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Logline of the Day:

Proudly Communist ’70s family horrified to find youngest daughter is closet entrepreneurial capitalist.

Logline of the Day:

Proudly Communist ’70s family horrified to find youngest daughter is closet entrepreneurial capitalist.

This week’s featured actor is my buddy James Rodgers. That’s not his real name, but he loves getting all Ron Mexico-ey out there when doing shit like this. He was also one of the small group of actors to play 2 roles. One as a security guard at the chili cook-off. Here he is playing the Smithers to Burns character of Lipman to his Fauxman. Lipman secretly loves Fauxman and is waiting for that one special day when they drive off into the sunset in their brand new cherry red Miata, top-down cruising the PCH on their way to Napa.

This week’s featured actor is my buddy James Rodgers. That’s not his real name, but he loves getting all Ron Mexico-ey out there when doing shit like this. He was also one of the small group of actors to play 2 roles. One as a security guard at the chili cook-off. Here he is playing the Smithers to Burns character of Lipman to his Fauxman. Lipman secretly loves Fauxman and is waiting for that one special day when they drive off into the sunset in their brand new cherry red Miata, top-down cruising the PCH on their way to Napa.

Philosophy Research for Writing #16 - Skepticism



Skepticism (also known as Pyrrhonism after the movement’s founder, Pyrrho), which held that, because we can never know the true innner substance of things, only how they appear to us (and therefore we can never know which opinions are right or wrong), we should suspend judgement on everything as the only way of achieving inner peace.

Philosophy Research for Writing #16 - Skepticism

Skepticism (also known as Pyrrhonism after the movement’s founder, Pyrrho), which held that, because we can never know the true innner substance of things, only how they appear to us (and therefore we can never know which opinions are right or wrong), we should suspend judgement on everything as the only way of achieving inner peace.

Scene Challenge #7



GOAL: Vince throws party because it’s a bittersweet day: his brother died, but he closed a huge deal too. He wants to live in excess tonight without boundaries.
CONFLICT: Vince has no one to hang out with so he calls up an escort service and brings in a group of Chinese businessmen to hang out with him.
DISASTER: Vince’s sister-in-law comes to the house to grab a couple things of her late husband and sees the party.
EMOTION: Vince is defeated momentarily, but musters up a plan
THOUGHT: He’s gotta schmooze his way out of this, but how? The place looks like a zoo.
DECISION: He decides to tell her that he will support her kids financially as a way to payback his brother.
ACTION: She insists that she doesn’t want anything to do with him ever again and storms out of the place. Vince cries.

Scene Challenge #7

GOAL: Vince throws party because it’s a bittersweet day: his brother died, but he closed a huge deal too. He wants to live in excess tonight without boundaries.

CONFLICT: Vince has no one to hang out with so he calls up an escort service and brings in a group of Chinese businessmen to hang out with him.

DISASTER: Vince’s sister-in-law comes to the house to grab a couple things of her late husband and sees the party.

EMOTION: Vince is defeated momentarily, but musters up a plan

THOUGHT: He’s gotta schmooze his way out of this, but how? The place looks like a zoo.

DECISION: He decides to tell her that he will support her kids financially as a way to payback his brother.

ACTION: She insists that she doesn’t want anything to do with him ever again and storms out of the place. Vince cries.

Logline of the Day:

Porn star’s son stays for one month with each of 10 potential dads to figure out which he’d like to be his father.

Logline of the Day:

Porn star’s son stays for one month with each of 10 potential dads to figure out which he’d like to be his father.

