Scribblings From the Desert

I am a published author and produced screenwriter living in Rancho Mirage, California with my wife, Beth, and two dogs, Crystal and Misty. I have spent most of my life in and around the Hollywood Motion Picture Business.

Location: Rancho Mirage, California, United States

Thursday, May 31, 2007

Drive Dick Payne to the airport - then on to meeting. Do chores , say "Hi" and head for home. I'm doing everything I can to prevent an oncoming cold. Check e-mail then into bed. Phone calls interrupt and finally up and have lunch while finishing up The Legend of Zorro recording. Ross Salamone calls. Talk Beth and she by for minute. Back to nap. Up and feed girls. Office and putz. Search for video tapes of movies I plan on capturing frames from. She should be home soon. Later ~

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Stopped by Gallager house after meeting to pick up mail for Beth. Home and dive right into what I was doing yesterday - adding photos to text of Behind the Scenes manuscript. To shed and pull a box of old photos, bring them in and go through them. Find a few I can use. Lunch and a Gene Autry COLOR western on the Western Channel. I record so I can watch later. Office, scan a few. Down for nap. Up and feed girls. Back to office and continue to work. Beth home. Eat light, then she off to meeting. Later ~

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Stop at Office Depot after meeting and haircut to turn in ink cartridges for coupons. Home and check e-mail. Start on adding frames to photos in manuscript/ To Sam's Club and shop for Hall. Get hot-dog to go and eat while watching TV Western Channel John Wayne movie. Down for nap. Up and feed girls. Back to computer and continue adding frames. Beth home and I fix dinner. We eat. After to office and putz. We'll more than likely watch a TV recording in a while. Later ~

Monday, May 28, 2007

No traffic because of the holiday. To meeting then home. She to work. I putz and try to work on my manuscript but can't find some of my photos (which means I'll have to go through my box of pics and find them again and re-scan them). Took a short nap in a.m. - Lunch and watch John Wayne for a little while; then to computer and call Beth. Usual afternoon nap. Up and feed girls. Beth home and we talk. Later ~

Sunday, May 27, 2007

Slept in while she went to hall. Had breakfast and checked e-mail by the time she got home. She continues to clean; we talk. Early lunch and go over stuff I'll be doing while she's in hospital. Nap and up. She sleeping in chair. Feed girls. She wakes up and we talk. No dinner, just pop-corn while watching TV Movie. Dave Cass's show "Detective" with tom Berringer. Finally shown after two year wait. We bed and sleep. Later ~


Saturday, May 26, 2007

The "Duke's" 100th

Grocery shopping after meeting. Home and unload. Computer and check e-mail - note from Dave Cass. Beth home and immediately starts to clean. I work at computer. Stop for lunch with her. Nap for an hour. Up and feed girls. PM help her a smidgen then pick up pizza at Poppa Dans and home for great dinner (girls though so, too). To office. After she washes hair we plan on watching recording of Tom Sellack's MOW that was on two days ago. Later ~

Friday, May 25, 2007

Power out at home after meeting - read paper, snack. Measure our lot for yardage. Power on. Work on Behind the Scenes manuscript for a while. By Beth's place of employment and drop off paper. Lunch with Tom Snow, George Widman,and Norman Foster at Native (Indian Place). Home and a little Roy Rogers' "The Golden Palomino" before nap. Up and feed girls. Back to computer. Beth calls and I drive over there and we out and pick up a prescription for her plus drop one off at Costco. Pick up tostadas and home. Eat. She showers. Now we'll watch TV recording. Later ~

Thursday, May 24, 2007

Straight home and dive into working on Behind the Scenes project. Inserting photos, scanning, etc. Lunch and TV for minute, then back to office. Nap and up. Feed girls. Rest of afternoon on BTS project. She home and we eat. Office now, but later we're going to watch the two-hour finale of "Lost" we recorded last night. Later ~

