February 27, 2010

Apocryphal Hollywood Story About Motivation

The story goes that, some time in the seventies, when The Method was becoming de rigeur in Hollywood, a Famous Director was encountering some problems with a Famous Method Actor on the set of an action film. The scene takes place on a rooftop. The Famous Method Actor has to run from one side of the roof to the other, as fast as he can. That’s all.

He tries, and falters. This happens over and over. He just can’t get the “urgency” thing happening. He goes to his trailer, meditates, and returns. Still no good. He’s trying his best, he’s almost in tears but he just can’t run “right”. Money and daylight are burning away. Famous Director is getting the shits, big time. Tired of the mucking around, he yells “What is it, what’s the problem?”

“I just can’t find the reason for him to be doing this,” replies the Famous Method Actor across the rooftop. “I mean, what’s my motivation?”

The Famous Director sits down, lights cigarette, looks at the Famous Method Actor for a moment and says…

“I’ll tell you when you get here!”

February 14, 2010

The least you can do is better than nothing.

100 Stories For Haiti is available for pre-order now!

 You can pre-order a copy of this book here. All proceeds go to the International Red Cross

I’m pleased to be able to say I had a story, "Voice in the Night", accepted for this very special book.

From the new website:

100 Stories for Haiti is a unique collection of stories bound together by paper and glue and massive amounts of hope.

The book is the brainchild of author Greg McQueen. On the morning of January 19, Greg posted a video on his blog saying:

Dear Twitterverse, I can't keep watching this on the news or trending on Twitter without doing something. I woke up this morning with the idea that together we could make a book and donate profits to help relief efforts in Haiti.

Within hours, news spread throughout microblogging website, Twitter, and story submissions began arriving. Nick Harkaway, author of 'The Gone Away World', contributed a short story for the collection and penned the book's introduction. By the submission deadline a week later, the project had received over 400 submissions -- whittled down to one hundred during the following week, and the full 80,000 word manuscript was edited and assembled within two weeks of Greg's first announcement.

This extraordinary anthology is released as an ebook and paperback on March 4th, 2010.

What we need now is for a hell of a lot of people to buy at least one copy. I'm planning to give at least one copy away on the writers' group Critters Bar as a flash prize (you'll have to join to have a winning chance...) So, if any of the six people who sometimes read this blog could spread the word, we might eventually prove just how mighty the pen can be.