I feel I'm not ready to write a particular scene (and, yes, sometimes I'm in the middle of writing it when that happens), but I usually either power through and revisit it later, or I write something else until the solution for the scene comes to me. It's a process, and it's often not easy, but I can't think of any times when I've just stared at a blank screen willing hopelessly for something to appear.(less)
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The Doofus Character

Sometimes readers will more easily accept the premise if they understand what’s happening from a technical point of view. To achieve that without a huge info dump a frequent technique used in movies is to have someone who doesn’t understand ask a question. My wife and I refer to that person as The Doofus Character. They serve a particular narrative function, to allow the audience to receive the ex

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Henry David Thoreau
“The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation. What is called resignation is confirmed desperation. From the desperate city you go into the desperate country, and have to console yourself with the bravery of minks and muskrats. A stereotyped but unconscious despair is concealed even under what are called the games and amusements of mankind. There is no play in them, for this comes after work. But it is a characteristic of wisdom not to do desperate things..”
Henry David Thoreau, Civil Disobedience and Other Essays




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