Madness

A couple of weeks have passed since I updated this here site. Not because I was incredibly productive by any means. Though I did manage to finish a draft of the pilot I was working on, as mentioned in my previous post – thank goodness. I really was wrestling to get it wrapped up, and I’m looking forward to starting a new script very soon.

I was gone because Valarie and I took about ten days away from communication technology as a sort of vacation to celebrate our ten years of being together. It was a great experiment, but had really nothing to do with work except for doing a lot of reading, contemplating, and recharging of the batteries – which is super critical, of course.

Now that we’re settled back here in Movietown, I did rediscover something I really love doing that helps me creatively, and I realize that I might be unique. And that is basketball. Not watching March Madness (though my alma mater has been playing well fingers crossed), and not necessarily actually playing games, but simply shooting hoops. There’s a beautifully maintained but mostly vacant (at least at 7am it has been) court near our place and I’ve been able to get myself up and out of bed several times to shoot hoops for a little less than an hour.

For some reason, shooting baskets is meditative for me. Others probably do yoga or go jogging or actually meditate, but shooting around does it for me. And, it’s not bad that this court has the Pacific in view just beyond the backboard. That helps.

Okay, back to writing and by that I mean of course watching basketball and then writing later.

Post Oscars Week Post

It’s post Oscars week, which means one thing of course – traffic is much better around the Hollywood-West Hollywood area.

Also, symbolically, it’s time to get back to work here in Hollywoodland. Enough play. I’ve been trying to keep up with a rigorous writing schedule, but it’s been going in fits and starts. This week, I’m hoping to finally finish this new draft of a pilot script that’s been in the works for a while now. Hopefully I’ll wrap it up this week.

In other news, I took part in a panel discussion at NBC this past Monday about the “Grimm” episode where I shadowed in December. It’s airing this Friday March 7, and the storyline features a myth from the Philippines and Filipino characters, which was really cool. The storyline heavily involves “Sgt. Wu” (Reggie Lee), one of the stars of the show who is Filipino-American. They had a screening for Comcast NBC Universal employees who are part of an Asian American alliance group and I answered questions, along with one of the guest stars, a Filipino-American staff writer and the NBC executive who oversees the show. It was fun – the best part was that I finally got to see the version of the episode with the full visual effects.

The creature in this episode is called an “aswang.” I won’t spoil how it preys or what it does (that Wikipedia link will) for those of you among my four readers who are interested in watching. But it’s really creepy and the episode will be especially unnerving for pregnant women. Yes, that’s intended to be a disclaimer. Check it out on Friday!

Okay, there’s my brief update before I dip back into storymaking.