There’s A “Bellman Chronicles: Hollywood” Series… Where The Hell Does That Leave Me?

It’s been a strange week, to say the least.

However, since the bulk of the weirdness occurred on hotel property, most of the details must remain between me and my Hello Kitty pocket diary.

With one glaring, depressing, soul-crushing exception.

Regular readers of this site and my award-winning (in my mind) Twitter feed know that I’ve been trying to get my book, The Bellman Chronicles, made into a television series. This has been a goal of mine for many years. This has been a goal of mine that I have failed at in spectacular fashion for many years.

CBC took eight months to respond to my pitch – and eight seconds to infuriate me with their response.

(Other agencies and networks haven’t even responded so I guess CBC isn’t so bad after all.)

Any and all contacts I’ve had in the entertainment industry have been too busy – or disinterested – to help me out. 

Even colleagues with similar goals haven’t been able to lend a hand.

In short, I’ve been completely adrift and ridiculously-out-of-my-league lost.

Then certain forces within the hotel became concerned this blog’s focus was going to become a problem someday. (The less said about that the better.) And so I’ve switched gears. Granted, my enthusiasm for blogging has been diminished by 99%, but I’m still here, doing… to be honest, I don’t know what the hell I’m doing anymore.  But I’m still here.

But maybe not for long.

The point of all this joy is this: I woke up one day and a colleague sent me a link to YouTube video that has left me gutted to my core.

Lovely, right?

Imagine that part of yourself that you retreat to whenever life begins to overwhelm you. Now imagine having to abandon that place because of someone else’s dream.

To be clear, I realize anyone can tell stories about bellmen. I get it. In fact, under different circumstances I’d be rooting for these guys. But under these circumstances – and nothing personal against these talented folks – I feel conflicted to say the least.

At this moment, part of me wants very much to die.

To be clear, I recognize that I have a good life. No, scratch that, I have a great life. My beautiful wife is the love of my life. Our daughter is a brilliant human being that leaves us awestruck every day. Even the dog is a helluva character that enriches our days and nights immeasurably. My bills are paid, my mortgage has been deleted, and my bank account is in the black. (For now, at least.) I believe my penis to be of slightly-above average size. 

At the end of the day I’m lucky as hell to be The Hook.

But I’m also human and it hurts like hell when it looks like my dreams are never going to be fully realized.

Still, I’m here, swinging away. Even if all my plans never reach fruition, I can only complain so much, right?

See you in the lobby, kids…

(No one’s taken that from me yet.)

About The Hook

Husband. Father. Bellman. Author of The Bellman Chronicles. Reader of comic books and observer and chronicler of the human condition. And to my wife's eternal dismay, a mere mortal and non-vampire. I'm often told I look like your uncle, cousin, etc. If I wore a hat, I'd hang it on a hat rack in my home in Niagara Falls, Canada. You can call me The Hook, everyone else does.
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58 Responses to There’s A “Bellman Chronicles: Hollywood” Series… Where The Hell Does That Leave Me?

  1. Kay says:

    This is so unfair that it even hurts me. I can’t imagine how you feel. I have to feel that some day you will get your revenge – not sure how or what it will look like but hopefully it will be satisfying. Meantime, do what you’re doing. Count your blessings.

  2. Sofia Leo says:

    OMG! I feel your pain, Hook! This is a travesty 😦

  3. The nice thing about freedom. You are allowed to complain all you want. I feel the same about my books needing a movie.

  4. A total error in judgement by those media producers to not consider you and your stories, which I think are hilarious, honest, and brilliant. I am so happy though, that you have a loving wife, daughter, and dog (I won’t comment on the penis size).

  5. renxkyoko says:

    No kidding ! ! What do you think ? Are you going to sue ?????

  6. This makes my heart hurt, too. I am coming to find out that location, timing, and serendipity are more influential than raw talent. You have the raw talent down – along with your resilient attitude, I have no doubt that it will happen some day. That doesn’t feel good now, but I hope it helps to know you have lotsa fans in the lobby with you. Xo

    • The Hook says:

      Thanks for the support, Michelle.
      You rock, young lady.

      • Yeah, I’m going to have to fly in on the illumination of Michelle’s spirit on this one. I can’t say any more than she,but I have been learning a lot more about serendipity lately. I can’t help thinking about how often our lows and highs seem close, so I’m going to hold a little tighter onto the feeling that yours is nearer too. xo, my friend.

  7. I know only ONE Bellman: the Hook [also privileged to be his friend]. Your dream is still very much YOUR dream! 🙂

  8. Sorry, Hook. I wish I could say something that might make you feel a little better. Dreams have a way of twisting the emotions out of you.

  9. Paul says:

    The guys with the small penises are always a problem hook – they get all the breaks because everyone feels bad for them.

