Hello from the Writing Batcave!
I hope everyone had a fabulous summer. I can’t believe we’re already halfway through September. Hence this quick update blog and peek from the batcave before I disappear again. As you know from my summer blogs, I was on a Summer Social Media Sabbatical to get some writing done. It was well worth the isolation. I’m still in the batcave but I’m back to tweeting on a more regular basis. (Follow me @paulayoo). So what have I been up to?
(Keep reading after the jump for more!)
Writing-wise, I was busy with a bunch of TV meetings, working on a new spec script, and finishing up revisions on a chapter book. I also placed as a short-list finalist for the 2013 Faulkner-Wisdom Writing Competition for an adult novel-in-progress that I’m also working on! In addition, I participated in several blogs for LEE & LOW BOOKS to promote their upcoming New Voices writing contest for new picture book authors. The deadline for this year’s contest is September 30, 2013. I won this contest in 2003 for my first book, SIXTEEN YEARS IN SIXTEEN SECONDS: THE SAMMY LEE STORY (Lee & Low ’05). So I highly recommend this writing contest for writers of color. For more info, go here: http://www.leeandlow.com/p/new_voices_award.mhtml
As for Hollywood, a new book on TV writing came out over the summer for all you aspiring TV writers. It was created by the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program where I also teach occasionally. Some faculty friends contributed to it as well, including the awesome Star Trek writer Richard Manning. (His website is here: http://froonium.com) It’s called INSIDE THE ROOM: WRITING TELEVISION WITH THE PROS AT UCLA EXTENSION WRITERS’ PROGRAM (edited by Linda Venis). I highly recommend it for anyone interested in becoming a TV writer. (For more info on TV writing & book writing, please read my FAQs here: http://paulayoo.com/blog/?page_id=950)
Reading-wise, I’m looking forward to reading all the books that made the recent 2013 National Book Award Long List for Young People’s Literature. I strongly believe that you MUST read as much as you write in order to grow as a writer. I constantly read new TV and movie scripts and books (both adult and children’s books) to study the craft. And I’m also a bookworm, so I love reading anyway. Congratulations to all the amazing authors who made the long list!
Aside from writing, I also had some fun summer music adventures. Including a job appearing in a future UNITED AIRLINES commercial. I was one of many orchestral musicians filmed for a really fun United Airlines TV ad. I can’t reveal any details but you can at least get a sneak peek here:
I also played a lot of weddings over the summer…
And I learned a lot of fun Stephane Grappelli & Django Reinhardt tunes for a new band I am starting (a tribute band to their music). So it was nice to catch up on some music as well over the summer! (For more info on my music, go here: http://www.instrumentalcasting.com/viewmusiciang.php?serial=455)
For the fall season, my Writing Batcave duties are pretty straightforward. I’m now finishing up a new middle grade novel and will finally start writing a new feature spec script. It’s exciting to work on my “passion projects” for the rest of the year. A lot of writing involves “obligations” where you have to write specific projects to cater to your agents’ needs and the market. So it’s great when you can take a break from the “have to” writing projects and do the passion projects instead.
But don’t worry, I’m not lonely in the Writing Batcave. With Oreo critiquing ever single word (pictured above) and with Beethoven & Charlotte watching over me from Mt. Bookshelf (pictured below), I’m in a good company!
So… how was your summer? What are your writing goals for the fall? I look forward to your comments!
Until the next blog, please follow me on TWITTER @paulayoo. As always, remember – HAPPY WRITING! WRITE LIKE YOU MEAN IT!