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I moved from NYC to LA in October, 2003. And though I still think NYC is the greatest city in the world, I'm truly loving life here in the City of Angels. I'm a writer, reader, and occasional picture-taker.

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Who U B 2?

Through a bit of fortuity (a search landed someone on this old post of mine), I'm reminded of a post I made back in August last year. I asked readers to identify themselves and tell me, and the other readers, a little about themselves.

Considering that the blog has continued to gather steam and readership, I'd love to do that again here, as an update.

If you responded the first time around (click that link above to check), no need to comment again here, unless you want to update us! It also might be fun to reread that and see how your life may have changed since then.

But for those who didn't respond then, I'd love it if you spoke up now. Give us a name or pseudonym. What is your favorite drink? What is the most embarrassing thing you've ever written? Any distinguishing scars or features? Tell us whatever you think we should know! As I said then, this is your post.


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Blogger daninthemix said...

Right, I'll go first.

After writing zillions of awful screenplays I'm finally getting the hang of it. It's my joint first love, along with Slush Puppie and music.

Oh yeah, I'm 24 going on 90.

11:20 PM  
Blogger DDog said...

My name's Bert. 28. I've lived in Jacksonville, FL -- aka The Hurricane Magnet -- for the past 14 years. I work in the accounting dept. of a sports org. Been a writer since I was 6. Made a few short films until I turned 11, moved to London, and turned to music.

I've been a drummer, guitarist, and songwriter since I was 11. Played drums for this band -- http://www.garageband.com/artist/mannazen -- until I turned 26 and decided to go back to writing.

I've written 10 scripts. I submitted Script #1 to Project Greenlight and was rightfully bombed by the peer reviewers.

Started re-tooling script #6 after I learned a similar concept was floating around. I haven't submitted anything to prodcos, agents, or managers, yet, but I plan on taking two scripts out by the end of the year.

I have a five-year-old daughter who wants to be an "artist." Makin' her Daddy proud, already. No plans to move out to LA just yet, mainly due to lack of fundage.

1:10 AM  
Blogger Fun Joel said...

Good stuff guys. Thanks! Hopefully we'll get some more up here soon. :-)

6:36 AM  
Blogger Bonnie said...

I'm a casting director in Hollywood and your blog was in the "recommended blogs" list at my Rojo feed page, as I subscribe to the feeds for John August, SAG Indie, et. al.

Always interested in learning about the filmmaking process from every element's POV.

Hmm. Did I just call you an "element"? ;)

2:17 PM  
Blogger Robert Hogan said...

Rob Hogan, writer-director-producer. Favorite drink would be Jack and Coke. Most embarrassing thing I’ve ever written is a few seconds ago when I typed “writer-director-producer” as I’m not currently earning a living from any of those professions. I’ve got a scar between my eyes (usually hidden under the bridge of my glasses) from a rugby injury.

That’s answers the questions posed, for the other stuff…I’m 28 and have spent the last ten years of my life not chasing my dream. I recently finished a short film that will be going to festivals shortly. I will be shooting another short in May. I’m also trying to setup four feature scripts and finally making my dream a reality

3:03 AM  
Blogger Chesher Cat said...

Hey Joel,

You know who I am but I didn't come out of the lurker's closet until recently so I thought I might as well say "Hi" to your readers.

Also, thought I should confess to the most embarrassing thing I've written question. Earlier this week I sent Ken Levine an email about the Robin Gibb caption contest on my blog. Then about ten minutes later, I accidently sent him the same email except this time it opened with "Hi David." I was using Ken's on a resend for David at Man Bites. As I was sending him an apology email he sent me one about my faux pas. He was cool about it but damn, that was embarrassing!

Favorite drink: Margarita at Lucy's El Adobe, although I rarely drink.

I write screenplays. Oh yeah, and I'm working on that little dead rock star book that you can check out at

Happy Passover, Joel.

9:39 AM  
Blogger Chesher Cat said...

Okay, my second most embarrassing writing:

Don't know how I linked Happy Passover, Joel to my blog. So sorry. It wasn't that way when I wrote it. Seriously. I'm not kidding.

Happy Passover, Joel.

The blog is :

God, I hope it works this time.

9:46 AM  
Blogger Vince DC said...

I've also been a lurker for months but then I discovered the Scribosphere and finally got the stalker thing out of my system. One day I just clicked on the Blogger icon and... poof! I became part of it.

