Month: November 2016

Wednesday Scene: A Getaway & A Workshop

November 30 / 16 Good Morning! Last Wednesday for November. Not too much going on, but I did find this little gem to share with some writers….. cred: association of writers & writing program awp 24th Annual Winter Poetry & Prose Getaway Galloway, New Jersey, United States   January 13-16, 2017 – Atlantic City area Advance your craft and energize your writing at the 24th Annual Winter Getaway featuring Stephen Dunn and Sharon Olds. Enjoy challenging and supportive workshops, insightful feedback and an encouraging community. Choose from fiction, nonfiction, memoir and poetry. Early registration discounts and scholarships available – details at This program is presented by Murphy Writing of Stockton University.   Faculty Featured Writers Include: Stephen Dunn, Sharon Olds, James Richardson and more. Past workshop leaders include Kim Addonizio, Julianna Baggott, Christian Bauman, Laure-Anne Bosselaar, Mark Doty, Kathleen Graber, Tony Hoagland, Dorianne Laux, Thomas Lux, Laura McCullough, Carol Plum-Ucci, Mimi Schwartz, Patricia Smith, Terese Svoboda. Directed by Peter E. Murphy. See for this year’s faculty list and bios.   Genres Poetry, Fiction, …

Creative Close-Up: Art Talks w/Stephen Silver 26-30

November 29 / 16 Good Morning! Shadowbox is back in the office. I hope everyone enjoyed their Thanksgiving holiday and didn’t eat too much. Time to get back to business. It’s time for some Art Talk with Stephen Silver 26 to 30.   Art Talk 26 Stephen Silver The Chaos of Being Creative     Art Talk 27 Stephen Silver Experiencing Frustration as an Artist   Art Talk 28 Stephen Silver The Professional Artists Hidden Secret   Art Talk 29 Stephen Silver Are your friends REAL?   Art Talk 30 Stephen Silver Difficult vs Impossible   There you have it. The last five will be posted in December, but it will be early. I clearly enjoy watching them and I hope you do to. Enjoy the rest of your Tuesday, be blessed! Stephen Silver YouTube                                   featured image:

Have A Safe & Happy Thanksgiving…..Will Return Nov. 29

November 20/ 16 Just wanted to say to my readers to have a Blessed, Happy, and Safe Thanksgiving. Don’t eat too much, enjoy your family and loved ones!  Shadowbox is officially out of the office, but will return November 29.  P.S….you might see a few rearrangements going on the blog.                                                    featured image: & happy diwali 2016

Film Review: I Saw the Light

November 20 / 16 “You got to have smelt a lot of mule manure before you can sing like a hillbilly.” Hank Williams What word do I use to describe Hank Williams? A musical genius? A true songwriter? Lost soul? well, you could say all three. I Saw the Light is not just another biopic, but this biopic has failed in many ways than one. First I will say this, Tom Hiddleston was a great treat to see. An Englishmen playing a country crooner was a surprise. Williams’s grandson Hank III wasn’t too pleased, but who really cares. I wish he could give Hiddleston the credit for the hard work to portray such a legend in country music and what a legend. Not only did the film did touch about William’s as a great performer, but it also touched on his demons. His spinal condition called Spina bifida, caused him lifelong pain, and the fact that this was one of the cause for his abuse of drugs and alcohol didn’t make it any easier. Hiddleston’s work …

@ The Event: Montreal, Canada

November 18 / 16 Hello and Good Morning! The week is coming to a close and today’s @ The Event, we’re heading over to Montreal. Lots of great things to do up there. Wanna see? Ok, let’s see what they have to offer…… cred: Concerts Niykee Heaton Nov 19 – 9:00 PM / L’Astral FIND TICKETS *In Flames, Hellyeah & From Ashes To New Nov 22 – 7:00 PM / Metropolis FIND TICKETS Learn More Straight No Chaser Nov 29 – 7:30 PM / Theatre Maisonneuve – PdA FIND TICKETS Festivals *Festival Les Coups de Théâtre Nov 1 – Nov 30 / Montreal, Quebec, Canada VIEW DETAILS Learn More   29th ANNUAL TIBETAN CULTURAL FAIR & B… Nov 26 – 10:00 AM / Santa Cruz Church Hall Cirque du Soleil – Ovo Nov 29 – 7:30 PM / Bell Centre FIND TICKETS Film Animated Movie: La guerre des tuques … Nov 20 – 2:00 PM / La Maison Culturelle de Montréal-Nord Movie: Histoires À Faire Rêver, Histo… Nov 27 – 3:00 PM / Maison De La …

More Wednesday Scene: Writing 101

November 16 / 16 Hey again….Did you notice that there is a Writing/Literary Tutorial at the top of the blog page? I did promised it and I delivered. Now I’m adding more to the page. Found this at the Writing Center at Columbus State University, where I work my day job. This is from The St. Martin’s Handbook, Sixth Edition by Andrea A. Lunsford.  It’s title, The Top Twenty: A Quick Guide to Troubleshooting Your Writing. This is two-part post. The rest will be posted to the Writing/Literary Tutorial page.  Readers judge your writing by your control of certain conventions, which may change depending on your audience, purpose, and context for the writing. Whether an instructor marks an error in a student assignment will depend on personal judgements about how serious  the error is and what the writer should be focusing on in the draft. Some of the student writing patterns identified here may be considered errors by some instructors but stylistic options by others. Statistically, though, these twenty errors–identified in nationwide research by Andrea …

Wednesday Scene: Sundance Film Festival 2017 & Other Events

November 16 / 16 Good Morning! The Sundance Film Festival is coming soon and I wanted to give you a heads up on what’s happening at the moment. The festival dates are January 19 -29, 2017 in Park City, Utah. Passes and ticket packages are on sale now. All you need to do is go to Upcoming Events Art In Action From the Theatre Lab / Friday, December 9, 2016 / North Adams, MA ♦ Documentary Film Program Story Development Workshop / December 10-11, 2016 / Miami, FL ♦ An Artist At the Table / Sundance Film Festival / January 19, 2017 / Kamas, Utah I will be searching for festival press updates. If your planning to go to the festival, just click on the link for tickets, but don’t get too comfortable….. featured images: & spacelab  

Shadow Spotlight: Mary Kate & Ashley Olsen

November 14 / 16 Hello. Lots of things to cover for this week, so let’s begin with today’s Shadow Spotlight on Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen. From the time they were babies, the lives of Mary Kate and Ashley were always in the public eye. They grew up before our eyes as Michelle Tanner in the adorable sitcom Full House. Then came Dualstar, their limited liability company, which produced films, tv shows, and other products.     These days the ladies are now known as fashion businesswomen and icons. With their fashion lines Elizabeth & James and The Row, Mary Kate and Ashley have paved their own path away from the acting world and into the world of fashion. Recently they just opened their first boutique at The Grove in their native Los Angeles. Not only that, but the twins celebrated another milestone, turning 30. Yep, it’s hard to believe, but Mary Kate and Ashley are now 30 and their successful career in fashion is just another turning point. How would you describe their line? …