Category Archives: Scott Phillips

You Better, You Bet

My pal Scott S. Phillips has just released his new novel Squirrel Eyes, and it’s ready for you to download right now in either ePub or Kindle format over on Amazon. Scott is one of the funniest and most talented writers I know — he can turn a phrase like no one’s business, and make even a mundane activity like eating Froot Loops sound funny or exciting — so I can guarantee you’ll have fun.

In fact, if you agree to write a review of Squirrel Eyes for Goodreads, you can download the thing for free between now and March 1, 2011.  Go on; shoot him an e-mail at edpscott (AT) gmail (DOT) com, and tell him I sent ya.  (Or leave a comment, and I’ll put you in touch.) I’ve known Scott for more  than 25 years, so believe me — I know what I’m talking about when I tell you he’s great.

If you don’t wanna write a review, but want to read Scott anyway, you can still get Squirrel Eyes right here.

Speaking of book reviews, there’s a new player in town, courtesy of my colleague David O. Stewart.  It’s the Washington Independent Review of Books, “a labor of love,” as David put it, “produced by dozens of writers and editors, mostly in the Washington area, who are dismayed by the disappearance of book reviews and book review sections in the mainstream media.”  It’s only been live about a week, but it’s already crammed with lots of good stuff, including interviews and an up-to-the-minute news feed on all things publishing.  Bookmark it now.

Finally, Kurt Vonnegut biographer Charles J. Shields has a new blog, Writing Kurt Vonnegut, where he’ll write about . .  . well, writing Kurt Vonnegut, but also pretty much anything else that crosses his mind.  Light fuse, then stand back — Charles, like Vonnegut, is always a helluva lotta fun to read.

Hollywood Shuffle

My pal Scott Phillips wrote a great piece in his “Hollywood and Whine” column for the Eye Crave Network  about life in Hollywood as a spec screenplay writer, script polisher, and project pitcher.  As Scott puts it:

There’s no doubt about it — it’s exciting as hell: you, the struggling screenwriter, finally get lucky enough to have somehow stumbled onto the right combination of spec screenplay and hard-working manager or agent, and you find yourself “taking meetings” all over Tinsel Town. That’s when the Hollywood Hand-Off begins.

Go read it — and be sure to check out the pic of Scott with Gunnar “Leatherface” Hansen.  And some day soon, I’m hoping Scott’ll tell the story about a pitch meeting with Steven Seagal, even though you really need to hear Scott doing his Seagal impression to fully appreciate it.

Oh, and you are watching Scott’s TV show Kamen Rider Dragon Knight weekly on the CW aren’t you?

Hi-Keeba!!!

My pal Scott Phillips is a staff writer for the new kids’ television series Kamen Rider Dragon Knight, and he gave me a heads up that there’ll be a “sneak preview” of the series — which is Officially Premiering in 2009 — on the CW Network this weekend. Check your local listings and write it down on your calendar now. In ink.

The premiere episode isn’t written by Scott — his first episode will be episode three — but Scott promises that the show is “dark and cool and has lots of Kung Fu and monster fights.” That’s enough for me.

When I saw Scott in Albuquerque last winter, I had the pleasure of watching the rough cut of the pilot episode — which Scott had a hand in writing — and I can vouch that the show promises to be loads of fun (plus, I got to watch it with writer commentary in my left ear the entire time, which made it all the more entertaining). If you’re a kid — or kid at heart — who digs the Power Rangers, kung fu, or just lots of cool comic book fighting, then you’ll like this. Plus, Scott’s a funny guy, and usually manages to stick in some funny bits or turns of phrase in every episode.

Give it a watch. And while you’re at it, check out Scott’s always-entertaining blog about his Netflix addiction, right here.

Scott, Stink, Skelter, and ScreamTV

Naw, it’s not the Four Horsemen of the Nerd Apocalypse; it’s just screenwriter, director, Friday the 13th novelist, comic book writer-and-drawer, and good pal Scott Phillips (“the other one,” he says) being interviewed over at ScreamTV.net, where he talks about writing, killer hippies, filmmaking on a budget, Kamen Rider, and why ComiCon doesn’t suck, in spite of the commercialism.

Scott’s a talented fellow and one of the funniest guys I know (check out his latest comic, Drawtard), but he’s also quick to dispense with steaming buckets of good advice like this:

And if you’re one of those people who says things like, “If I just didn’t have to work my day job, I could get so much done,” stop making excuses and start DOING STUFF. When I was younger, I worked a physically exhausting job installing gas pumps and underground tanks, came home, washed the gasoline off myself, then sat down and wrote. Put away the videogames and write a script or make a movie. I know some very talented people who talk all the time about the various projects they want to do, but they never get off their asses and work on anything. Talent is great, but it doesn’t mean as much as determination and discipline, in the long run.

Check out Scott’s interview right here, and visit his webpage by diving in here. While you’re at it, order Scott’s latest film, Gimme Skelter, or at least Netflix the thing, for cryin’ out loud.