Saturday, December 19, 2009

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

One of the best writing FAQs on the Internet

I am often suspicious of the ‘experts’ who tout their method of writing, especially when their pedigree seems to be primarily start-up/now-gone companies, publications that are little more than glorified sales sheets, or contain the word ‘guru’.  In fact, a sure to guarantee that I will  not follow you, but I will also block you on Twitter is to have the words marketing, sales, or social media guru too close together.  But I digress.

This writing FAQ  is written by James Moran ,  a film and television writer who’s credits include: the horror flick Severance; as well sci-fi favorites Doctor Who (the current series, not the classic—the dude isn’t that old), Torchwood as well as some others.  Based on his blog, Moran seems like a very down to earth fellow and puts a human face on ‘the writer’.   Because of some ugliness of fans around the Torchwood: Children of Earth mini-series, Moran has stopped updating his blog but, thankfully, he’s left it up for others to read his nuggets of wisdom and silliness.

The post that I am linking to is one of the more thorough writing FAQs from someone in the industry.  Moran is specific that this was his experience and your mileage may vary. He talks about the way to break-in (‘it’s hard, but doable’) writing schedules, why you shouldn’t write a spec episode for your favorite show, as well some geeky behind the scenes stuff about Doctor Who and Torchwood.
Here’s the link.   Have fun!

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Wait, another freaking blog????

Yeah, I know. I labored over the decision to start yet another blog. I mean, I have the cartoon blog, the radio show blog, and the editorial blog (well, technically, that is actually a column, but why quibble over the little details). Then, once you add in Twitter, Facebook, Linkedin and (Lord help us) Plurk—I appear to be quite the narcissist. Hmmm. One should be careful before drawing conclusions in public. Anyway---so why another freaking blog?

Well this blog serves a compartmental purpose. In the movie Dreamcatcher, several scenes take place in the main character’s brain. His mind looks much like a musty library of old—complete with boxes labeled ‘old memories’ and ‘masturbatory fantasies’. In addition, there are rows and rows of books, secret passages, and filing cabinets. That is pretty much how my brain works. Different compartments for everything. This is my fiction compartment.

I am a writer that is what I do. Everything, even the cartoons, revolve around my ability to tell a story. And that, dear readers, is what this blog will be about. I house my serious writing in the aforementioned elsewheres: and I am pleased that some of you enjoy reading and bantering with me on the content of the ‘serious’ stuff. I hope that you will be just as enthusiastic here in the land of make-believe. Truth be told, I find this land much more fulfilling than the land of health care, bailouts and partisan pissing contests. I hope you do as well. Understand that I am not leaving those other areas (I am far too opinionated for that) but I will be spending more time here than I have in the past.

Over the next few days and weeks, I will be posting some work that I hope you take the time to read and comment. I am very excited about one series that I plan to produce as a podcast (with actors and everything) and post here for your aural pleasure as you drive to and from the corporate behemoth, the place of knowledge, or just truckin' the tykes to play dates.

So, as they say in the trades, watch this space for more information.

Thursday, December 3, 2009


Thomas Jefferson said: "Peace, commerce and honest friendship with all nations; entangling alliances with none." Unfortunately, we've strayed so far from his advice that I believe the snake is about to swallow us whole.   Have a nice day :)

Pencil Sketch on stenographer's pad.