That’s me. I’ve been really bad about posting.  Guilty as charged.  I’ll try to do better.

On the script front, I reached the halfway point in the latest, detail-heavy outline.  That’s nice.  The second half is always intimidating, but I bet if I take a step back and take it slow, I’ll maneuver my way through it.

One of my biggest concerns is amping up the funny.  You always hear about how hard it is to write comedy.  It’s true.  I bought BLAZING SADDLES last week.  A lot of the jokes still stand up, and they’re really funny.  Of course, that had 5 writers, including Richard Pryor.

I won’t even get into the BACK TO THE FUTURE movies, which have been playing on Encore.  That is just some incredible storytelling, with some good jokes thrown in here and there.

What I’ve also noticed is that they don’t try too hard to be more realistic.  They embrace the story.  That’s something I haven’t quite grasped yet.  I focus more on being realistic, rather than embracing the story.  And sometimes I forget to have fun with it.  That’s important.

I suppose once I get the story worked out I’ll work on the fun part.

Plans slowly developing to actually go to LA mid-September to see Manager Guy.  I’m trying to figure out how to get at least 1-2 other meetings, but I’m not sure with who.  I thought about the guy who wanted to stay updated about my progress, but I wonder if it’s a good idea to contact him.  Still deciding.

I’ll try to be a bit more…timely about updates.

Feels like something should be happening…

Don’t know what, but definitely something.  that’s what I’m hoping for.

I think it’s been about 3 weeks since I heard from Manager Guy.  Sometime in the near future I’ll contact him to say I’m coming to LA and would like to have a face-to-face meeting.  I hope it yields positive results.

My schedule at work is slowly getting back to normal, so I actually got to get some work done today.  I fleshed out the first quarter of Act Two. I like how it’s developing, but still have that nagging feeling in the back of my head about whether it’s “Hollywood” enough.  Have to work on not letting that gnaw at the creative process.

But anyway…

It was very…fulfilling to be working on each scene and, for a lot of them, be able to put it together in such a way I hadn’t considered before.  I wish that happpened more often and earlier in the process. Then again, every writer probably wishes that too.  I’m hoping to get to the halfway point by this weekend.  we’ll see.

when a guy at work found out I wrote screenplays, he said he too had written one. part of one. about 3o pages or so.  Over the past couple of years.  I knew where this was going.  I asked for his 30-second elevator pitch.  It went on for 2 minutes and I still didn’t know what it was about.  Something about a guy killing his family or something.

I told him about the various milestones (page 10 inciting incident, page 17 twist, etc.) and I could tell the words weren’t making much of an impact.  he asked to see my script, which I’ll probably send to him. it will be interesting to see how he reacts.

I got an email notice from the fine folks at ScriptShark for a one-day seminar-thingy in September.  It looked interesting and the price seems right ($139), but that’s also the day we’re planning a big shindig.  I like the idea of going to these things, but more for the networking and pitching aspects, rather than the classes.

I’ll be the first to admit I’m no expert at writing, but I like to think I know what I’m doing.  It just takes a while to reach my objective.

And I’ll keep trying until I do…

Sorry for the delay…

I’ve been working the morning AND midday shift all this week, and with K working once again, the responsibility of making dinner has fallen once again upon my weary shoulders.  But it’s cool.

Only downside is there hasn’t been much time for working on the seemingly eternal outline.  But the silver lining in that regard has been that I’ve been working on the outline during the midday shift.  Because the roads have been so busy, progress has been slow.  But significant; I completed the first act today.

I think it’s been 2 weeks since the infamous non-response from Manager Guy. I really don’t know what to do about it.  Due to his lack of communication, I don’t know what the status of the script is.  It could be gathering dust on somebody’s shelf, which may be the most likely scenario.  K suggests I tell him I’m coming down to LA and do a face-to-face meeting.  While I wasn’t keen on the idea at first, it may be worthwhile.

I’ll have to go over the contract again to see if there’s an out, just in case.  What’s really annoying is that he seemed so eager in the beginning, and it seems to have died off.  I’m very worried this is a replay of what happened with Mr Miko a few years ago.  He’s not getting the response he expected, so I get pushed aside for something with more potential/promise.  Very, very annoying.

I go into the coming week with the objective of making some kind of definitive progress…