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March 19, 2008

Kind of a crazy week

Monday night, marathon notes session until 3.30 in the morning. Tuesday, meeting with Michael Colleary about my historical epic, I'll tell you now what it is since it's registered with the WGA and a first draft is finished: It's about Harriet Tubman, and while it covers much of her life it focuses on a section that hasn't gotten as much attention but is truly incredible. Her civil war service where she was a nurse, then a spy, then led a military raid where she destroyed a bunch of plantations that were supplying the confederates and freed over 700 slaves. She was the only woman to lead a military operation in the civil war (and maybe even ever in american history). Colleary liked the first draft, loved a lot of moments. But of course he had a ton of notes and I have so much work to do. Still, Colleary doesn't even believe in first drafts, he calls them dirty drafts... so I think it's in pretty good shape. And I know he cares about it, because he said to call him once I've done work so he can read it again and help me get it ready.

By they way, he has an interesting philosophy about creative work. He says that while things may be good or bad, it's not that helpful to label them as such while you're working on them. He says that for your own creative survival, and to stave off despair, you should just ask if it's "ready" or "not ready," for the next stage -- ready to be read by an agent, ready to be read by a studio, ready to be shot, etc. Pretty cool way of looking out of it, takes some of the sting out of being told there are weak sections.

Now tonight, I have a presentation I have to give at the Imagineers offices in Glendale, CA. I'm kind of nervous, yet mostly I just want this to be over with... while it's been a great class, it's taken way too much time getting ready for this project. And I've learned that I really don't want to be an Imagineer, while earlier in my life I would have called that a dream job.

This week is full of getting "auditions" completed for classes next quarter. I'm trying to get into a comedy writing workshop and a 434 with Mike Werb, who is Colleary's writing partner. You have to write a bunch of stuff to audition of those. And of course, I have to finish a rewrite for my submission to Showcase.

And I still have to do my taxes. And I have bunch of other Elany and consulting work to complete.

It's stressful. But fun. I guess!

Posted by jason on March 19, 2008 02:18 PM


That sounds ridiculous but fun.. Some of us just get to sling drugs for a job.. Consider me mildly envious.

Posted by: Jason J on March 19, 2008 04:37 PM

Send in "The Quickie."

Posted by: Xerxes on March 19, 2008 08:40 PM

Drew -

That's kind of exactly what I did, actually! I rewrote it as prose and had to cut it down, but that was my submission.

Posted by: jason on March 20, 2008 03:33 AM

awesome! Let me know when you want to film it. :)

Posted by: Xerxes on March 20, 2008 04:21 PM

do you mean "quickie" in an entirely nonsexual way?

Posted by: Anonymous on March 20, 2008 11:18 PM

no, it's an entirely sexual way, actually. it's a funny little short about a married couple who tries to have a nooner.

Posted by: jason on March 20, 2008 11:53 PM

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