I work in the industry in Montreal and finally found a full-time job that allows me to work on films without having to worry where my next paycheck was coming from. Ok, so the paycheck is lousy, but I get to influence the Canadian film industry in my own little way usually by putting a Glock to my producers' heads and saying something like, "You even think of green-lighting this piece of shit and I pull the trigger."

Been kicking around the Biz for a couple of decades when I'm not in jail and have done everything from making coffee, to fluffing to directing. Basically all over the place. But it's all good since I can use all that experience in my present job. Looks like I'm aiming to become a producer but not ready to sell my soul to Satan just yet.

When I have the time (which seems to go in 10 year cycles), I write. Penned five screenplays, others are in various stages of development, some are just a couple of unintelligible words on newspaper and actually optioned two which allowed me to become WGC (the C is for Canada). I've been an uncredited writer on 3 pictures, all forgettable. But I have to say my contribution did make them better. My claim to fame (or infamy) is that I came up with the joke end titles and the farts (for those in the know) on 2001: A Space Travesty starring Leslie Nielsen on which I was the Post Supervisor and punching bag. It's in the IMDB top 100 worst films ever made but those end credits seem to have left a mark -- similar to the ones you'd find on old underwear.

I'm married with two well-heeled teenage kids and two Yorkies -- took lots of treats and training but I can say they are all house-broken now, the dogs that is. I used to subsist on Sambuccas but now it's just plain wine which I make myself like any good Italian should. Bonus, it's great for keeping the radiator from boiling over in the summer.

5:21 PM  
Anonymous NY Brian said...

I'm Brian and I live in NYC, hence the NY Brian (although I ironically grew up in Honolulu, no joke).

I'm an advertising copywriter by day, screenwriter on the nights and weekends, gentleman lover 24/7.

I won an award at Expo 3 and landed a manager (yes, contests do work). That script's in the hands of producers and it's currently being passed on by the best in the business.

I'm a friend of Warren at the Screenwriting Life, we met in a writing group while we were both serving time in Ann Arbor. I may have met you Joel at the Scribosphere gathering last Expo, but it was very dark and I was very drunk.

Anyway, keep up the great posts...

6:10 PM  
Blogger Julie O. said...

Sure, I'll check in.

Present drink of choice is La Crema Chardonnay. Mmm...

Most embarrassing thing I've ever written would be some erotica that wasn't actually embarrassing until I was briefly possessed by the ghost of Anais Nin and showed it to my mother.

I have a small scar on my left knee from back in first grade when I ran over a dog. On foot.

(Just realized I haven't linked your blog to mine yet, Joel. Oops -- will remedy that post-haste. Happy Pesach.)

5:43 PM  
Blogger Writeprocrastinator said...


My pen name is Cormac Brown and I'm up here in San Francisco. I'm married to the most wonderful and patient woman in the world, and I have a son that just turned ten.

I'm far too old to be a beginning screenwriter and make the move to the City of Angels. So I'm trying to find other ways to establish myself as a writer and hopefully open other avenues for my screenplays.

Right now I'm trying to find the balance between the satirical and satorial, gourmet and gourmand.

7:28 PM  
Blogger Fun Joel said...

Okay, let's see now...

Bonnie -- Thanks for reading. I'm not sure what Rojo is, but I did see someone (presumably you?) clicked through to my site from there. Tell me more about it, and I hope you'll keep coming back. I think we screenwriters have things to learn from you casting people too!

Robert -- glad to see you've stopped deferring your dream. Congrats on the shorts, etc.

Chesher -- don't worry about the weird link (HTML can be confusing). I'm not going to trash your comment as you asked, since it would get rid of some of the good stuff too. Don't worry -- nothing to be embarrassed about. :-) And I'm glad you've stopped lurking!

Vince -- sounds pretty funny, dude. I'm going to have to check on that film. And did you say you make you OWN wine? Cool! Do you grow the grapes, or just buy them?

NY Brian -- which script or project at Expo 3 was yours? Congrats on all that. And yeah, if you were at our Scribosphere gathering, then I am sure we met and drank together.

Julie -- thanks for the add. I'll hook you in as soon as I update mine. Like the new pic, btw. And add me on myspace (find me via Warren's friends, if you need); I can't add you sinc you're set to "private" and I lack the required info! Thanks for the Pesach wishes.

