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

Monday, June 30, 2008

In deep discussion with the late Barry Morse

Stop at market; then to Office Depot after meeting to buy new office phone and get some documents Xeroxed for Beth. Home and check e-mail and news sites. Work some on Whiskey Tears. To bank and then to City Bank. Help woman who had fallen in parking lot. Richard helps change pin numbers. PU Big Mac and home. Eat and TV. Down for nap. Up and feed girls. Books returned from Larry in Scottsdale. Barry Morse book from Anthony his helper. Back to reading WT. Beth home and we talk. Then I fix a salad and we eat. Both to office and work. I write here. Later ~

Sunday, June 29, 2008

John Travolta in Hairspray

Sleep in Day. She up and off to Hall. I up 6:00; shower, dress and breakfast. Vacuum and mop floors. Beth home ans we talk. She works and I work at computer. Make us some lunch and we eat. I down for early nap. She works in office while I sleep. Up and she's already fed girls. Some paper then office where I Xerox for her then to computer and work. She in other room. We watch Hairspray in living room while eating dinner. To office. Later ~

Saturday, June 28, 2008

Brian Keith on Family Affair set (1868)

Grocery shopping after meeting; then home and unload and put it all away. Feel queasy. Work at computer until Beth gets home. We talk and she eats. I down for early nap as I still feel bad. Sleep until 2:00 - up and feed girls. Office with Beth and we both work for a while. Pull chairs and piano bench in front of TV and eat while watching recording of Dreamgirls. Writing this as she got a call and recording is on hold. Back to watch until end; then get ready for bed. Later ~

Friday, June 27, 2008

The old (no longer there) Golden Stallion Restaurant at Pioneertown

Home after meeting. Check e-mail and news sites. Snack. Dive into proofing Whiskey Tears once more. Take off for appointment with Dr. Stone at 10:00 - wait until 11:00 before he gets to me. I'm OK. Home and fix lunch and watch TV - Italian Western on TMC - The Stranger Returns. Down for nap. Up and feed girls. Mail. Back to office and work some more on WT. Send some WWA Convention pics to Ross. Beth home and we eat. Both of us to office to work some. Later ~

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Our girls moon the camera

By Edie's after meeting and pick up mail; to Ace and get three more socket plates; to Elephant Car Wash with Scion; then drop car at Beth's place of employment and pick up my car. Hi Beth and Sam Cropper. Home and check e-mail and news sites. Dive into Whiskey Tears and continue to edit and proof. Lunch and Gene Autry Movie on Western Channel; then down for nap early. Up earlier than usual and fool girls - they think it's time to eat. Sean here to Work on Beth's computer to sync it up with her computer at work. Feed girls. He leaves. Back to Whiskey Tears until Beth gets home. Dori is coming by with Pizza. Dori here and we eat and talk. She leaves; then we get ready and hit the hay, Later ~

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

With Larry Segal

Home after meeting and check e-mail and news sites. E-mail from Dave Cass. Respond to fan re Patty Duke question. Take girls to vet for teeth cleaning and drop them off. I shop around Palm Desert: Ace Hardware for outlet cover; George's Jewelery pick up my medallion and chain; Auto Store for Beth wipers; then market for donut and back to vet and sit in car with Rush and eat donut. Pick up girls and home. Early lunch and TV. Down for early nap. Up 1:30 - girls think it's dinner time. Work on poster for my August Yucca Valley book signing. Sean by and works on Beth's computer to get her work schematic working - no luck. He leaves. Feed girls. Mail. Talk to Larry Segal in Scottsdale. He liked the book. Back to work on poster. Send to Darnell's in Yucca. Beth home and we eat. She to H&I meeting. I work here at computer - read some more Whiskey Tears. She'll be home in a while then it's beddie-by. Later ~

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Jack McElroy takes a fall at Corriganville (early '60s)

Stop for haircut on way home from meeting; then to Office Depot to get something Xeroxed for Beth. Stop by bank to make deposit. Home and check e-mail and news sites. Snack with girls. Work on proofing and editing Whiskey Tears - really enjoying reading it again. Make some lunch and TV - Jerico is the title of the Western I watched. Turn it off before it's over so I can go down for nap with girls. Up and feed girls. Sally by and drops catering stuff; she also helps me put up new thermometer on front porch. She leaves and I back to computer and more work on Whiskey Tears. Beth home and we talk. Make some dinner and we eat. To office and we both work for a while, Later ~

