Viewing: screenwriting

May 18

May 18, 2015

Try harder. Do better.

So, here we are again. And it seems most of us, myself included, haven’t learned a damn thing. My, but that purely does suck. You know, initially I dismissed writing this. I really did. I read a number of tweets last night, many of them by folks I admire and respect quite a bit, who’ve stopped watching or never watched Game of Thrones. Upon hearing of the truly awful and unnecessary rape scene that ended last night’s new episode, the…

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May 7

May 7, 2015

Essay Hiatus, Collected Rants, & Brazilian Persevs

April was a noticeably poor month for essays ’round these parts. In fact, many of you have noted I didn’t write or publish ANY new essays in April. While I have been podcasting weekly with Mur Lafferty as the Ditch Diggers (and if you haven’t yet checked out the show, you really should. Kameron Hurley describes it as, “the Business of Writing podcast the industry seriously needed.” And we just did our 10th episode with best-selling author Gail Carriger. It’s dynamite),…

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Mar 25

March 25, 2015

Why Deadline Is the Troll We Can’t Ignore

[Forgive me if I begin here a little basic for some of you.] They’re called the “trades,” for the uninitiated out there. They aren’t magical arcane scrolls or anything. In fact, odds are good there’s one or several or several dozen related to your job. A “trade” is simply a publication that covers the news and relevant events of a particular industry and/or profession. Plumbers, baristas, waiters, welders. They all have them. It just so happens the trades covering the…

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Feb 1

February 1, 2015

The Gravity of Hollywood: When It’s Okay for a Studio to Steal Your Story

“Have you heard about Gravity?” the love of my life, Nikki, asked me. I was barely paying attention. I think I was watching the red band trailer for HOT TUB TIME MACHINE 2 for the sixth time (that bit where Rob Corddry and Craig Robinson slowly start singing, “You’re a fuckin’ nerd” at Clark Duke slays me. I’m not a perfect person). “The movie?” I asked in my distracted state. “Yeah.” “What about it?” “This author is suing them.” “Oh.”…

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