Here are some new discoveries for you. No particular theme. Some are old. Some are new. Some are read-in-three-nights. Some are dive-in-for-a-fortnight. All are interesting and life-enriching, in one way or another.
I’m not going to write reviews, because, ugh, book reviews, amirite? (Seriously, though. I never read my own book reviews back when I was an author. I always figured: well, if I read something mean, it’ll feed my insecurity and give me writer’s block and I’ll wail and gnash my teeth for hours and never get that time back. And if I read something positive and believe it, then I might become smug and stare out the window thinking how jolly clever I am. Either way, it’s not productive. Far better to just continue skipping through life, daydreaming stories to tell you, fueled only by my happy workaholic mix of all-consuming ambition and stomach-clenching fear of failure. I have a feeling I’ve said this before. Where was I? Oh yes. Books.)
Must You Go? My Life With Harold Pinter by Antonia Fraser.
The Wives Of Henry VIII by Antonia Fraser.
Warrior Queens by Antonia Fraser.
The Weaker Vessel by Antonia Fraser.
(Yes, I was on a bit of an Antonia Fraser binge for a month.)
A Scandalous Life by Mary S Lovell.
How To Stop Time by Matt Haig.
Plus One by Christopher Moxon.
White Trash by Nancy Isenburg.
Leading Lady: Sherry Lansing by Stephen Galloway
I sold a TV show to ABC.
It’s called MAVERICKS. It’s a soapy drama (sex! secrets! scandals!) set in the cut-throat world of New York City start-ups, with my uuuuuuuuuuuuuutterly delightful tone of voice (feminist! sharp! optimistic! i wish these were alliterative!).
I sold it in the room on a trip to LA about six weeks ago. I’ve never sold something literally in the room before – I usually find out a couple of anxious days after the pitch. Not this time: there I was in a windowless conference room in a big building on the Disney lot, with about nine people: the Mandeville producers (who had heard the pitch about nine times before this, maybe more), the ABC Studio executives (who had heard the pitch about four times, maybe more), and the ABC Network execs (who had never heard the pitch before, obvs). After I spoke for an excruciatingly long amount of time, and answered a couple of questions, Brian Morewitz, the head of drama at ABC, said: “We’d love to do it.” And my brain went zzzzzzzzzzzzzip like a record skipping, and everyone began smiling, and that was that.
So now I’m writing it.
I hope it’s good.
(Of COURSE it’s good.)
More soon. x
The Sweater Song – Weezer
(Fun fact: this video was shot with the band playing the song at twice the speed, then slowed down, so the end result is sort of funky and dreamy. Fun fact 2: this is one of Spike Jonze’s first music videos.)
Pepper – Butthole Surfers
Mother Mother – Tracy Bonham
Movies – Alien Ant Farm
Turning Japanese – Kirsten Dunst (!)
Nothin’ – NORE
Ramble On – Led Zeppelin
(Okay, there’s no video. But it’s still a great song.)
X Gon Give To Ya – DMX
California Sun – Ramones
Do You Wanna Dance – Ramones
Ugh. The Ramones are the best.