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Dazzle Joins the Screenwriter's Guild: 10/09/08
I am always finding unexpected connections in what I'm reading. Take for instance "Dazzle Joins the Screenwriter's Guild" about a dog trying to write the next big blockbuster. I read it the night after my local independent TV station switched back to its old call letters. One of things they are most known for are their dog videos to display their call letters.
So there's Dazzle the dog, whose life story has been optioned by Sony and he's been brought on board to write the script. He's teamed up with a veteran writer who gives him this sage advice: "Sign the contract, get the bucks, and enjoy the freedom freedom freedom, birdies singing, tra-la-la, la-la-la-laaaah." (p. 122) Frustrated by the writer's lack of effort, Dazzle tries his hand (or paw) at writing and comes down with a serious case of writer's block.
The dog as script writer is what qualifies this story for F&SF. Even without the dog, "Dazzle..." is a broad parody of the business of screenwriting. As an ex film student, I found myself giggling throughout the tale.
Dazzle appears in two other stories. They are included in Scott Bradfield's book Hot Animal Love.