Everything about writing and words falls into this category.

Fear Of English: complement vs. compliment

This came up today at work. I was working on a subtitle file for an audio commentary on an episode of Private Practice. Which episode is not important. Okay, it was called “In Which Dell Finds His Fight.” The title pretty much summarizes the thing, but here’s TV Guide’s summary: Oceanside focuses on fertility and […]

Gary Gygax, R.I.P.

Bill Buckley, Jr died the other day. My Dad, always a staunch Republican, took it rather hard. I only bring it up because a few days later Gary Gygax followed. He was my own, personal Bill Buckley. Always a staunch dreamer, I’m taking it rather hard. In 1979 a friend of the family dropped by […]

On Learning Screenplay Format

I’m not a teacher. It’s not that I’m not good at it. I’ve taught things to people before, but I don’t have the long term patience for drilling stuff into people’s heads. Put me in front of a class of thirty students and I’d start the hour teaching Calculus and end up making balloon animals. […]

‘Twilight’ Sharpens Its Fangs

The first of Stephenie Meyer’s young-adult vampire series, Twilight, continues to gather cast members on its march to the big screen. Variety reports that Peter Facinelli is now on board, cast as Carlisle, the patriarch of the Cullen Clan. Also on board is Kristen Stewart as Isabella Swan (fresh off this weekend’s Jumper) and Robert […]

Blue Cat Screenplay Competition

As of right now, there are 17 days, 15 hours, 29 minutes and 22 seconds until time’s up for submissions to this year’s Blue Cat Screenplay Competition. I only bring it up because if you’re thinking about entering, you might want to to rethink that. Well, I mean, unless you don’t mind settling for second […]

Site Redesign

Just a quick aside (literally — look at the category) to say that the big red letters reading UNDER CONSTRUCTION above are serious. This site is about to get a complete makeover. It hasn’t looked the way I’ve wanted for a couple years. So stay tuned. The theme’s almost ready to go, but, as usual, […]

WGA Strike in New Mexico

A week ago I joined several other WGA members, aspiring writers and even a few SAG members in Albuquerque to do a little picketing. I was surprised to find out that there was a WGA contingent out here big enough to pull something like this together. I met a couple of the organizers at a […]

Strike News: Cute Animals

I’m off to get my tooth drilled. Since I don’t want to let the morning slip away without a WGA strike-related post, enjoy this piece of clever WGA strike you-tubery. I think that’s David Cross as the scab.

Speechless #15: Just What’s On The Page

Here’s another of the Speechless shorts. This one was directed by Paul Haggis and stars (in order of appearance) Demi Moore, Martin Sheen, Dulcy Rogers, Marguerite Moreau, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Deitrich Bader, Olivia Wilde, Marcia Cross, Chris Redman, Josh Brolin, Jenna Elfman, Elizabeth Pena, Polly Shannon, Kamala Lopez and James Franco. Brolin’s final reaction is priceless.

WGA Strike Swag

Writers come up with the best slogans. Get one on your shirt and support the cause by visiting the WGA Strike Swag site. I just ordered myself a shirt. Order one for yourself as well. My favorite slogan? “We write. They wrong.”

Speechless #20: Woody Allen

Director George Hickenlooper and writer Alan Sereboff have teamed up to create a series of mini-shorts designed to throw light onto the issue of writers. Using top – tier SAG artists and clever presentation of ideas, they’ve put together a whole series of these amazing pieces. They began “airing” on Thanksgiving an United Hollywood.com. Of […]

NaNoWriMo: 50,127

Man, I picked a bad month to try to re-start this blog. Nothing gets in the way of blogging quite like deciding to write 50,000 words in thirty days. Well, almost nothing. Decapitation can get in the way of blogging. In fact, most dismemberment leads to blogging slowdown. My point is that I was do […]


Amazon announced yesterday the arrival of its new tree-less technology, Kindle. I don’t want to wax enthusiastic about something I haven’t tried, but I think this is a step in a direction we’re all headed, whether we like it or not. And I like it. Though, a lot of people don’t. Peruse the comments that […]

A World Without Writers

These are very clever. Reminds me of the “Somebody Wrote That” series that the WGA used to have all over their walls and publications. The House one made me burst out laughing. I stumbled across an alternative, NSFW video clip with the same title that has a sort of puerile entertainment value. Find that here.

AMPTP Contact Info

My soon-to-be-laid-off friend Ryan channeled both Franklin W. Dixon and Carolyn Keene yesterday and managed to track down a long list of numbers for various stations at the AMPTP, who kinda keep these things close to the vest. The list reads pretty much as written, which means he can’t vouch for the spelling of any […]