I just wanted to send out a special note of gratitude to everyone who’s touched my life.
How’s that for a sweeping statement on a Wednesday morning!?
But it’s really something I must say!
So often we are concerned with “getting ours” that we don’t realize how much we already gots.
And the most special gift I have received is the friendship, love and support of my friends, familiy and fellow writers I have met in the past few years, and all the people who’ve been my friend since we first said “Hi!”
This means you.
We don’t often get a chance to thank those who contribute so much to our lives in small and big ways and made our lives what we are.
You have made mine.
Our friendship is what this life is about. We are all of us muddling along, trying our best, moving ahead despite getting distracted by the victories that swell our heads and the defeats that leave us shivering in the dark at 3 a.m. We get so caught up in brushing the burs off our clothes that we don’t realize we are standing in the middle of a bright field of flowers.
And we often miss the point.
It’s about helping each other, and being there for each other, and lending our experience, our strength and our hope to each other until we can march on.
And you do that for me.
So THANK YOU! for all you do to make my life a gift.
Thank you for the wit, wisdom, and joy you’ve lent me when I needed it most.
Thank you for being AMAZINGLY special in the most AMAZINGLY simple ways!!
Today, as Gary Cooper said in Pride of the Yankees, I feel like I’m the luckiest man-man-man on the face of the Earth-Earth-Earth…
p.s. And Happy Birthday to you too, Sputnik!
Its 12:09, partly cloudy, 75 degrees, in Denver right now. In other words just about a perfect day for working with my writing partners on our script. Funny though, it’s now sunnier, warmer and more optimistic than it was 5 minutes ago. Thanks Blake.
You’ve given so much to so many people, and yet you’re the one saying “thanks”.
This is one of those cliche moments from a few blogs ago – where the other guy in the scene says “no, Thank YOU!” And then you say “NO! thank YOUUU!” and it goes on, escalating into a fist fight.
But seriously, you’ve altered the course of my life, Blake. Your book, which was suggested to me by one of the artists here at [insert name of huge animation company here] simply because he happened to walk into my cube while I was reading Syd Field, was the “page 12” of my new career choice. It was just kismet that he happened to poke his head in at that moment and said “oh, you’re reading Syd Field? Have you read Save The Cat? It’s all the rage on the 3rd floor (where our story dept. is). I mean, what are the odds?
Thank YOU, Mr. Snyder. And I’d like to thank the Academy, my loving wife, my agent, etc………
- Russell Bolding
Well, Mr. Blake, thanks for all that but I really don’t feel deserving of any of it. What have I done to make your life a better place or a happier one? All I did was write you a silly email (or 40) seeking your help in screenwriting as well as buy your first and (soon to be) second. I have you more to thank than the other way around.
And I know you’re a busy guy and can’t afford the time to sit down to explain every nook and cranny of your methods but the advice and help you’ve given me has meant more to me than you’ll ever know. I may not have finished book 1 nor have I figured out the ins and outs of The Board or the STC! software (still in demo mode) nor do I understand the 40 scenes, I know in time I will understand and will be good enough to at least (maybe) have a shot at a positive script sale (one of these days).
I have a quick story for you (and everyone else as well). I just rented Are We Done Yet? (not so bad after all) and 1408 (very stylish and creepy – well done) and I had a chat with the owner of the Blockbuster I rent from. We got into a talk about movies and screenplays and I just sort of weaseled my little story idea into the conversation. As I explained the pseudo pitch to him, a grin formed on his face and after I told him the hook, he was hooked (no pun intended). He told me to hurry and finish it and get it sold and greenlit… HE wants to see the finished film. That made me feel great and I have you to thank, Blake. Oh, BTW, he just got in Blank Check and he said he got it for me to rent. LOL! He also said that it has rented quite frequently as well. I use it as a tool now to make sure I’m following the steps. ANYHOO, you shouldn’t be thanking us, big guy. We have you to thank for this breakthrough in method. I gotta run and get back to work. My heroine is just about to meet a “homeless” guy who is really a govt. agent in disguise. He’s about to “catalyst” her with info that the new reality show in town is really a ruse for an alien invasion by evil aliens. Of course, she won’t believe him until it’s too late. ;)
- Brian Baggett
But no, I insist, thank you…:)…but in seriousness Blake, thank you for your passion, intelligence and integrity and for showing us all a way to do this. That’s also a wonderful piece of scripture you quoted. See you at the Expo…Brian Baggett
- Brian Baggett
Oh…and by the way, Amazon just informed me that they have shipped my copy of Save The Cat Goes To The Movies…:)….now, back to my writing.
You’re welcome, Blake! Glad I could be of help. Let me know if you need a temp over at Cat HQ!
- Linda Frothingham
Well said. A special thanks to you too, Blake. You are truly upbeat. It has been a pleasure to meet and get to know you over the last few years. See you at the EXPO!
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When you really think about it (and I mean really think about it), it’s incredible just how undeniably interlinked our relationships are. Call it what you want; pay-it-forward, the domino theory, do unto others…, If you focus on producing positive results your actions take on greater meaning and satisfaction. Not only for you, but for those around you, and in some way even the universe. There is no denying the physics of ripples.
Thank you for throwing your stone into the pond.