Monday, June 23, 2008

Pics of Convention Taken by Mary Francis Fenady

Stop at Office Depot after meeting to buy paper for Beth. Swing by station and "hi" to Nader. Home and check e-mail and news sites. Dive into Whiskey Tears for proofing and editing. To bank then pick up package from Beth and drop at Mail Box Plus. Home and more Whiskey Tears, then some TV and make some lunch and eat. Down for nap. Up and feed girls. Open mail. Office and read WT again. Beth home; we talk, then to office. I make dinner and we eat. Both to office and I scan convention pics from Mary Francis Fenady into computer while she works on other things. Bed at usual time. Later ~

Sunday, June 22, 2008

All Photos Taken at Unity Day Picnic

Sleep in day. Beth up early and off to Hall. I up 5:30, shower, dress ans breakfast with Sunday Paper. Then I vacuum and mop the house tile. Beth home and we get ready and drive up to Hurkey Creek (near Idyllwilde) for the annual Unity Day Picnic. Sit with Sheri Priess and her family. Joined by Joann Crouch and Rebecca from 6:00 Meeting. See a lot of friends and great hamburgers and hot dogs. Plenty of real dogs, too. Drive home at 2:00 - home just before
3:00. Feed the girls. Then I down for nap. Beth does my pill boxes. Up and talk with Beth. Upload pictures of picnic into computer. We have a simple dinner of chips and salsa. After - she washer her hair while I write here. Suppose it will be bed early as we are both tired. Later ~

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Elmer Kelton - Multiple Spur Award Winner

Grocery shopping after meeting; home,unload and put away. To office and check e-mail and news sites. Start editing and proofing Whiskey Tears. Beth home from nail appointment and I fix lunch. We eat and talk. Office then down for nap. Up and feed girls. Beth on phone with Sally. To office and check e-mail and read a few more pages of Whiskey Tears. Do some other things in office; then make some dinner and we eat. Both to office and she order CDs. We'll probably hit the hay early as she has to get up and go to Hall in morning. Just think, a week ago we were at the Spur Award Banquet in Scottsdale, Arizona. Later ~

Friday, June 20, 2008

Sam Elliott

Another 115 degree day. Straight home after meeting. Hi to gardener, Robert. Office and check e-mail and news sites. Work some and popcorn. Call Beth. To Sam's club and shop for Hall. Home and back to computer and do search on an agency I submitted to yesterday. Lunch and TV - Wild Times with Sam Elliott and Ben Johnson (and many more classic cowboy actors). Down for nap. Up and feed girls. Back to office and work on Whiskey Tears; making sure chapter change works. Beth home and we talk. She's been to bank talking with Misty. She has sandwiches from last night I make a small salad. Both to office and work - I write here. Later ~

Thursday, June 19, 2008

The jigged bone grips I have my eye on

115 degrees today. Stop at Office Depot on way home to get 1,000 And Action flyers Xeroxed. Home and put check in for Boyd and tape up box and address it. Drive to Mail Boxes Plus and UPS the package to Boyd. Stop by Beth's place of employment and pick up a box of garlands and bring it home. Check e-mail and news sites. Stop at jewelers on way to meet Joel Peters and drop off my AA medallion. To Indio and pick up Joel and we lunch at Cactus Jack's. Talk and eat. Drive home, stopping on the way to pickup a 40 lb. bag of dog food. Home. Call Beth; then down for nap. Up and feed girls - also transfer bag of dog food into large garbage can. Three pieces of mail. To office and work at computer. Beth home with food for tonight's Maad Dog Daze Steering Committee Meeting. She talks to Tina. To office and she watches video her friend Hugo sent using his new Flip Video. Her small committee begins to arrive - three total including Beth. Eat some of their food and desert. A fourth member shows up late. I serch for jigged bone Colt grips on Internet and finally find a pair that could be suitable. When Beth's meeting is finally over we will most likely call it a day. Later ~

