Category archives: Story

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sam roberts - the journey

Based on a real life story, ‘a fish story’ evolved out of a promise my father made to my older brother and me when we were small boys living in Montreal. His promise was that one day we (he) would build a fishing cabin up north in Quebec’s lake country. It would be a place with beautiful sunsets, campfires, shooting stars, big water and great fishing. It became his ‘go to’ bedtime story to us for the remaining years of our youth. One of his favorite poets was the Canadian, Robert Service and one of his favorite poems was, ‘The Cremation of Sam Magee’. There is a line from it that begins wit[...]
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Excerpts from - About this book - Not A Fish Story

Unlike the movie, ‘a fish story’, which is a fictional tale of how the Stern’s family life changes when their dead father is offered the chance to return and spend a weekend with them as someone else, this book is a non-fictional account of what really happened before my father died that lead me to the writing of the screenplay. I affectionately call it my ‘emotional back-story’. ‘a fish story’ evolved out of a promise my father made to my older brother and me shortly after the sudden death of our mother following the birth of our sister, Anna. His promise was that one day we (he) would bui[...]
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' a fish story' - Synopsis

Nick Stern, a loving father and devoted husband is driving north to keep his promise of finishing the building of his wilderness fishing cabin on Loon Lake. Suddenly, Eddie Wilkins, a fugitive on the run, dashes across the road. Nick swerves and crashes. Eddie tries to help but runs when the sheriff, Hal Payton, arrives. After radioing for help, Hal decides to go after Eddie himself. Nick dies alone. As final as death is for the living, for the dead it is sometimes just the beginning. Nick can't 'let go'. The pain his death has brought to his family is preventing him from 'moving on'. Th[...]