TV Takeaway–Unscripted

One of the things I like about written communication is that it gives you the opportunity to edit yourself. Before I post anything on this blog, I have the opportunity to look over it, check my wording, and make it as good as possible. You can do the same thing with texting and e-mail too. It’s great.

But recently I got to thinking, what if I showed people how my thought process looks on the first try? So, for my first video post on this blog, I got together with my friend Haley and had her ask me some questions about screenwriting.

I edited the video for time, so there was a significant amount of selection involved, but all of my responses here are unscripted. Watch and enjoy. Or, alternatively, watch and be glad that writing is my preferred mode of discourse.

By the way, we hit ‘stop’ before I realized that I’d mentioned a workshop without giving a time or place for it. The creative writing workshop will take place at 5pm on March the 27th at the Texas State Writing Center. It will be preceded at 4pm by a workshop on screenwriting specifically.

Elementary: A Legend Revamped (Part 2)

Welcome back for Part 2 of my commentary on the Elementary pilot. This is probably going to be my last full commentary before spring break begins, as I’ll be going home to spend some time with the fam. We’re going to Disneyworld–yay! A mind can’t function without occasional periods of rest, and I’m sure I’ll be ready to produce some high-quality content by the time I get back to San Marcos. Continue reading

Camp NaNoWriMo is coming!

Spring is on the way. Here in Texas, that means the weather is ping-ponging back and forth from 70 and sunny to 40 and stormy on a semi-daily basis. Should I wear basketball shorts and a T-shirt when I go out or would it be better to make it a sweater and a heavy coat? I don’t know. It’s impossible to tell.

Camp NaNoWriMo header

But more importantly for us writers, the impending arrival of spring also heralds the impending arrival of the April session of Camp NaNoWriMo. What is Camp NaNoWriMo, you may ask? Well, before I try to explain it to you, I’d better tell you what NaNoWriMo is. Continue reading

Elementary: A Legend Revamped (Part 1)

I’d heard of Elementary a while back and had it recommended to me a couple of times, but it was one of those things I never got around to watching. It seemed like a no-brainer for me to watch it, considering my continued recurring interest in crime dramas (my mom keeps telling me I should “write what I know,” but of course I don’t listen). That and I’m a casual Sherlockian who’s enjoyed the stories and some of the detective’s on-screen incarnations (Basil Rathbone, Robert Downey Jr., Benedict Cumberbatch–all great in my book). Now, it’s time to add Johnny Lee Miller to the list. Continue reading