Well i missed last weeks regular mystery writing post. Oops. In my defense i was diligently trying to construct a flat packed entertainment system. There were… ahem… complications. It took two days and by the time i was actually done the whole week was a wash. I hate hate hate hate weeks that i don’t write. It hasn’t happened in a while. I tend to get a little testy – particularly considering i have such a crap load of projects to make it through.
Anyway, i recently brought you news about the Writers Homicide School which you absolutely MUST attend if you are to write fiction in which folks get dead. I’ve recently had the misfortune of reading a short novel from someone who clearly DIDN’T attend this seminar and… yeah. It wasn’t pretty. In fact if you reverse pretty, dip it in sewage, light it on fire, and dress the results in a vomit caked tutu this little story is what you’d get. Rancid potatoes smell better. Derek Pacifico, who runs the Homicide School also offers crime writing consultations. I haven’t had the resources to avail myself of those particular resources yet but i certainly would if i could.
Anyway. This here blog isn’t about that, though. It’s about a new seminar that i’ve recently heard about taking place April 13-14th at the John Adams Middle School in Santa Monica, CA. It’s being put on by the Filmmakers Junction. Which means you’ll likely meet some filmmaking types. If you’re a midwesterner like myself these folks are fascinating in and of themselves. Take notes on the seminar. Take notes on the people attending the seminar. Go to the Starbucks and hang out and wait for semi famous folks to show up. Network. (I saw Hugh Dillon of Flashpoint there, which is incredibly ironic as i’ve got his picture in Scrivener attached to the lead character for one of my novels. Unfortunately, i didn’t talk to him. I was a bit confused as to the proper etiquette being from out of town and all.)
Seeing as i’m currently unemployed it doesn’t appear likely that i’ll be attending. But i’m trying gosh dernit. Mainly because Santa Monica is gorgeous and i love it and would like very much to get away from the snow and the cold but also because it’s a fantastic opportunity.
This is direct from the email i received about the event:
The Crime Writers Weekend will be two days of discussions with former and current members of the LAPD and LA Sheriff’s Department. The speakers will be from various departments such as Gangs, Murder for Hire, SWAT, Undercover, etc. and will give you insights into how their jobs really worked. The hope is that it will help and/or inspire you to come up with new and better scenes for your screenplays and novels.
If i can i’ll be there. Maybe i’ll suddenly get a job. Maybe my efforts at my own writing will suddenly take off and everyone will be reading and buying copies of the Meg Brown Mysteries by then. More likely i’ll be attending on a worn and cat chewed shoe string if i make it at all. But for the rest of you well heeled scribblers, scribes, writers of stuff it might be a good opportunity. If, by some miracle, it directly results in a paying gig keep me in mind while you’re enjoying the palm trees – and get me the hell out of here! (he says after shoveling out for the fourth time today.)