About three years ago the Pamela Green and Jarik van Sluijs of the PIC Agency optioned my book, Alice Guy Blaché:Lost Visionary of the Cinema, with the goal of making a documentary film which entitled Be Natural. The title harks back to the sign Alice had in her film studio, trying to coax actors used to using pantomime on the stage to emote with more restraint for the camera.
Last weekend I attended the Historical Novel Society Conference in St. Petersburg, Florida. It was a great gathering that included Anne Perry, Diana Gabaldon, C.W. Gortner, and many others. Watch this space for videos from the conference in a week or so.
Don’t start out writing novels. They take too long. Begin your writing life instead by cranking out “a hell of a lot of short stories,” as many as one per week. Take a year to do it; he claims that it simply isn’t possible to write 52 bad short stories in a row.