Free Homes for Writers!

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I received an email today from the folks at Write A House.  While my writing has taken a back seat to social media recently, I still love the Write A House program and would love to see more writers take advantage of this.  If you’re a writer and interested in a free house just for being a good neighbor, check this out!

write a house, detroit, Free HomesYou are receiving this email because you have previously expressed an interest in Write A House, whether it be to apply, donate, or simply receive more information. Write A House is a Detroit-based nonprofit organization that purchases vacant homes and renovates them with the help of vocational training programs. These homes are then awarded to low-to-moderate income writers with no strings attached, assuming the writer plans to use the home as a primary residence. write a house, detroit, free homes for writers, Free HomesIn 2014, we awarded our first home to poet-historian Casey Rocheteau, to much success and fanfare. We are excited to contact you now and announce a second round of applications beginning on April 27.

If you are interested in applying, please note that there is a $15 early-bird application fee for the first two weeks, rising to $25 afterwards. We have expanded our application criteria to accept both American citizens and permanent residents. Submissions will be accepted between April 27 and June 5. Click here for more information on applying.

write a house, free homes for writers, detroitIf you are interested in donating to the cause, you can do so here. Write A House is a 501(c)(3) organization, and all contributions are tax-deductible. We thank you in advance for your generosity.

If you have any questions regarding Write A House, submissions, or our vetting process, please take a look at our FAQ or shoot us an email at Media inquiries can be sent to

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Hot guys with Guns: Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson

Film Title: Fast Five, Dwayne JohnsonDwayne Douglas Johnson (born May 2, 1972), also known by his ring name The Rock, is an American-Canadian actor, producer and professional wrestler.

Johnson was a college football player for the University of Miami, winning a national championship on the 1991 Miami Hurricanes football team. He later played for the Calgary Stampeders in the Canadian Football League, and was cut two months into the 1995 season. This led him to become a professional wrestler like his grandfather, Peter Maivia, and his father, Rocky Johnson (from whom he also inherited his Canadian citizenship).[7]

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Originally billed as “Rocky Maivia”, he gained mainstream fame in the World Wrestling Federation (WWF/E) from 1996 to 2004, and was the first third-generation wrestler in the company’s history. He returned to wrestling part-time for WWE from 2011 to 2013.

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ad4cf75b-8459-dbc4.Johnson is widely considered one of the all-time greatest professional wrestlers.[8][9] Headlining numerous pay-per-viewsover his career and one of the top box office draws of all time, he headlined five WrestleManias (XV, 2000, X-Seven,XXVIII, and XXIX). He has had seventeen championship reigns in WWE, including ten as a world champion, winning theWWF/E Championship eight times and the WCW/World Championship twice. He won the WWF Intercontinental Championship twice and the WWF Tag Team Championship five times. He is the sixth WWF/E Triple Crown Champion, and won the 2000 Royal Rumble.

rockJohnson’s autobiography The Rock Says… (co-written with Joe Layden) was published in 2000. It debuted at No. 1 onThe New York Times Best Seller list and remained on the list for several weeks.[10] Johnson’s first leading film role was in The Scorpion King in 2002. For this role, he was paid US $5.5 million, a world record for an actor in his first starring role.[11]



dwaynejohnsonHe has since appeared in several films, including The Rundown, Be Cool, Walking Tall, Gridiron Gang, The Game Plan, Get Smart, Race to Witch Mountain, Planet 51, Tooth Fairy, Doom, The Other Guys, Faster, Fast Five, andFast & Furious 6. He has hosted and produced The Hero, a reality competition series.


Hot Guys with Guns: Walton Goggins

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received an Emmy® nomination and two Broadcast Television Journalists Association (BTJA) nominations for Best Supporting Actor for his role as ‘Boyd Crowder’ on FX’s Peabody Award-winning Drama series Justified.

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Goggins reprised his turn as the transgender escort ‘Venus Van Dam’ (a play on his character Shane’s alias of ‘Cletus Van Damme’ on The Shield) on the highly-rated FX drama series Sons of Anarchy. The role reunites Goggins with series creator Kurt Sutter who was also a writer on The Shield.


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Goggins completed production on writer/director William Monahan’s Mojave with Garrett Hedlund and Oscar Issacs. 47936a9f321c9He plays ‘Jim,’ an entertainment lawyer experiencing an existential crisis. He has also completed production on writer/director Ross Clarke’s adaptation of Craig Clevenger’s novel Dermaphoria. Goggins plays ‘Eliah Blanc,’ a wealthy New Orleanian whose pastimes include the funding of meth labs.


Goggins has had pivotal roles in films by two of Hollywood’s most important auteurs: Quentin Tarantino, in Django Unchained; and Steven Spielberg in Lincoln. 6a00d8341c630a53ef0154333694be970cHe also appeared in such diverse films as G.I. Joe: Rise of the Cobra, Robert Rodriguez’s Predators and Machete Kills, Jon Favreau’s Cowboys & Aliens, and Rod Lurie’s Straw Dogs.

