Thursday, December 22, 2011

Say hello, but not anonymously

I finally had to turn off anonymous commenting. I've had a run on what I suspect is the same person spamming me with strange comments that made me uncomfortable, and after asking the person to stop, they kept at it. So now you have to log in to post comments. You can log in as any of the standard methods, I think, although I'm not sure. Let me know if you have a problem with the process.

I know I get a fair amount of readers, but I rarely get more than a couple of comments. So I invite you, this holiday season, tell me about yourself. Log in and tell me who you are. How many screenplays have you written? What kind of stuff do you write? What kind of things do you want to know about screenwriting? Whatever. Say hi. I'd love to get some questions I can try to find answers to in the new year.

And while we're at it, Merry Christmas everybody. I hope this weekend is as good for you as it is turning out to be for me.


  1. Hello! I've commented before, but I figured I'd check in and say hello anyway. I've written more than ten screenplays and have had two scripts optioned by prodcos in Los Angeles (despite living on the East Coast!), Another script was a Finalist in a small but national contest. I am almost finished final edits on my second novel, which was based on the Finalist script. I am seriously considering leaving screenwriting altogether and just writing novels. I figure my odds of publishing are better, but more importantly I found I really fell in love with novel writing, which really surprised me. Still, it's a tough decision as I've been writing scripts for 16 years. I also run a blog that is an inspirational and educational site for wannabe actors, writers writers, comics, and musicians called So that's my story. Merry Christmas and may 2012 bring you screenwriting success!!

  2. Hey Emily,

    We've talked a bit over email and exchanged reads. Love your insights and your adventures.

    Live in Seattle. Write Sci-Fi / Nerd Comedy. I've written three scripts.

    I attended the screenwriting bootcamp at TheFilmSchool here in Seattle. Loved it. Applying what I learned to my current story.

    My goal for 2012 is to get my current scrip circulated and finish my next two story ideas in the queue.

    Have a fantastic Christmas and New Years. Thank you for sharing.


  3. Anonymous8:24 AM

    Hi Emily. I occasionally comment, but always enjoy reading your posts.

    I've written seven full-length scripts, including one that got me a manager (since parted ways) and one that was optioned (since expired).

    Probably like a lot of your readers, I also have my own blog - Maximum Z - at Yours is one of several I try to model it after.

    Thanks for maintaining a blog that's always fun to read. Best of luck on all fronts in 2012!

  4. Mostly lurker, sometimes poster. May have commented back and forth on Wordplay a few times.

    I'm currently putting together a microdbudget feature film to write/direct next spring -- looking at it as a "practice movie".

    I'd like to see you review "Save the Cat." Mostly because when you point out that it's pretty much the same info that we've heard for decades only with different terminology, people will freak out. At least that's what happened to me.

    Happy Holidays!

  5. I really appreciate your candor, and - via another respectable blog that I can't remember right now - I keep coming back to yours. Earlier this year, I realized that I didn't read enough blogs of writers that happen to be female. And to see your photo mashups are enough for me, honestly, to just browse.

    "Past" life as a painter/illustrator. I've written 6 full-length screenplays - 3 with partners. My 3rd one was co-produced with my co-writer & director. Bought & distributed (August the First). Since then, I'm currently working on 4 projects, all partnerships: ensemble drama; civil rights'true story; animation series; children's book adaptation.

    I'm interested in all genres. I was taught that screenwriting can/should be a literary art on its own; so I seek scripts/stories that pull me in & affect me. That can stand on their own.

    Let's get 'er done in 2012 shall we? Vigilance!

  6. Hi, guys! Sounds like a lot of hard working people. Good luck with all these projects.

    It's nice to meet you.

  7. Hi Emily,

    I believe I checked-in on another post like this about the same time a year ago, then fell out of step with the blogosphere thanks to 365+ days of illness. So fun. Glad 2012 is here.

    I've written several short scripts, and about 4 incomplete feature length. I admire your devotion to screenwriting and stop by here when I need a double-dose of Lol Cats and "get your ass in gear" inspiration.

    Congratulations on how far you've come and thank you for sharing your experience thus far. I wish you the best for 2012!


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