(And to a query upstream, yes, I have a theramin. No, I don't use it
to make strange noises in the middle of the night. I have a cat for
In other mews...I mean, news....
I'm on draft two of Forbidden Planet, and the process is going well,
very exciting stuff, and I hope I can talk about some of that in more
About to make the final touches to World War Z, then with any luck we
can get this thing into pre-productoin also soonish.
Draft One of Lensman is in, now working on draft two.
There have been a couple of previews for Ninja Assassin, and the
audience scores have been just terrific. I have a suspicion that this
is going to do very well.
The pilot script for Last Words has gone in to Dreamworks, and they're
very very pleased with the script. So we'll see where this goes.
Interestingly, due to all the writing work, I've lately begun to be
offered directing gigs, most of it in the SF genre (natch). Nothing
has grabbed me enough yet to want to tackle it, but we'll see what the
future holds. A couple of studios have extended the offer for me to
write and direct my own stuff, which is pretty cool.
My agent has forbidden me to take on any other screenplay assignments
until March/April, but some projects have begun to circle Casa
Straczynski of late, looking for an open place to land when an opening
comes. Some very cool stuff on the horizon.
The interesting times continue.
As I said elsewhere, sorry you didn't get it, but I did spot you about
four rows behind Goldie Hawn.
Alas, the shots I saw on the BBC America broadcast were barely long enough for
me to recognize Goldie Hawn, much less peer behind her to see JMS and there was
little in the way of red carpet coverage. Pity, too. I love seeing men in
Here, gathered together in common cause, we agree to recognize
this singular truth: that we are one; and this singular rule: that
we must be kind to one another.
> About to make the final touches to World War Z, then with any luck we can
> get this thing into pre-productoin also soonish.
I finally bought and read World War Z only a short while ago. Of all the
projects you've mentioned, *this* is the one I'm really looking forward to!
Vince M Hudd
Soft Rock Software
<neat shtuff snipped>
>The interesting times continue.
One hopes that they continue to do so!
(having a hard time thinking of someone who deserves his "overnight
That's "theremin." Unless it isn't . . .
Forbidden Planet, WWZ, Lensmen, Ninja Assassin,
Last Words ...
All that stuff.
As we know, Your close time scripts went always best.
Maybe in 2009 2nd quarter Your agent is allowing
You a tiny free slot for an Asimov-adaptation.
Sinclair: "Stay close to the Vorlon. And watch out for shadows.
They move when you're not looking at them."
That's correct - at least according to www.theremin-world.com, and
you'd think they'd know if anyone would.
Which is good, because every time I see "theramin" in print, I think
of a cold remedy. <g>
Are you tired, run-down, listless? Do you poop out at parties? Are you
unpopular? The answer to all your problems is in this little instrument.
Vitameatatheramin. Yes, Vitameatatheramin contains vitamins, meat,
vegetables, and strange tones. Yes, with Vitameatatheramin, you can tune your
way to health!
Amy ("Hey LOOOOsie!")
Ten Thousand Questions Blog:
A Question a Day for Journaling, Self-Discovery, and Transformation
"2009 is the Year of Questions"
Whenever I see theremin or thereamin in print, I think of thiamine
(vitamin B1 and aneurine hydrochloride).
Joe, I am happy to see that your survived your trip to London. I was
disappointed not to seen any picture of you from the BAFTA awards.
Were you invited to the Academy Awards ceremony next Sunday February
22, 2009 or will you be watching the ceremony like most of us from
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> My agent has forbidden me to take on any other screenplay assignments
> until March/April, but some projects have begun to circle Casa
> Straczynski of late, looking for an open place to land when an opening
> comes. Some very cool stuff on the horizon.
You agent is a wise person. Much as I would like you to do the
adaptation of Asimov’s Foundation series, a screenplay for Superman,
and many other projects, I would much rather have you remain in good
> The interesting times continue.
May the interesting times continue in perpetuity.
