Happy Halloween!

Last year, I was a a script in development hell. Yes, I know. What do I do to top that? Well, I almost choked, until I found what most would consider to be a run-of-the-mill costume, but you add one prop and whammo — you’ve got a theme.

So this year, I was a SCRIPT DOCTOR. (My sister there is ‘Grapes of Wrath’. Yes, she’s a genius.)

And here’s a picture of me from the L.A. Zombiewalk earlier this month.

I’m running out of screenwriter-themed costumes. I may go as writer’s block next year.

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This post was written by Shawna on October 31, 2006

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Start your Engines Minear fans!

Tim Minear’s latest and greatest has gotten the greenlight from Fox for 12 episodes. Production starts very soon, with episodes possibly able to air in the spring. Details here: Variety.

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This post was written by Shawna on October 31, 2006

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Housekeeping

I finally went through the blogroll — if you haven’t posted in 4 months (yes, I was kind this time), you were removed from the blogroll. Added some new faces who link here. I guess you can consider this one of my semi-annual call for links. If you are a blog owner who is linking to ‘Shouting’ or you have some other fabulous reason I should link to you, comment below. You may get included in the next batch of updates.

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This post was written by Shawna on October 28, 2006

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Script orders vs. pickups

Interesting article on how the networks seem to be taking a ‘wait and see’ attitude on most of their shows this year. More scripts were ordered for ‘Help Me Help You’, ‘The Nine’, ‘Men in Trees’ and ‘Studio 60’.

The upside: writers are still working and the shows aren’t just wholesale cancelled. Downside: full season pickup isn’t a sure thing, even with script orders these days.

Link: Four more score script orders

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This post was written by Shawna on October 27, 2006

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An exercise in insanity

Not that I need any other writing projects, but there is something very alluring about this. Could you allow yourself the creativity to write a novel in 30 days?

Link: National Novel Writing Month – Content

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This post was written by Shawna on October 25, 2006

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The return of a screenwriter

There is no feeling in the world like that of a renewed sense of purpose in life. I have had these moments on a few times in my life, but each time led me to that proverbial fork in the road, whereupon the direction I selected seemed justified. It is also the feeling one gets when you drink a rootbeer float too quickly — the delicious ice cream gives you brain freeze while the fizzy rootbeer tickles your nose and throat.

Yeah, kinda like that.

I have attended the Screenwriting Expo 3 times in the last 5 years. I was there the first two years, skipped a year, went last year. When I saw the dates of the Expo overlapped those for the Austin Film Festival, I knew I faced a quandary.

But I’m getting ahead of myself.

I made the decision to go to Austin a year ago. The day after some of my online friends returned from their sojourn to Texas, I found myself a tad jealous. They had such stories of camaraderie, intellectual stimulation, good contacts and lots of free booze. I knew this was something I wanted to to experience myself.

But what about the Expo? I’m good friends with many of the people who make that event happen. I’d miss Tim Minear! Ronald D. Moore! The Pixar guys!! Chris Soth and Fun Joel! And thus the aforementioned quandary.

The economics of course screamed ‘go to the Expo’. I live in L.A., the 4 day pass was $125 plus whatever I’d spend on the panels or any parties (and the parking). I’d have to fly to Austin, get a hotel room, buy the (very expensive) Producer’s Pass if I wanted to get the full benefit of the event.

But the decision could not be made on cost alone. And while some would value William Goldman over Shane Black or Oliver Stone over David Milch, I had to decide what I wanted, what I needed out of one of these events. While the Expo would provide me with a pool of 4,000 people to potentially meet, the AFF Screenwriting Conference would give me 10% of that number, but I’d meet directly with agents, managers, producers, accomplished writers, and spend time in the evenings with a wealth of aspiring filmmakers and writers, not to mention all of the people invited panalists I had heard during the day. The decision was easy. I had to go to Texas.

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I’m home. 5 days later, I feel reborn, renewed in spirit and focus. All I want to do right at this moment is write. All I can think about doing for the next several weeks involves writing and working my long term plan. While I expet the Expo would have energized me, I’m not sure it would have given me this feeling of rebirth. I feel the NEED to be a screenwriter, not just the WANT.

And to quote Robert Frost:

Two roads diverged in a wood and I —
I took the one last traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

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This post was written by Shawna on October 23, 2006

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Shark, The Game get full seasons

7th Heaven gets picked up too.

Link: the futon critic

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This post was written by Shawna on October 22, 2006

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Kidnapped and Vanished get 13, not yet cancelled

Apparently the network spin on these two shows, is that they will only run 13 episodes, but they COULD be renewed, depending on performance. Uh, ok…

Link: the futon critic

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This post was written by Shawna on October 19, 2006

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Runaway Cancelled

And is pulled of the schedule immediately. Also looks like Las Vegas won’t return this Friday, but rather next Friday, so 1 vs. 100 has a chance at capturing an audience.

Link: CW’s Runaway Out; NBC’s Las Vegas Delayed

You know the drill…

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This post was written by Shawna on October 19, 2006

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Headed to Austin

I’ll be at the AFF Screenwriting Conference for the next 5 days. Hopefully I’ll see some of you there. I am going to try to make it to the Scribosphere gathering on Sunday which Fun Joel is coordinating.

I’ll post a few blog entries about the goings on in Austin. See ya soon!

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This post was written by Shawna on October 18, 2006

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