July 23, 2013
I am a guest on Wordplay stop by and hit the Scripts forum to chat about the biz end of film writing.
July 15, 2013
BEYOND TOP SECRET TNSSG is a private invitation only forum for the crazy movers and shakers behind all things TNSSG who have participated in mad cap TNSSG antics like the book meme, Going Banksy, the book trailer —
And may be seduced in the near future into whatever other fun stuff we think up. Yay!
The plan is have fun, brainstorm more TNSSG shenanigans, and have a damn good time while we do it.
There might even be live chats. Ooh la la. And prizes. Yay!
To participate in BEYOND TOP SECRET, you must be registered with the AFW forum and you must be given the private handshake and keys. Hit the forum and register. And to get that private handshake and keys? :::POST HERE:::
July 8, 2013
Self publishing is not for the weak of heart. If you had told me how much freaking work this was and how hard going in?
I would never have done it.
Then again, that applies to everything I have ever done.
I think there is a certain angelic magnificence to just being too stupid to know something is impossible.
I’m lucky to have been bathed in that angelic stupidity and magnificence more than once in my lifetime.
It’s how I survived childhood.
How I made it to college.
How I finished college.
How I made it to Hollywood.
How I finished this book.
And how I finished it again.
Final galleys are approved.
Let’s print this mother.
May 23, 2013
A student today, the goal isn’t to figure out how the writer wants a story to end and build a story towards that —
The goal is to figure out how the character wants the story to end and then throw the biggest obstacles in the way of that you can.
It’s up to the character to make the story end right.
It’s up to the writer to make it harder than hell for the character to pull that off.
May 17, 2013
I think sometimes I know too many secrets. That they will overrun me one day and crowd out everything else until there is nothing left but the echoing light and thunder of all these secrets leaving me paralyzed with no words —
With secrets, words are forbidden.
I think this is how writers are made. People who are bound by secrets so long one day in place of silence something new is born, something made up, something fiction, anything, everything, just to fill that void of non-sound.
Writers tell the truth through lies.
How messed up is that?
where the art work comes from:
:::the society of historical curiosities:::
March 2, 2013
February 28, 2013
Julie is one of my students. I would love to take credit for everything she has accomplished, but I can’t. I am her teacher, I guide. I’m a good teacher and a good guide. Hell, I’m a good writer, if it comes down to that. But. A guide can only guide someone willing to be guided who has drive to push through. I could be walking someone up Kilimanjaro, but it would not do any good if that person said, Oh I’m tired now, I think I’ll turn back. And it wouldn’t do any good if I said, Hey, try to avoid that edge. And the person being guided didn’t listen to me and walked over the edge. So there is this fine line of taking credit for the student’s accomplishments. Because, if the student isn’t special, well all the guiding in the world won’t stop that student from quitting or walking over that edge.
That said? I’m mad cap proud of Julie Howe. Here is her recent post on the Austin Film Festival blog:
AFF GUEST BLOG: JULIE HOWE IN SCRIPT DEVELOPMENT HEAVEN:
I know what you’re thinking. “She must be directionally confused, poor thing.” But hear me out because I actually do own a compass and know the difference between north and south.
When Matt Dy first rang me back in 2010 to say Joyce San Pedro, a producer based at Sony and an AFF judge and panelist, wanted to meet with me about my script, I was thinking he must have meant to call someone else — some OTHER writer who may have had the same last name as me — and he hit my number by mistake. Happens, right? Thankfully, it wasn’t a butt dial.
I’m one of those lucky writers who caught a break thanks to Austin Film Festival; as well as to an army of fellow writers who were generous and kind, brutal and honest, and most of all just plain supportive. As a result, my 2010 AFF comedy script is in development with Joyce San Pedro and Alex Siskin. It’s not a studio deal; it’s a handmade independent production deal. And I didn’t leave the baby on the doorstep and walk away. Instead, I made an arrangement with the producers that included involvement from start to finish. I wanted to learn, I wanted to know what it was really like to make a movie, to be part of a team. I didn’t know if I would be chewed up and spit out like a stale Chiclet or be able to hold my own. Not to mention being able to hold my tongue when necessary while still holding true to my vision.
As luck would have it, I was taken under the wings of the good guys and I’m thanking the gods of screenwriting I didn’t end up stuck to the bottom of somebody’s Nike. Those who championed the script from the beginning, Joyce San Pedro. Michael-Ryan Fletchall and Alex Siskin, opened the door for me and I ran through it like my hair was on fire. Let’s face it, I’m not a kid. I’m staring down the point-blank barrel of middle age. I want my shot before Medicare kicks in or I start thinking my purse belongs in the refrigerator.
I owe my tenacious attitude not only to the opportunity afforded me by Austin Film Festival but also to an amazing writer’s group called 5150 whose founder Max Adams, won the screenplay award when AFF was a pup. From the beginning of my tenure in the group, Austin Film Festival was touted as THE festival. Everyone in the group aspired to place well in the screenplay competition. Needless to say, winning was unbelievable and surreal. Like I had brought home 5150’s version of the Stanley Cup (yeah, I’m from a hockey state!). I would not be where I am without the help and guidance of these wickedly smart, talented peeps.
Although this all sounds like rah-rah cheerleader fluff…
December 23, 2012
One of the few professions linked directly to screaming ads at Christmas time. Or at least that is a definite impression I get. “What to get the writer on your Christmas list!” You don’t see that with a lot of other professions. “Say, got a coal miner on your list? How about this nifty new pick axe?” “Got a pilot on your list? How about an altimeter?” “Here is the perfect gift for that nurse on your list, support hose!” I do not see those ads. And this may be the result of me just hanging out more places “writer” than places “coal miner/pilot/nurse.” But I suspect not.
I am not sure what this says. But I have suspicions. See, the other area that has big screaming advertisements directed specifically at an activity is –
“What to get the rock climber on your list!” “What to get the knitter on your list!” “What go get the cyclist on your list!” You see lots of ads directed at buying people specific gifts for their hobbies. And I find this a little concerning. The implication being, perhaps, that writing is still being considered a hobby and not an actual profession?
I’m not sure I like that.
*By the way if anyone is wondering what to get this writer for Christmas, she could really go for a case of Stag’s Leap merlot. I know! Not even writing related! Crazy, right?
*If you simply must get a writer something writing related? A MacBook Air is always a nice choice or, barring anything quite so nifty? Give a gift certificate. Writing IS a profession and a writer can write off purchases made on a gift certificate.