Sunday, March 23, 2008

Sunday, Mach 23, 2008
Waning Moon
Saturn Retrograde
Sunny and cold
Easter Sunday

Happy Easter to those of you who celebrate it! May you have a family-filled day of joy and renewed hope.

I’m feeling a little better. I have to get my act together because I’m invited to dinner tonight and can’t cancel. I’ll just eat, um, cautiously.

Slept until nearly 2:30 in the afternoon yesterday after a rough night. Once I got up, my head hurt terribly, but was also buzzing. Once I had a bit of soup, I sat down and wrote a spec one-hour teleplay for my portfolio, based on a current show. I wouldn’t actually sell this script – it’s a way for producers and show runners to see that I’m capable of coming up with fresh ideas while still being true to established characters. Besides, if you want to write for a specific show, you don’t send them a spec for that show – you send them a spec of a different, well-established show in the genre. Because the show runners/creators have already set the story bible for the season, and it’s not protocol. IE, if I wanted to write for Battlestar Galactica, I’d write a script for Stargate Atalntis, but if I wanted to write for Stargate Atlantis, I’d send them a sample of a Battlestar Galactica script. For years, in comedy, it was always, “write a Frasier script; a good one of those will get you in the door.”

I’m not even sure I want to go through any of those doors, but you have to exercise the muscles every so often, and I want to get my portfolio updated and ready, which means retiring some older samples and coming up with some new ones.

So I wrote the draft of the teleplay. Will polish it over the next few weeks, do some cuts. It runs a little long page-wise, but since my work tends to have a lot of quick dialogue that plays fast, I can run over page-wise. I’ll have it in my hip pocket if I need it.

And the idea was interfering in the other work I needed to get done.

Too bad Script Frenzy hasn’t started yet!

Couldn’t even read for most of the day, but I have to pull it together and finish the assignment for Confidential Job #1 – not enjoying this one at all.

On Friday, before I got sick, I finally started reading my friend’s manuscript. I planned to just read a bit, but, before I knew it, I’d completed 15 chapters! I’m enjoying it. He’s handling some difficult material in a truly unique way. But I do have to be pretty coherent, because I’m taking notes as I read, not just reading for enjoyment.

The construction guys weren’t working Friday or Saturday because of the holiday, and that was heaven.

Unfortunately, I have several HUGE deadlines to meet this week, and I’m far behind on all of them. So I have to get well, buckle down, and get it done.

I missed a call for a job next weekend, and therefore missed the job. I guess I should be upset, but hey, I was sick and not up to answering the phone. Such is life.

Have a lovely end to the weekend.


March Literary Challenge: 65,697 words out of 50,000.

Devon’s Bookstore:

5 in 10: Create 5 Short Stories in Ten Weeks
by Devon Ellington. This ebooklet takes you from inspiration to writing to revision to marketing. By the end of ten weeks, you will have either 5 short stories or a good chunk of a novella complete. And it’s only 50 cents, USD. Here.

Writing Rituals: Ideas to Support Creativity by Cerridwen Iris Shea. This ebooklet contains several rituals to help you start writing, get you through writer’s block, and help send your work on its way. It’s only 39 cents USD. (Note: Cerridwen Iris Shea is one of the six names under which I publish). Here.

Full Circle: An Ars Concordia Anthology
. Edited by Colin Galbraith. This is a collection of short stories, poems, and other pieces by a writers’ group of which I am a member. My story is “Pauvre Bob”, set at Arlington Race Track in Illinois. You can download it free here:

Published in: on March 23, 2008 at 8:55 am  Comments (6)  


  1. I’m glad that you’re feeling better.

    Have a good day.

  2. Happy Easter, Devon.

    Hope you have a good day and enjoy the dinner.

  3. I’d love for you to send me the format notes you sent Lori. Hope you’re feeling better and having a blessed Easter!

  4. Happy Easter! I’m glad you feel better. Now you just need to get “all the way” better! Take care!

  5. I hope you continue to feel better! I also hope your Easter went well and that you remember to REST!

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