Tuesday, April 12, 2011

J is for Joke

And for Joy Division

For a long time I didn't know what I wanted to do with my life. This is a common refrain, I know. But as I've mentioned before, I'm fair to decent at a few different things, so I've tried being an artist, tried being a filmmaker, tried being a corporate goddess, all with varying, but decent success. So when I was an artist making an installation piece that revolved around the written word and when I was concentrating on writing copy for Victoria Secret and awards shows, I was always trying to get back to writing.

Today, I've been thinking of a film script I wrote in early 2000. I'd just come back from living in the UK and was looking for my creative 'place'. I took a class at the New School on film. I've actually made short films and videos in art school, but I wanted to concentrate on what (I thought at the time) I wanted to concentrate on: Film. So I wrote a script called Joke. It's not very good, and like most of the things I was doing creatively, it really wanted to be something else. I think it wants to be a book. So when I'm done with the five or so books I'm already invested in (one trilogy, one a two book set), I'll dust off Joke and see what happens.

What abandoned projects do you have in your back catalogue that want to see the light of day again?


  1. I can relate. I have so many things I want to be. A photographer who sells her work, a published author (novel or poetry), a quilter (now there is something of an abandoned effort).

    Wow this is starting to sound like a blog entry....hmmm


  2. Flip through Patton Oswalt's "Zombie Spaceship Wasteland" -- there are some funny and interesting parts about genre and abandoned drafts, among other things. It's on our kitchen table, so no excuses !


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