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Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Why I Will Miss Carrie Fisher.

I was never a fan of the "Star Wars" films.
I wasn't crazy about her work in "Shampoo".
I loved "When  Harry Met Sally", but not because of her.
She was hilarious in the episode of "30 Rock" that she did.
I saw her in person when she did a cameo on "Laverne & Shirley" as a girl trying out to be a Playboy Bunny.  She was very tight with Penny Marshall at the time.
None of this is why I will miss her.
I will miss her desperately because of her work as a novelist.
I have read them all, except the new one, which I just downloaded.
She is one of those writers whose voice you can actually hear as you are reading her work.
This only makes it that much better.
I mean, could she push words together!
She is intensely interesting.  All the time.
I'm not talking about her ghost-writing on screenplays, because I have no idea what her contributions were.
In that assembly line that is screenplay ghostwriting, it's very hard to tell.
I saw her Broadway show, "Wishful Drinking" which she wrote and starred in, in 2009.
It was well-publicized as being an autobiography.
It was wonderful.
An older man sitting behind me, who spent the half-hour before the show started bellyaching about the last five Broadway experiences he had being major disappointments, stated at intermission and I quote, "All she does is talk about herself!"
Just what did he think he was walking into?
This was written talk.
Extremely well-written talk.
This to my knowledge was what she always brought into the room.
When I wrote my first novel, one of my first thoughts was "is this up to Carrie Fisher's standards?"
I'd like to think that it was .
If you haven't read any of her books, there are four of them on Amazon Kindle.
That's a great place to start.
R.I.P.  Carrie.


My books, "Show Runner" and it's sequel, "Show Runner Two", can be found at the Amazon Kindle Store.
Along with the newer ones, "The Man Is Dead", and "Report Cards".
They are all compilations of blog entries that have since been removed from the blog.
So this is the only way you can find them.
You can search by typing in my name, Cindy Williams, Laverne and Shirley, The Odd Couple, or Happy Days.
Check them out.
You don't need a Kindle machine to download them.
Just get the free app from Kindle, and they can be downloaded to an IPhone, IPad, or Blackberry.
The paperbacks, "Mark Rothman's Essays" and my new novel, "I'm Not Garbo" are not e-books.
But they are available for people without Kindle.
I have many readings and signings lined up for those, and the thing about Kindle is you can't sign one.
If you'd like one of the paperbacks, personally autographed, contact me at
And now, we've got my reading of my "Laverne and Shirley Movie" screenplay on YouTube.



  1. that feeling when you heard/read that carrie had something new coming out.

  2. You might be qualified to receive a Apple iPhone 7.



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Hi. I am, according to my Wikipedia entry,(which I did not create) a noted television writer, playwright, screenwriter, and occasional actor. You can Google me or go to the IMDB to get my credits, and you can come here to get my opinions on things, which I'll try to express eloquently. Hopefully I'll succeed. You can also e-mail me at Perhaps my biggest claim to fame is being responsible, for about six months in 1975, while Head Writer for the "Happy Days" TV series, for Americans saying to each other "Sit on it."