Silent no more, or at least for not much longer

The tool of my other trade
What I use when I’m not writing

The first draft is coming along quite nicely. There was a little bit of writer’s block that held me up for about a day, but I managed to work my way through it (which included the creative placeholder SCENE INVOLVING BAD GUY & HIS GANG. This was the scene before the one giving me trouble.)

The current page count is somewhere in the mid-40s, and maybe about 5 pages off from where it should be, which actually isn’t that bad.

At this point, I’m not even thinking about a potential end-date because I don’t want to be disappointed if I go past it.  So for now, it’s all about cranking out a few pages a day.

In summary – this thing’ll get done when it gets done, and I don’t want to rush it.

Keeping that in mind, there’s now a slight chance this could all be delayed, but just by a little bit.

After way too much procrastination, and the realization that I’m actually capable of setting up a schedule and sticking to it, I’m going to complicate things even more by devoting a small portion of each day to finally getting my podcast up and running.

Learning the basics still seems a little overwhelming, but this phase is always an awkward time.  Like with most things, it’ll get easier the more I work at it.

No proposed launch date for this either, but hopefully soon.  I’ll keep you posted.

Just wondering – what podcast(s) do you enjoy and/or recommend?  They don’t have to be screenwriting- or film-centric. As long as they’re entertaining.

It’s either optimism or hypothermia

Luckily for me, it doesn't snow here
Luckily for me, it doesn’t snow here

My bike ride to work is an enjoyable 6-mile pre-dawn journey across most of San Francisco. The temperature when I left the house just after 4 this morning was 43 degrees, so by the time I got to work 40 minutes later, some of my outer extremities were a bit chilled and are taking longer than I’d like to thoroughly thaw.  Especially my feet. They’re still cold.

But looking back today at how this year developed for me combined with what I’m hoping to make happen in 2013 make for that warm glow of satisfaction.

-My writing has definitely improved. Several drafts later, DREAMSHIP is much stronger now, and I’m feeling really confident about it. While a sale would be fantastic, I’ll focus on getting representation for now.

-Because of the feedback I’d received on DREAMSHIP, the outlining process for LUCY is working out much, much smoother. Once the outline is ready, and it almost is, I’m really looking forward to getting started on pages.

-I didn’t get to read as many scripts as I’d wanted to, so setting a weekly goal of at least 2 seems pretty doable.

-I had a blast doing The Script Adventurer!, and am that much closer to bringing it back as a podcast. Still planning on a January launch. This is becoming a real learning process, and is actually kind of exciting.

-I did three half-marathons, finally breaking 2:00. I plan on doing at least three more this year, hopefully adding 1-2 more into the mix. Once again, the objective is to break 1:55.

-Since the running took care of my lower body, 2013 will also see more attention to upper body. Hoping for bigger arms and flatter abs. First up – the 100 Pushups program.

-I made a lot of pies this year. So many that they’re now strongly requested when friends invite us over for dinner. Pie-making will continue, but baklava remains at the top of the “I really want to make this” list. (This is not necessarily counter-productive to the previous item – it’s all about moderation)

-I’ll try to keep posting on a semi-regular basis. As always, my appreciation and gratitude for those of you willing to endure my ramblings continues to be limitless.  I hope 2012 saw good things happen for you, and that 2013 is even better.

Happy New Year, and see you on the other side.

Moving on: digital media content edition

Don’t worry, Ma! I’ll be back!

Something important happened in two parts yesterday.

First, I did my final installment of The Script Adventurer! show. It was my choice. I had an absolute blast putting it all together, and got to interview a lot of incredibly talented people, but circumstances made it difficult for me to continue.

But this isn’t the end. Just a phase of redevelopment.

Which nicely segues to the second part: I’m working on bringing it back as a podcast. Current target date: late September/early October. Same concept, possibly a different name. I’ll let you know when it’s available on iTunes.

These are exciting times, kids. Stay tuned for details as they develop.

-I’d also like to take this opportunity to thank all you readers and followers out there. Believe me, your interest in my ramblings is appreciated more than you can possibly imagine.

Moving on: digital media content edition

Don’t worry, Ma! I’ll be back!

Something important happened in two parts yesterday.

First, I did my final installment of The Script Adventurer! show. It was my choice. I had an absolute blast putting it all together, and got to interview a lot of incredibly talented people, but circumstances made it difficult for me to continue.

But this isn’t the end. Just a phase of redevelopment.

Which nicely segues to the second part: I’m working on bringing it back as a podcast. Current target date: late September/early October. Same concept, possibly a different name. I’ll let you know when it’s available on iTunes.

These are exciting times, kids. Stay tuned for details as they develop.

-I’d also like to take this opportunity to thank all you readers and followers out there. Believe me, your interest in my ramblings is appreciated more than you can possibly imagine.

Perfect! Brilliant! Oh, wait…

Not bad for a first attempt. Try again.

For some inexplicable reason, my brain decided to cooperate and I was able to navigate a somewhat twisty-turny route that got me to the end of Act Two. After some self-inflicted nervous anticipation, it actually worked out better, and admittedly easier, than I expected.

But all is not sunshine and roses. There’s one short sequence that still bothers me.  As it reads now, it comes across as too comedic, almost even silly, and it doesn’t seem to match the tone of the rest of the story.  At the time it seemed great, but in retrospect…not so much.

My first instinct is to dive in and change it. But before I do that, I need to approach it from several angles. Does it move the story forward in terms of plot, character and theme?  What other way (or ways) could this happen so it still maintains the overall feel of the story? How could this play out so it surprises and entertains  the reader/viewer?

Granted these are things that should apply to every scene and sequence throughout the entire script, but they’re always in the back of your mind when you’re narrowing your focus.

-As far as I know, there are still some slots for this fantastic opportunity. If you can attend, I highly recommend it.

-I recorded a special summer movie preview edition of The Script Adventurer! earlier this week with some movie-loving chums. It was a lot of fun, and will air Monday at the usual time (1PM PST on radioslot.com).

I also found out how to break the bonds of your computer and listen to the show on your smartphone. Open your phone’s web browser, go to radioslot.com, click on ‘Listen Now’, then click ‘Listen Now’ under the Talk Slot section. On the right side of the space marked ‘Now Playing’, there should be 4 little icons. Click the left-most one – WinAmp. And voila! My dulcet tones should be working their way into your earholes. Let me know how it works for you.

Ain’t 21st-century technology grand?  But sadly, still no jetpacks or flying cars.