Friday, September 28, 2007

Passing the Time

The greatest part of a writer's time is spent in reading, in order to write; a man will turn over half a library to make one book. - Samuel Johnson

I've been busy reading. Reading will always be my first love.

Monday, September 17, 2007

A Perk

Apparently, there is a perk for being a second rounder in the Austin Film Festival. I was offered a "special discount" - woohoo! I guess it pays to be a crappy writer after all!

I have wanted to attend the Austin Film Festival for three years now. I thought that 2007 would be my year, but it isn't. I just have too much going on in my personal life to take a trip at this time. I am bummed. I was looking forward to learning new things and meeting new people (especially long-time online acquaintances). Oh well. There is always next year.

Saturday, September 1, 2007

Victory In Inches

Victory is won not in miles but in inches. Win a little now, hold your ground, and later, win a little more.--Louis L'Amour

Today I had one of those victories that is so minuscule it hardly deserves mentioning. Yet, on a day when I am feeling defeated any victory, no matter how small, is a welcomed gift. I received a letter from the Austin Film Festival notifying me that though I had not made it to the semi-finals I had advanced to the second round. Being in the top 10-12% of nearly 4,000 entries isn't exactly a grand slam, but it gives me hope.

It was my first screenplay. I had rushed it to completion to make the deadline. So, even though After Alice was not a contest winner I am encouraged. Though I have a long journey ahead of me, perhaps, I am headed in the right direction.