This Week in Milford

May 20, 2019

I’m Gonna Need To See Your Black List Score

Filed under: Chunky Bracelets, huge earrings, Swifti Mart, TCFS — nedryerson @ 7:09 am


This plot has taken its sweet time to reveal to Molly & Co. that their quest for team unity has taken them down a path to…whatever this is. An endless series of random kids at Milford High are seeking validation from the softball team in the form of a 39 cent pin.

The latest contestant in Tyler, who wrote a screenplay. You’ve probably heard. I’m betting the mostly likely reason you may have heard is that Tyler has been telling people he wrote a screenplay. How else would anybody know? Is is getting buzz in the trades? Has Tyler been shopping it around to all the would be producers in Milford? That is doubtful. My gut says that Tyler is the “I wrote a screenplay” guy at Milford High. I’m afraid Molly is going to have to reject his claim. You just can’t be cool if you have to ask somebody if you’re cool.

Of course “cool” is an illusion, yet another “brand” (ugh) devised by marketing types to sell us stuff that we don’t need. It still works though. Molly bought those stupid buttons, didn’t she? Actually, if she bought fifty of them, the guy at the promotions place probably cleared a healthy ten dollar profit off of her. That will keep the lights on for another day.

In case you’re curious about the post title, it refers to this, a method whereby unrepresented screenwriters submit their work with the hope of becoming represented and maybe even selling their work. If it sounds almost as dubious as teens begging for membership in exclusive clubs, maybe that’s because it is. But if Tyler spends a couple hundred bucks to have some anonymous person (probably another guy with a pile of unsold screenplays) rate his work, maybe it will spare him from spending a fortune pursuing an MFA is screenwriting. He can earn an honest day’s pay down at the Milford Button Works.



  1. Comment by robmize2013 — May 20, 2019 @ 7:34 am

  2. Comment by robmize2013 — May 20, 2019 @ 7:36 am

  3. P4 – “Oh…um…well sorry Tyler, but Nancy has the buttons and said to tell you that what you did doesn’t mean anything and it cheapens the brand”

    Comment by franku2016 — May 20, 2019 @ 9:13 am

  4. NOBODY cool would wear one of those buttons

    Comment by Knoxy — May 20, 2019 @ 9:27 am

  5. I took a creative writing class at JUCO back in the 80’s. I wrote a screenplay. It was a screenplay cuz I said it was. The teacher told me there’s a lot more to writing a screenplay than what I put into it. Anyway I think I got a B but it wasn’t really a screenplay. Probably just a short story that had a few yuks.

    Comment by Jive Turkey — May 20, 2019 @ 9:58 am

  6. @ jive turkey…good point…just because he said he wrote one doesn’t mean it’s worth a shit…she should have said something to him like “so what?”…or “really? what’s it about and why do I care?”…or even “for who?”. The very last thing any of these nitwit girls should say to anyone within earshot of this school is “that’s cool”.

    Comment by franku2016 — May 20, 2019 @ 11:37 am

  7. Does Tyler’s screenplay make any more sense than Rubin’s spring story?

    Comment by Philip — May 20, 2019 @ 1:53 pm

  8. P3 looks like it could be a setup for Tyler’s “screenplay”. …Tyler: “…hey….you probably heard that I’m hung like a horse”…Molly: “…no I didn’t Tyler, but that’s cool”…Tyler: “…really?…let me show you”….Molly: “…um…”

    Comment by franku2016 — May 20, 2019 @ 3:02 pm

  9. The copy on the Blacklist ‘about’ page amuses me to no end. Thanks for sharing.

    Tyler’s outstretched hand also breaks me up. That’s good form for when he hits the streets of LA. That said, why wouldn’t they give him a button? Give the dang things out as quickly as possible and don’t make any more. Perhaps that scarcity could sustain the moment of this dubious fad.

    Comment by timbuys — May 20, 2019 @ 6:42 pm

  10. This story is getting really creepy.

    Comment by vaganova — May 21, 2019 @ 6:36 am

  11. P1-“How do you think I got the Batmobile at such a great bargain at Milford Auto Auction??? Ya gotta earn your buttons around here.”

    Gang, my own post will up and runnin’ anytime. Stay tuned.

    Comment by tdrewhardin — May 21, 2019 @ 6:51 am

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