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Tightrope Walker
I write for profit and I write for love, and sometimes I do both at the same time. That's what this journal is about.

(Sorry about my website. It hasn't been updated in a couple of years now.)

Things you need to know:

I am a process nerd. I will write about the writing process in general -- anything from first person vs. omniscient viewpoint in a novel to how much one can say in a script that isn't obviously "on camera." In the past, process has also included things like: script formatting; how to get an agent; the difference between LA and NY agents; the use of archetypes in character perception; the most important thing in deciding what to write about; and the biggest mistakes I see in scripts from writers just starting out.

Some of that will come under the heading of advice to young writers; a lot of it will simply be thoughts I have about writing in general.

I may also write about books I've read, movies I've seen, the weather in LA, the contrast between Dorothy Sayers and Raymond Chandler, Superman and King Arthur as folk cycle, my dog, or where to get a good scone.

I've written four novels and a number of short stories and essays. I've been on the writing staffs of Profiler, Early Edition, Dark Angel, Smallville, The Agency, Skin, Tru Calling, and Numbers; and I am currently on House. So far I've never met a form of writing I didn't like.

I love House, and fans of House are very welcome here. Everybody is very welcome here. Please feel free to share your thoughts; I don't always have time to respond, but I do read everything.

DISCLAIMER: If you happen to be a diehard House fan -- and, may I add, hurray if you are -- let me warn you against interpreting everything I write in this journal as being somehow related to House, or containing subtextual information about whatever storyline you're focused on when the post happens to be made. When I write about "difficult characters," I am not writing an apologia for House. I'm writing about characters in general. When I write about ambiguity in television and books, I'm talking about ambiguity in television and books, and not any particular aspect of House, unless I've specifically referenced it. When I say, "If you ever get your own TV show, don't worry about the viewers who don't like ambiguity," it means just that; those viewers will not watch your show from Episode One on, they'll watch something else; so there's no point in writing to an audience who is not your target audience. This is elementary television programming. My sentence is not code for "and anybody who doesn't like House is duuuumb and doesn't understand ambiguity."

I'm not writing in code of any kind. If you think I am, you'll get some bizarre, warped, inaccurate picture made up in your head. I'm simply saying what I've written, nothing more; and they're my own thoughts about fiction, not a secret glimpse into the House writers' room.

So when I talk about Shane as an archetype, do not immediately assume I'm revealing David Shore's secret plan to make all the House actors wear cowboy hats.

I feel silly writing this disclaimer, but apparently it needed to be said.


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