LB: Ooh, Somebody Actually Noticed My Poetry!

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TV writer goes wild with “Kid Hollywood and the Navajo Dog”
by Janet Arvia

Kid HollywoodAnyone who has worked with Final Draft is familiar with TV industry expert Larry Brody, whose morsels of advice appear on the screenwriting software. The Northwestern University alum worked on Ironside, Hawaii Five-O,The Streets of San Francisco and Police Story as well as creating the animated Silver Surfer TV program in 1998, before establishing the Cloud Creek Institute for the Arts and to help aspiring writers.

Today, Brody is switching channels with the release of a Kindle edition of his bookKid Hollywood and the Navajo Dog which poetically traces his life as a TV writer and his time, away from Hollywood, in the mystic wilderness. “Everything that happens in this book did in fact happen,” says Brody. “Every event. Every emotion. Every sign/auger/omen.”

As the author explains, “The first work I ever published was poetry, back in the 1960s .But while it was quite a thrill to see it in print and I was even paid for the writing, the dollar amount was so low that even as a college student I knew I couldn’t afford to go pro.

“So after I got out of school, I plunged into a different kind of writing. A ream of short stories, mostly pseudonymous because I wasn’t as proud of them as I thought I should be. Some novels, also published pseudonymously because they just didn’t feel like me. But they did get me into the TV writing business…and I liked what I was creating enough to put the Larry Brody tag on it.

“In the early ’90s, when the TV grind became more than I could take, I got the hell out of Dodge, leaving L.A. for the Southwest. New Mexico! Santa Fe! Taos! With excursions into Utah and Arizona and even South Dakota.

“I’d written about magic for much of my life but had never experienced it. Now I was hunting for it. Trying to see if the ineffable was, or could be, real. Tracking the magic, yes. Best thing I ever did.

“Because I found it. On Indian land, mostly. The Santa Clara Pueblo. The Navajo Nation. The Pine Ridge Reservation. The Hopi Land. A whole different life from the one I’d led. Peaceful and exciting at the same time. Mysterious and frightening and comforting all the while.

“After 20+ years of fighting with network executives, studio bosses, line producers, directors, and, yes, actors, over every word I wrote, all the stress related to writing vanished, and one day, for reasons I couldn’t pinpoint but which seemed to add up to, I started writing poetry again. It was awesome. I woke up early every morning and let the words flow from my fingertips. A poem before breakfast everyday. It wasn’t the work my other writing had become, it was just—singing. Celebrating the life I’d found.

“In the ensuing years, I wrote and published four thick volumes of poetry. Financially, it was anything but a success, but, oh, was it ever a joy.”

Thanks, Janet. Kinda lovin’ on you now too!

Author: LB

A legendary figure in the television writing and production world with a career going back to the late ’60s, Larry Brody has written and produced hundreds of hours of American and worldwide television and is a consultant to production companies and networks in the U.S. and abroad . Shows written or produced by Brody have won several awards including - yes, it's true - Emmys, Writers Guild Awards, and the Humanitas Award.

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