Sneak Previews: Above and Beyond

Photo of research materials for Above and Beyond

a When I began working in 2016 on the novel adaptation of my feature screenplay about the Eager Beavers, I knew it was going to involve a considerable amount of work, but reasoned that the bulk of the research, and obviously the substance of the story, had already been done and worked out for the screenplay.  I figured the main work of the novel would be fleshing out the scenes in the script. How young I was then. Turns out I really . . . really . . . underestimated how bony the script was compared to a novel.  There are just so many more words.  The succinctness in description and dialogue necessary for a script was not my friend here.  There were no pictures worth a thousand words to make up for what isn’t on the page.  Let’s see: if one picture equals a thousand words, times twenty-four pictures per second, that’s… Continue reading

Drury and Clavin’s LUCKY 666 — a review

It is a story of the Eager Beavers—but it’s definitely not the real one (For those interested in a short summary of some of the issues with Lucky 666, see my Amazon review here.  If you find it helpful, I’d appreciate clicking the appropriate button at the end of the review.)  Lucky 666 raises an interesting question: However well written a nonfiction book might be—and Lucky 666 is a brisk, well-written book, if a little overearnest in parts—how many mistakes, large and small, and outright inventions, can it make before it loses its value as a work of nonfiction? How different can a biography of a subject be from the actual life story before it loses its value as a biography? The book purports to tell the genuinely incredible true story of Jay Zeamer and his crew, the Eager Beavers. I happen to know something about this story. I’ve been researching and writing about the… Continue reading