Looking Back: 2016 in Review

This hasn’t been an easy post to write. At this point, I’ve lost track of how many times I’ve started, and stopped, and then started again.

2016 was awful, in so many ways. Starting with Bowie, and ending with the US election, this has been a terrible year for so many of us. And I really haven’t wanted to do any kind of recap - I’m too focussed on what comes next.

But if I look at the year from a purely creative standpoint, and if I think about what my plans for this year were, I didn’t do too bad.

The New York Hat (1912), written by Anita Loos | Inspired

In the early days of film, screenwriting was an almost exclusively female domain, and Anita Loos was one of the most prolific and influential ‘script girls’---the women who wrote scenarios and intertitles for silent films. When she was 24 years old, she sold her first scenario to D.W. Griffith’s Biograph Studios for $25. The New York Hat went on to star Mary Pickford and Lionel Barrymore.