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After driving everyone, including you, nuts for months about these, Jamie and I are finally publicly releasing our Zack scripts. Hope they were worth the wait! =)

(You can see the main post about the release on Obsessed with Bones.)

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Intro for “The Man on the Roof.”

Jamie proposed this idea out of her “Patty Hearstian” love of Zack. I must be honest that I do not have the same level of passion for his character, but I do have the passion for Bones, for writing, and for a good challenge. Hence, a script was born.

It became apparent rather quickly that Zack would be a case-of-the-week B-story in my script. I wanted to find a way to tell a reasonable continuation of his story but I wanted it, more than anything, to feel exactly like a real episode of the show. I needed to have the Booth/Brennan, the humor, and the feel of a weekly trip into the show.

It will be obvious to anyone who reads my script what I love most about this show. To some, you will even be able to tell exactly who my favorite character is. I really enjoyed writing it. I loved delving further into Zack, a character I’d previously enjoyed but not loved, on the same level as others. I hope I did him justice, and I hope you enjoy the whole package.

(link removed as I’ve decided to work it into a full novel completely independent of Bones)

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Desk Flotsam

Aside from the normal things on my business desk – phone, bills, magazines, pictures – I have a few interesting additions of late.

1 Envelope, ripped open with contents still inside. Back used as a hasty note surface for a business voice-mail message that I accidentally cut off mid-way and can’t get back.

4 carved willow statues in the following forms:
-couple dancing
-couple woman in front of man, arms entwined
-woman with wings and a cradled heart
-child with wings and a very thorny rose

And then we have the 5th willow statue. She is laying down, tightly clutching her 3 wire flowers. Her position could be likened to a coffin pose, an image which is helped by the fact that her head is somewhere in the vicinity of her right arm. Below it. Facing down.

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I hereby accuse myself of neglect.

AoP is in a sad state of disuse.

I blog about Bones, I blog about health, I am just beginning to ghost-write blog. I also write, ghost write, re-write and research and write for others.

I definitely do not lack for writing.

What I do lack is time. My work doesn’t have defined walls anymore. I still have a day job for 4 days a week (hopefully soon to be 3) but I have many many hours of work right here. At this computer. At home. It doesn’t end at 5. It doesn’t confine itself to Monday-Friday.

Do I mind?

I wouldn’t say that. I know that transitioning to freelancing is exactly what I need, for both the present and the future. And I already love many things about it. I love not driving to work. I love that I can go take a walk anytime I want. I love that if I need to go to the doctor or run an errand I don’t have to ask anyone for permission.

I especially love the variety of topics. In the scant 2 weeks I’ve been doing this I’ve researched and written on everything from photography, to cardio exercise, to Football (UK style). I never lack for variety of topics and that keeps it interesting.

This weekend I have 5-6 hours of work to complete my first big article job. I will get it done, turn it in Sunday and hope they hand me the next quickly.

But tonight, tonight, I will veg. Monday Mourning is calling my name.

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Which is worse? That David Hasselhoff created a social network based entirely around himself (with almost 14k members) or…

…that I had to sign up? =)

There’s just something about that guy. I loved Knight Rider growing up. As I’ve gotten older I’ve seen the cracks I couldn’t see then and David Hasselhoff has become one of those things you just can’t look away from.

One of my favorite silly sites – Waxhoff!

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P.S.

Going to find the Modern Marvels link for the previous post lead to me RSSing the feed into my Google Reader.

That’s my 113th subscription to the reader. /flex, /laugh, /cry ?

/geekflex

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Erm, update

This is mostly cut straight from an email to a very nice person from Germany who wanted to know. That made my day Jeannie!

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Right now things are insane! I just found out I didn’t make the cut with my TV pilot idea. But that was not unexpected. It was the first thing I had written in years and within a month of submitting it I knew a million and one ways I would have done it differently. It was a great learning experience!

I completed a Bones spec script. Jamie Frevele and I both wrote full scripts. It was her idea, as a way to do something with the Zack story. Her script is very Zack focused and will make the extremely rabid Zack fans happy. Mine is much more like a weekly episode, where the secondary story involves Zack. Unless something major happens, we’re going to put them out to fans 1 week before the premier.

I would love to write for TV full-time, but I live in Eastern Tennessee, a couple thousand miles from Hollywood. We’ll see though. There are still options open to me. (I like to think so at least.)

In the meantime I have begun working on a novel. I’m loving it. (Wishing I could sit down and do nothing but this.)

I wish I could wipe the slate clean and write all day but I do have a mostly full-time job and I’m in the midst of trying to transition to some freelance writing work but it’s not easy. Applying for jobs is taking up all of my free time. I badly want to put up more episode reviews for the old shows but I feel like I never have the time! When we get new shows though, I will definitely be on top of reviewing them.

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And there you go!

Oh yeah, we have enhanced TV for the first time in our marriage. What am I most interested in, outside of Bones perks?

Modern Marvels baby! I’m such a geek.

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Looking for some Bones promo uploads on Youtube I came across this video. It was shown at the MTV movie awards this year. If you think this video is funny, you will love the movie. Even if you think parts are gross but most of it’s funny, you will love the movie. It’s a Tropic Thunder microcosm!

The humor in the movie isn’t the same type of humor seen here (far less crotch-related themes) but it’s on the same level. It’s also Not Safe for Work (NSFW).

My previous review of Tropic Thunder (no spoilers)

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