Friday, November 24, 2017

Saturday, November 18, 2017


My wife and I saw and loved MUDBOUND at the Austin Film Festival this year. It's now on Netflix and select theaters, and I highly recommend it.

Friday, November 17, 2017

never hit a prius with your emotions

Yesterday, when the woman in the Prius in front of me got a huge gap in traffic and pulled forward to turn right, I (stupidly) took my foot off the brake and looked left to make sure-for-sure that it was clear and then the woman decided to panic and hit her brakes and I... BOOP... lightly tapped the back of her car with the front of mine. Barely touched that Prius, but still.

It happens.

Mistakes are made.

By me.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Michael and the Red Ryder BB Gun: a (true) short story

My childhood friend Michael appears as a (thinly disguised) character in my novel, POUNDERS, but he was a local legend long before I ever tried to immortalize him on the page. His lovable, insane antics kept his parents up at night worrying, and kept my life interesting. He was and is a "character" in every sense of the word.

Yesterday I pulled an old journal off the shelf, opened it at random, and read the following story to my amused wife. She encouraged me to share it here. So without further ado, this is more or less how I remember the story of...

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Yoann Bourgeous - Celui qui tombe

Down With Billionaires!?

For the past few weeks I've been working for yet another billionaire (my third, I think) in an up-close-and-personal kind of way and I gotta tell you: wipe the dust off your tenth stuffed lion/grizzly/porcupine  and you'll inevitably start to wonder, as I have, if you're next on the ol' taxidermy stand.

All that concentrated power... who wouldn't wanna organize a little man-hunt?

But let's set aside what someone with that kind of money could do (and get away with) if they really wanted to and focus instead on whether it's inherently wrong for someone to be that rich.

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Austin Film Festival, 2017

Apparently my sister enjoyed reading about my 2016 AFF experience, so ha-ha internet, sucks-to-be-you and here we go again:

This year I had no governmental grant to pay my way, but a combination of flight vouchers from United (that might or might not have actually workedmore on that in a future post if those skyweasels don't refund me what I'm owed), a gift from my parents, and some work as a reader for the AFF screenplay competition got me a badge for the festival and a way to get there.

AFF gifted me another badge for making their List of 25 Screenwriters to Watch in 2017, so my lovely wife Hannah and I decided she should come along as my wing-woman for the drunken revelries I'm too teetotaler to enjoy.


Sunday, October 15, 2017

Lucas Floyd: Composer

How surreal. Lucas Floyda goober-of-a-kid I once babysat (badly) when we were both living in Peru, South Americashowed up on my FB feed a day ago as a composer with some real chops. Here's a song of his that recently got some air time on NPR...

I'm super-impressed.

Mayhaps one day our creative paths will cross and he'll be writing music for a film project of mine. I can apologize for whatever obnoxious thing I most likely did to him when he was a tiny tot, and he can say, "No, no! I channeled all that pain into my art and look where it got me!" We'll laugh and drink mimosas and then cry about the State of Things.

For now, though, you should check out his website HERE.

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