I wrote one word: Poem. The worst part was it wasn't part of the script, it was just a placeholder for a poem I was going to steal from my wife's writing. The pages were just coming slow, the way they sometimes do.
I had promised myself I wouldn't start on any new secret projects until THE GIRL IN THE CRAWLSPACE was in the can, because I haven't felt like I had the headspace, but I have been slowly, covertly working on something else for this fall/winter as CRAWLSPACE inched towards completion. And it may burst into the world in the coming weeks.
THE GIRL IN THE CRAWLSPACE has been inching, inching along in fits and starts, but tonight it debuts at the Hoosierdance Film Festival in Kokomo, Indiana. And I am super flattered by this because they selected it sight unseen, and thus don't know what they are getting into.
Here's the very first review, a very nice one, with mayhaps a thousand one-star Amazon reviews to follow.
More seriously, others I have screeners out to have been generous with their time and thoughts, and it has been appreciated.
My brother's actual review: "Cool movie, bro."
I remember reading Groucho Marx's autobiography a long time ago, and one thing I remember him writing in there was that he was not going to write about what he saw dancing in the shadows when he woke up in the middle of the night, and that has sort of stuck with me, and I have to admit that this newsletter and the rest of my social media presence is not really me, but sort of the product of me. And I don't write about bad things that happen, but there has been a lot of chaos this summer, both good and bad. And I think it was the author Sherman Alexie who basically said if you can take all the good things that happen, and subtract all the bad, and still be smiling, you're in good shape.
And any year where I get a new grandbaby and a new movie at the same time, it's a pretty good year.
I would happily share the Top 100 photos I have of him on my phone right this moment, but here are just a few, from the day he was born:
As Dave Loggins once said, this drifter's world goes round and round, and I doubt that it's ever gonna stop. Thanks to everyone who reads this and has cheered on my first movie. Talk soon.