Monthly Archives: June 2012

Kids, Don’t Try This At Home

This is me working on the first Daria novel.

I’ve got a version of the manuscript open on my laptop, at left, and a master copy open on the desktop. The laptop uses Pages and the desktop uses Word. The laptop is a 2012 model and you scroll away from yourself to move downward. On the desktop, you scroll toward yourself to do the same. Plus, of course, there’s some amount of ambidextrous typing involved.

Complicated? Oh, hell yes.

But it lets me maintain a pristine “master” version of the novel, which I can differentiate with the edited versions bouncing between my editor, my agent and me; as well as between my various computer platforms.

 

 

Why I Love ‘The Newsroom’

I’m loving Aaron Sorkin’s “The Newsroom.”

“The Newsroom,” starring Jeff Daniels (from left), Emily Mortimer, Sam Waterston, Olivia Munn, Dev Patel, Thomas Sadoski, Alison Pill and John Gallagher Jr.

I’ve only seen the pilot. It could stumble. If it does, I’ll be there for the ride.

This is not the most popular position to take right now. It’s not popular among journalists. It’s not popular among television critics. Almost everyone seems to be rooting for this HBO series to fail.

I watched the pilot twice. I watched it the first time for the story and the second time for Sorkin’s words. I want to know: How is it that guys who write better than I do, write better than I do?

Sorkin writes with passion and poetry. He’s a stage writer, and he can’t shake that training. He writes for the cheap seats and the balcony. I love that.

Sorkin was the Golden Boy of television — especially among us journalists — because of “Sports Night” and “The West Wing.” Then he tripped over “Studio 60 On The Sunset Strip.” In whole, it was not great. Some of it was wonderful. Some was tedious. And because of that, a lot of people look back at themselves gushing over Sorkin’s earlier writing and are a little embarrassed. “The Newsroom” is a good opportunity to distance themselves from the earlier gushing.

Is “The Newsroom” an accurate portrayal of life in a newsroom? Nope. Is it passionate and poetic? Yeah. Is there room for artistry over accuracy in fiction. God, I hope so.

I’m loving “The Newsroom.”

Wow, What a Cool Compliment!

One of the best reader compliments … ever!

A really nice guy named Walt sent in the following comment regarding CRASHERS:

“I have never been so involved with reading a book as this one. I felt, to put it better, a return to ‘old time radio,’ the plot, characters came alive in my mind, such as radio did before television.”

Wow. Really: Wow.

For a guy who prides himself in being a storyteller, you can’t do better than to be compared with the great storytelling of classic radio. I’ve been fortunate enough to study a bit of pre-television radio drama. There were no better image-painters than those folks. Believe me.

Thanks, Walt!

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