Sunday, August 26, 2012

People and Blogs and Things

Thanks to everyone who voted for our project! If you didn't, what are you waiting for? Tick tick, people!! The project is called The Path, and the link is right here. We really want to make this show!!

There. Shilling: Over.

Because people posted and retweeted and Facebooked and liked, I shall endeavor to return the favor. Firstly, Emma Bull and Steve Brust, two writers you SHOULD have read if you haven't, have had major medical procedures done, and because this is America, these things ain't free or covered. They are not asking for help but fellow writer Scott Lynch is donating a portion of the proceeds of the sales of his serial adventure book Queen of the Iron Sands to foot medical bills. Please read his blog on the subject, if you are so inclined. I feel like he's onto something with the idea of creators donating a portion of their sales to a pool that could help other creators who find themselves in need. I'm pretty sure I'm not at Scott Lynch's volume level but he's inspired me to look into doing something similar. Producing work that could actually help alleviate the financial problems of people who've inspired me is, well, inspiring.

OVERUSE OF WORD "INSPIRING."

Anyway, Scott Lynch's blog is here.

Secondly, I've been talking to people who aren't in the business but feel like they are because they can listen to podcasts and watch behind-the-scenes stuff on DVDs and panels online. They have easier access to scripts and showrunners and writers than they ever have. It's film school without wasting all that money. But I've noticed that a lot of these panels are usually given titles like "How to Break into Television" and whatnot. Which is great, but then you look at the make-up of the panels and it's a sea of people who haven't thought about how to break in or how to get work in about twenty years. Which seems weird to me. You aren't going to get useful advice from people who are that far removed from when they got in, or who have never had to struggle. It's like asking Mitt Romney how to start a small business.

But we are a celebrity culture, so we gravitate towards the people at the top because if they are successful, all you have to do is recreate what they do and you too will be successful.

(no you won't)

I'm less interested in the celebration of this success than I am in the nuts-and-bolts, everyday existence of writers. How do you get inspired, how do you get focused, what are the steps that someone outside the business can take to get in, etc. So I've got two blogs for you. The first is from Kam Miller, who is the very definition of a go-getter who Gets Things Done. Kam's blog is informative, her posts are a hella lot shorter than mine, and she also has a great feature called Friday Drinks, where she explores a cocktail your parents used to drink at those key parties. Kam's blog is here. Go check it out.

Also blogging is Pang-Ni Landrum, wickedly funny comedy writer, interviewer of people, dispenser of information, teller of stories. Like Kam, Pang-Ni puts her spin on the TV business and when she does an interview, she's terrific at getting at the information aspiring writers will want to know. She eats at and talks about food trucks. Yum! Also did I mention she's funny? Go here for her blog.

If anyone has any other suggestions for blogs by people who are in the trenches, by all means mention them in the comments. It's great to be inspired by your favorite show creators but if you're looking for really serious, useful information on the stepping stones to a television career, you'd better be following these two.

There's a theme here: alcohol and food trucks. Find me a TV writer who blogs about TV and artisanal salt and I'm yours for life.

Next time, a belated post on my reaction to the coverage of the London Olympics. I was delighted.

(no I was not)

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