|Dan Fiorella: Writer @ large||
Is there anything that has a shorter shelf life than a topical sketch that isn't selected? I mean besides that funky container of sour cream in the back of the fridge? You pull together a decent take on today's headlines only to learn they didn't pick your sketch to be in this week's show. Then what? Submit it around to the hundreds of comedy troupes that are looking for sketches from strangers? Or put together something for the cable community TV? Or, you just start posting on your own blog because you never know (actually you do, but you do it anyway). It's trickier now when it seems like every sketch turns out political. Like when it came out that Cambridge Analytica whistleblower Christopher Wylie said the company tested Trump slogans such as "drain the swamp" and "deep state" as early as 2014, before Trump announced a presidential bid. It has to be tackled, right?
I've been looking back on my adventure in Hollywood, culling pages from my journal...
It would be over two months and a new year before I made another entry. January 10, 1994.
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.
Freelance writer, still hacking away.