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Republic Pictures' Hacienda Set

Stop by Office Depot on way home from meeting to buy ink cartridges and get some pages laminated. Home - check e-mail and news sites. Work at computer for a while. To bank and by Nader's station. Home. Window washers here to do house. They leave and watch "Hairspray" on HBO - I really liked it. Lunch. Down for nap. Up and feed girls. Open mail. Spend afternoon designing new ad for "And .... Action!" book. Beth home and I fix dinner - we eat and discuss the day. She washes hair while I go to office and prepare for sending ad tomorrow. She joins me. Write here. Later ~

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Gas up after meeting - see Nader - then home. To computer with popcorn snack and check e-mail and news sites. Spend some time on computer then to living room and watch a part of "The Messenger" a 1999 Joan of Arc movie. Beth calls. Lunch and continue to record movie; to of ice and check IMDb. Down for nap. Up and feed girls. Mail. Office and work some more. Beth has appointment with her hip doctor this afternoon; waiting for her to come home. She home and she writes e-mail while I make dinner. We eat; then I to office to write here. We could watch a recording on TV; then it'll be bed time. Later ~

Monday, June 16, 2008

Rod Timanus and Barbara (on left)
Kirk Ellis Heads Screenwriters Panel
Miles Swarthout participates on Screenwriters Panel
Rod and Barbara Ready for Spur Awards Banquet
My good friend C. Courtney Joyner

First full day back from Arizona. No meeting - to blood draw at 7:00 instead. Home and fix breakfast - eat. To post office and mail books to Larry Segal and one other. To Albertson's in PD and shop. Home and put away. Call Beth. Turn on Golf - Tiger in playoff (wins in overtime). Fix lunch and eat. Call Sean and he comes over to work on our computers. He's here all afternoon. He fixed Beth's; fixed the mouse for laptop; taught me how to import photos to my iPhone. He leaves. Beth home. Cook and eat. Both to office and work. I write here. Later ~

Sunday, June 15, 2008

June 13th, 14th, 15th

At the WWA Book Signing
Bob Boze Bell and AJ Fenady at Book Signing Andrew J. Fenady on Screenwriting Panel
With Beth at Spur Awards Banquet
With my friend, Jane Burnett Smith

Friday: Up at 5:30 - shower and dress. Breakfast at hotel with the Fenady's. To room for an hour or so then walk back to convention area and go to Spur Award Finalist lunch. AJ and Mary Francis join us. Presenter is terrible speaker - leave early. AJ and I both take our naps in p.m. - Get ready and drive to Barnes and Noble for WWA Book signing. I'm set up beside Bob Boze Bell and AJ. Beth takes some photos. Hotel and bed.

Saturday: Breakfast with Fenady's. To General Business meeting; joined by Fenadys. Screenwriting panel follows - give up my spot to Courtney. Lunch at hotel with AJ and Mary Francis. To room for nap.
Up and get ready for banquet. Walk to convention center. take some pics and eat with Fenadys and Courtney and his brother in law. Leave early as same speaker is MC'ing the awards and she's unintelligible. To room and sleep.

Sunday: Up and start packing and loading. Breakfast with Fenady's and say our good-byes. Continue loading and I fall, skin my left arm. Take off for home at 9:00 - she drives. Arrive just before 2:00. Hi to the girls and unpack Expedition and put away. Beth watches golf while I nap. Up and she's fed girls. Both too office. Fix dinner and we eat. Office again; then we bed.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

June 10th - 11th 12th

Beth and Me at Homestead Auction Dinner

Bob Boze Bell Welcomes Us to Arizona

Tuesday: We drive from home to Scottsdale, Arizona for the Western Writers of America Convention. Arrive around 4:30 and check in and finally get settled in room on 4th floor - too high for Beth so we move to 1st floor. Free drink on the hotel, then to first event - a welcome party hosted by True West Magazine (Bob Boze Bell).
Meet and greet, Food and drink, To room and crash.

Wednesday: drop my books at b and n book store for friday's signing; mexican lunch in old town; home for nap; Fenadys here - we meet with them for drinks, then go to dinner with them across from hotel. Back to room and bed.

