You don’t say …

Or rather, I don’t say a lot about the WGA strike – doesn’t mean I don’t care.

I’ve avoided covering it primarily because I’m getting my information from other blogs – I don’t think there’s anyone who reads my blog who doesn’t read them too; and re-posting the same stuff everyone else is seems a bit pointless.

In a similar vein: I don’t write any ‘How to …’ posts.* Partly for the same reason: everyone else either already has, or is in the continual process of doing it better than I could; but mostly because I can’t believe anyone in their right mind would want script writing advice from me.

I mean, why would you?

Even I don’t want writing advice from me.

John August, William Goldman, Tony Jordan yeah fine. I’ll accept they probably know what they’re talking about. If they want to give advice, I’ll listen.

I may not understand, but I’ll definitely listen.

My information comes primarily from reading the Internet witterings of other scribes and from bits and bobs I’ve gleaned whilst bored in Waterstones – it seems a bit pointless passing it on as if I’ve got any deep insight or indeed even the vaguest idea of what I’m doing.

So I won’t.

On the strike front: I’m aware the AMPTP and the WGA are sitting down for a chat today, and I hope it goes well. If it doesn’t, I’m over in the States next month, I might pop down to LA and join the picket lines for a day.

Maybe. If I get time.

I’d blog about that, but otherwise I’m going to leave it to wiser and more informed heads than my own to spread the word.

Just wanted to clear that up in case anyone thought I was a heartless opportunistic fiend.


* Except when I have.

To pick some names at random, without thinking, and whilst watching the telly. If your name’s not included, don’t worry, I love you too.

Which I am, I just don’t want anyone to know.

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13 thoughts on “You don’t say …

  1. “If your name’s not included, don’t worry, I love you too.”

    You better fucking love me and my advice Barron, or I’ll kill you too.

    Ooops, I mean, be very upset.

    I don’t kill people who don’t read my blog. Honest.

  2. Why do people use my surname when they want to threaten me?

    I guess it’s because you can get a good angry-faced pause before the ‘B’.

    I might change my surname to something softer, like ‘Ilovepuppies’: “You better fucking love me and my advice Ilovepuppies, or I’ll kill you too.”

  3. js

    i love puppies

  4. Everyone knows that.

  5. I hate puppies.

    It’s true.

    Kittens are where it’s at.


  6. Must resist pussy jokes … must resist … can’t … no, fight it man.

  7. Kittens are pure evil. Puppies, pure good. This has been proven, with tests.

  8. My cat’s not evil, she’s just misunderstood.

  9. Well, instead of talking (and I know what you mean), get out and meet other writers. I just mentioned a demo of sorts in Paris. I hear there will also be one in the UK. The fundamental gripe of the WGA is actually valid worldwide. It’s not just a US thing.

  10. The UK support demonstration is tomorrow, unfortunately I can’t go.

    As for meeting other writers, I believe there may be another scribo-social in December. Piers?

  11. Indeedy-doody. Just as soon as I get round to organising it…

  12. Bingethink

    Good call, sir!

    I am constantly amazed by the inverse correlation between the amount of advice proferred by the blogging community, and the amount of scripts they’ve had made.

  13. Maybe, but you don’t have to be able to do to teach.

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