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My novella, “The Journalist and the Moon,” to be re-titled “Still Life with Iguana,” won the Iron Horse Literary Review Single Author Competition for a Novella, judged by Bill Roorbach. On their blog here. What is it with me and novellas? My first book, The Naughty Yard, was a novella (available now in ebook form from Obelisk Library). Most of my novels are short (under 200 pages) but they are getting longer.
Working on revisions of the novella now, a few days late, the traveling and being a sudden single father gets in the way. “Still Life with Iguana” will be published in two months alone as issue 15.6 of Iron Horse Literary Review.
There are two curious post-modernist texts a writer can engage in reflexively: reviewing one’s own book, and the self-interview.
I will talk about things he was not able to get to during his Project Camelot interview: working in Hollywood as a writer. I shall discuss the ups and downs of getting his books and scripts optioned but not developed and financed, shooting a pilot for CBS and Sony that didn’t pass muster with the Madison Avenue guys’ focus groups so was never aired, dealing with players, liars, con artists and nymphomaniacs that plague Tinsel Town, and weird experiences and encounters with people like Ray Liotta, Dean Cain, Vincent Gallo, Bruce Willis and Winona Ryder. I will relate what it took to get a low-budget indie film made, winning awards at Slamdance and various festivals, taking a short documentary to Cannes, and surviving as a writer in LaLaLand.
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