In the professional statement I sent to the people at the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, I included more than one reference to the regularity with which I update my blog. Yesterday, they named me as one of six finalists out of hundreds of applicants for the television scriptwriting category.*
*For those of you not following the drama on Facebook, this is the one of the most widely sought after internships in the country and arguably the most sought after internship in the entertainment industry. Having progressed to the finalist round, if I win, I will be placed in the writers’ room of a major TV show and given a $4000 stipend. We’re all very excited.
Presumably, they picked me as a finalist based on the strength of my professional statement and the five page writing sample I wrote, an original 30 Rock cold open. In order to stay in competition, I’ve got to write and submit the rest of the 30 Rock script before May 7th – this on top of being in England doing everything.
Fortunately, my classes over here are a joke, and I’ve gone hog-wild enough with tourism in the past few weeks to have earned a few days alone in my room, hard at work on my 30 Rock script. However, in order to win one of the two positions these other five people and I are competing for, I’ll need to go to the mattresses: Writing, rewriting, editing, and generally upping the funny.
Which means that blog updates until May 7th may be kind of dicey, which in turn invalidates the claims in my professional statement about being diligent about timely updates. But if they deemed me worthy of the job on the basis of those timely updates…
For about nine days, I’m going to need to abandon you guys. If it’s any consolation, it’s because I need to selfishly advance my own career.
If you want to sully your reputation as a writer by being a guest contributor, please do hit me up on Facebook. I’m going to do my very best to make sure there’s content here on every update day, even if that means asking Slagathor to contribute.
In the meantime, you can keep up with my Flux travel blog updates at blog.fluxstories.com, which just recently went online. There’s three older updates there, and as I’m required to update weekly there you can expect one more (it’s not because I like them better than you. Daddy loves both blogs equally.)
Thanks in advance for understanding – and if you don’t understand, piss off. This mess is about to get raw like sushi, so haters to the left.
Truman Capps thanks Jeff Matarrese for reminding him of that last line.