Thursday, January 31, 2008

Second Draft

I was having a bit of trouble getting back to my After Alice rewrite after the holidays. I work well under pressure. There is nothing to get me moving like a firm deadline. So, I told my writer's group that I would have it ready for them to review in three weeks.

That was a week ago. I have actually made decent progress. There is much left to do, but I think I can wrap it up in time for the review.

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Going In Circles?

I came across this funny article at the BBC website. I had never considered how strange our picketing tactics might appear to those outside of this country. What do the British think?

Striking US screenwriters are threatening to picket the Oscars ceremony. If they do, one thing's for sure - they'll be walking in orderly circles. Why do they do that?

Thursday, January 3, 2008

"Demands of the Striking Writers"

David Letterman's Top 10 List of "Demands of the Striking Writers" read by writers on Wednesday's show.

10. "Complimentary tote bag with next insulting contract offer" - Tim Carvell from "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart"

9. "No rollbacks in health benefits, so I can treat the hypothermia I caught on the picket lines" - Laura Krafft from "The Colbert Report"

8. "Full salary and benefits for my imaginary writing partner, Lester" - daytime television writer Melissa Salmons

7. "Members of the AMPTP must explain what the hell AMPTP stands for" - Warren Leight from "Law & Order: Criminal Intent"

6. "No disciplinary action taken against any writer caught having inappropriate relationship with a copier" - Jay Katsir from "The Colbert Report"

5. "I'd like a date with a woman" - Steve Bodow from "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart"

4. "Hazard pay for breaking up fights on 'The View'" - writer and director Nora Ephron

3. "I'm no accountant, but instead of us getting 4 cents for a $20 DVD, how about we get $20 for a 4-cent DVD?" - Gina Johnfrido from "Law & Order"

2. "I don't have a joke -- I just want to remind everyone that we're on strike, so none of us are responsible for this lame list" - Chris Albers from "Late Night with Conan O'Brien"

1. "Producers must immediately remove their heads from their a----" - Thurber Award-winning author Alan Zwiebel