Island of Ted news - it looks like the book will be pushed back to early or late January, with the Kindle and ebook versions due out at the same time.
On the feature film front, the director and I are pretty deep into the dreaded re-write process. After countless conversations about our twenty-fifth (and, hopefully, final) draft of "All American Addict," we seem to have hit on a solution to the looming issues that have plagued us since the project started. We decided on a fundamental plot change that will affect everything in Act Two. It was a risk but the new direction lit a fire in both of us and we're excited about the process again.
I'd like to say something to any writers who found my blog and are reading this, and it also applies to those who are working with writers on a project. Getting notes on our work is a part of the game, and it's my least favorite part of the creative process. No one likes to hear about all the things they've done wrong. When a writer sends out a script (or book manuscript), he/she isn't looking for an honest critique. That's what we say, but it's not entirely honest. We send out our works to people in order to receive affirmation. We want to hear that we're going in the right direction and everything is peachy. So when the notes come in and we learn that our story sucks, it's a hard pill to swallow. I still get very touchy when notes start rolling in but I've learned to accept it as part of the process. Other people can see things that we don't. Laying aside one's ego is a fundamental part of the growing process for any person, no matter the endeavor. So, dear writer, next time you send out your work for critique, listen to what people tell you. You may not agree with every note, but it would be foolish to dismiss a serious critique because it injures your sensitive ego. And yes, I will re-read my own post before the next series of notes come in. :-)