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10 September 2010 @ 01:23 pm
Today is the best ever. BEST EVER.  

They just called me.  That means it's in the top 20 out of 4,400 submissions.  Guess who's flying back to Austin next month?  I guess actual "industry professionals" read the script at this point for judging, and if anyone likes it, even if it doesn't make it to the finals/wins they still talk to you and stuff.  So this is pretty much going to be my best bet of finding representation.

I still find it hilarious that Fall River didn't do shit in any other competition.  I mean, it didn't even get a "p.s. at least one judge didn't think this totally sucked" note from Nicholl.  It really does all depend on who reads it.  My sister is theorizing that it landed in the hands of some true crime fans.  "Hey she wrote the part about the pigeons!  Neato!"

I should clarify at this point that Flesh and Blood is my script about serial killers, and Fall River is my script about Lizzie Borden.  I LIKE WRITING ABOUT PEOPLE KILLING OTHER PEOPLE, OKAY.

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Shannon: bsg adama profilekungfuwaynewho on September 10th, 2010 10:25 pm (UTC)
Thank you, Adama! ;)
xphilehb: Bones - Brennan Squeexphilehb on September 10th, 2010 08:08 pm (UTC)
Shannon: squeekungfuwaynewho on September 10th, 2010 10:25 pm (UTC)
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Shannonkungfuwaynewho on September 10th, 2010 10:23 pm (UTC)
Have you read the book by Victoria Lincoln, A Private Disgrace? When I finished that, I was like, I must watch the many many movies that have surely been made about this! And was stunned to learn there was only the TV movie with Elizabeth Montgomery. I can't understand why no one else ever decided to adapt it, but their loss, my gain.

I kind of love Lizzie, for all that she's a total killer. I got way, way into her head writing it and I just want to be her friend and buy her pretty things.
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Shannonkungfuwaynewho on September 10th, 2010 11:22 pm (UTC)
Oh, you have to read it; it's excellent. Lincoln actually grew up in Fall River, and was a young girl when Lizzie was middle-aged, and knew her and spoke to her here and there. And she was really familiar with what it was like living there, in that time period, so her book has a lot of really interesting insights. I borrowed two of her theories: that Lizzie hid all the blood-stained cloths she used to clean herself off in her chamber pot, and if there'd been any questioning she could just claim she was on her period - no male cop would ever, ever press her on it. And two, that she wore her father's coat to protect her dress when she killed him - in the crime scene photo you can see it stuffed under his head. (Creepy!)

I didn't go along with a lot of her other theories, namely that Lizzie had some kind of seizure and "browned out" when she committed the first murder. I thought it was a way of, like, allowing her to duck real responsibility. But by and large, it's a very fascinating read.

Better than all the other Lizzie Borden books I read as research, almost all of which tried to pin the murders on someone else with increasingly outlandish theories. Honestly, if you've got the time, Lizzie's actual inquest testimony is up on the internet, and it is really quite something. You can almost pinpoint every time she lies or obfuscates; if they had been able to introduce that inquest as evidence, I have no doubt she'd have been convicted.
mac_beth13mac_beth13 on September 10th, 2010 08:54 pm (UTC)
Oh My Goodness SQUEE! :D Congratulations! I personally hope your script gets picked up for production; it would be wonderful to view your creation. It's a great idea to tell the Lizzie Borden story.
I'm not a sicko or anything but I like reading about crime solving and the forensics behind it, maybe it's the Scully thing. :P When I was in high school taking sociology classes I wrote my final by creating an entire serial killer case and solving it/explaining the pathology/psychology behind it. I used John Douglas' Mind Hunter as a great source.
So excited for you! *hugs*
Shannonkungfuwaynewho on September 10th, 2010 10:24 pm (UTC)
Hee! I don't think I'm a sicko, either. I just love true crime. And yay, John Douglas! I love his books. I read them when I was writing Flesh and Blood, the summer I lived all by myself, and subsequently scared the crap out of myself all the time, heh.
nhpwnhpw on September 10th, 2010 10:01 pm (UTC)

Hey, you can write about whatever floats your boat. Even killing people. Even pr0n. That's what makes writing cool. :)

Good luck in Austin!!!
Shannonkungfuwaynewho on September 10th, 2010 10:26 pm (UTC)
I just find it funny, since before grad school all I wrote were horrible, impenetrable sci-fi movies. At least now I'm writing a romantic dramedy; I think doing three dark murder movies in a row might have been pushing it.

Thank you! We find out at the end of this month who the finalists are, but I'm going to head down to the festival anyway; I finally have an opportunity to make connections, and that's what it's all about.
ghanima sun: yayghanimasun on September 10th, 2010 10:06 pm (UTC)
Congrats, that is awesome and sounds really promising!
Shannon: bsg chief anders helokungfuwaynewho on September 10th, 2010 10:27 pm (UTC)
Thank you!