I left Los Angeles and 70 degrees and arrived in Chicago just ahead of the snowstorm Thursday night — and I love it! All year long the weather gods have blessed this mission. We always arrive just in time or just as the weather lifts and turns “gorgeous” — and always the weather is just right.Yes, I arrived sadly unprepared. They said “dress warmly” which to me, a California screenwriter, means “bring a sweater.” Apparently there is something called “ice” and products like Scotch Guard that one needs for one’s tennis shoes. And though I am outfitted by Brooks Brothers, complete with long coat and purple scarf for that Bob Dylan Goes to Prep School look, I still need a few lessons.

But I’ll get used to it. And I am going to be doing a lot more traveling this coming year. Next week in snowy NYC will be so cool! And I can’t wait to be in Texas this February. Hello, Austin!! We already have alot of interest on that weekend, so please contact Isabel ([email protected]) and let her know if you want to be part of it.

As soon as I got in Thursday, I met with a group of Chicago writers. My gosh, they are making such amazing progress! When I came to Chicago last they were already dedicated writers, but now they are getting read by William Morris and networking like crazy and coming up with their scripts for 2007. And they get better every script.


That is our motto.

Every “no” is one step closer to a “yes.”

Every script, pitch, contact, breakthrough, and creative brainstorm is what this is about.

I am happy to arm everyone I meet with with the most up-to-date information I know about what “they” are looking for, how to get to them, and what is most important to say when you do.

Keep a’goin, rain or snow or Scotch Guard, and never give up. One Fade In at a time!

I look forward to seeing everyone on Sunday here in Chicago for a unique 4 topic day: horror, comedy, pitching, and structure.

With the snow outside, what better way to spend the day than indoors, talking movies?