Oh, Yeah — I Have a Blog, Don’t I?

A little while ago, the Missus, of all people, called me on the fact that I hadn’t posted since Monday night.  I suppose I have no excuse.  Well, I do — there’s the whole day job/fatherhood thing.  And the video game I’ve spent way too much time playing.  But I haven’t touched the Wedding Comedy since I turned in the polish on Monday, so the main reason for my recent blog neglect has disappeared for the time being.  Guess I’m just a slacker.

ANYWAY… much to my shock, the producers seem to dig the latest draft of the script — I got a phone call from one of them complimenting me on the work and saying that they were sending the script out to talent this week.  And that’s the last I’ve heard from any of them.  It felt weird; one day I’m being hounded on an hourly basis about where the script is, and then the next day, it’s like they’ve forgotten who the hell I am.  Who knows — now that they have the script tweaked to their satisfaction, maybe they HAVE forgotten who the hell I am.

So what do I do now, aside from pray that the script goes into production soon so I can collect my sale money and finally pay off Citi Cards before they unleash a Star Destroyer deck full of bounty hunters on my debt-ridden ass?  Well, I finally picked up a book that I’ve had on my shelf for well over a year, Michael Chabon’s THE YIDDISH POLICEMEN’S UNION.  Chabon is one of my all-time favorite authors and I got this novel the day it came out, but I’ve been holding off on reading it until I had some time to give it my full attention.  That day has finally come. 

I would also like to get through the video games piling up on my console, particularly HALF-LIFE 2, HALO 2 and of course BIOSHOCK, which has taken me forever and a day because its ultraviolence and all-around spooky atmosphere mean that I have to play it when no one else is around.  (The Missus is okay with me chopping down squadrons of stormtroopers with a lightsaber in front of the Peanut, but she’s decidedly less so with me beating a measly genetic mutation or two to death with a wrench.  Go figure.)

But mostly, I need to get back to work on the High School Comedy, a.k.a. my latest spec.  I started the second draft of it a couple of months ago, before I became ensared in the Wedding Comedy revisions.  Time to dust off the cobwebs and get moving on that one again.  It’s nice to fantasize that the Wedding Comedy will be my big break, but if it isn’t, then I’ve got to follow it up with something.  And even if it is, I’ve STILL got to follow it it  up with something.

So basically, I just need to get my ass in gear again.  As my ex-manager liked to say, “No rest for the weary.”  Not even if they’ve got Master Chief beckoning them on the Xbox.

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8 Comments on “Oh, Yeah — I Have a Blog, Don’t I?”


  1. “It felt weird; one day I’m being hounded on an hourly basis about where the script is, and then the next day, it’s like they’ve forgotten who the hell I am.”

    *Writer*

  2. WriterDad Says:

    Ohhhh, yeah! THAT’S why they’ve forgotten about me…:)

  3. matt Says:

    The ol’ hurry-up-and-wait. Everyone loves getting frantic until a decision has to be made — desperation is the gasoline that keeps the large development truck lurching up the hill.

  4. WriterDad Says:

    Yup, this is a total textbook example, Matt…

  5. matt Says:

    Something I’ve learned is that you can push back a little. The execs always will hammer you for more, more, more, faster faster faster, but you can set you own limits with more ease than you think. Because everyone knows once it gets to the out-to-talent-stage…it takes a loooooong time.

  6. WriterDad Says:

    I suppose that’s the only time a writer’s really got the upper hand, so that makes total sense. As for your comment about going out to talent… that’s what I’m afraid of! I’ve never had a screenplay in a position like this before — with a producer running with it and trying to secure actors, a director, financing etc., as opposed to just entering it in the spec sale derby — so I’m curious if/how it’ll all pan out.

  7. matt Says:

    Also, a little shout-out: I am never a proponent of contests, but this is kind of an insider one.

    http://www.trackingb.com/?p=2004

    A guy who won honorable mention is repped by my agency now, and I’ve heard good things from managers about it. Might be of some interest to your readers.

  8. WriterDad Says:

    Excellent. Thanks for the link, Matt. I’ll be including it in my next post, in case anybody misses it here…


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