Onward!

Yes, it’s been a few weeks, but I reached a milestone today.  After being stuck with the last few scenes before the midpoint, today I pushed myself to get through them. And did.  It feels great.

Of course, that still leaves the rest of Act Two and all of Act Three, but I don’t feel as concerned about those.  I’m sure there will be revision upon revision during the next few weeks, but it’s all part of the process.  And I enjoy that.

Regarding scripts that have already been written, I received a note from a management firm I sent a query letter on Dec 28th.  They were interested in the Chinese restaurant script.  Despite years-old comments about their reputation, I threw caution to the wind and sent it to them.  I’ll be amazed if anything happens with it.

Apparently I entered a free contest in late January or early February that called for the logline to your script.  I forgot about it within the next few days.  Then I got an email about two weeks ago saying I was 1 of 100 finalists, and now I had to send in the script.  I spent the next three days revising and rewriting it.  I am really proud of the end product.  As I told my eternally patient wife, I don’t care if I win, or place (although it would be nice); I’m just glad I underwent the process.  I really think it’s a stronger script now.

The deadline for this year’s Nicholl is midnight tomorrow.  I was thinking I might splurge and enter said revised script, but due to recent hard times of a financial nature, it doesn’t look like it’s going to happen.

What I’m hoping is that over the next few weeks I’ll be able to make some good progress on the current outline.  I’m also hoping to keep revising to a mininum.  As with previous scripts, when I feel there’s nothing else I think I can improve, that’s when I’ll start on actual pages.

In terms of the writing group, it’s still just me and the other person. We’ve talked about how we can increase out numbers, but it looks like she may have found a group we could possibly join.  The funny part is we have to send in a paragraph describing ourselves.  While I can understand their criteria, it strikes me as a little odd.  But whatever works.

I really will try to keep this thing update on a more regular basis.  We’ll see how that works out.

Da latest

I got an email from a contest I sort of remember entering sometime earlier this year. Apparently my logline got me past the first round, so now I have to send in the actual script.

While I am naturally quite thrilled about this, I read through the script to see if there were any changes that needed to be made. There were a few, but I couldn’t help but think the whole thing could use a good overhaul.

Not to say I don’t like it, but it felt as if it needed a little more oomph.

At least I have a few days to find and install said oomph.

Then it’s back to work on the comedy.

Quick update

This is being written on my iPhone because I’m at work, where I amazingly get more writing work done sometimes. It depends on how traffic is. Lots of sun today, so hopefully Bay Area motorists will know what they’re doing.

I haven’t made nearly as much progress on my outline as I’d hope to by now. I finally reached the point where I was happy with the story, but have been very lax in getting things done. I’ll try to do better on that.

It probably doesn’t help that the writing group is just and somebody else. And our meetings have become sporadic. I’ve been trying to connect with other writers, but no luck yet. Feedback from others is very helpful.

-The option on Dreamship expired last month. I haven’t heard from Producer Guy since last September. Jerk. I may send out another round of query letters soon. At least now I can claim the script was optioned.

-I’ve been following a blog called ScriptShadow that reviews scripts in circulation. The reviews are mixed, but I get the impression my stuff might not be as well-received. Not as edgy. But I’m okay with that, because while I might enjoy the concept of a particular story, a lot of times the execution leaves me flat.

But it’s also more important to me to impress people who can make things happen, rather than other writers who read blogs…