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Pipe Dream No More
By Mark M Lichterman
Last edited: Friday, February 05, 2010
Posted: Friday, February 05, 2010

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The production company can go either way: animation or real life; but the thinking is that they want to make a “Christmas Classic” along the lines of “A Wonderful Life” that will become an ongoing yearly television event.


Pipe Dream No More


As writers, when we create, the thought, at least for this writer, the thought is for our creations to be seen by others and, of course, to be appreciated by others.


When I began writing “The Climbing Boy” in 1982  I had no idea how hard it would be to be published and it took until 2003... until the surrealistic moment when I first held a copy of my then “published” creation within my hands.


My dream throughout those many years of writing and re-writing and, as most of you know, re-writing and re-writing and sending queries by the hundreds upon hundreds along with hundreds upon hundreds of  (SASSE) self addressed self stamped envelopes. Remember, at least for me, this was a time before computers and the internet so “The Writers Market” became my bible that I re-purchased year after year to scrounge through looking for agents that, so they would say, would look at the work of  unpublished want-to-be authors, and to look for publishers that, so they would say, would look at the work of want-to-be authors that do not have an agent.


Huge “catch 22” here because, as it turned out, in 99 out of a 100 cases the agents would not look at the work of an unpublished want-to-be and publishers would not look at  the work of a want-to-be without an agent.


Throughout those many years my dream, my “pipe dream” was to see “The Climbing Boy” on the “silver screen.”


During these rather frustrating years I did begin the entire process, the writing and re-writing process of the novel that eventually became “Becoming” and then – what is now in the process of being published—my last novel, “For Better or Worse.”  But throughout all those years, sucking on the proverbial opium pipe, my dream had always been to see “The Climbing Boy” as – really thinking of it as animation – my dream had always been to see “The Climbing Boy” as a movie.


Six months ago, finally, I was accepted by an agent and in November of last year I received an option agreement from a production company with the thought of making a “Climbing Boy” movie.


There were two changes my agent had suggested and it took until yesterday, (2/4/10) until we received notice that not only was the agreement signed, but a very well known, very well credited writer had read “The Climbing Boy” and has begun the treatment that will eventually become the screenplay with a projected, if all goes well, release for the Christmas season of 2011.


The production company can go either way: animation or real life; but the thinking is that they want to make a “Christmas Classic” along the lines of  “A Wonderful Life” that will become an ongoing yearly television event.


My opium pipe aside now, my thinking now: “from your mouth to God’s ear.”






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Reviewed by Ginger Laroy 3/20/2010
Boy was that ever inspiring. I have had that dream all of my life. I have always wanted to see my name in print. I have been writing for nearly forth years and no matter how hard I try I have never been able to sell a thing. I still pray and still send out my work, but to no avail. I have never sold a thing.
Reviewed by John Martin 2/13/2010
Cngrats,Mark...well deserved!!!
Reviewed by Reginald Johnson 2/6/2010
Great news, Mr. Lichterman! Please accept my congratulations, envy, and support.

Regards ...

Reggie Johnson
Reviewed by Georg Mateos 2/6/2010
Now Mark, as your friend I will be allowed to bask under your spotlight?
For those that haven't yet read your Climbing Boy many postings, I will suggest they do. More near to classical Dickens you wouldn't get.
A superb book that deserve all the kudos it can get.
Congratulations seems such a limited word, and yet, we should say it, less...we will be sounding envious.


Reviewed by Poetess of The Soul Sheila G 2/5/2010

CONGRATULATIONS ON SUCH A WIDE and Established Achievement! I have not had the pleasure (YET) of reading "THE CLIMBING BOY" OR ANYTHING On it! Or him... It sounds EXCITING and INTRIGUING!!! I LOVE and can't miss " A WONDERFUL LIFE" every Year! I may see yours yet! Again, This is THRILLING NEWS, and thank you for sharing all the Info. That you do!!! I looked around in your site/page. I Like, but I Work outside of home 5am to 5pm school Bus Driver and time narrows for me, I am tied when I get home! I am on My Blk. Berry right now (known s the SMART PHONE lol) And I have never tried (from this phone) to leave/post a poem/Heartfelt write of mine) I Usually wait for Wknds. Have Fun on your Next Step/ADVENTURE! And WRITE on! READ ON!
Blessings of PEACE and HARMONY,SOULFUL_PurplePaSsionsSHEE

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