You know, I keep seeing these news stories about research that
concludes that having a cat can relieve stress. I have to believe
that the research consisted of plopping a purring cat in someone's
lap for 20 minutes. Because I have lots of empirical evidence that
having one around 24 hours a day is NOT a stress reducer. :-)
Well, okay, the "purring in the lap" part of the 24 hours is
pretty relaxing...But the "jumping on top of the human at 4:00
in the morning" part, not so much. :-)
It is. The inventor's name was Russian (??????) pronounced like
TER-meen. When he went to France, he spelled it according to French
rules to get the same sound. The French spelling carried over into
English, only pronounced by English rules. So, what we use for his name
now is neither spelled nor pronounced the same as originally.
There is a great documentary about his life and the instrument available
on DVD (Netflix has it). It's called _Theremin: An Electronic Odyssey_.
Wanted dead and/or alive: Shroedinger's cat.
Puts him in the same company with Jesus....
That's why they make doors. And before you say, "My cat would never stand
for being locked out of the bedroom at night," I think it's instructive to
understand it from the cat's perspective: our guys are _certain_ that they
are locking _us_ out of the _rest_ of the house each night. :-)
Yep, I have it. Bought it used for about $3.99, never watched it. So it's
good? That's kind of neat -- I love shopping in my own house and finding
Certainly, if you're always kicking at it...
What does Buddy's agent have to say about all this cat-kicking anyway?
>> You know, I keep seeing these news stories about research that
>> concludes that having a cat can relieve stress. I have to believe
>> that the research consisted of plopping a purring cat in someone's
>> lap for 20 minutes. Because I have lots of empirical evidence that
>> having one around 24 hours a day is NOT a stress reducer. :-)
Unless you're kicking it!
>> Well, okay, the "purring in the lap" part of the 24 hours is
>> pretty relaxing...But the "jumping on top of the human at 4:00
>> in the morning" part, not so much. :-) <<
If you haven't seen it, this is a must-watch:
> That's why they make doors. And before you say, "My cat would never stand
> for being locked out of the bedroom at night," I think it's instructive to
> understand it from the cat's perspective: our guys are _certain_ that they
> are locking _us_ out of the _rest_ of the house each night. :-)
As they say... dogs have masters; cats have staff.
My thoughts, exactly. This was the first (and the best) zombie novel
I've read. Can't wait for it...... :-)
Windows Server - Directory Services
We trained ours (mostly) out of that when they were young. They still do it
_very_ occasionally, but a few weeks of lasagna pans filled with water,
placed on aluminum foil, lined up in front of the outside of the bedroom door
at night did the trick.
I accidentally cured my cat of that behavior. One night years ago, I was
sleeping on my back and was in the middle of some dream, when a weight
landed on my chest and something made a loud noise. Half awake, I
grabbed the thing and tossed it across the room. Then I woke up a bit
farther to see my Vashti running out of my bedroom. She has never jumped
on me in bed again.
>Yep, I have it. Bought it used for about $3.99, never watched it. So it's
>good? That's kind of neat -- I love shopping in my own house and finding
Yeah, it's good. Theremin's story is fairly amazing. And Clara
Rockmore is always worth watching.
"What is it exactly that the V.P. does every day?" - Sarah Palin
> Glad to see you're keeping busy. I sent you something in email --
> Babylon 5, 'Ashes', I wanted you to look at, really just wanted your
> 'thoughts' more than anything. And any advice you can spare for
> someone that wants to become a screenplay writer, specifically sci-fi
> TV series. <<
Ron, you might want to familiarize yourself with the JMS Email FAQ:
He has asked quite emphatically that people NOT send him story ideas via
email, and has also said that "requests to read your scripts or stories will
be met by stony silence."
Amy has already pointed you to the JMS e-mail FAQ. You might also
want to review the rules for this newsgroup, which spell out in more
detail why JMS needs to avoid story ideas in public forums, including
this one, as well as in prviate e-mail. I know of at least two
instances where he was forced to stop even lurking on message boards
because fans did not respect this simple request. Understand that
anything you write the parallels something JMS is already working on
because even the chance of a lawsuit can scare off a studio or a
> And any advice you can spare for someone that wants to become a screenplay writer, specifically sci-fi TV series. <
JMS has written an entire book just brimming with such advice. It has
become a standard text in many writing programs. "The Complete Book
of Scriptwriting" covers theatrical films, radio plays, animation,
stage plays and, yes, television.is available from Amazon.com among
other places. (I'm hoping that he'll find time to revise it again,
now that his industry profile is higher.)