Thursday: Breakfast with Fenadys. WWA Business Meeting Lunch with Fenadys; then to room and nap, Homestead auction tonight. This new laptop is a bitch to use so please forgive my typing.

Monday, June 09, 2008

With Kenny Rogers on "Rio Diablo" Set

Stop at Office depot after meeting to do some laminating for Beth - also pick up some pens for meeting. Drop some books at post office then home and check e-mail and news sites. To bank for Beth and deposit; and on to car wash to clean up Expedition for trip. Home and re-do phone number transfer - still missing many numbers. Insert some numbers by hand. Lunch with TV "The Astronaut Farmer" and stop in middle and keep recording to go to office, then down for nap. Up and feed girls then open mail. Office and call brother Bob and talk Eva to set up time to meet in morning. More work in office. Start pulling clothes and stuff for trip to Scottsdale, Arizona tomorrow for the WWA Convention. Beth home and we talk. I fix dinner and we eat; then we both into office and work. Later ~

Sunday, June 08, 2008

Misty and Beth

Sleep in day. Beth up at 4:30 and gets ready to go to Hall. I up 5:30 when she leaves. Check e-mail and news sites. Shower and dress - cook breakfast and eat with Sunday paper. Trim beard. Vacuum tile and mop. Beth home and we both to office. I drive to Sam's Club and pick up pictures and buy some cookies for the trip. Home - continue to try transfer phone numbers from phone to iPhone. Call Mark and he'll help me later on today. Down for nap. Up and back to computer. Mark has sent program I need. After several tries, I thought I'd transferred the numbers - all I got were the names. Try a few more times then quit and make dinner. We eat; watch Ice Truckers on TV; then she out to water plants while I give the transfer one more try.
Write here. Later ~

Saturday, June 07, 2008

Setting up a Night Sene for Here Come the Brides - 1969

Grocery shopping after meeting; then home and put away. Check e-mail and news sites. Talk Beth who is working all day. To bank and deposit. To AT&T and get e-mail working. The guy transfers my address book to UBS dealie and gives me directions as to how to input into iPhone. Home and start then off to Beth's place of employment where we give Hugo (one of the workers) his Flip Video Camera we bought for him online. I stop by Vons on way home for deli food; then home and eat some of that very food for lunch while watching the end of Little Miss Sunshine which I had missed when I tried watching it in the past. Down for nap. Up and feed girls. Mail. Back to computer and work on transfer. Even call Dave Betting in North Dakota. Still no luck. Beth home from nail appointment with pizza I orderd. We eat and talk. TV - watch the last three-quarters of Music & Lyrics on HBO. Get stuff for Sally aout of shed. Both to office. Later ~

Friday, June 06, 2008

30-Years Ago

Stop by Nader's for gas and talk. Home; check e-mail and news sites. 9:00 to AT&T and Tony helps me get hooked up to Planatronics Bluetooth. Have to go back for other info at later date. Home. Then off to Sam's Club and shop for Hall and a few things for us. Home; my Nickel-Plated Dream order was delivered. Play with iPhone some more. To Mexican place on Country Club by Mikes old Phillys joint for lunch with Norman Foster and Tom Snow. By Beth's place of employment and pick up a large UPS package and drop it at UPS place. Home and down for nap. Up and feed feed girls. Open mail - got one And .... Action! order. Spend afternoon still trying to get e-mail account hooked up to iPhone - talked to Time-Warner; AOL: and Speedo. No luck yet. Beth home. To Ruby's and pick up food order - home and we eat. After we to office. Later ~

Thursday, June 05, 2008

My Egyptian friend, Nader,at his Exxon Station

Stop by Nader's gas station on way home to say "hi" - once home I check e-mail and news sites while snacking. To bank and make deposit for Beth. Then drive to Desert Imaging for semi-annual kidney sonogram. Home and work little with my iPhone. Around 10:45 I take off and drive to Bermuda Dunes airport to pick up some jet engine covers for Beth; then on to Indio and stop by Leather Plus to spend some time with Joel. From there I go to Chinese restaurant and meet with my monthly Conservative Round Table. Good company, good conversation, good time. Stop at Edie's after lunch to pick up mail. By AT&T but it's too crowded - I'll go again in morning. Home. Ron by with his landscaper's card for Beth. Once inside, I feed girls; open mail - some books came, another shipment is coming tomorrow. Message from Brother Bob. Then down for nap. Up at 4:30. Check e-mail. Input phone numbers into iPhone. Beth home and I cook and we eat. Both to office and work - I write here. Later ~

