Thursday, May 01, 2008

The Deed is Done

My Nicholl is in the mail. If yours isn't, don't bother unless you live on the west coast and your mailman pulls a graveyard shift or your post office is open until midnight. Let's see, it's only 9:00 p.m. in Alaska...

Fourteen of my last one hundred visitors arrived here by Googling the Don and Gee Nicholl Fellowship in Screenwriting or something along those lines. Another fifteen or so searched information on battle speeches and a handful found my "That Would Never Happen" post by searching the death of an Austin schoolteacher in 1978. Good post. You ought to read it if I must (and I must) say so myself.

Who'd have thought those battle speech posts would get so much heat? They're ancient. And, I haven't even written much about the Nicholl this year. But, once on the web, always on the web.

If you Google "how to win a Nicholl fellowship", my blog pops up first as if I would have any idea how to win one more than any other screenwriter. Not stealing your thunder on purpose, Greg Beal, but I first noticed this weird phenom last year around this time. Back then, my blog came up sixth. So I blogged about it. Now my blog shows up ahead of even the Nicholl site. Yeah. That's how much I've bored everyone with my Nicholl obsession -- er, I mean posts.

In that last post, I said "by this time next year, maybe when people Google "How to Win a Nicholl Fellowship", they'll arrive here to find an article about how I actually won a Nicholl Fellowship."

Didn't happen. Maybe next year.

So, I'll repeat what I said last year. If you arrived here by Googling "how to win a Nicholl Fellowship", you should know two things:
  1. I have not won a Nicholl Fellowship -- YET.
  2. The way to win is to write a great screenplay.


E.C. Henry said...

You're a very intense woman, MaryAn,

I UPSed my entry a couple days ago, they got it, now I'm just waiting to verify by their little handy-dandy online form that "officially" they have it. Ah... more waiting!

Hope you win your coveted Nicholls, AND I hope you're still writing new stuff too. For me, it's time to jump back into that rom-com I was hot-n-heavy in about a month ago.

- E.C. Henry from Bonney Lake, WA

Unk said...

Good luck!


Anonymous said...

What Unk said.

Butch Maier said...

I enjoy reading your blog. You can check out one about my upcoming romantic comedy movie at

Butch Maier said...

Sorry, it's late. Make that link for the romantic comedy blog

E.C. Henry said...

MaryAn, just checked the status of my Nicholl's submission--they got the script in time! (I live in the state of Washington and mailed my submission the day before the deadline) So when you win you can say you beat out one my scripts.

- E.C. Henry from Bonney Lake, WA

MaryAn Batchellor said...

Unk, you are a fount of encouragement as usual but neither of us really believes in luck, do we? Okay, maybe just this once cuz with 6,000 plus entries, I'll need it.

Butch, I'll check it out. Thanks for dropping by.

E.C., I sent mine via Priority Mail and the US post office site says they got it. The Nicholl website still says "script not processed". And yeah, still writing. I don't know what you call what I'm writing at the moment. Probably a drama. Dunno. It's different, though.

annabel said...

Congratulations on getting your script sent out this year. And best wishes!

I didn't get my rewrite done in time. There is always next year, I guess. :b

Unk said...

Hey... I don't just DO THIS FOR ANYONE... I even said a little prayer for ya.

Hmmm. Probably not supposed to tell someone that you've done that.

Okay then... Back to luck.


MaryAn Batchellor said...

Bummer, annabel. "There's always next year" is what I say everytime I get a dink letter. I guess time doesn't change the truth.

Unk. Grateful for prayers. Always. Here in the Bible belt, we even ASK each other to pray. Not obsessing over this like last year. Nope. Not gonna do it. It's dysfunctional and bad chi. Wait. Do I believe in chi? Doesn't matter. Not risking it....