You can find the paperback here:
And, of course, his entire 20+ year interaction with fans on the
internet has been one big graduate course in the business of writing -
for the big screen, the small screen, animated series and comic
books. Check out the archives at JMSNews.com for the bulk of what
he's written on-line in that span.
> A couple of studios have extended the offer for me to
> write and direct my own stuff, which is pretty cool.
This is a good sign, especially for the B5 fans. If JMS is being
sought out to write and direct his own work, this means that his
street value is high. With a high street value, WB, owner of B5, will
need to look again at JMS for B5 projects. Note that Time Warner stock
(TWX) is trading today at 8.67 cents (US). This is down from a 52 week
high of 16.90 (~50%). I suspect that shareholders are looking for big
winning projects from TWX and given JMS' track record of producing
robust profits for the company, I would wager that they will seek him
out again for a B5 project or two in the near future. However, the
sticking point is that he has drawn a line in the sand and said no
more small budgets for B5 project. So the question is WB television,
and TWX, willing to float JMS a real budget for B5 with the
expectation that he can deliver a project that will pay handsom
dividends for the company.
Yes, I got it, and I deleted it instantly as soon as I realized what
it was without reading it. I've made it very clear in the past: DO
NOT send me story ideas for Babylon 5, let alone a whole freaking
Don't. Do. It. Again.
A) Don't /ever/ send a story idea to JMS (or any other professional
writer). Do it once, and you're an ignorant newbie. Do it twice, and
you're a stalker.
B) Don't try to sell a TV series to anybody. Period. The only people
who get to do that are people who are already successful working TV
writer/producers. Otherwise, it just makes you look stupid when you
B1) Possible exception: if you have lots of money, and can shoot your
own pilot, you're welcome to try. Be aware, however, that a one-hour
science-fiction production will cost you at least one million dollars
unless you're willing to cut corners. Even if you're willing to cut
every corner possible, plan on at least $50,000.
C) Don't try to sell /anything/ that belongs to someone else. "Babylon
5" belongs to Warner Brothers (our Joe has some minor rights here and
there, but it's basically WB's property), and they have lawyers who
eat people like you for mid-morning snacks.
D) If you want to be a TV writer, write. Are there amateur theatres
near you that run writing contests? Maybe even a professional one?
Perhaps a Renaissance Faire or two? Start writing. (And, by the way,
if you've never done any of these things, start doing them, so you
know how they're done. Act if you can, or be a stagehand or builder.
Get to know people, too; friends in strategic places are important.)
And write and write and write. Start with one-acts and move up. Don't
forget children's theatre, by the way. And what you write, submit.
E) Read Joe's book, which has already been recommended. I personally
also recommend "How Not to Write a Play" by Walter Kerr and, unless
you are repelled by Christianity, Dorothy L. Sayers' brilliant "The
Mind of the Maker".
F) And read other things. And if, by the way, you read nothing but
science fiction, stop that. People who read nothing but science
fiction grow up to be, if they become writers at all, third-rate
comicbook writers. Read Jane Austen and James Fenimore Cooper and
Alexandre Dumas, Sr., and Charles Dickens and Mark Twain and ... well,
the list is a long one.
No, I'm not a writer. But my wife had five scripts produced last year
in amateur venues, and she's having one produced in a professional
theater in New York this May. She's already written one play this year
(it's her first in blank verse), and started writing another this
Well, I'm very sorry for the inconvenience. It was a breach of
protocol-- no I did not look at the FAQ. I put a lot of thought in to
that series breakdown, I simply wanted your thoughts. And I now I
have them. It was not meant as an Infringement on your creation. I'm
not interested in credits or money, I'm just a fan.
Again, my apologies. No offense was meant.
No, I'm not repelled by Christianity. I am a Christian man, the Lord
saved me these last ten years ago.
On Feb 16, 10:42 pm, "John W. Kennedy" <John.W.Kenn...@gmail.com>