Monday, January 9, 2017

Sub-human Aborigines

     "The darkest secret of this country, I am afraid, is that too many of its citizens imagine that they belong to a much higher civilization somewhere else. That higher civilization doesn't have to be another country. It can be the past insteadthe United States as it was before it was spoiled by immigrants and the enfranchisement of the blacks.
     This state of mind allows too many of us to lie and cheat and steal from the rest of us, to sell us junk and addictive poisons and corrupting entertainments. What are the rest of us, after all, but sub-human aborigines?"

- Kurt Vonnegut, in his novel Bluebeard.

Saturday, January 7, 2017

We're Not All Nuts

Like all informed and kindness-oriented human beings living in the world today, I am deeply concerned about the upcoming confirmation of a petulant, perma-lying, violence-advocating man-baby to the highest office of the government of the United States of America.

As a non-insane* Christian, my concerns about our impending Trumpenführer are intensified by the deep sadness I feel over the way the name of Jesus has been dragged in the mud by all the ostensibly "Christian" leaders who've prostituted themselves to His Orangeness for a bit of power (insert reference to the "Church" in pre-WWII Germany).

So it was with great pleasure that I found the following, posted yesterday on the website of the National Council of Churches:

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Update Time!

Hi mom, and anyone else who comes here to track my progress toward a career as a novelist and screenwriter. Screenwriting and novelisting are hard, and forward motion is rare. Nonetheless, there have been a few developments that I believe I've somehow neglected to share on here.

To wit:
  • Hot bananas* manager and producer John Zaozirny was a judge for the Austin Film Festival's screenplay competition last year (my script MARLENE THE DIVINE was a semifinalist). He contacted me, we talked, I flew to L.A. in part to meet him, and now I have a manager. Zoom!
  • John's been taking MARLENE out to the town, and while it's a weird script (and therefore kind of a hard sell), we've already had one fairly exciting nibble. I won't be celebrating until I've got a check in hand, but it's fun to get attention from some real Hollywood players.
  • Also at A.F.F., I met with producer Chris Watkins of Catapult Entertainment, who upon scoping out my website found out about my treeplanting novel, POUNDERS. He read it, loved it, and optioned it. Now he and I are developing it into a limited-series television show.
  • Chris introduced me to his superstar entertainment lawyer and all-around great guy, Bradley Garrett, of Cohen and Gardner Law. Bradley and I got along famously, signed a contract, and now I have someone I can confess crimes to without fear of reprisal (that's how it works, right?).
  • My novel POUNDERS keeps accumulating five-star reviews on Amazon. You should check it out. You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll be grateful to be warm and dry.
  • Oh, and did I mention my script MARLENE THE DIVINE also took first place for comedy in the Page Screenwriting contest this year? Yep. That happened. 

In writing news, I just finished the first draft of my next feature-length spec script... but I'm not gonna tell you what it's called because it's about Donald Trump (sort of), and there's profanity in the title. 

Writing it was an immensely cathartic experience.

What's next?

Saturday, December 31, 2016

the space between

I finished the rough draft of yet another feature-length screenplay last Tuesday. My fourteenth, I think (losing track is a sign of prolific-ness, not incompetence... right?). 

A world of infinite possibilities has been shrunk waaay down. 
I have chained myself to a decidedly-finite set of characters and plot-points, and all that's left is about a million re-writes.

Not yet, though. 

First, I have to let the thing sit a while—to marinate, if you will, in my subconscious juices. 

To quote one of my personal heroes, the very-nearly-unparalleled artist-of-the-blade, Mr. Inigo Montoya, "I hate waiting." 

Thursday, December 29, 2016

My Top-Ten Favorite Films of 2016

To repeat last year's top-ten statement: this is not a Best-Of list, because ranking art is silly. These are just the films I watched and liked most, and that I felt were fine exemplars of their respective genres. 

2016 Favorites, in Alphabetical Order:

10 Cloverfield Lane
Blue Jay
Hell or High Water
Hunt for the Wilderpeople
La La Land
Midnight Special
Pelé: Birth of a Legend
The Edge of Seventeen
The Nice Guys

Some Non-Spoilery Reasons You Should Watch These Films...

Friday, December 9, 2016

I Love Zach Anner!

This man is hilarious. I have subscribicated to him on the youtubes. Why have you not yet subscribicated to him on the youtubes? Do it. Now. Do it (also: donate).

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