Sitting in on the Prop 8 trial

Yesterday, I flew up to San Francisco to watch the federal trial regarding Proposition 8.

Directors Close-up

I’ll be moderating two panels for Film Independent this February at The Landmark in West LA.

How ScriptShadow hurts screenwriters, cont’d

Lost in the discussion is that I never insisted ScriptShadow be shut down, but rather pushed it to stay true to its stated mission.

How I Became a Famous Novelist

Steve Hely’s book is fast, funny, and will likely become the next movie I write and direct

I’d like to thank the Academy

…for inviting me to join.

NPR on Twitter and The Variant

NPR’s All Things Considered tonight has a piece by Alex Cohen about how artists use Twitter, including me with my short story The Variant.

Scrippets 1.3

The update fixes a rare compatibility issue with the new WordPress 2.8.


Josh Friedman recounts the cancellation of his excellent show Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles.

States in which I’m married

New Hampshire makes it official.

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.


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 […]


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 […]