The Scribosphere Returns

From the ashes of our trashed draft posts, we are coming back, stronger than ever.  Why?

Well, I can only speak for myself, but I see that nevermind the podcasts, the twitter feeds, the facebook groups or the multitude of how-to books and messageboards, there is still nothing like the blogosphere for disseminating information and dispelling misconceptions.  In our case, it would be about the craft and business of screenwriting for various media (film, tv, the web…)  There is so much misinformation and uninformed opinion masquerading as fact and authority, that something must be done.  If we have any hope of helping others on their writing journeys, which, I believe we should, then we have to start doing it by writing more.  Also, I got away from what was a great way for me to work out my own thoughts and feelings about this chosen path, and I think I’m worse for it, in some ways.  I’ve had a lot of changes since I was last posting here on a regular basis, new experiences and wisdom to share.  It’s true, there are a lot of details I can’t share because of prudence as my sister and I pitch our projects and take meetings, but I had made the mistake of not talking at all, rather than acknowledging the things I couldn’t say and talking about the more general lessons to be learned.

This weekend at the first official Scribosphere Meetup/Reunion (“meeting again, for the very first time!”) I made this proposal to the bloggers present, that those of us who have been negligent should do what we can to improve our blogging.  That means posting more regularly and linking to each other frequently, so that we can all share audience, share thoughts and opinions.  This is, of course, how we all got to know each other years ago, and I think it’s worth reviving the community we had here, so we can tweet out quick thoughts, but then go into depth on our blogs.  Not every issue is easily summed up in 140 characters.

To aid in our endeavor, I proposed that we kick off a Blog Carnival, described in the Wikipedia Blogging Glossary as: A blog article that contains links to other articles covering a specific topic. Most blog carnivals are hosted by a rotating list of frequent contributors to the carnival, and serve to both generate new posts by contributors and highlight new bloggers posting matter in that subject area.

Each week one of the denizens of the scribosphere will propose the topic of the week.  Those who wish to participate must link to the originator of the topic and as many other blogs who respond (this is best accomplished by the bloggers commenting on the originator’s blog with a link to their article, so they can all be curated).  Since I  was the “genius” with this brainstorm, I was elected to go first.

I’ll be posting my article and topic later today.  I hope many of you will participate, and hopefully in time, we’ll have a very active scribosphere (and maybe some new members!) joining in the fun.  It will at least provide everyone a reason to post at least once every week, and usually once you start blogging, you find more and more reasons to do it, resulting in more posts. More content = more visitors = we all start talking to each other in more than 140 characters again.

As to how we decide who picks the next topic… well, that we will need to sort.  You have a week to think of a topic.  You’ll have this week to post on the one I blog tonight.

The motto of my blog has always been “Post, or you’re toast.” I’m done being toasted.

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This post was written by Shawna on September 23, 2013

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Scribosphere Meetup

Somehow I talked myself into (and was abetted by others) to set up a long-needed meetup/reunion of screenwriting bloggers. And now, it is set. September 21 (Saturday) at 2 PM at Morrison’s in Los Feliz/ Atwater Village area (website) — primarily I wanted to get together those of us who were blogging about becoming writers or those pros who dared to blog way before Twitter existed, but honestly, anyone can come.  If you have a blog or site dedicated to screenwriting, it would be awesome to see you there.

Oh, and the pub has a lot of good whiskey. So there’s that.

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This post was written by Shawna on September 3, 2013

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ScreenwriterBones resurrected

Hey everybody! Phil is back!

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This post was written by Shawna on July 27, 2009

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Conversations with myself

I plopped down on my bed, exhausted, bringing up the blog stats, staring in amazement at the traffic generated from my Comic Con Gude posts.

So, that went well.

Yes, it did.

Lots of traffic.  Lots of readers.  Awesome job.

Thank you.

Now what?

What do you mean?

I mean, the iron is hot.  Time to strike!

Um…what exactly am I striking?

Sigh, I’m your inner monologue, lady.  Do you really need me to verbalize it for you?

Indulge me.

You are a writer.  Well, an aspiring writer.  Either way,  you’ve written something a few people have actually read and liked.  Shouldn’t you…you know, write something else?

I write all the time — scripts, resumes and cover letters, emails, tweets, Facebook statuses…

…and so far, have any of those pieces of writing done anything for you like those two blog posts did?

Well, no…I mean, there’s the sci-fi pilot.

Oh here we go again.  You got your option back.  You’ll have to find a new interested party.  It doesn’t really count.  Is it generating you an income?  Getting you a job?  No!

Wait, I’m not getting paid for writing two posts about Comic Con.

No, you aren’t.  But at least some people have seen it.

Okay, well you’re so smart, what should I write?

Sorry, what?

You brought it up.  If those other writing projects of mine aren’t getting me any closer to a paid gig, what should I be writing?  What other topics could I possibly cover on this blog that would do any of the things you think my writing should be doing?

That’s what I thought.  Look, it’s ok.  I’m a one-trick pony.  We have to exist.  One-hit wonders help the truly talented stand out.  I am like the Spice Girls of blogdom.

And that’s ok with you?

Someday I’ll write something else remotely interesting.  I hope.  But one cannot expect me to crank out pithy, fascinating or informative stuff every day of the week.  Certainly not for free.

