Go Big or Go Bust: Day 73 (on the Second Round of the Sundance Episodic Story Lab)

I didn’t want to say anything about this because A) I was in shock and B) hey, it’s an interim step.  

But how am I going to carry on and not explain to you why I’m suddenly so busy, why I don't have time to make all the videos I’m chomping at the bit to make, why I’m not pouring my heart out in a long blog every few days--  when you don’t have a clue why I’m, all of a sudden, so darn busy.

Well, so I’ve decided to come clean.  

The Sundance Institute is in the second year of offering an Episodic Story Lab, an incubator for writers new to episodic television.  It’s very competitive, they invite only about ten projects and there are three rounds.  


In the first round, anyone who wants to, submits an overview of a season of ten episodes and the first five pages of a pilot episode.  This year there were so many submissions that they delayed announcing who would be invited to submit to the second round by almost a month.  

To my shock, Monday night, I got an email inviting me (and my co-writers Mordecai Green and William Hoffman, though only two of us are acknowledged by Sundance) to submit a pilot episode.  Here’s the clincher: the pilot is due by April 15th 11:59PM PST.  

So with one email, I’ve gone from sleeping a good eight hours a night and having coffee and even lunch with people to being a prisoner (a very excited, and happy if anxious prisoner) chained to my desk.  I already chewed my nails off yesterday. 

I would love to make it to the third round. 

Please send me good vibes, send me your brilliant good energy and good wishes.  And I thank you in advance.  From my heart!!  I'll keep you posted.