Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Not a Love Connection

An old high school friend found my blog the other day and dissed me for wasting my time chasing rainbows and for not having a real writing career anymore. He wanted to know when I was going to do the world a favor and get real again.


Glad I skipped that last reunion. Can you imagine making chit chat with that pompous windbag over punch?

Still, he has a point. I may never amount to anything. But I make more money than he does and I haven't been divorced five times. I'd have said so, too, except Terry Rossio prepared me with a better reply in his somewhat now infamous Throw in the Towel column which says:

Once you've satisfied yourself that you've given every effort, and failed, and it's no longer fun to you, then it is, truly, time to find a new challenge and move on. Something else that will bring more satisfaction.
So, when my former chum asked when I was going to quit chasing rainbows, I told him I'd quit when I didn't like rainbows anymore -- or whenever screenwriting got in the way of my exceptional income. Government work is good and writing on my yacht is therapeutic. Wanna meet me for golf Monday? Oh wait. You gotta work.

The moron.

He deserved it.


Matt Hader said...


MaryAn Batchellor said...

Anybody got a yacht I can borrow?

Mike Scherer said...

Chasing rainbows is good. I've never won a screenwriting contest, never optioned a script, quit writing once or twice, but always came back to screenwriting. I love it. And if I never win a screenwriting contest, never option or sell a script, and quit a few more times, I'll never stop writing. It's just too much damn fun.

Keep writing,
Mike Scherer

Unk said...

Living well IS the best revenge assuming you like revenge.

I do.


oneslackmartian said...

Living well is the second best revenge.

REVENGE is the best revenge.

Yes, a yacht, for which government are you working?

The Moviequill said...

I live a pauper's life and keep flirting with going out into the world and get an actual regular pay check, but then my "calling" calls, I put a pot of coffee on and disappear into my pages

annabel said...

I know I might just be chasing rainbows, but I'd rather do the thing that I love and fail than never have had the courage to try.

MaryAn Batchellor said...

There isn't much money in government work and right now (around local election and budget preparation time), I'd be lucky to take off work for the second coming of Jesus Christ, but the guy had it coming. And I really do make more money than he does.

oneslackmartian said...

Isn't the second coming of Jesus Christ a federal holiday?

MaryAn Batchellor said...

I think that bill got vetoed but I'm counting on Jesus having a little influence with my boss. Otherwise, I'll forge a note.