Procrastination Done Right

Great pic by Rennet Stowe
It's Wednesday, and I'm feeling the overwhelming need to procrastinate.  Fortunately for you, my OCD insists that I do something productive, so here I am blogging away for your enjoyment.

However, coming up with a decent blog topic that doesn't involve a midget, two buffalo, and a hand grenade, is too taxing on my brain.  And after being flooded with read requests after my previous blog post, I'm reluctant to delve into all topics screenwriting.  (It was a rant, people, not an invitation to face my one man firing squad, so stop throwing scripts at me like I don't already have enough to read and will gladly give up my apparently ample and worthless time for some stranger.)  What was I saying?  Oh yes.  My feeble attempt at procrastination.

Today we're going to shake things up at Casa Single Screenwriter.  Seeing as I'm too lazy to come up with something brilliant, I'm going to mooch off of shine the spotlight on the brilliance of others and give you some cool stuff to check out, just in case you too feel the need to procrastinate.  I am officially dubbing today Kudo Wednesday, where I offer shout-outs to some writing peeps with recent (and not-so-recent  -- I'm a bad friend) successes. 

First up, Nancy Bilyeau, friend, author and fellow sociopath screenwriter, whose debut novel The Crown was released back in January.  It's a historical thriller set in the Tudor era with graphic beheadings and lots of sexual tension (not at the same time, thank goodness!). If you've read it, you already know how good it is, and if you haven't yet, what the hell are you waiting for?

 I'm too lazy to write up a blurb about it.  That would be work.  But I've managed to find the strength to grab the Amazon link.  If you want to find out more about THE CROWN check it out here.  And while you're there, buy it.  It's that good.

Next on the list, Ryan Jackson (THE badass of badass writers highlighted in a post a few months back).  Mr. Badass has signed with H2F (if you don't know who they are, you have no business being here), and is currently working on an uber-secret assignment.  Okay, so it's not uber-secret, but it sounds so cool to say that.  It's actually a kick ass werewolf movie called 12 MIDNIGHT For ARO Entertainment.  Actually, that sounds way cooler than uber-secret.

Next on the list, Nancy Bilyeau (again).  The Crime Writers Association has short listed THE CROWN for the 2012 Ellis Peters Historical Dagger Award.  This Nancy chick is on fire!

Then there's Jules Howe. She won the Austin Film Festival Screenwriting Competition for Comedy back in 2010 with her fab script Jasper Milliken (I admit that I peed my pants a little when I heard the news).  But that's not why she listed.  She's taken that AFF winning script and set it up with Experience Media Studios, slated for production in Spring 2013.  KUDOS!

 Doug Solter, former Nicholl semi-finalist turned novelist, recently released his YA novel SKID about a teen girl racecar driver.  The tagline is, "720 horses, 52 laps, 24 cars, 1 girl."  You got a teen kid, you need SKID!  Damn, I've got some talented friends.  And bonus!  If you go to his site, you can download the first five chapters free.  (Warning: This his how they hook you.  They offer you a taste for free.  Next thing you know, you're hooked.  You can't sleep without reading.  You read everywhere.  On the toilet.  On the bus.  Your life is no longer your own.)

Wow, this procrastination thing is starting to feel like actual work.  Where was I?  Oh yeah.

Next up, Nancy Bilyeau.  Again.  (She must be trying to make the rest of us look bad, or something).  Rumor has it, a second book is in the works that promises even more violence, mystery and tension than the first... and can I dare hope... sex...?

And if that isn't enough, Nancy has one hell of a kick-ass historical epic mind-blowing action-packed script floating around town.  Back off people.  I get to say I knew her when first.

Then there's Mark Leslie.  His novel I, Death (Atomic Fez) is slated for release this fall, but not to be outdone by Nancy, he also has his mitts involved in two other books: Haunted Hamilton (non-fiction - Dundurn Press - August), and Tesseracts 16: Parnassus Unbound (anthology, editor - Edge Publishing - October).  And he's also on the cutting edge of all sorts of cool bookseller related stuff, so if you're into that, he's totally worth following on Twitter.

Next, Scott Mullen. He's one of the early success stories out of Amazon Studios with his film Touching Blue now in development with producer Denise Di Novi (Crazy, Stupid, Love., The Nightmare Before Christmas) attached.  And as if he doesn't have enough on his plate, he also gives excellent script notes for very little cost, and looks much hotter than his blogger profile picture.

We can't forget to mention Matt Altman simply because he is one hell of a sexy beast (and he writes good words too).  Did I mention sexy beast?  You can follow his adventures in L.A. on Twitter @MattAltman2

BRAKE was released in theaters back in March, written by the very cool Timothy Mannion.  He doesn't blog, so no link action for him (unless he does blog and he's simply blocked me, which is quite likely).  Damn, I shoulda blogged about its release months ago. Action, terrorists, torture.  What more could you ask for in a film?

Kudos to Mike Le whose reality show K-Town is launching in July!  It follows a group of colorful characters from karaoke bars to night clubs as they discover themselves and what it means to be Asian American growing up in the 21st century.  Check this the eff out!
And like the series Facebook page while you're at it.

Big news!  HansCastorp has managed to exceed all of our expectations by keeping his hands out of places they don't belong (in public anyway).  This means I may rethink that restraining order.  Good job Hans!  Keep it up!  Gold star for you!!  You rock!

Next, Joshua Staman's 'It Gets Bigger' campaign was a massive success (pun fully intended).

Crap.  I'm forgetting people.  I know I am.  Damn, this procrastination thing isn't all I dreamed it would be.  I'd rather be drinking writing.  Someone remind me I never want to do this again, so I should get off my ass and give shout outs regularly rather than doing them all in one dump every few years!  And if I forget, shoot me.

If I've forgotten you, I fully admit that I suck.  It doesn't mean that I don't love you.  (It might, but not necessarily.)  It means that I'm tired.  And crabby.  And that I had absolutely no idea what I was getting into when I started what was supposed to be a fun little blog post.  Feel free to beat me senseless, or drop me a message and I'll stick you up here with the other reprobates.  

In the meantime, kudos to everyone!  You're fantastically awesome.  (And I'm not even saying that to get laid.)  

Now screw off.  I'm done with this procrastination crap.  Leave me alone so I can write.