826 Valencia Days

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My essay about working at 826 Valencia in San Francisco is now up on The Rumpus!

Wednesdays are 826 Valencia days, and that puts me in a good mood. 826 is named for the address of the tutoring center, and it has a pirate store in the front of it. At the pirate store you can buy anything from eye patches to spyglasses to lard to a map of Davey Jones’ Locker. Also, if you stand in the wrong place, you get ‘mopped.’ This means: there’s a box on the ceiling, and there are about a dozen stringy mop heads in there. If you stand under the box, the person behind the counter pulls a string, a trap door swings open, and all the mop heads fall on top of you. This tends to scare the heck out of some people.

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Stanford Daily Inteview

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The Stanford Daily interviews Tom Kealey about teaching and writing in an article titled “Coding Stories.”

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Adam Cole and yOya

One of our former students of The Stanford Graphic Novel project, Adam Cole, has directed the animated music video “I’ll Be The Fire” from the band yOya. It’s fantastic.

Adam is just one of the many talented students Adam Johnson, Scott Hutchins, Shimon Tanaka, Dan Archer, and I have taught over the years.

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Reading at UNCG

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Looking forward to my reading at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. It’s on Thursday October 10th at 7pm. David Roderick has threatened to introduce me, so it should be a memorable night.

Free and open to the public!
Visit the UNCG website for more information.

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The Dreaded Middle

Script Frenzy is part of the National Novel Month Movement — 100 pages in 30 days is the challenge. Wow! In any case, Chris Baty asked me to write a craft essay for writers, and what I came up with was “The Dreaded Middle.”

sf_logo… It’s no coincidence that the Doldrums appear in the middle surface of the earth, that my childhood Doldrum mood occurred during the middle of the day, and that perhaps you find your story to be in the Narrative Doldrums in the middle of your screenplay. No movement, no wind, no forward motion.

Okay, so what can we do to get our story out of the Doldrums? Tell you what: I don’t have the only solution, but I have one solution that has worked for me. And it is… http://2012.scriptfrenzy.org/node/4030097

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