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I am an award winning playwright and TV writer whose plays have been produced in New York and Russia. My spec script “Brick by Brick” for the HBO series DEADWOOD placed second at The Austin Film Festival because of its unique characters and original storytelling. I am also a member of the BMI Musical Theatre Workshop. I teach dramatic writing and am a writing coach and dramaturge on-call for my friends.

Writing about what you know is a hallmark of writing and so it writing what people want to read. I know a lot dogs. I was a dog sitting in NYC where attended many different training class. Living in Michigan, I have two Standard Poodles, Charming and Henry and Ridgeback mix named, GG. I do Obedience, Agility and Lure Coursing with the Poodle and have even gone a few commercial auditions.

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This blog is about living a writing. Writing about life. Fiction and Non-fiction writing do not come natural to me. I have to work at it. That’s what this blog is about. Writing about the things I’m passionate about and doing it well.

Yes, I write about writing. But you will find recipes, stories and array of articles on this blog. Hopefully, written well.



GG (Left) and her brother, CBGB.

GG was born the day I moved back to Michigan to my sister’s dog, Katie (AKA Binky, Puppy). Her husband and their friends’ husband were drinking one night and thought it was a good idea to breed, Red (pure Rhodesian Ridgeback) to Katie (an Old English Sheep Dog mix.) They were thinking it would create a large dog able to handle packs of roving doges and be good with sheep. Four Puppies max. It was 15 puppies! We know where all the puppies are 9 years later.


White standard poodle puppy.

Charming the day I brought him home.

Charming is a Standard Poodle purchased from Targa Poodles in Saline, Mi. He is the first puppy I ever picked out and raised my self. I usually adopt dogs over a year. My first Poodle, Merlin, died suddenly from bloat caused by complications from surgery to remove a Type 2 carcinoma from his back leg. I was devastated to loose my best friend. I had Charming about a month later. I never had so much as training a puppy.


Henry was a year old when he came to live with me. He had retired from the show ring about a week shy of this first birthday. The first time I saw Henry, he was entering the show ring at a Poodle Specialty on his hind legs. He loved going to shows, he just didn’t like going in the show ring. And that’s how he ended up with me. Henry is very unique dog in many ways. he is beautiful dog and could have done well if is wasn’t for antics in the show ring. But I’m glad to have him. With Charming and GG he has learned; not to be afraid of tall grass, tramping through the stinkier parts of the marsh is fun, flushing rabbits is the bomb and going for daily walks is the best thing in the world.

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15 thoughts on “About

  1. I was being funny.


  2. Lara says:

    The piece about your poodle and your extra police monitoring… Thanks for the bravery of sharing it. What an example of unconscious bias by the police officers (hopefully unconscious).

    I am also interested to know more about a star named OOOOOPS?


    1. I hope it was unconscious as well. I have to write a blog post about OOOOOPS!


    2. Jihn says:

      The piece about the poodle and the police was fiction, right?


      1. It is a true story.


  3. Paul R. says:

    Thank you very much for following me last year and Thank you for being here in this new beginning. I wish you all the best in the world 😀


  4. I’m so glad I logged on and found your site. I will follow your journey. You have great inspiring posting for aspiring writers.


  5. I’m so glad we found each other! This is exactly what I need right now, more writing support! Thank you thank you Cyn. I’m very much looking forward to getting to know your blog better. Serendipitously, Dawn


  6. Cyn,that is awful. I know how hard it is, the four legged entwine themselves in our hearts and families as much as any two legged creature. I wish you luck and peace. I hope the next report will be better

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    1. CynFranks says:

      Thank you. The cancer did not spread. Merlin had surgery this morning to remove the growth and it looks like he will be coming home with all four legs. Not removing the leg means there is a 50/50 chance the caner will return, but who knows when that may be? He is 11 and even though life expectancy for standard poodles is 14 years, if I have him healthy for another year, it will be money well spent.


      1. Cyn, that is so awesome!! I am glad he came home. He will be fine, I know it 🙂


  7. susieshy45 says:

    Hi Cyn,
    I’ve nominated you for the Very inspiring blogger award. If you choose to accept, which I hope you will you need to follow 4 rules. 1. Thank the blogger who nominated you. 2. List the rules and display the award. 3. Share seven facts about yourself. 4. Nominate (15) other amazing blogs and comment on their blog to let them know you nominated them. Good luck in your writing journey.


    1. CynFranks says:

      Thank you so much Susie! I feel so honored. I have never been nominated for a blogging award before. I do accept. I’m going through a hard time and can use something positive in my life right now. I’m guessing you have been nominated, so your blog won’t count because it would be high on my list of 15. I will try to get it done this weekend.

      My beloved poodle, Merlin, has been diagnosed with cancer and is at Michigan State University for additional tests right now. Other than a growth on his leg, he seems perfectly healthy. I’ve had to make some tough choices over the last couple of days and will most likely have to re-think them and make harder ones as each report brings worse news. I know in the grand scheme of things, it is not so important, but Merlin has been my buddy and the one thing that has kept me sane after I returned to my hometown to care for father 3 years ago. So, thank you. This gives me a positive project to divert my mind and that is very welcomed right now.


      1. susieshy45 says:

        Oh Cyn, my prayers and my love are with you. I am there for you, if you would like to share anything but rest assured that Merlin and you are in God’s hands, so don’t think yourself alone in any way. There is a plan for everything as you so wisely say.
        God bless the two of you !


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