Working on a new book...

To clear my brain so I can come back to the first rough draft of APoS, I'm adapting one of my screenplays into book form...and finding the script was crap. It's called Dair's Window and is about Adair Llewellyn, a stained glass artist from a small town in the Cascade Mountains of Washington State. He's trying to get his life back on track after the death of his lover, Adam, and suffering through years of lawsuits by the man's estranged family, who insisted Adam was responsible for Dair's growing fame and increase in financial worth.

But now the lawsuits have been dismissed, thanks to Adam's family having disowned him when he came out, and Dair just wants his life to get back to normal. He's getting married to the lawyer who took over his case after his first lawyer died, and he's moving home, again, after being forced to stay away by court order. But things are different, and people in town aren't happy about two men getting married, and the pushback results in Dair's home being firebombed and him almost beating the main suspect to death.

A nice quiet family drama.

I wrote the script during a writing workshop at IFC in LA, and got decent feedback on it as we went...but now I'm seeing I didn't pay serious attention to the story or the characters. It had lots of Hollywood moments in it, done to music that made them oh-so-elegant, but there was nothing honest or real about it. Things happened because they had to happen, and I just today realized having Dair wait till the day of the wedding to cancel it was unrealistic. It made him cruel, doing this to his potential husband in front of their guests. NOT cool.

So by writing the book, I'm finding the story and realizing what a crap screenwriter I was.

But maybe...maybe...I can be a really good novelist...

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