Literary Device #112: Homophone

Literary Device #112: Homophone

Scene Challenge #6
GOAL: Vince wants to engage in conversation with the hot chick, who’s already being cornered by the nemesis.
CONFLICT: Vince is confronted by the lovable, fat guy competitor who doesn’t want to stop talking.
DISASTER: Vince can’t escape and the nemesis is making moves on the hot chick; she’s giggling at his jokes from afar.
EMOTION: Vince is defeated momentarily, but musters up a plan
THOUGHT: There’s another competitor sitting nearby alone, and looking disengaged. But how can I get a break from all this chatter to be able to bring in the loner to take over my spot so I can exit the conversation? I don’t wanna seem disinterested either because what if the fat guy ends up being someone I need later?
DECISION: He’s engaged in a conversation that turns to eating habits of the fat guy and how even his money can’t get him laid instantaneous…he’s always forced to shop for sex.
ACTION: He calls over to the loner and says “Hey man, come here! Don’t we all pay for sex?” The loner shrugs a nod, easing the fat guy’s pain. They all introduce each other and Vince steps away to target the girl.

Scene Challenge #6

GOAL: Vince wants to engage in conversation with the hot chick, who’s already being cornered by the nemesis.

CONFLICT: Vince is confronted by the lovable, fat guy competitor who doesn’t want to stop talking.

DISASTER: Vince can’t escape and the nemesis is making moves on the hot chick; she’s giggling at his jokes from afar.

EMOTION: Vince is defeated momentarily, but musters up a plan

THOUGHT: There’s another competitor sitting nearby alone, and looking disengaged. But how can I get a break from all this chatter to be able to bring in the loner to take over my spot so I can exit the conversation? I don’t wanna seem disinterested either because what if the fat guy ends up being someone I need later?

DECISION: He’s engaged in a conversation that turns to eating habits of the fat guy and how even his money can’t get him laid instantaneous…he’s always forced to shop for sex.

ACTION: He calls over to the loner and says “Hey man, come here! Don’t we all pay for sex?” The loner shrugs a nod, easing the fat guy’s pain. They all introduce each other and Vince steps away to target the girl.

Write 8 Real Realities paired with 8 Comic Realities

1. Global conflict: between people and the world - Mindless aliens raining on earth means new protein source; our population explodes, so we send excess humans elsewhere.
2. Global conflict: between people and the world - Faster-than-sound aliens come to conquer earth; to avoid elimination, we have to convince them we are life-forms.
3. Between individuals: a comic character vs normal character - Longest “Trojan horse” ever leaves clueless Frenchman emerging from Statue of Liberty to wage 1-man war against America. His counterpart is a homeless man named Bart, who lives near the statue.
4. Between individuals: a comic character vs normal character - Vain model who has never suffered finds 100% of her troubles have been assigned to a comparably attractive man.
5. Based on inner conflict - Instructed by god, man committed for trying to sacrifice son attempts to escape and execute divine plan at any cost.
6. Based on inner conflict - Woman too hideous to look at becomes shut-in chef whose in-demand food halts aging but slowly turns you as ugly as she.
7. Good for a cartoon - Man who talks to animals coerces them to render our cities uninhabitable, in exchange for sparing them extinction.
8. Good for a cartoon - Man with normal torso lives trying to hide pig bottom half, from a childhood pig-to-human emergency transplant.

Write 8 Real Realities paired with 8 Comic Realities

1. Global conflict: between people and the world - Mindless aliens raining on earth means new protein source; our population explodes, so we send excess humans elsewhere.

2. Global conflict: between people and the world - Faster-than-sound aliens come to conquer earth; to avoid elimination, we have to convince them we are life-forms.

3. Between individuals: a comic character vs normal character - Longest “Trojan horse” ever leaves clueless Frenchman emerging from Statue of Liberty to wage 1-man war against America. His counterpart is a homeless man named Bart, who lives near the statue.

4. Between individuals: a comic character vs normal character - Vain model who has never suffered finds 100% of her troubles have been assigned to a comparably attractive man.

5. Based on inner conflict - Instructed by god, man committed for trying to sacrifice son attempts to escape and execute divine plan at any cost.

6. Based on inner conflict - Woman too hideous to look at becomes shut-in chef whose in-demand food halts aging but slowly turns you as ugly as she.

