Show business is not full of contented people. Aspiring writers long to be pro writers. Emerging writers yearn to be staff writers, or produced feature writers. Veteran writers wish their show would go. Showrunners wish their show had a better time slot, and that their network executives would just love every script the way it is. When someone kicks over your castle, it's easy to forget to be thankful that they pay you to play in the sandbox in the first place.
Today's a good day to remember all the reasons we're lucky.
I am incredibly thankful that I get paid to write for a living. I have trouble believing sometimes that I am being paid to develop my own metaphysical drama for pay cable. If it actually goes, I, gosh, don't even know what I'll do.
(I'm grateful for my family's love, and all sorts of good things that happened to us this year, but this is not that kind of blog.)
Weirdly, show business turned out to be a safe industry. When I was in school, banking, real estate, and insurance seemed like the safe industries. Wow, I'm glad I went into showbiz! And no one is outsourcing screenwriters to Bangalore. And in a recession, people watch more
TV. And there are more and more outlets needing shows. That may mean smaller budgets, but it means more writing.
I hope you all have a terrific Thanksgiving. Don't forget to be thankful for all your blessings!