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Thursday, August 23, 2007

Trust DMc to smoke out that my old writing group buddy, Kay Reindl hath now a blog. It's called Seriocity. (Actually she's had it for a year, so it's filled with bloggy goodness. But I never spotted it!)

Kay has a wit like Dorothy Parker. We kept her in the writing group even though she never showed us anything she was writing. (She was writing all the time, just not bringing it into the writing group.) She was fondly dubbed "The Queen of Spleen."

Kay got her break in style. If I remember the story correckly, she was writing barbed commentary on a Millennium fan site about how broken a certain episode was, when she got an email from Chris Carter. Yes, the showrunner. Who liked to read the fan sites.

He wanted to know, basically, "Since you're such a smartypants, how would you have fixed it?"

She told him.

He wrote back, basically, "Hmmm. Yeah. That would have been better. Got any spec scripts?"

She wrote back, "Sure. It just needs polishing."

At which point she and her writing partner sat down and banged out a spec in three days.

And they got hired onto the show.

Every now and then showbiz will work the way you would, naively, hope it would. Just to screw with everybody. Star Trek: The Next Generation was actually willing to read your spec Star Trek: The Next Generation script. If they liked it, they bought it.

Do not haunt fan sites hoping the showrunner will recognize your brilliance. Do not send spec scripts of the show you'd like to write for, to the show you'd like to write for. Your mileage will vary.

But do be ready to seize the day.

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1 Comments:

She's good, I've been reading her for awhile and quite like her wit . . .

By Blogger TJ (Joshua), at 5:14 PM  

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