Arthur Hiller

“Storytelling is innate to the human condition. Its underpinnings are cerebral, emotional, communal, psychological. One of the storyteller’s main responsibilities is to resonate in the audience’s psyche a certain something at the end of it all, to emotionally move the audience, to compel the audience to ‘get it’ on a visceral level.”

Arthur Hiller (1923 – 2016)

The Wave

“Enlightenment for a wave in the ocean is the moment the wave realizes that it is water.”

Thich Nhat Hanh

Getting a GRIP

I’ve recently formulated a daily meditation that I use each morning to help get my day started with purpose and empowerment. It’s just a simple affirmation, but it works. Try it and see how it feels to you, or change the letters to something that has more meaning to you.

Here’s mine — it’s a simple acronym: GRIP

Today, I will:

G – Gratitude. Remember the people and things in my life that I’m grateful for.
R – Respect. Have respect for others, respect for nature, and respect for myself.
I – Integrity. Be trustworthy in all of my words and deeds.
P – Passion. Involve myself in my work and play with equal enthusiasm.

And More …

“The Muses are the personifications of the energies of that unconscious system that you touch when you sit down as a writer. You just have to find them. When I’m writing, there are two ways that I write. One is badly, and the other is well. And when it’s badly it’s dictated from up here, and that’s the stuff that goes into the scrap basket. There’s often a period of trial, pushing around to see where I can get that trapdoor to open. And when I hit it, it’s almost––physical––the feeling of opening a door, holding it open, not giving a damn for the critics, what they are going to say or think. . . . It’s an actual experience, nothing mysterious about it. If you have never hit that level, well, then it’s mysterious. But if you have, it’s not.”

Joseph Campbell, interviewed in The Bloomsbury Review, December 5, 1983

Joseph Campbell

“Anyone writing a creative work knows that you open, you yield yourself, and the book talks to you and builds itself. To a certain extent, you become the carrier of something that is given to you from what have been called the Muses—or, in biblical language, ‘God.’ This is no fancy, it is a fact. Since the inspiration comes from the unconscious, and since the unconscious minds of the people of any single small society have much in common, what the shaman or seer brings forth is something that is waiting to be brought forth in everyone. So when one hears the seer’s story, one responds, ‘Aha! This is my story. This is something that I had always wanted to say but wasn’t able to say.’ There has to be a dialogue, an interaction between the seer and the community.”

Joseph Campbell, The Power of Myth (with Bill Moyers)

I Have a Grandson!

Our new grandson, Lincoln Cole McCoy, was born on Friday May 15th, 2015. Congratulations to Tom, Carrie, and Gwen (who loves her little brother!).

Under the Rising Sun is Among the Top 50 Scripts in the 2014 Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting


Hi Michael,

Under the Rising Sun placed among the top 50 screenplays entered in the 2014 Academy Nicholl Screenplay Competition (of a record-breaking year of 7,511 scripts). Congratulations!

We are going to distribute a list of the top 50 screenplays to hundreds of industry agents, executives, managers and producers. We hope that this top 50 list will draw more attention to you and your screenplay.

Congratulations again for placing among the 2014 Academy Nicholl Fellowships Top 50 Screenplays.

Greg Beal
Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting

A Very Special Wedding Day!

Tom and Carrie

My son, Thomas, and his beautiful fiancée, Carrie, were married today. It was a gorgeous ceremony and Angela and I wish them all of the joy, love, and happiness in the world.

“Under the Rising Sun” wins at the PAGE Awards

After making the quarterfinals, semifinals, and the finals in the prestigious PAGE International Screenwriting Awards Competition, today was THE DAY for the announcement of the winners. I’m extremely pleased to say that my screenplay, “Under the Rising Sun,” was one of those chosen! I won the Bronze Award in the Historical Drama genre! I also find it especially fitting that this happened on the birthday of the person whose true life story was the inspiration for the screenplay and the book it was based on. Happy Birthday, Mom! This one’s for you.

I’m a Grandpa!


Congratulations to my son, Tom, and my daughter-in-law, Carrie… their baby girl, Gwenyth Caide McCoy, was born on March 18th, 2013.

I’m officially a grandpa! And loving every minute of it!