upcoming interview...

Only this time, I'll be the one doing the interviewing!

I'm happy to announce that this Friday, I'll be at Comic Con in San Diego to interview Alison Bechdel for Velvet Park. In case you don't know Alison's work, you should definitely check out her site. She's an incredibly talented artist/cartoonist/writer whose bestselling graphic novel "Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic" won oodles of awards - including #1 Best Book of the Year from Time.

Check back here for updates after Friday. And I promise, I'll come up with something better to say to her than: "Um, hi, I love your work." Even though that's true. :-)



Since I'm waaaaay overdue for a "response" posting, I went through your most recent comments/questions and have responded to some of them directly below. As you can see, I've written much more than necessary... but hey, I'm a writer, I'm allowed. ;-)

That said, here we go!

To Janice, who wondered if the Julie Goldman celesbian special was ad-libbed: Yes, it was. But the fact that you found it funny is disturbing to me. I mean, I wasn't trying to be funny... I was just being myself. And then that horrible, mean, inconsiderate Julie didn't even have the brand OR temperature of bottled water that my lawyers had specifically outlined in my appearance contract. Not to mention what went on behind the scenes that you didn't see. I don't want to go into it, but let's just say that my coffee arrived WITHOUT vanilla creamer - and my assistant's assistant's assistant had to remove the red M&Ms from my candy bowl for me because someone on Julie's end dropped the ball. I'm preparing a breach of contract lawsuit against Julie for $10 million dollars (for pain and suffering), but please don't let that diminish your enjoyment of the interview should you choose to view it again...

To Nico, who commented on my blue-ish tint in the photo from the Logo booth: I've been trying to hide the truth for so long, Nico... but you found me out. Okay, I admit it: I'm blue! Not "blue" as in "depressed," but literally, physically, blue. And you were right... it's because I wasn't breathing. Truth be told, I try to breathe as little as possible here in L.A. Have you seen the air quality? It's horrible. Horrible. I flew back into LAX a few weeks ago and could see the brown haze covering the city. Yuck. In fact, I've only breathed once in the last day and a half. It makes me a bit dizzy at times, but at least my lungs are still somewhat healthy. Thankfully, the blue tint to my skin goes away with the magic of PhotoShop. So you just wait until Logo starts releasing pics from our various photo shoots. I'm going to look as though I breathe regularly!

To Viv, who was wondering about Suzanne Mara, from the original short, "The Ten Rules": I haven't seen her in quite a while, but the last time I did she was doing great. She's an incredibly talented (and genuinely nice) person, so you picked someone good to be a fan of! :-) As for why the actresses in the series may be different from the ones in the short, there are many answers to that question. In some cases, the original actresses were already working on other things; in other cases, the character itself went in a different direction. I think you'll love the cast of the show as much as you loved the cast of the short... so be sure to tune in! I'm happy to hear you're so excited about it - and I'm excited for you to see it.

To Anna, who was concerned that I'd actually lost my marbles and turned my character into a CIA agent: Never fear, Anna, I was totally kidding! Jennifer is still Jennifer... Sam is still Sam... and Chris and Kris are still Chris and Kris... The series is set in a new city (Seattle instead of LA), there are some new characters, and I had to change Jennifer's last name for legal reasons (more on that in another post)... but the spirit of the short is definitely in the show. And since I wrote the episodes, you can rest assured that I wouldn't do anything weird or crazy with the characters you've come to know and love. So if you loved "The Ten Rules" then you'll love "Exes & Ohs" too!

More responses soon, so keep the questions and comments coming, folks! I appreciate all the feedback... Thank you, thank you!


the update

At long last, the update on the Diana Cage show... Essentially, I can give it to you in one word: GREAT!

I had a lot of fun talking with Diana about the genesis of "Exes & Ohs," what's changed from the short film to the series, what it was like shooting in Vancouver, and why (SPOILER ALERT!) I made my character, Jennifer, a CIA assassin who infiltrates the Seattle music scene to apprehend a rogue double-agent masking as a DJ.

On a sidenote, the interesting thing about doing a radio interview is that it's like having a normal phone conversation, except that you know thousands or millions of people are listening in (no pressure!). When we did the interview, I was at home, Marnie was on her cell outside a restaurant, and Diana was in her studio in New York. Ah, the power of modern technology...

But back to the interview... So, other than the Jen-is-a-CIA-agent revelation (which was totally my fault and the network will kill me for letting it slip out), we didn't talk about any plot specifics. Diana was careful not to ask - and Marnie and I were careful not to mention - anything that might actually be a spoiler. So the good news is that Diana has asked us to come back on her show after "Exes & Ohs" airs so that we can talk specifics and spoilers! YAY! Stay tuned for more information about that.

And stay tuned right here for another post very soon. You've asked questions, made comments, and I think it's high time I respond to some of them...

But before I end this post, I'd like to give a hearty shout-out to Diana, Kathy, and the rest of the team at the Diana Cage show. Thank you for having us - and we look forward to talking with you again soon!


breaking news!

I'm going to be interviewed tonight (along with the fabulous Marnie Alton) on the Diana Cage Show on Sirius OutQ Radio around 9:15pm PST! If you have Sirius, be sure to tune in...

And if you don't, then check back here for an update of how it went!