• Sometimes alone but not lonely

    Sometimes alone but not lonely

    6th January 2011 | 0 comments | 1 person likes this

    It was my honourable intention this week to write a thoughtful, whimsical LA Diary about the high-points of the last year, my many Christmas high-jinks, and writing goals for the coming year.

    Then earlier this week, on a water-stop along the Santa Monica beach bike path, I read my Twitter feed, and felt compelled to write something else entirely. An homage to my new writing community, if...

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    2nd December 2010 | 0 comments | 0 votes yet, click here to agree or disagree

    Thanksgiving week is always fun. Frankly, anywhere I can get a home-cooked meal that I don't have to cook myself is something to be thankful for. (Thank you Cheydleur family).

    The trick is to thoroughly prepare yourself the week before the ginormo feast of turkey and thanks, by doing as much exercise as you can possibly can. It’s all about balance, you see.

    Now, I’m no athlete, and...

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  • Going Gaga for Dame Julie

    Going Gaga for Dame Julie

    9th November 2010 | 0 comments | 0 votes yet, click here to agree or disagree

    There were Gaga's aplenty at the West Hollywood Halloween parade on Sunday night. I myself was a devil-horned medic complete with a bright red wig, false eyelashes and a stethoscope. The wig was spectacular, and I confess that I'm wearing it as I type, which could be cause for concern.

    I was disappointed not to see as many Snooki's and Situations but WeHo is all about high camp so the drag...

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  • Another Coffee Shop Missive

    Another Coffee Shop Missive

    27th October 2010 | 0 comments | 1 person likes this

    I'm sitting in Starbucks in Atwater Village stressing over this week's blog. It's late (I've been sick) and I don't really know where to start.

    Should I tell you about my fluffy new Ikea rug, or the fact that I bought a red metallic electric kettle for the first time since moving here. Americans love their stove-top kettles but the slowness of the boil drives me mad. Why did I wait...

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  • New York, Josh Brolin and Shoes

    New York, Josh Brolin and Shoes

    30th September 2010 | 0 comments | 1 person likes this

    I flew to New York last week to interview dashing Josh Brolin for the blockbuster juggernaut that is Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps.

    Once I worked out that this was the closest I'd ever get to Barbra Streisand (she's his step-mum), my excitement levels left Earth's atmosphere, did three loops around Mars and are now probably hovering around Deep Space Nine, with no chance of getting home.

    I haven't been to...

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    15th September 2010 | 0 comments | 0 votes yet, click here to agree or disagree

    They say that anything is possible in America. Although that's not strictly true, it's here I've made movies, won film competitions and interviewed some of the most famous people in the world. And I'm now proud to say that I've launched my own podcast.

    'Podcast From America' with Lisa Marks (to give it the full title), is a lively talk show, and I'm big enough to admit that the first...

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  • Scriptapalooza: And the winner is…

    Scriptapalooza: And the winner is…

    31st August 2010 | 0 comments | 1 person likes this

    As the world and his wife knows (thank you Facebook and Twitter), my film 'Best Woman' was selected as a semi-finalist in this year's Scriptapalooza screenwriting competition. Although a winner, I didn't scoop the BIG prize – that went to a guy called Andrew James Carter and his film 'Juice'.

    Curious to know more, I tracked Andrew down on Twitter (fast becoming the most indispensable resource in the world today, after...

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  • A Sunday banquet for one

    A Sunday banquet for one

    16th August 2010 | 0 comments | 1 person likes this

    For a town known for its skinny women and obsession with health and fitness, people in LA sure like to eat a lot. As a self-confessed foodie, I've enjoyed sampling...well, almost anything that's been put in front of me. Frankly, it would be rude not to.

    I decided this weekend to indulge my inner gourmet as a 'well done Lisa' gift. I didn't get through to the finals of Scriptapalooza but...

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    2nd August 2010 | 8 comments | 2 people like this

    Last week after talking about how I'm on the outside looking in, this week I have a small victory to report.

    My feature-length script, 'Best Woman' has been shortlisted in this year's Scriptapalooza International Screenplay Competition.

    Awesome, as they say on this side of the pond. Or 'What does it mean?' if you're my mum.

    I have no idea mother, but I can say this with authority – the news is very welcome...

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  • Getting a script read in Hollywood

    Getting a script read in Hollywood

    20th July 2010 | 2 comments | 1 person likes this

    See that sight-seeing bus in the rather colourful picture above?

    I was driving behind it a few days ago, as we approached the always busy intersection where Franklin meets Highland. Just around the corner is Hollywood Boulevard and the Kodak Theatre (home of the Oscars) and Grauman's Chinese Theatre where the fake super-heroes used to perform for the tourists (they've sadly been banned but if you're interested in seeing what you've...

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Lisa Marks

Lisa Marks

British writer Lisa Marks moved to Los Angeles two years ago to pursue her dream of 'making it' as a screen-writer in Hollywood. A few months after arriving in the States her short film, Maconie's List, won the Duke City Shootout film festival. Directing her own short was a dream come true and now her goal is to sell a feature. She can generally be found tapping away at her laptop in any number of coffee shops muttering furiously to herself. Don't worry, this is all perfectly normal.