Cormac -- good stuff. I like that specific blend of herbs and spices myself. :-)

8:11 AM  
Blogger Chesher Cat said...

Hey Joel,

Wasn't looking for a deletion...you know how it is...writer's curse...I just wanted a rewrite.

But in hindsight, I guess it was appropriate that all of my most embarrassing writing moments came out on a blog asking "what is the most embarrassing thing you've ever written?"

Hopefully, I've met my quota for the year.


7:50 AM  
Blogger Fun Joel said...

I know Deborah. Its just that I don't have that option! Its either I delete it or I leave it as is. All good. It shouldn't really be that embarrassing. :-)

7:58 AM  
Blogger Homage said...

Okay then...

Name's Tom, and am on a quest to find a favourite drink, one which is proving difficult. The most embarrassing thing I have ever written was some Harry Potter slash, which I wrote to impress a girl who liked it, but it doesn't change the fact that, good God. I have no scars to speak of, and if I had one, I would like it to be a big space pirate gash across one eye, like Terry O'Quinn in Lost.

Having done a while onstage, moving into directing theatre, I recently finished Film School in Wellington, New Zealand. I'm currently trying to get writing done while earning as an editor and the occasional directing for kicks. I'm in love with the way the three roles complement each other - I'd never have been able to write the dialogue of mine that I particularly liked if it weren't for my time acting, and have a much better understanding of story points having experienced them when cutting or planning shots. Which is gravy.

Yesterday I failed to secure a bills-paying job in PR hackery; I celebrated by buying Louis Theroux's new book, the worst thing about which being that I always feel that that apostrophe is going to get me into trouble. No, seriously, go out and buy a copy, y'all. Truth, fiction, stranger than, etc.

3:03 PM  
Blogger stu willis said...

Hey joel,

Stu Willis, 26ish. I drink Scotch, preferably an Islay single malt on the rocks (2-3 pieces). Everything I've written is embarassing five years later.

I've got a scar on my chin from when I was three and cut myself on a metal watering can. I've got a strong bum chin (a "manly" is the technical name) and an acid tongue.

I currently work in feature film visual effects as a whipcracker, which is hell for writing when you hit crunch periods.

Done a lot of production in my time - shorts, music videos, commercials, eductional things, tv pilots - and even managed to make money on some of it. Just really want to do my own stuff now.

Honestly, I'm expecting its going to take nearly a decade to get my feature up - just laying the foundations now.

9:38 AM  
Blogger Bonnie said...

Oh, hey... just now checking back. Sorry for the delay. Rojo is a feed service, like Bloglines or any other RSS type thingy (that's a technical term). ;)

I write a weekly column for actors (this week's was on the importance of doing short films) at Showfax.com and am casting a really cool indie film right now.

And my favorite drink... Chopin Gimlet on the rocks. ;) Thanks for askin'!


1:35 AM  
Blogger markclemens said...

I love screenwriting blogs... so I'll play.

The most embarassing thing I've ever written was a "treatment" (notice the Quotes of Sarcasm™) for what would much later become my first screenplay. At the time, I had just read Cameron's scriptment for Spider-man, and though thats how you were supposed to write a treatment. Mine did not turn out well. It was eventually dragged into the yard and shot. I thank my friends (who were readers at the time) for smacking me into shape.

I once wanted to get a scar in the shape of a battleship, but found the 1:1 scale of my ideal mark intimidating.

I like long walks up short volcanos, songs that never end, toe jam that can be removed with ease, and rum and coke until my pupils float.

My name is Mark, and I once shook hands with an OBGYN.


1:22 AM  
Blogger Alicia said...

Hmmm... I am 37-year-old business analyst, mother of three and, in my spare time, a spec screenwriter/filmmaker.

Of the visible distinguishing scars I have: appendectomy scar, two lumpectomy scars and a long scar on my leg from catching it on a thigh-high door latch at my grandparents' house.

Favorite drink - I always go back to beer. But I enjoy a good margarita on the rocks with salt and Captain & Coke always does right by me.

The most embarassing thing I ever wrote would be a horror story that took place in an abandoned movie theatre. I wrote it when I was in 8th grade - so that explains a lot.

I am a New Year's baby that essentially grew up in the theatre and reading books, so it makes sense that I would gravitate toward film. I could take up a lot of space on this post with further details but you are probably best just popping over to my blog and clicking on the sidebar link with all of the interesting (albeit trivial) things about me.

6:10 PM  

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