Thought for the Day

“You will begin to touch heaven, Jonathan, in the moment that you touch perfect speed. And that isn’t flying a thousand miles an hour, or a million, or flying at the speed of light. Because any number is a limit, and perfection doesn’t have limits. Perfect speed, my son, is being there.”

~ Richard Bach, Jonathan Livingston Seagull

Sonoma County Proud

I have always been proud of the people of Sonoma County, but never as much as what I’ve witnessed in this last week. It’s my sincerest wish that each of us take something away from this and carry it with us, long after the smoke of today has disappeared.

A Forty Year Journey

It was September 19, 1977, when I began my employment at Hewlett-Packard in Santa Rosa. After that first day of work, I remember thinking, “Wow, I could get used to this place.” Well, apparently I did get used to it — HP to Agilent to Keysight. Today marks my 40th year with the company. And honestly, I couldn’t be happier.

A Visit of the Muses

Alone at the house today, I had a lot of time to work on my writing. Early this morning while on the treadmill I caught a little spark from the creative gods resulting in an idea that I thought would give my current screenplay, Under the Rising Sun, another level of depth and richness. I couldn’t wait to get home. And it worked beautifully. On the heels of that, I worked out some story issues I had with another script that I was, quite frankly, ready to toss in the toilet. Now I’m thinking this script could really work. So, while I didn’t get the laundry done (that was my only real goal today before the writing muses came to visit), I AM feeling those creative wheels turning again. And that’s always a good thing.

Skipping Stones

I lost my brother Tim today. He had been ill for a while, and this last week was especially bad for him. He died peacefully, in his sleep, early in the morning on Christmas Eve.

Growing up as brothers, we were inseparable. What we shared over the years is something that I will cherish and hold in my heart forever. The forts we built with blankets when we were kids. The fishing trips. The baseball games. Our trip to Disneyland. The dreams we had and how excited we were about them. The things that siblings share that no one else could ever understand. The laughs. The tears. The everything. I will always love you, Tim. Someday, we’ll skip stones across that lake again. I promise you.

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.

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.