Goggins previously garnered much acclaim for his complex and edgy portrayal of ‘Detective Shane Vendrell’ on FX’s gritty, award-winning drama series The Shield. In 2009, he was nominated for a Television Critics Association (TCA) Award in the category of “Individual Achievement in Drama.”
250px-BillyCrash2In the last ten years, Goggins has also taken his turn behind the camera. He recently collaborated with writer Adam Fierro (“The Shield”) on the pilot “Gringo” which sold to FOX. Goggins’ prior collaborations with his partners at Ginny Mule Pictures include winning an AcademyAward® for their short film, The Accountant, which he produced and starred in. The team produced, directed and starred in their first feature, Chrystal, starring Billy Bob Thornton, which was accepted into the 2005 Sundance Film Festival’s Dramatic Competition. For their third collaboration, Goggins produced and starred in the feature Randy and the Mob, which won the Audience Award for Best Feature at the 2007 Nashville Film Festival.

Goggins and his Ginny Mule partners completed their fourth feature, That Evening Sun, starring Hal Holbrook and Goggins. imp businessThe film made its world premiere at the South By Southwest (SXSW) Film Festival in Austin, TX in March 2009, where it won the Narrative Feature Audience Award and received the Special Jury Award for “Best Ensemble Cast.” The film continued winning awards at over 14 film festivals, culminating with the honor of the “Wyatt Award” from the Southeastern Film Critics Association (SEFCA) and two Independent Spirit Award nominations.


Goggins also takes time to lend a hand to various non-profit organizations and has joined forces with City Hearts, whose focus is bringing the arts to underfunded schools. He has also worked closely with Global Green USA, which is committed to sustainable development and the legislation to support it.


sons-of-anarchy-season-7-venusHe enjoys traveling the world and has spent time in Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Central America, Morocco and India last spring. Goggins is an avid photographer and has captured many of his journeys on film.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Nancy Iannios PR

Hot Guys with Guns: Timothy Olyphant


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From Timothy Olyphant’s first screen appearances, such as his two-minute bit in The First Wives Club (1996), to “Nicko”, whose presence at times dwarfed the island in A Perfect Getaway (2009), he has been a force to be reckoned with.

Born in Hawaii, Timothy was raised inModesto California. He is the son of Katherine Lyon (Gideon) and John Vernon Bevan Olyphant, a college teacher.Timothy


He has an older brother, Andy, who is in A&R for Warner Brother Records, and a younger brother, Matt Olyphant, who was the lead singer for the punk rock group, Fetish, and is also an artist.

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His ancestry includes Russian Jewish (from a maternal great-grandfather), English, German, Scottish, Dutch, and Irish.Timothy quickly became Modesto, California’s favorite son, competing as a pro swimmer and excelling at drawing. It was, by chance, that he enrolled in an acting course as an elective and decided to pursue an acting career. He took his family and headed to New York City, where he studied the craft and began auditioning for roles.


vcover23f-3-webFrom the beginning, he tried to choose diversified roles and take chances with every genre and always approached everything he did with commitment, humor and grace. Timothy is married to his college sweetheart, Alexis Knief, and, together, they raise three children, one son and two daughters in California. He has managed to keep his personal life out of the tabloids. He obviously has his priorities straight, as this is no easy task in Hollywood.


timothy-olyphant-2007-41029Highlights of Olyphant’s career include his riveting portrayal of “Sheriff Seth Bullock” in HBO’s hit drama, Deadwood (2004). He now personifies intensity as complex Kentucky Marshal, “Raylan Givens”, in FX’s Justified (2010). On the big screen, in this year’s The Crazies (2010), he had the chance to infuse his character with doubts, fears and humaneness in an inhumane situation. Mr. Olyphant proved he could carry a major movie on his talent, alone.


He recently appeared in I Am Number Four (2011), a Steven Spielberg sci-if thriller, in which Tim provided the adult mentorship, taking a back seat to the teen cast.

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Hot Guys with Guns: Neal McDonough

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first caught my eye in Band of Brothers, playing Buck Compton. I loved that character and Neal played him so well.  The next time I saw him, he was a villain, but ever so good at it in Walking Tall with Dwayne Johnson.  Lately, I’ve been binge-watching Justified and once again, Neal McDonough is a wonderful villain!  So here’s a hot Irishman from Boston for your St. Patrick’s Day pleasure.400px-NealMcDonoughFOOF

Neal McDonough was born on February 13, 1966 in Dorchester, Massachusetts, to Catherine (Bushe) and Frank McDonough, motel owners who were born in Ireland. He grew up in Barnstable, Massachusetts, graduated from Barnstable High School, and attended Syracuse University. He was a member of the SigmaChi Fraternity and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts in 1988.neal McDonough frequently appeared as Captain Laser, inspiring young students to bring their studies to completion. Fron there, he trained for a short time at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. McDonough has made many television and film appearances since 1991, including Star Trek: First Contact (1996), Minority Report (2002), Timeline (2003), Walking Tall (2004),The Guardian (2006) and Flags of Our Fathers (2006). His most recent television appearances include Band of Brothers (2001), Boomtown (2002) Desperate Housewives(2004), Medical Investigation (2004), Tin Man (2007) and Justified (2010).

neal-mcdonough-red-2Neal’s most prized accomplishment is his wife Ruve, whom he married in 2003. They live in Los Angeles, California with their four children.

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