This is the very first posting of my new and improved blog using Blogger.com! If you'd like to see the old entries, my archives are here.

Whew! Past couple of days have been GRUELING. On Friday I was given a couple of binded copies of transcripts, each about the thickness of an old Sears catalog. The directive I was given was, "Read these and select two or three clips for each of the ten themes by Monday."

So long, weekend.

You know, I love my job but sometimes it does bite. I mean, the problem with being your own boss and working out of your home is that you're ALWAYS at work. I spend more time in my studio/office than I do in the BATHROOM! Man... when did the world go topsy-turvey?

One thing that bugs me is that because of the nature of this documentary, I can't really discuss it. Not here, not anywhere. All I can say (safely) is that it's a documentary that's essentially about special forces in Vietnam. Which, by the way, is every bit as cool as you might imagine. But the downside is that there is some 30 years of documents, photos and other material to be waded through to tell this particular story. It ain't pretty.

I can't give details now... that's a bummer. BUT... I'm keepin a journal of everything that happens, and when it's all said and done I plan on publishing it. I even have a title picked out already.

And, of course, I can't tell you what it is.

Man, I'm just not sayin' a word tonight, am I?

My other big project, the Geek-umentary, is coming along nicely. I have a huge chunk of the proposal written, and I have put a feeler out to someone that I really hope will respond (with a positive attitude, no less). Sorry... this is "vague" night at Tumlinson.net. But you know how it is -- avoid a lawsuit here, keep out of prison there, and most certainly you don't want to piss off the people that pay you.

Details, as always, will be forthcoming. But I can at least describe the new documentary.

A couple of years ago I got it into my head that a documentary about the life of the average geek in his or her natural habitat might be interesting. And, since I have a plethora of geeks surrounding me at all times, the subject should be easy enough to document. I kicked the idea around for a long time, not really willing to take it too seriously. Then, about 6 months ago, I was in a conversation with my good friend Bill "Roadbuster" McBee and I brought up the idea.

He suggested that I should put it together then sell it at conventions. Fans love to see things about fans, he said. How could I disagree? The parody group I work with, CDS Productions, has built a career around pointing out the quirks and idiosyncrasies of the anime fan. We had HUGE success with "Koko Wa Otaku," which parodied, of all things, US.

So this notion of a film about geeks... obsessive collectors, gamers, Trekkies, anime fans, etc... has the potential of a broad appeal. So, I'm making it. Come hell or high water, this thing WILL get made.

I'm basically writing two proposals. One is my "high ball" proposal. That's the one with a budget that includes fancy broadcast quality gear like a DVCPro50 camera, editing facilities and all of the various and sundry items that accompany them. The "low ball" proposal, on the other hand, includes my Canon XL1, my lighting kit, my editing studio, and (you guessed it) my own time to write, produce, shoot and edit the thing. That's how serious I am!

Now, of course, I could use some help. If you're interested in putting your name in the credits of a documentary that I'm sure will do well in the convention and festival circuits, feel free to e-mail me!

Oh, and you can also e-mail me to let me know what you think of the new and improved web log! Now with Extra Words! Also, comments (for those who like to talk back!). And it's free! Only a dollar!

Ok, it's free.

Cheapskate.


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Kevin Tumlinson is the author of numerous novels, novellas, and non-fiction books, and the host of the Wordslinger Podcast. Try three of his best books for free when you download his starter library at kevintumlinson.com/starterlibrary.
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