|(Miked for the camera -- and showing plenty of sweaty nostril on a day so|
humid it was nearly impossible to breathe)
I've worked for Paramount Studios as a freelance writer, covered The X-Games, building demolition, and written a bazillion feature articles in which I've interviewed celebrities -- all of my childhood icons, in fact. And though I rarely get star-struck or nervous anymore, I didn't sleep for more than a few minutes at a time the night prior to the day of taping. Adding to the mix of nerves and exhaustion was the weather's shift from Arctic (it snowed up here the last week of May!) to Okefenokee. Miserable humidity swamped our fair mountain town, making even the simplest of movements like wading through neck-deep water.
|(With Chris, Chronicle cameraman extra-ordinaire, and the luminous|
Through the heat barrier, Sean Macdonald and Chris the Cameraman arrived, and from the start I knew the day would forever be memorable for many wonderful reasons. The camera was set up, writers settled down in our volcanic living room, and we were asked to hold an impromptu version of our Tuesday night meeting some twenty-four hours early. We went around the room and read short stories, synopsi, and back covers. The camera recorded all of it. Seated among us and soaking up the very good vibe, Sean conducted spot interviews. Then good pal Jonathan Dubey, whose brilliant play Arthurian is being staged this summer, made a nifty suggestion: we all lined up with our published books in hand and, together in unison, said, "We're the Berlin Writers' Group -- and we'll tell you the story" for the camera. It may or may not make it into the final cut. Either way, it punctuated a wonderful dialogue between this vibrant creative community and our visitors.
|(Taping Chronicle in my Writing Room)|
This short documentary on my literary odyssey is scheduled to run in the not-too-distant future (updates to follow). It was a lovely experience, the latest in a long list of fun and exciting adventures since uncapping my pen some thirty-three years ago when I first dared to dream big dreams -- and, more important, to chronicle them on paper.