Well, it's been a long hiatus (especially for me), so I hope you're all geared up for a fruitful and exciting new year! There are several points of business to cover in this e-mail, so please bear with me...
First, be sure to join us this Tuesday, Jan. 8th, for the Dramatica Users Group led by Chris Huntley. We will review the film "Rocky" (the original 1976 classic). As usual, the movie will be screened in the conference room starting promptly at 5:00, and the meeting itself commences at 7:00. That all takes place at the Write Brothers office in Burbank.
By the way, if you go to the dramatica.com website right now, you may not see the new 2013 slate of films, or any other recent updates. That's because a whole reboot of the site (designed by the illustrious Jim Hull) is launching very soon, hopefully in the next week. So I wanted to alert you that the site is not being neglected, it's just in transition. It'll be worth the wait! [Editor's Note: the new site is live and ready for your perusal! The Writer's Group and Sandy's messages can always be found here: http://dramatica.com/community/writers-group]
Now, we will have our first Writers Group of the year a week from Tuesday, on Jan. 15th. At that meeting we are going to discuss a screenplay by Amber D. It should be a full first draft, about 100 pages, and it will be available for reading very soon. If you plan to be at that 1/15 meeting, write back and let me know, and I will forward you the script as soon as it's ready.
As always, please remember that if you receive a group member's material, you are obligated to read it and participate in the meeting, or if that's not possible, to get in touch with the author individually with your notes. I will get you Amber's contact info if you need it.
After that 1/15 meeting, we will skip two weeks because of the way the calendar falls, then we will have our next DWG on Feb. 5th. If you want to schedule a project for discussion that night, or on Feb. 19th, just let me know.
Final point of business: I have moved, and -- despite the level of technology we normally enjoy in the 21st century -- I was unable to carry my home phone number with me. So my old 818 number is no longer valid, and my new number is [contact me for it]. Please make a note of it. (Those of you who have my cellphone number, that has not changed.)
Okay, that should be it for now! Look forward to seeing how everyone survived the Mayan apocalypse!