Also, Clay, if you’re doing a script, do Christmas Is: Mischief and Merriment in Manhattan! That is just begging to be a Hallmark movie! It’s got humor and slapstick and plot twists and a happy ending. My wife will buy this movie.
Hallmark movie. Hm.
Funny you should say that, Jack; but I was thinking more of a nationwide release with Kevin Hart as Franklin. Now that would be a Christmas movie for the ages! If you have that book onhand, take a look at the Preface. Christmas Is was originally written as a screenplay, but when I finished it I knew no one in L.A. would take me seriously as I wasn’t living in L.A., and the story needed a lot more work. Then spring 2016, I went in and killed a few darlings, restructured parts, punched up the dialogue, found a great editor, and released it as that little Christmas novella you now have. (And thanks for your support, by the way.)
We’ll see. There’s a lot more in the book than could fit in a 90-minute film. But I agree, I think it’d be so very fun.
No Cuts. No Buts. No Coconuts. — I forgot about that one. Glad you liked that one. Some folks didn’t get it, but I think they were being obtuse. Intentionally.
Keep your eyes open for my Conversations (not with your wife, but on race) posts.
And thanks for picking up Walking Tall. It was my first attempt at writing a novel so, keep that in mind. I still want to go back and rewrite the whole thing … clean things up, sharpen a few ideas.