Although isn’t Tidbits of Life a great title for a post?
Sort of reminds me of a song from the soon-to-be-released-musical-as-a-movie Rent. I can just hear the chorus of the song now in my head:
Tidbits of life,
trouble and strife,
the kind we don’t like,
those tidbits of life.
The good and the bad,
that you and me had,
our tidbits, those big fits,
those tidbits of life.
It would be an exhilarating song.
In the world of screenwriting — I have been out and about lately pitching some movie ideas of mine to a variety of companies. You may or may not know what pitching is all about, but in a nutshell, one must sell producers/studios on an entire movie concept (from beginning to end, the whole story) in about 8 minutes. If they like it, they very well may pay you to write it. If they don’t, well, they don’t. There are always stories about executives taking calls or dozing off during particularly bad pitches, but something happened to me yesterday that took the cake. The company head I was pitching to (well known for a hugely successful comedy franchise) happened to have their dog hanging around the office. As I started my pitch the dog jumped up on the couch next to me and decided to take a nap. And about 3 minutes into my pitch, the dog started SNORING so loud that it almost threw me off my game. Yes, the executives were awake, but their dog was snoring through it. What that means for me, well, only time will tell.
In celebrity news, last weekend’s celebrity sightings at the Arclight Cinemas in Hollywood just goes to show you that it is the place to see famous folk on the weekend. There was Tobey Maguire, now looking spry and having shaved off some pounds… There was ER creator John Wells, ordering up a sausage baguette and diet coke… There was SNL‘s Chris Parnell, wandering around aimlessly with a backpack on like a lost afterschool child… There were The O.C.‘s Adam Brody and Rachel Bilson, rushing out as fast as they could to avoid anyone noticing it was them (uh huh, sure)… And there was even Kathy Bates, wearing SOCKS with a pair of shoes that should never be worn with socks. Yes, the Arclight Cinemas in Hollywood – better than any other place on a Saturday night if you want to do some star sighting…
In the world of books, and more specifically The Lost Blogs, I am now in the stage of getting blurbs (quotes) from well known celebs, authors and blogging gurus for the back of the book. The process is always nerve-wracking cause you never know who will be open to reading a 400+ page manuscript and giving you a glowing quote of approval. Really, next to your parents telling you you’re loved, this is the next best thing. In a perfect world we’d get a quote from a well known celeb, an author well-regarded for his sense of humor and a well-respected, widely known blogger. I won’t give away the list of who we’re out to so as to not jinx anything – but I’d be curious to know from the peanut gallery which “names” mean something to you when looking at the back of a humor book. Is there someone whose quote would convince you to buy a book? Who would it be?
And finally, in the world of Tidbits (yes, you can sing the chorus here if you like), I’d just like to let everyone know that I have just wrapped up my intense 30 day “All Water & Cotton Ball Diet.” That is where I drench cotton balls in water then chew on them for breakfast and lunch (no, you don’t swallow them, it just simulates eating) and then a sensible dinner. Usually dinner consists of enough food to fill out a breakfast, a lunch and a dinner — but there are no rules in this diet for that. You eat as much as you want as long as it’s sensible.
Good sense. That, I have.