7. Good for a cartoon - Man who talks to animals coerces them to render our cities uninhabitable, in exchange for sparing them extinction.

8. Good for a cartoon - Man with normal torso lives trying to hide pig bottom half, from a childhood pig-to-human emergency transplant.

Logline of the Day:
New archaeological evidence shows WE’RE aliens who stole earth from native creatures; now they’re sick of hiding.

Logline of the Day:

New archaeological evidence shows WE’RE aliens who stole earth from native creatures; now they’re sick of hiding.

Rant #33 - September 28, 2014

"Oh, I’m working on this, I’m working on that!" Shove it up your ass. Don’t flaunt it about how great your life is because your busy.
First off, you’re an asshole so I’m surprised you even get hired to work shit. Second off, don’t you know that modesty is the way to be? Keeping your head down, being nice, staying humble, and delivering a successful service? That’s the way you build lasting, relevant relationships. Not by doing this, oh and then I’m doing that! And then this also. That. This. That.
Fuck off.
Don’t be all cool with all your postings about what type the project is or how big of a deal it is to be on it. Do you see A-listers flaunting projects they work on in front of ya? Yeah, it’s called a media panel. Because they’re relevant and actually have people who give a shit what they do. No one gives a shit about what you’re doing, unless maybe your mom. Moms always care. But that’s it.
And let’s not act all cool about being on red carpets either when all you were was a background extra. Or if it’s at some stupid film festival. Jesus, the red carpets are reserved for the top tier. The upper echelon. The people who delivered and built successful relationships without flaunting it all over the stinking place.
Grow up. Chatter less. Maybe then you’ll do shit we actually are interested in hearing about. You must’ve been a dork in high school and are making sure the alums see your miniscule success so you can finally sit at the cool table.
We all have to climb up the ladder and make our way. That’s the deal. But let’s not talk about every fucking rung. Keep it modest. Then you won’t be such a fukin joke.

Rant #33 - September 28, 2014

"Oh, I’m working on this, I’m working on that!" Shove it up your ass. Don’t flaunt it about how great your life is because your busy.

First off, you’re an asshole so I’m surprised you even get hired to work shit. Second off, don’t you know that modesty is the way to be? Keeping your head down, being nice, staying humble, and delivering a successful service? That’s the way you build lasting, relevant relationships. Not by doing this, oh and then I’m doing that! And then this also. That. This. That.

Fuck off.

Don’t be all cool with all your postings about what type the project is or how big of a deal it is to be on it. Do you see A-listers flaunting projects they work on in front of ya? Yeah, it’s called a media panel. Because they’re relevant and actually have people who give a shit what they do. No one gives a shit about what you’re doing, unless maybe your mom. Moms always care. But that’s it.

And let’s not act all cool about being on red carpets either when all you were was a background extra. Or if it’s at some stupid film festival. Jesus, the red carpets are reserved for the top tier. The upper echelon. The people who delivered and built successful relationships without flaunting it all over the stinking place.

Grow up. Chatter less. Maybe then you’ll do shit we actually are interested in hearing about. You must’ve been a dork in high school and are making sure the alums see your miniscule success so you can finally sit at the cool table.

We all have to climb up the ladder and make our way. That’s the deal. But let’s not talk about every fucking rung. Keep it modest. Then you won’t be such a fukin joke.

Scene Challenge #5



GOAL: Vince is at work with his brother, trying to close the big deal.
CONFLICT: The potential client turns him down and says he wants the sweet deal he’s heard about.
DISASTER: Vince doesn’t want to involve his brother in any more of these illegal antics, but understands he needs the sale.
EMOTION: Vince is defeated momentarily, but musters up a plan.
THOUGHT: He delivers the illegal deal to the client, who closes the sweet deal.
DECISION: He decides to hide this from his brother and tells him it was legal.
ACTION: His brother high fives him and they exit work early.