Wednesday, June 04, 2008

My new Plantronics Bluetooth

Straight home after meeting; check e-mail and news sites. Call from Beth re: her car. Eric calls in a half an hour and I meet him at Ramona where he's dripped off Beth's car foe a lube and oil change. Drive him back to Beth's place of employment. Home. Work with iPhone trying to get e-mail to work. Find password for Motorola through Sean; so now I'm connected to Wi-Fi. Still can't send or receive mail. Call that car is ready. Pick up Eric and we to Ramona where I pay for car and he drives it back to Beth's place of employment. I home and decide to make some lunch and watch some TV. Try our new HBO channels; TMC; and Western Channel and end up watching part of a Columbia Gene Autry movie. Down for nap. Up and feed girls. Bring in mail and my Plantronics Bluetooth replacement. Open mail. Back to office and putter some more with iPhone. Call and talk to Charlie McDermaid in Canada. Beth home - it's real windy this evening -and we inside and talk. I fix dinner and we eat; then we to office where she works on banking and I back to iPhone. Work until it's time for bed. Later ~

Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Haircut after meeting with Sherry. Stop by AT&T to check out iPhones. Home and check e-mail. To bank and make deposits. Home and call Beth; then to AT&T again and buy iPhone. To PetSmart and buy card for Beth's brother - his dog died. Drop Ford at Ramona for lube and oil change. Home and start setup on iPhone. Lunch and some The Nevadian on Western Channel. Work some more on setting up iPhone; then feed girls and down for nap. Up and back to working with phone. Call Beth's brother about dog. Call Mark about iPhone. Leave message for Sean. This is going to be a big job - no SIM Card transfer so I have to re-enter address book myself. Beth home and we talk. I make salads and we eat. Both to office and work - I input names and numbers; she work on other things. She showers. We to bed. Later ~

Monday, June 02, 2008

Speaking Today at Indian Wells Rotary Club Lunch

Beth and I at the Weekend Reunion

Drop two books at PD post office on way home after meeting. Check e-mail and news sites with a snack and the girls at my side. Around 10:00 o'clock I move some books to back of car and put dolly into car. Pick outfit; then begin changing out of sandals, summer shorts an SS shirt, to long pants, LS shirt, and boots. Double check everything, then drove over and pick up Beth and we on to Indian Wells Country Club for the Rotary Lunch. Beth does the book cart up thr steps, etc. Darlene, Elaine, and George there from the Round Table. Meet some of the members; then we eat. After I speak on my time spent in the business with a Q&A following. I guess it went well - it seemed to go OK. Beth said I did fine. One And Action book sold to Elaine Henderson. We drive back to her place of employment, drop her off, then I drive home. Get the mail and feed girls. Down for nap. Up around 3:30; take pills. Work in office and putz. Beth home and we fix some fun food - chips and dip. Both to office after dinner. Beth has to work on a few things; I will too, I reckon. Later~

Sunday, June 01, 2008

Columbia Ranch Western Street after the fire - 1970

Sleep in day. Beth up and off to hall at 5:30; that's when I get up. Shower and dress - make breakfast and eat with Sunday paper. Trim beard. Vacuum floors. Beth home and we drive to Indio for Alumni breakfast. Eat with Bill and Sunny. Home after with a stop at Edie's to pick up mail and check on house. Home; to office, then I down for nap while she mops and dusts. Up and feed girls. To office with her and we both work separate projects. Universal Studios' back lot had a huge fire - look an photos. Reminded me of the Columbia Ranch Western Street burning down 27-years ago. She off to Maad Dog Daze meeting. I unpack Shadows of Eagles books and toss boxes. Open and unpack some And .... Action! books, too. To office and write here. Spend time on phone with James in Florida. Beth home and i fix a snack and we watch Lost finale. To office; then get ready for bed. Later ~