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The Variant, a new short story

My short story The Variant is now available for download, including Kindle.

Live interview tonight

I’ll be doing a live call-in interview with ScreenTalk tonight at 6PM PDT.

States in which I’m probably married

Nice to have you, Maine.

Speaking in Rancho Mirage

If you live in the Palm Springs area, you can join me this Tuesday night for a lecture/screening thing at the Rancho Mirage Public Library.

States in which I’m probably married, revised

Now including Vermont.

States in which I’m probably married

Clip and save this handy U.S. map.

Script Frenzy 2009

Script Frenzy is an international writing event in which participants take on the challenge of writing 100 pages of scripted material in the month of April.

Do you remember newspapers?

Clay Shirky’s piece “Newspapers and Thinking the Unthinkable” is worth all the links it’s been getting:

The Kindle is not good for screenplays

Kindle 2: great for books, but not ready for screenplays.

Top 10 movie bad-asses

MTV’s Movies blog asked me to come up with my choices for best movie bad-asses, which I took to encompass both heroes and villains. You can see my list here.

Alaska: The Satchel Boy

A clip from my 2003 pilot, directed by Kim Manners.

Kim Manners

Mourning one of TV’s great directors: Kim Manners.

Trifecta

The combination of family travel, lingering illness and Fallout 3 has kept me away from the blog this week, but I should be back to a normal schedule beginning Sunday. There’s actual news, including my next writing project and an update (post-mortem?) on Shazam!. Plus, I really want to write something about this misguided memo […]

Vote.

There’s a strong likelihood that the networks (and the internet) will announce the presidential winner before the polls close in California. But if you’re headed to vote after work — or if you’re waiting in lines for hours — I’d urge you not to head home just because the big race has been decided. In […]

Two from the file

Old questions, dusted off and answered.

WGA West board elected

Results are in, and here are the eight members elected to the WGA Board: John Bowman Katherine Fugate David Goodman Howard Michael Gould Mark Gunn Karen Harris Kathy Kiernan Aaron Mendelsohn Katherine Fugate, Karen Harris and Howard Michael Gould are new to the Board; the other five are incumbents. Congrats to all of them. In […]

Working on the feeds [u]

So forgive any wonkiness for the next few minutes. I’m hunting for a single blank line. UPDATE (2:03 PM): The problem was a single blank line at the start of the XML file, introduced by extra blank lines at the end of the (hacked) Live Comments Preview plug-in. I took advantage of the downtime to […]

Scrippets 1.0

There’s now an official Scrippets plug-in for WordPress, available here. It’s been working well in the test sites we’ve seeded it to, but if any issues come up in its wider release, plug-in creator Nima Yousefi will be able to send out one-click upgrades. 1 So if you’re running a WordPress blog, by all means […]

New server, some issues

Hope to be 100% in a few hours. Surprisingly, it all seems to be working okay. Even the wiki, which I was certain would break. If you notice anything broken, leave a comment, or email ask (you know the symbol) johnaugust (dot) com.

Scrippets are go

Thanks to the hard work of Nima Yousefi, Will Carlough and Andy Maloney, we have a Scrippets plugin that seems to be working pretty reliably. It’s installed at this site now, and we’ll be seeding it out to a few other screenwriting-oriented websites over the next few days to make sure it plays well with […]

Scrippets available for testing

I won’t throw around terms like “beta,” but if you’re interested in checking out what we have working on the scrippet front, you can visit the test blog and leave a comment to see how it works. You can leave feedback either here or there. There’s still more testing to be done to make sure […]

I will never forget Barack Obama’s birthday

Because it also happens to be mine. And it’s today. So in lieu of a brand new article, here’s a brand new plug-in: Random Post. (Comments are closed, but thank you.)

A bunch of marriage news

It’s been weirdly under-reported, but Proposition 8, the November ballot initiative that seeks to amend the California constitution to ban same-sex marriage, had its official language changed earlier this month. It used to read as follows: LIMIT ON MARRIAGE. CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT. Amends the California Constitution to provide that only marriage between a man and a […]

I’m getting married

This morning’s decision by the California Supreme Court means I no longer have to be an unwed father. And for a change, even our Governor is onboard: I respect the court’s decision and as governor, I will uphold its ruling. As I have said in the past, I will not support an amendment to the […]

Anthony Minghella

I was very surprised and saddened to read that writer-director Anthony Minghella has died. His adaptation of The Talented Mr. Ripley is both justly acclaimed and criminally under-appreciated: every shot, every line, every performance is dead on. Every time I watch it, I’m filled with envy and self-doubt — a strangely empowering combination when seen […]