A PRETTY DAMN GOOD GIG
Today I bought Successful Television Writing
as an e-book download from Amazon.Com -- how cool is that? Anyway, I'm reading the introduction. The writers grew up on The Dick Van Dyke Show
. They wanted to be Rob Petrie. He got to sit around all day, crack jokes with some very funny guys, and then go home to Mary Tyler Moore. And, say the writers, being a tv writer is like that. You hang around all day with some very funny people. (I do!) You shoot the breeze, and then write some stuff up. (We do!) And you get paid a whack of money. (Not complaining!)
What these guys didn't realize was that where you have an episode where, say, Rob is seeing flying saucers because he's pulling a week of all nighters because the script isn't working -- well, Rob is pulling a week of all nighters because the script isn't working.
It all sounds pretty familiar!
Anyway, looks to be a good book.
I am missing my family, so much in fact that I sort of forget just how nifty a gig this is. I'm getting paid to sit around in Cape Town, drink coffee, and think up and type up science ficiton. How great is that?