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A Sequel to The War Zone

The War Zone , Black Swan edition. Very excited to be working on a sequel to The War Zone , my novel about incest, abuse and social breakdown. I'm feeling really invigorated, fired up and ready to go. It's not a book explicitly about the barbarians at the gate, but that definitely helps fuel the journey the new novel is about. And it's not about forgiveness either. Some things can't be forgiven (although it will be far more c omplex than that). When my wife, Charong, first suggested writing the sequel late last year, I realized how much I wanted to revisit my characters in a new time and with a different focus. In their way, I love them all (well, perhaps not the father) and life and time and experience, both mine and many others', have given me a whole new drive and vision.  The War Zone 20th Anniversary Edition , also on Kindle. Yesterday, I received exceptionally helpful notes (many pages, an account not just notes) from Rosie,  one of

Martin Luther King's Dream is More Alive Than Ever

It  is some time since I have written in this blog. Not since before the election of Donald Trump, a man whose offensive behavior and racist, sexist and divisive statements make him unfit to be the president of the United States. And yet he is about to be sworn into office, with a firestorm of controversies engulfing him regarding the election itself, his likely ties to Russia, his refusal to truly divest himself from his businesses and avoid the possibility and appearance of corruption, his continued gross insensitivity to issues of race and gender and poverty, and so much more, clouding his presidency even before he assumes it. I love America deeply with all my heart. I chose America as the nation in which I wished to live and be a citizen. I believe the vast energy, love and compassion of America will endure long after Donald Trump is out of office. His time is short. America represents, still, with all its complex, painful history, an idea that we can be better as a peo

Angelina and Brad

I worked with Angelina for almost two years on a script and she was open, honest and remarkably frank with me. I still remember her first call, early one morning in Laurel Canyon, when she said, "It's Angelina," (she was calling from England) and I said, "Angelina who?" I also met Brad Pitt and liked him tremendously. He was sweet and kind and funny...and he gave me a Cadbury's Chocolate Flake! Very sad that they're splitting up. I wish them both well, and all the family.

Hudson, Bunny Quest and Unity Pro

Hudson celebrating at F50/Google's Founder World in San Francisco in October 2015, where he was the only child to have a stand...for Bunny Quest. Photograph  copyright © 2015 Alexander Chow-Stuart. Congratulations to Hudson for gaining the support of Unity Technologies for his Kickstarter-backed game, Bunny Quest. Unity is granting Hudson a free license of Unity Pro to build the game in Hudson's favorite game engine, as he was not satisfied with the results using his original game engine, Stencyl. Hudson has a good deal of experience with Unity, having built his first game, Wolf Escape, using it when he was nine years old.  Hudson used the free version for Wolf Escape. Unity Pro is the top of the line version and has many more features. We really appreciate the support from Aline Tosini and all at Unity . You may also like to read:  Hudson in the Santa Cruz Sentine l Yay! Hudson has reached his Kickstarter target! If you enjoyed this post

Happy 4th of July!

My little #4thOfJuly gallery. Love not racism or bigotry. We are all equal. Enjoy! 🇺🇸 #DefeatTrump #Hillary2016  It's also our beautiful lovebird Miso's eighth birthday today. Born on the 4th of July! He is such a part of our family. Happy Birthday Miso!