Saying “No” to Hollywood

The Sparrow remains unfilmed, after 15 years of sustained effort by people passionate about getting a movie adaptation produced. What’s the problem? Here’s the conventional wisdom. There’s a big market for science fiction action movies, but despite the success of films like “Moon” and “Inception,” there’s no market for science fiction drama. As one insider … Read more…

It’s never easy.

“Shakespeare in Love” is one of my favorite movies. The screenplay is funny and clever and exciting and moving. The casting was perfect and the acting is grand. The costumes are almost distractingly gorgeous, especially when you watch in high def. Even the music is good. In my opinion, “Shakespeare in Love” is the only … Read more…

Aussies in Space

There’s a throw-away  joke in The Sparrow when Jimmy Quinn tells Sofia Mendes, “I’m not wasting your time telling you funny stories. You have to know about stuff like this, or your program is going to claim it’s found intelligent life on Mars. And everyone knows there’s only Australians there, right?” Check this out. Thanks … Read more…

Holy Relic Cake

This morning, a librarian contacted me about a fund raising campaign to build a new library in Jefferson, Oregon. They are collecting recipes for a cookbook called Authors and Appetites. I knew immediately which recipe I would submit. Frances Gugeler (GOO-gler) was the model for Anne Edwards in The Sparrow, and in many ways the … Read more…