Mailing out query letters to agents. Starting a new script about a Christmas pageant.
I only mention it in the journal in passing, but I joined a new on-line writer's BBS, PAGE. It was a place created after the WGA West shut down its bulletin board system. I met a young man Aron Abrams. Funny writer. Sharp. We seem to have the same comic sensibilities. Plus, it was writing for the then-current incarnation of National Lampoon; a website. He suggested I submit some material, so I dug some stuff out of the files and submitted. The rest is a wrap of listing of names, old and new, that I had seemed to be touching base with.
Anyway, PAGE was set up with the ability to be an email box, so I finally had an actual email address now: DanFiorella@PAGEBBS.com.
Two weeks later, I'm speaking to Kevin Brown after another earthquake ("Shakened"). He sent out "Kringle" to a couple of producers ("also shakened"). The rest was a laundry list of items:
- I submitted to HBO's New Writer program after getting a tip from the PAGE BBS.
- Wrote a children's story that came out well (but I never did anything with).
- Sent Toddman & Simon a TV script.
- Agent Robbins sent back the Seinfeld scripts. They weren't reading them at the moment. Too busy. In retrospect I see Robbins said he'd get the scripts to "Seinfeld," but there was no promise as to what they would do with them once they arrived.
- Meeting playwright Bill about a play of his, he needs the input of a Three Stooges buff.
- We were told the WGAE Activities Committee will not be creating a Writing Sub-committee for the awards dinner that year as Herb Sargent would be doing it all. So that bridge had sailed.
- Resumed work on the book, "The Write Stuff."
- An Assistant of Toddman & Simon sends back my TV script, "Yuks." I doubted it was read. I also sensed this was the end of our relationship.
- I did send stuff to National Lampoon but no response.
- At the WGAE, our attempt to run an "Agents' Night" (where writers could interact with agents) was kind of a bust; several agents didn't show, only 1 movie guy and the ones that did show up got inundated by the writers.
- I met a book agent who handled children's books and managed to send off my story, "Jackolli & D.L. Wait for their Mom," to her.
- Met with Bill Squire and read his play "The Three Scrooges" for him. It was fun to participate, but I was never asked to get more involved.
I didn't note it at the time, but I remember one thing from this meeting. She points at Donna and the other actor and goes "What am I looking at here? What have these two got? What can they be?" I was looking back and forth and finally said, "What?" "Siblings! They look like brother and sister! That's a relationship that's never been explored in a show!" At that point I knew the gig wasn't going to go.
In the meantime, I was assembling old skits into something called "Cold Drafts." It was going to be a bunch of my show parody sketches lumped together as something...
Just a few days later, February ends and all I can mark down are the rejections that came in, the kid's story at Curtis Brown, and National Lampoon. Bleech.