This week's Answer:
I appreciate you contacting me,
Quentin. And if your last name starts with an "F" and
ends in an "o," my advice to you is keep writing and
directing those films and one day you'll make it. And if this is
not that Quentin, then I have some other things to say to
It sounds like you've been living that
Close but no
Take heart. Many of us have gone
through this and we have lived to tell the tale. You, Quentin,
and you, dear reader, may very well have gone through moments when it
looked like you were finally going to be able to grab that pot of
gold, find the brass ring at the end of the rainbow, see your
four-leaf clovers coming in, and finally find that lucky ship.
Or something like that. You know what I mean.
It can be very frustrating to get that
close and not be able to have what you want after all that
effort. But it's not as bad as you think. For inspiration,
let's not forget what Frank Sinatra sings in one of his classic tunes:
I've been optioned,
promised, and stabbed in the back
I've been lied to, plagiarized and
told I was a hack.
(I may have not quoted him
directly.) But how does Frank always end the list of dour,
memories of difficult moments? What does he sing for all to
According to the song -- and this might
be a good idea for all of us -- screenwriters, artists, everyone...
after Frank was down and out... he'd say:
I just pick myself up and get back in
So, that's what we need to do.
Whenever we fall, we just pick ourselves up again and get back in that
And, Quentin, regarding that Hollywood
Boundary Line. I'd like to know if I've crossed it,
myself. Which is hard to do since I have no idea it where it
is. If you do, please tell me. I can't even find it