  10. Oh no!!! That’s totally soul destroying, and no wonder that you’re feeling crushed. However, on the bright side, you’re a fantastic writer, I love your blog, and I genuinely believe that something good will happen with your work… Don’t give up on the dream!

  11. 1jaded1 says:

    Oh f*ck no. I hope no one goes to watch it. I will not set foot in a theater to watch it. F*ck to the NO.

  12. I can’t access the video. Is it a ripoff of your pitch, or merely coincidentally similar?

    Either way, this sucks. I know how soul destroying it was getting the pink slips for my (still unpublished) first novel.

    :/

  13. Allie P. says:

    How awful for you!

    I’ve had a number of ideas and inventions only to learn that someone else beat me to market (sleep numbers in hotel rooms – that was mine after an extended stay with a mattress that would have made cinder blocks feel soft), but I never got as far with any of them considering you were pitching to the networks. I hope that it was purely an unhappy coincidence and not something more underhanded.

  14. curvyroads says:

    They are not as funny as you, Robert.

  15. We’ll make new goals!
    And what do you mean you’re not gonna be here for long?? Who tells us these exciting stories if you aren’t here? We’ll think of something new, don’t worry.

  16. The story idea (the whole bellman adventure thing) might have been ripped right from you, but honestly, the writing and acting in that scene is less than stellar. If that’s actually part of a show that will be airing, it won’t be on long. Any hack can steal someone else’s idea, but when it comes to crafting and telling a story, that’s where the rubber meets the road. Just think: how many tv shows are out there that are medical dramas or police detective dramas? Tons! Don’t give up your dream!

  17. Doug in Oakland says:

    Well, judging by the content of that video, you’re running a far classier operation than they are.

  18. 1jaded1 says:

    The feeling is mutual. I couldn’t reply to your reply. 😦

  19. Tara says:

    I feel your pain. I did, unfortunately, click the link above, and it made my ears bleed. It’s terrible. It’s hokey, flimsy, and the writing is just embarrassing. I’m sorry you had to discover this, I’m sorry this was even released for ANY public consumption.
    However. There are many bellman out there, in many cities, but there is only one Niagara. (Which rhymes with Viagra. Which you probably have already pointed out, but I can’t remember and perhaps a little slow today due to forces beyond my control. But – I just realized it rhymes with Viagra.) Anyway,there’s only one Hook, and HIS way of telling is unique and special and fully entertaining and is appreciated by thousands and maybe millions and I’m getting all gushy again, oh shit, anyway…seriously, I believe you will take your show on the proverbial road and I’m going to steal last night’s final message from my daughter’s 3-day field trip adventure (posts coming soon): we all have a purpose. We were all born with a purpose. Most of those 11-year-olds don’t know what theirs is yet – but YOU do. Keep at it, Robert. We’re all rooting for YOU.

    • The Hook says:

      I’ve been saying this a lot lately… but I love you, Tara.

      • Tara says:

        ❤ For the record, my husband is an artist. He has a day job, but he's still an artist. He had two art shows one year with low turnout and zero sales. It was quite a disappointment/ego crusher. He's so talented – I know, I know, I'm his wife, BUT – he is. I think our world is so saturated, and there's so much to weed through almost daily, that the REAL talent gets lost in the current. Still – there is no reason not to keep pushing through.

  20. shimoniac says:

    Wow, this situation sucks almost as hard as a call girl on a deadline. It sucks almost as bad as that, whatever it thinks it is, in the YouTube. I watched it for free and I still think I got ripped off. (Well I only watched about half, I couldn’t take it any more.) 😥

  21. umashankar says:

    What is a hook if not an anchor? Hang on, my friend!

  22. Well that irritating. Not only the idea – the less than stellar plot and weak characters.
    We get darn annoyed when developers that a great patch of waterfront property and throw up poorly constructed multifamily projects thus ruining the whole potential and concept. Bad videos/shows spoil the creative waters just as bad.
    You’re the real thing, Hook. Not the pale cheap imitation. Totally agree with Tara. Hang in there.

  23. Purpleanais says:

    Keep believing, as trite as it sounds. Sometimes it takes many years to see something you’ve always wanted finally happen, and I tell you, it tastes all the sweeter 🙂

  24. tunisiajolyn84 says:

    I’m so sorry that happened to you. However, it doesn’t mean you should give up on creating! The joy comes from the creative process and who knows maybe you have a New York Times bestseller right in your fingertips… Just saying. 😉

    • The Hook says:

      I hope you’re right, but my confidence is at an all-time low, so the future looks bleak for my version of The Bellman Chronicles.

      • tunisiajolyn84 says:

        😕 Well hopefully in time, you’ll see the vision I see with maybe a slightly different title. Anything is possible and usually, setbacks lead to breakthroughs but I understand if you really don’t feel like hearing these words and rather drink some beers instead cause beers make things better.

      • The Hook says:

        You rock, my lovely friend.

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