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Stopped by Office Depot after meeting to pick up something for Beth. Home and straight to computer and start to work on Behind the Scenes manuscript by adding photos. Beth by to pick up UPS from her employer's office. Girls go nuts. Back to computer. Lunch and little TV - Gene Autry old Republic Western. Turn it off and continue working on BTS. Short nap, then up and feed girls. Back to work and continue until Beth's friend, Nancy, drops by. Beth home and they talk about Maad Dog Daze. I continue on inserting photos. Fix dinner end we eat. She TV recording of last night's dancing With the Stars while I insert some more. Later ~

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Drove home after meeting and checked e-mail. Downloaded a .pdf program and spent the morning making files on all my scripts and my one completed novel. Lunch and TV. No B-Western today. Down for nap. Up and feed girls. Back to computer and try to insert photos into text - have a little trouble. I'll try again tomorrow. She home and we eat. She out quick and back. TV - Miami CSI - Later ~

Monday, May 21, 2007

Home after meeting and to computer. Check e-mail and send several queries. TV at noon - Roy Rogers' "On the Santa Fe Trail" - Nap and up. Feed girls. Talk to my uncle George who is in hospital. He's 90 this year and still sounds good. More computer and another query. She home and now we're going to eat. Later ~

Sunday, May 20, 2007

She up and off to hall. I sleep in until 6:15. Breakfast and paper. She home and we off to Orange County, to Gerber's for Margie's Baby Shower. I upstairs and read and TV. I eat with Beth and sister Carol. Back upstairs, nap a second, and more TV, Drive home with her at wheel. My left side - possible rib - hurts like a muther. Home, see girls, chexk e-mail. Send Whiskey tears to Matthew Jacobs by e-mail attachment. We TV and popcorn for supper. Office with her then. Later ~

Saturday, May 19, 2007

Left meeting early and go grocery shopping. Home and unpack. Computer. Send David Janssen essay to Chris Soldo and others. Hang some paintings - Clown over piano. She home and we eat. She cleans. I nap. Up and feed girls, she's watching horse race. I to computer and submit a synopsis. Send some info to Jeff. Fix dinner and eat. She office and I watch ending of "Hand "Em High". Later ~

Friday, May 18, 2007

Home after meeting and work on computer - DJ essay. Bug man here; then guys here early to deliver player piano. Beth here for minute then leaves. I meet Harry, Tom and Norman for lunch at Goodies. We are joined by Wes. Home after and quick glance at Buster Crabbe Western then down for nap. Up and feed girls. Play them a roll on piano. Continue and finish David Janssen essay. Print it. Beth home and we play with the piano. We eat, then watch CSI - Las Vegas on computer because I forgot to record it last night. Later ~

Thursday, May 17, 2007

Edison shut our power off last night at 10. Wake up in dark, use flashlight to light candles. Then dress and get her up. She gets ready while I eat cereal. Poor Misty doesn't get to lick the egg shell today. Sun comes up and we off to meeting in her car - that we left out all night. She drops me off at home and I putz with usual early morning computer stuff. To credit union and withdraw money to pay back cash used to buy piano. By her place of employment to pick her up and we to Sam's Club to shop for Hall - hot-dogs together. Drop supplies at hall, drop her, then home. Nap and up; feed girls. She by to pick up chairs; takes them to have new cushions screwed on. I work on DJ and get some good stuff written. She drops off chairs, leaves. Work more on DJ project. She home for good. Eat, then watch Lost on because no power last night means no TV recording. Later ~

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Bonus Blog

We bought the Player Piano.