Scene Challenge #5

GOAL: Vince is at work with his brother, trying to close the big deal.

CONFLICT: The potential client turns him down and says he wants the sweet deal he’s heard about.

DISASTER: Vince doesn’t want to involve his brother in any more of these illegal antics, but understands he needs the sale.

EMOTION: Vince is defeated momentarily, but musters up a plan.

THOUGHT: He delivers the illegal deal to the client, who closes the sweet deal.

DECISION: He decides to hide this from his brother and tells him it was legal.

ACTION: His brother high fives him and they exit work early.



Logline of the Day:





After alien takeover became uneasy peace, first alien/human child is torn between sides when humans incite revolution.
Logline of the Day:

After alien takeover became uneasy peace, first alien/human child is torn between sides when humans incite revolution.

Scene Challenge #4



GOAL: Vince needs to get through his brother’s funeral without pissing anyone off, and get money to his sister-in-law, the widow.
CONFLICT: His sister-in-law, approaches and looks pissed off.
DISASTER: She blames Vince for her husband’s death and reveals that she knows he’s up to something illegal.
EMOTION: Vince is defeated momentarily, but musters up a plan.
THOUGHT: He bullshits his way through his response.
DECISION: She calls him out and says he’s all bullshit and that he needs to take on responsibility and grow up, settle down, start a family, and not live his playboy lifestyle.
ACTION: Vince agrees to support his dead brother’s family, financially, but she doesn’t want his money. He puts the envelope into her purse without her noticing.

Scene Challenge #4

GOAL: Vince needs to get through his brother’s funeral without pissing anyone off, and get money to his sister-in-law, the widow.

CONFLICT: His sister-in-law, approaches and looks pissed off.

DISASTER: She blames Vince for her husband’s death and reveals that she knows he’s up to something illegal.

EMOTION: Vince is defeated momentarily, but musters up a plan.

THOUGHT: He bullshits his way through his response.

DECISION: She calls him out and says he’s all bullshit and that he needs to take on responsibility and grow up, settle down, start a family, and not live his playboy lifestyle.

ACTION: Vince agrees to support his dead brother’s family, financially, but she doesn’t want his money. He puts the envelope into her purse without her noticing.

Logline of the Day:



Monarch butterfly population, instead of migrating south for winter, migrates to Tallahassee barista named Steve.

Logline of the Day:

Monarch butterfly population, instead of migrating south for winter, migrates to Tallahassee barista named Steve.

Scene Challenge #3



GOAL: Vince is brought in to enter the world’s biggest partier competition and he’s intrigued to find out how this is going to be setup.
CONFLICT: He spots a girl he thinks is cute, but she’s swarmed by the other dudes in the room.
DISASTER: Vince mmediately feels a connection, but he’s afraid of commitment, so he immediately turns it off and plays the cool card, turning her off at the initial meeting.
EMOTION: Vince is defeated momentarily, but musters up a plan.
THOUGHT: He saves it by admitting he’s bad to chicks.
DECISION: He’s reminded that she doesn’t care about his shit. She’ll get hers anyway she wants.
ACTION: Vince is turned on by her really hardcore now, and a blossoming friendship might just be beginning.

Scene Challenge #3

GOAL: Vince is brought in to enter the world’s biggest partier competition and he’s intrigued to find out how this is going to be setup.

CONFLICT: He spots a girl he thinks is cute, but she’s swarmed by the other dudes in the room.

DISASTER: Vince mmediately feels a connection, but he’s afraid of commitment, so he immediately turns it off and plays the cool card, turning her off at the initial meeting.

EMOTION: Vince is defeated momentarily, but musters up a plan.

THOUGHT: He saves it by admitting he’s bad to chicks.

DECISION: He’s reminded that she doesn’t care about his shit. She’ll get hers anyway she wants.

ACTION: Vince is turned on by her really hardcore now, and a blossoming friendship might just be beginning.