Friday, December 31, 2010

Boy, I'm glad HE'S gone.

Of course, I speak about the year about to pass us by, which, every year around this time, gets treated like the party guest that stayed too long. Think about it -- one year ago, 2010 was going to be the best year ever. And now, we cannot wait to flush it down the drain. Ooh, a shiny new year is just twenty-four hours away!

Hey, 2010! How about you eff off?

We're such New Year Whores.

Moving on: For those interested in the publishing game, this coming Monday, the "So You Want to Write a Novel" video will be featured on the excellent publishing blog, Pimp My Novel. Blog runner Eric works in the sales department of a publishing house, and does a brilliant job on the blog explaining the business end of publishing. He's also a very funny writer, which makes the whole package as tasty as Smuttynose Brewing Company's Old Brown Dog Ale.

And of course, Happy New Year, everyone. Except you, 2010.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

June, July and August

We're approaching the time of year when I look at my mom and sister, who are both teachers, and seethe with jealousy. They're about to get two solid weeks off, two glorious weeks to sit around, watch movie marathons, and sleep late. Not that they actually do any of this, but they COULD.

When I give them a hard time about it, they look at me like I'm the folksy gas station attendant from No Country from Old Men and they're Anton Chigurh, looking for their pneumatic air gun.

So without further ado, I dedicate So You Want to Be a Teacher to them, to my kids' teachers, to my old teachers, and to all the other teachers about to get a well-deserved break.

And I'll sit here seething with envy.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

DefCon 1

It's time for Episode 5, the season finale of So You Want to Go to Law School -- The Series. Click here to watch.

Staring down the gun barrel of finals, Carrie-Ann and her friend Will look back on a long semester and plan their final assault on their impending exams.

Including the original video, this is the sixth, and for now, the final episode in the Law School series. It's been a lot of fun writing these little movies, and I hope you enjoyed them. That being said, I don't want to overstay my welcome with the series, and so I'll quit while I'm (hopefully) still ahead.

Please keep voting in the Huffington Post's Best Book-Related Video contest. As of Sunday night, So You Want to Write a Novel was in 2nd place, only trailing novelist Tim Dorsey's video about his new book. (UPDATE: As of Thursday, December 18, the video is in first place with an average score of 8/10. Dorsey's video is in second, 7.5/10).

Also, check out the Media/Blog Coverage tab and see all the places my videos have popped up in the last few weeks. I particularly enjoyed talking to novelist Caroline Leavitt about how "So You Want to Write a Novel" came to be (in no small part because she was kind enough to let me ramble on and on in my very special way). Check out her great website here.

I plan to post at least once more before the end of the year while I work on some new ideas for The Corner in 2011.

The last two months have really been great, and I thank you for coming along for the ride.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Best Book Video of the Year? It Could Be.

Quick mid-week post.

The Huffington Post has "nominated" 19 videos for the best book-related video of 2010, and "So You Want to Write a Novel" is in the group.

Please vote and help bring the gold back to The Corner!

Click here for the link. The "Rate Video" button is on the right side.



Saturday, December 4, 2010

Episode IV -- A New Hope(lessness)

A really, really important part of law school is getting some real-world experience.

I largely skipped that part until after my second year, which, as it turns out, was a really smart move by me. I'm thinking that had I started down that real-world road any earlier, I might have run for the hills before finishing law school. If I had done that, I wouldn't have met my wife, and I wouldn't be sitting here watching Spider Man 2 with my son. The true irony of the entire series is that my kids are the biggest fans law school has ever had, because without law school, they would never have been born.

In Episode 4 of So You Want to Go to Law School - The Series, Carrie-Ann has gotten an internship at the same firm where the whole saga began, and her supervising attorney is our old friend Oscar.

Click here to watch.