2011 – New Year, Same Blog.

So this is the new year.  I don’t feel any different. — “The New Year,” Death Cab for Cutie

The beginning of  a new year means time to reintroduce myself to the masses…which hopefully will lead to more life on this blog (it was really depressing how little traffic I saw here last year — I’ll do my part (i.e. actually blog), if you do yours (i.e. read and COMMENT)).  So let’s get the introductions out of the way first, then move on to other business.


My name is Shawna Benson.  You probably don’t know me.  If you do know me, save your pithy or sarcastic remarks for my Facebook page.  I’m trying to run a professional looking blog here, guys.

I have had an online/web presence since 1992.  I realize that may be before some of you were born.

I have been tilting at the Hollywood windmills for 8 years now (officially — unofficially, as in, before I moved to Los Angeles, add 2 years…I don’t because I didn’t know what the hell I was doing then).  2010 was the year I finally saw some progress.  I sold a webseries, which I am writing with my friend Bernie Su (more on this stuff over time, when I can reveal more information publicly).  Meanwhile, I’m writing my own webseries to produce this year, and I also write TV reviews and commentary for Seat42F.

I also write with my sister, Julie.  She and I have had a sci-fi drama pilot optioned in the past, and we continue to develop scripts under our “Irregardless Productions” banner.  While I’m busy trying to get a webseries launched, she’s busy being Josh Friedman’s assistant on the “Locke & Key” tv pilot he’s writing/producing for Fox.  She’s also one of the funniest writers I know.

Specs — I have a lot of them.  If you are wondering why anyone has ever bothered to come to this blog, it’s because I used to do a lot of analysis of which shows were “good to spec” — I still do this from time to time, but less as an entire post, and more as shows come up that deserve attention.  Also, at this point, you’d better be writing a spec pilot besides a show spec anyway, as it is more likely to get you read and staffed.

No, I have not been staffed on a TV show.  Yet.

I also get a lot of traffic for my Newbie’s Guide to San Diego Comic Con.

As you can probably tell, I’m on all the social networks, practically.  My moniker on Twitter is @TeelaJBrown.  There’s a story to the nickname that goes back 15 years there.  If you google “TeelaJBrown” most of the sites which appear point to me (Livejournal, Amazon Wish List, etc, etc).

I also have a secondary twitter account which will probably see more use this year — @shawnabenson.

Okay I think that’s the introductions out of the way…

Why should you visit this blog…more than once?

I don’t know that I have a good answer for that, but I’ll tell you what I use it for, and you can decide if it’s something you’d like to read from time to time.  I blog TV, what I like, what’s good, what works (or doesn’t).  I recently blogged about AMC’s THE WALKING DEAD.  I’ll link to my Seat42F articles and reviews.  I blog about writing in general, and about tv writing in specific when the mood strikes and I feel I have something to say that hasn’t already been beat to death on other screenwriting blogs (see the blogroll on the left).  I’m going to try to revive the “Movie of the Day” posts, but rather than commit to one every single day, I’ll commit to one every time I see a (new to me) film.  I wish that were every day, but I have a DVR backlogged with TV episodes of about 20 series that I currently watch and stay current on.

Sometimes I blog about events in my life, particularly if they are related to writing or my career.  I’ve also been known to relate a story or two from my past.  Your mileage for those types of posts may vary.

So that’s me.  That’s my world.  I’m a 36 year old chick living in Hollywood working to break into this messy business of show.

And now that I’ve updated the blog for 2011, I have 3 scripts to write and 3 articles to finish… see you around Solar de Cahuenga.

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This post was written by Shawna on January 2, 2011

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10 Comments so far

  1. Nina the slackmistress January 2, 2011 6:36 pm


    Honestly, I am always distracted whenever I ever look at your blog because the stock photo you use in your banner is clearly not you. While I don’t think you have to get overly fancy with the design, it’s something to think about.

  2. Shawna January 2, 2011 6:46 pm

    I used to have my own photo, but one of the upgrades of WordPress made it go away. I’ve just not gotten around to fixing it. Also, I seriously need a new layout I think.

    Thanks Nina. 🙂

  3. David Anaxagoras January 2, 2011 7:08 pm

    Yeah, commenting seems to be a lost art. I think a few of the Brand Name sites suck up all the discussion on the hot topics now. I don’t know why. I certainly don’t have the time or the strength to wade into a discussion that is already 150 comments long. Then again, people don’t seem to be engaged in a discussion anymore. It’s just hit and run.

    Oh, dear, I’ve turned into an old fogey of back in the day when blogging meant something.

  4. Jonathan Hardesty January 2, 2011 9:38 pm

    I’ve been particularly bad at commenting on blogs; it’s something I’ve put in my resolutions list for the new year. I definitely aim on lurking about more here and commenting, especially since I have similar goals and aspirations on the writing front and am painfully greenhorn.

    Anyhow, I hope to see you around this here year of awesome!

  5. Shawna January 2, 2011 11:16 pm

    Thanks, David and Jonathan. I sincerely hope to do the same, i.e. blog more, comment more on others’ blogs…baby steps. 🙂 Here’s to a good year for all. Despite how it feels, it is NOT a zero sum game.

  6. Brett N January 3, 2011 6:41 am

    You want traffic but then demand that I play nice?

    You’re handcuffing me.

  7. Shawna January 3, 2011 7:34 am

    Life’s a bitch, Brett. I’m sure you’ll deal with it in your usual classy way.

  8. Ryan Rasmussen January 4, 2011 6:52 pm

    Nice to meet you, again! Seems the tilting is working!

  9. AJ in Nashville January 9, 2011 10:58 pm

    So many blogs, so little time. No this isn’t my first visit to your blog, but hopefully I’ll start returning more often! Like everyone else had mentioned, commenting is indeed a lost phenomenon. Personally, I blame Twitter. Well that’s MY excuse, anyway. 🙂

    Liked your review on The Cape and as always, love your tweets! Keep up the great work!

  10. Milo January 18, 2011 10:06 am

    Love your twitter feed. I’ll keep an eye on the blog.

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