📖 | Read: A Screenwriter’s Journey to Success by Mark Sanderson

As many of you know, I am a writer, with a view toward a career in screenwriting. Now, there are dozens of writers out there who have written innumerable books on the craft of screenwriting: formatting, structure, those sorts of things. But where are the books that actually guide a budding scribe toward a realistically sustainable career?

Sadly, I hadn’t found one before I came across Mark Sanderson‘s A Screenwriter’s Journey to Success: Tips, Tricks and Tactics to Survive as a Working Screenwriter in Hollywood. And, kids, it’s exactly what it says on the tin.

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📽️ | “Proud Mary” — I Seen’t It #ProudMaryMovie

Over the weekend, I saw Taraji P. Henson‘s Blaxploitation-tinged action flick Proud Mary, and I gotta say, I genuinely liked it. I may be in the minority — it currently has a rating of 24% Rotten — but I found it to be entertaining, surprisingly funny, and thrilling enough. Sure, it’s not a great film (more on that later), but it was definitely a nice way to pass 90 minutes.

For those who ain’t up on the film: Henson plays Mary, an assassin in the employ of Danny Glover‘s crime lord Benny. When Mary performs a hit that leaves a young kid, Danny (Jahi Di’Allo Winston), an orphan, she’s overcome with guilt and begins keeping tabs on the kid. Some time passes, and when Mary discovers that Danny is in the employ of a sadistic and abusive gangster named Uncle, she kills Uncle, setting off a chain of events that threaten to unravel the city’s criminal underworld.

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📖 | Read: “The Thin Man” by by Dashiell Hammett

The following is an old, recently rediscovered review of a book that I love, Dashiell Hammett’s The Thin Man.

As I imagine most people had, I’d first heard of The Thin Man, and its main characters Nick and Nora Charles, because of a series of films that were released during Hollywood’s Golden Age. William Powell and Myrna Loy played Nick and Nora, a glamorous married socialite couple that solved crimes in their spare time while swilling martinis and cracking wise. The first film is heralded as a classic, while the follow-ups range in quality but are still regarded as delightfully entertaining.

I’ve always liked the crime-solving couple set-up (shows like Hart to HartRemington Steele, and Moonlighting were some of my favorites growing up), and I consider myself a pro-league alcoholic, so naturally The Thin Man intrigued me. I’ve never actually seen the films, so as I got into the book, I was able to do so without making the usual comparisons against the film.

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💻 | Happy National Screenwriters Day!

Oh ho ho! The holidays ain’t over just yet, kiddies!

Today, Jan. 5, 2018, is National Screenwriters Day! Yes, yes, I know everyone and their mother get a holiday nowadays, but since this one is dedicated to screenwriters, I am going to participate and celebrate.

It's a celebration, bitches!

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