Home after meeting and dive right into DJ project. Over to Beth's place of employment around 11:00 a.m. - take her e-mail and some Xeroxing I'd done for her. Around the corner to hamburger joint where I met Joel Peters for lunch. Drive home, quick dessert, some TV, then down for nap. UP and feed girls. Back to computer. Beth calls - she's found an upright player piano for sale. She's coming over to get me so we can go see it. Our electricity is going to be shut off tonight because we are changing to underground utilities. Off to see (and probably purchase) piano as soon as she gets here. Later ~

Tuesday, May 15, 2006

Stopped at market on way home from meeting to pick up milk for Thursday morning when we will have no power and I'll be forced to eat cereal. Home and paper and snack. Down to computer and continue work on DJ project. Lunch and Western on TV. Down for nap. Up and feed girls. Back to computer for more work on essay. She home and we eat. TV recording of CSI Miami. Bed and she watches Country Music Awards and Dancing with the stars. I sleep. Later ~

Monday, May 14, 2007

Home after meeting and go to work on my DJ essay. Meet Beth and we to airport to pick up Tracker. Chili dog on way. She takes Tracker back to her place of employment while I follow, then I go home. Down for nap. Up and feed girls, then back to DJ essay. Paul Isenhower calls from North Carolina and I wrap it up for the evening. She's on her way. Later ~

Sunday, May 13, 2007

She up early and to hall; I sleep in. Breakfast and paper then to computer. She home and she gets call from pilot, Chad. Car won't start. I zip to his hotel and jump start, then to her place of employment and learn how to start a particular vehicle. Home and eat. She follows shortly and I sit with her while she eats. I down for nap while she spiffies up the place. Up and watch golf while she does my pill boxes. Start essay on David Janssen. Cook and eat. TV - a show recording from last week. Later ~

Saturday, May 12, 2007

I lead the meeting this morning. Grocery shopping after then home and unpack. To my computer and putz. Sheri Priess comes over and she and Beth work on decorating a floral pot while I work on computer. I lunch and paper. They back, Sheri leaves. I nap, then up and she's already fed girls. Computer and talk, then to Fish Market restaurant for dinner with Chad. Home and now we're going to watch a recorded show. Later ~

Friday, May 11, 2007

Home after meeting and work on Behind the Scenes manuscript. Lunch at Elephant Bar with Tom Snow, Norman Foster, and Harry Baddely. Home, nap. Up, try call Uncle George who's in the hospital - no luck, no answer. Feed girls. Back to BTS and finish it up. Beth calls, we're going out to dinner with her employers. Shr picks me up and to Rl Paseo to a sushi bar. They all do the sushi thing; I have teriyaki steak and salad (I'm not a fish person). Now we're home and about to hit the sack. Later ~

Thursday, May 10, 2007

Drop Expedition at mechanic for oil change and lube then go with Beth to take pilot's vehicle to airport for arrival tomorrow. Home and work on Behind the Scenes manuscript. Back to pick up Beth then pick up Ford. She back to work; I home. Lunch and TV - Bob Steele Western. Nap then up and feed girls. More work on BTS manuscript. She home and we eat. More that likely we'll watch some TV. Later ~

Wednesday, May 09, 2007

To Beth's friend Edie's after meeting to meet the exterminator. To Ramona for a lube and oil change for the Ford but they couldn't do it today. Home and start right in on my editing of the Behind the Scenes manuscript. Break for lunch with a bit of TV. Down for nap, then up and feed girls. Back to computer for rest of afternoon. Later ~

Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Took dining room chair and couch pillow to meeting, then after, dropped them at Beth's place of employment. To Sheri's for haircut and home. Work on Behind the Scenes manuscript, then drive to Sam's Club to shop for Beth. Pick up hot-dogs and to Beth's place of work and we have lunch together. Home and down for nap early. Up and feed girls, then drive to Eisenhower Hospital and meet Beth. We attend a hip replacement orientation. Home after and continue working on BTS manuscript. She home and we eat. Unscrew other three chair cushions. TV - "CSI Miami" recording. Later ~

Monday, May 07, 2007

Monthly blood draw this morning then to last half of meeting. See Beth and others. Home and computer. Out to bank, pick up dog food, then pick up medication. By Beth's place of employment for talk and a kiss. Home and lunch with TV. Nap and up, feed girls. Work on editing Behind the Scenes book until she comes home. Dinner. Now we're going to watch a recording of "Without a Trace". Later ~

