I heard a rumor about myself yesterday from a friend. It went like this: "Someone told me that you were asked to write for a television show."
Me: That's not exactly true.
Friend: I heard it was for 'The Office."
Me: That's not true at all.
Here's the story that this rumor is probably based off of... when I was in college one of my professors in a screenwriting class was a well-respected television writer. She really liked my writing and a script I was working on for her class and she thought that she might be able to get me a job. She said there was this new television show coming out that was looking for young writers and I might be a good fit for it.
Professor: I think I can get you a job with this new television show.
Me: That's GREAT!
Prof: It's a show based on a movie.
Me: What movie?
Prof: It was called Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
Me: HA HA HA! That was a terrible movie!
Prof (offended): I don't have to get you a job.
Me: No way! I will write for any show!
I finished the script as my prof requested and sent it to her and never heard from her again. I always assumed this was because I broke the Hollywood rule of never badmouthing the work of someone else because you might work with them in the future (I didn't know, I swear). It wouldn't be the first time that my Big Mouth got me in trouble. On the other hand, in retrospect, it may have been that the script I sent just wasn't very good. I try not to think about that.