The Home of Steven Barnes
Author, Teacher, Screenwriter


Monday, November 29, 2004

Secret Project

Well, there's a project up that I won't talk about yet.  Let's just say that a very famous, very talented and distinguished television actor with some very important stories to tell wants to tell them in a fictional form.  Discussions are currently underway for me to assist his voice, and it is an honor to be chosen.  Boy, oh boy, if this happens, will fur fly!  This is so much fun--I took an enormous risk moving from Washington to Los Angeles.  This was the very essence of a "leap of faith," risky and stressful on multiple levels. But my family is safe in Southern California, my daughter already has a job and is about to be enrolled in college, my wife's movie "My Soul To Keep" looks like it might well get the greenlight at Fox Searchlight, Forest Whitaker wants to meet with us concerning her novel "The Good House", a certain famous and beautiful actress has expressed interest in starring in that very film, and I've turned in the first draft of my paleolithic murder mystery.  Larry Niven and I spoke deeply at Loscon on a possible fourth Dream Park book, and actually came up with a potentially dynamite idea, in concert with a verra verra friendly SFX guy named John Eggett, who has volunteered to help us brainstorm.  Jerry Pournelle thinks there's a third "Heorot" novel, and I agree.  He doesn't want to deal with the downturn in civilization.  Too depressing.  Good point.
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What's the point of all this?  Well, life is getting tres interesting.  By my count, I've got about 15 different projects at different stages of development, and I don't want to drop the ball.  That means:
1) write 1000 words a day.
2) Work 4 hours a day minimum
3) read 10,000 words a day.
4) read one act of Shakespeare aloud per day.
5) meditate daily.
6) exercise and eat for maximum energy
7) get plenty of rest.
8) get and give lots of hugs.
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I really look forward to this period.  I think in some ways I've been waiting for it all my life.  And by the way--my fantastic spouse Tananarive will be back tomorrow!  Hotcha!  Damn I love that lady!

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