Certainly not.  So, back to working on your script pages?

Of course.  Because honestly, isn’t it better to slave over writing that hardly anyone will ever read than to spew forth, babbling incoherently for all the internet to see?

So back into the hole?

Back into the hole.  For now.

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This post was written by Shawna on June 24, 2009

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I do not shoot with my hand…

So it begins.  Another Benson sister, another blog.  How does one begin such an adventure with overwhelmingly elevated expectations and potential public ridicule?  I suppose the answer is best summed up by the Mad Hatter and March Hare – start at the beginning and when you get to the end, stop.

Shawna and I have hidden, very poorly I might add, a certain unique quality that finds men wanting and (most) women bored.  Yes, we are nerds.  We never thought of ourselves that way, rather, during most encounters with friends it seemed the norm to discuss whether the Enterprise was built in San Francisco (in the air no less) and ruminate on the lost opportunities in the Star Wars “prequels” to ever see someone shoot at a womp rat.  However, it has come to our attention that it is uncommon for females, and such attractive ones as ourselves (others words, not ours), to be so very engaged in such discussions.  Why, we were supposed to know all the character names in The Hills by heart and quote Sex In the City.  Unfortunately, we disappoint in those matters as Montag, in accordance with our collective 8 years of German in high school, means “Monday” and Partridge is a 70’s family singing group.  Don’t even get us started on trying to pronounce Manolo Blahniks.

After much mulling and head scratching Shawna and I decided that our sci-fi background knowledge could be better put to use.  Sure, it’s been fun to discuss my middle school ACE costume and/or the Star Trek TNG Dr. Crusher uniform I sewed and presented Shawna on our birthday, but it appears it’s time for us to tell our own stories.  Sans the specs that will no doubt secure our fortunes as writer’s room lackeys, I believe that the Irregardless slate is so unique, marketable, and fresh that short of an announcement about a pet monkey that feeds itself and doesn’t poop, we shall come out on top.

Now, I can’t promise to be as prolific as my sister, but I think I’m fully capable of providing endless monkey and poop jokes to keep this blog hopping.  In the meantime, I’m off to channel my inner Zach Levi, hide all the cutlery, and buckle my seat belt, because yes friends, it’s going to be a bumpy ride.  But in the words of the great Gunslingers before us – “I do not shoot with my hand, I shoot with my heart.”

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This post was written by Jules on May 29, 2009

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Most tedious clean up job EVER.

Sorry for yet another ‘blog maintenance’ type post.  So my current project beyond tidying up the sidebars (what, you didn’t notice?? All my hard work for nothing!!) is to go back and tag and categorize all of the old posts of the blog.  ALL OF THEM.

I only have 400+ to go.

Lord help me it is a long, tedious process to tag all these old posts.  Of course, as I’m doing it, I think ‘no one will ever come looking for this post on “Standoff” being canceled.’  Still, my biggest pet peeve when I look at the site (besides my own laziness and procrastination with posting new stuff) is the huge UNCATEGORIZED that sits in the tags and categories sections, reflecting just how user unfriendly my blog is.

And yes, I know I probably need one or two more categories.  Baby steps, people.

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This post was written by Shawna on May 28, 2009


Screenwriter/Scribosphere Twitter Directory (in Development)

This will probably be updated frequently as new accounts come online. There are some resources at /Film and other sites, but I thought I’d start my own list and try to break it out by writers/directors, tv writers/showrunners and those working in new media or reality tv (or those who are producers). Also want to list out those who have blogs who are on Twitter as well.

Want to help out? List your twitter account in the comments so I can start making a full list.

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This post was written by Shawna on April 23, 2009

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You know the rules. Post or you’re toast.

I know, it goes for me too.

Time to clean out the blogrolls once more. If you are a ‘legacy’ blog (as in, a pro or someone who has valuable insights to be saved for the ages), you are exempt. The rest of you — I’m creating a four month cut off. If you haven’t posted anything on your blog since September 1, 2008, you are coming off the blogroll (exceptions can be made for those on pre-announced ‘hiatus’). If you have a newer URL (or I just have it plain wrong), let me know that too so I can correct it.

So, get crackin’. Or you are outta here.

And if you are a blogger who would like me to be aware of their existence in the universe, please leave a comment with link to your blog. I’ll try to add new ones as I remove the old.

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This post was written by Shawna on January 5, 2009

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What are you doing here?

I need some feedback, people.  Apart from the five or six of you I know (and you know who you are…I think), I’d like to know what the rest of you are doing here.  Did you get here by accident?  Do you know me?  Are you too a struggling wannabe?

And what I can impart that will keep you around and talking to me?  Yeah, I realize that sentence sounds a little pathetic…wasn’t intended that way.  I just want more of a dialog with those who pass through, and I’m wondering what I can say or do to get you talking.

So, drop a note here, even just to say hi.  And let me know what I’m doing right and doing wrong (well, nicely, please).

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This post was written by Shawna on January 3, 2009


Pardon our Dust

Yup, doing some tinkering with the blog today. Sorry for page clutter. We should have it cleaned up a bit later today.

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This post was written by on October 6, 2008