Sunday, May 6, 2007

Up later than Beth who went to hall as usual on Sunday. I off at 9:00 A.M. for Oak Glen for second day of book signing for Old Ways Days. Only Major and me today. We shoot the shit and do lunch together. Spend the afternoon talking and meeting people. I sell another book. Wrap it up by 4:00 p.m. and drive home. Fix her dinner (I no eat), then we watch recording of police show together. Bed and sleep by 8:00. Later ~

Saturday, May 05, 2007

Grocery shop after meeting then home and get ready (change into my Western garb) to go to Oak Glen for the "Old Ways Days" Celebration in which I'm participating as a member of Western Writers of America by doing a book signing both today, and tomorrow. Drive up with Beth and arrive about 10:30 - and boy what a change in the weather. I wore shorts to the meeting this morning; up in Oak Glen (and it is up), it was cold and windy. I took along my goose down vest and even with that it was cold. Poor Beth - all she brought long was a light sweater. She was almost chattering, even when she was sitting under a gas heater. She finally went to the car and found a blanket we keep rolled up in there and the rest of the day she was fine. Our lunch was comped: pulled pork for me, chicken salad sand for her, plus Cowboy beans. Major Mitchell, another WWA writer was with me, as was David F. Matuszak who has compiled a wonderful book called, "The Cowboy Trail Guide to Westerns" - I bought one. We left at four and it took an hour to get home. Both of us checked mail and e-mail. I called Ed Mohler, she talked to her brother. Now, I suppose, we'll have something to eat then watch a recorded show on TV. Later ~

Friday, May 04, 2007

Found out early on Internet that Roy Jensen passed away. Roy was an actor-stuntman I worked with over the years - a good friend of my friend, Bobby Hoy, and a good man all around. We'll miss him.
Home after meeting to let dogs out, then over to Beth' place of work. She's purchased two used couches to replace the ones our dog, Misty, ate up when she first came into our lives over a year ago. Now, she's calmed down alot, so Beth figured we could begin with used couches, then graduate to new ones when we find out how Misty will take to these newer couches. After helping the gardeners move the furniture, I rejoined Beth and we drove to Indio to return another pair of shorts to KHOLS. She picked up a bunch of "on sale" items to put in storage that will be used as ABC resident Christmas presents come December. Home for lunch; TV, old Durango Kid. Then down for nap. Up and feed girls. To office to do some serious computer putzing. She'll be home soon so I want to sweep and start dinner. I have an out of town book signing tomorrow. More about that later. LATER ~

Thursday, May 03, 2007

Meeting, then home for a while. Drive to Indio and meet Beth at KHOLS. Return large pair of shorts and buy some more, plus underwear. To Robbie T's for monthly Round Table with Lee Ellis; Darlene Cassella; Elaine Henderson; and Sandra Goldbeck. Nice lunch and good discussion. I take Lee home, see his wife, Sharon, and they show me their house. Drive home. The books I ordered are here and pack them, along with others I have, into small, rolling suitcase for the weekend. Call Beth. She on way home. We plan on watching Republican Debates tonight while eating, then Fred Thompson's speech that follows. Later ~

Wednesday, May 02, 2007

To Office Depot after meeting and get some Xeroxing done for Beth. Work all day on my Behind the Scenes manuscript trying to get it in shape for publication. Lunch with Gene and Smiley. Nap and up to feed girls. Work more on BTS. She home, we eat, then TV - last night's "Dancing with the Stars". Ready for bed and: Later ~

Tuesday, May 1, 2007

Home after meeting to computer for awhile. Meet her at 9:30 and we to Indio for shopping - shorts for me, bathing suit for her - then to Sam's Club to do massive shopping for the hall. Have hotdog at Sam's. Home and I nap. Up and feed girls. Afternoon at computer working on various projects. She home and we have dinner. TV, "CSI Miami" recording. Later ~