CRUNCH update and new film scripts!

April 19, 2018 // 0 Comments

CRUNCH Episode two is filming April 28th! Okay, half of it, because I’m doing camera myself this time, and I’ve divided the script into two days of filming, Upstairs and Downstairs. WATCH NUMBER ONE HERE!!! The second half will film in May/June, and then I still need the insert scenes, the story-within-a-story of Brad’s favorite soap opera. But it takes as long as it takes. I was stressing myself over it and then had a realization: Only do something if it’s paying you, or it’s fun. If it’s not either, don’t do it. So I had to wait for CRUNCH to feel like fun again, which it does now. In the meantime, in addition to Stabitha, now at 55k words and nearly done, I’ve been busy on scripts. The script page is updated with new stuff and the most recent versions of a few others. There’s some real dark Black Mirror shit here, mostly because these were written over the winter and you know winter is like a Black Mirror episode that never [MORE]

OK one more “Stabitha” chapter!

March 23, 2018 // 0 Comments

I haven’t managed a lot of words on it this week but, after a long fugue state, all the pieces are picking themselves up and moving into place, so I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s done by the end of April… CHAPTER FIVE “What a martyr, our Miss Charlotte,” I said after Miss Slade exited the classroom. We had a list of the school’s employees, and it would be a long morning, going through them. Carrie nodded. “Wouldn’t even buy a pair of decent shoes with all that free money. And from what I saw in her closet, honey she needed ‘em.” “You know what this means, right?” “Yeah, pressure will be on to clear this one in a hurry.” “You do the money. I’ll do the… No wait, you do the computer forensics for the kink shit, I’ll do the money.” “I always have to do the kink shit,” she groaned. “It’s tough being an expert, Mistress Carrie.” She sighed. “Fuck you, Brian.”   It was dull work, interviewing the dead teacher’s [MORE]

Two more “Stabitha” chapters!

March 22, 2018 // 0 Comments

The whole thing is around 40,000 words right now, a lot of that is outline but yeah. The overall construction work is pretty solid at this point. The Master Plan is three Brian books, and if that’s still a thing anyone’s purchasing after book three, well, after Closure on Brian’s Journey, I know Carrie’s a strong enough character to sustain her own trilogy 🙂 CHAPTER THREE “I’m so sorry for your loss,” I said to the pretty teacher’s mother, and boy do I look like I believe it. My head turned just so, my eyes warm (or at least framed warmly by the well practiced look on my face), my voice gentle, rich with sadness, perfect mimicry of every TV cop ever. Because that’s what they’ve seen on TV, that’s what they expect, and all you have to do is give them what they’re waiting for, complete the tribal ritual to everyone’s satisfaction. It’s funny. Even though she’s the one who’ll get upset later, when Carrie gives the news, it sounds as cold [MORE]

“Stabitha” is back in production!

March 21, 2018 // 2 Comments

Getting back into production mode. Winter sucks, amiright? When this book makes me Ian Fleming rich, I’m spending all of winter on a Caribbean island. And I think it might, as do some other people. This is the first book I’ve actually “workshopped,” my contribution to the novel writing class I’ve been teaching, that’s dovetailed into a novel writing group. I’m getting lots of great feedback, so I know it’s going to be a strong story. Here’s what the first two chapters look like now. CHAPTER ONE It doesn’t bother me, the sight of this young woman’s corpse. It was a messy death, blood everywhere, a nice juicy artery slit open while she was still chock full of fluid and very much alive. There’ll be plenty of work for ServPro in this apartment! The bed’s a total loss, and the area rugs, and I bet the walls are going to need more than just repainting. It’s a horrifying scene, no doubt. But it’s just a dead body. And so its [MORE]

Editorial Services is Back, New and Improved!

March 15, 2018 // 0 Comments

Right here at this link. I’m focusing on developmental editing now. I’ve been teaching a small novel writing class, and I’m getting a lot of pleasure out of helping people take “an idea I’ve had for a while,” and turn it into a full fledged novel. I also enjoy helping writers tweak a first draft, giving them feedback they can use to create a much stronger version. Please spread the word! [MORE]

“Crunch” Kickstarter submitted! Here’s the promo video I made!

January 25, 2018 // 0 Comments

Watch episode 1 of “Crunch” HERE on Vimeo! I edited this trailer using the final MP4 file, the music clips, and some voiceover I recorded on my Snowball mike. All done using an old version of Camtasia! So just imagine what I can do when I get a “real” editing setup for Episode 2 🙂 The Kickstarter goal for future episodes is a (relatively modest by KS film standards) $5,000, enough to get a good editing PC, Creative Cloud for a year, and pay for the Lumix G7 and memory card I’ve already put on the credit card 🙂 If I can raise more than that, people working on the show (and it is a show now) will get PAID! I’ll be sure to keep you posted, and to flog the Kickstarter MERCILESSLY when it goes [MORE]

New short script! “Blockbrain” is up!

January 15, 2018 // 0 Comments

Here’s the link! LOGLINE: A would-be day trader becomes obsessed with a cryptocurrency that uses brain matter as its storage and processing system. Crunch still in post production, thus the overall silence on here… Much propaganda to come when I get the final file! [MORE]

THE YEAR I GOT SHIT DONE, and My Gay Agenda for 2018!

December 28, 2017 // 0 Comments

I had a pretty bad depression a few weeks ago. A slump is typical near/at Dark O’Clock, but this one really sucked. The only thing that cheered me up was looking at everything I’ve done this year. And, just as importantly, I think, the things I stopped doing because I was beating my head against a wall. Since January I have: Written, workshopped, rewritten, subbed for coverage, rerewritten, a complete screenplay, the adaptation of A Little Too Broken. My first screenplay, and it finaled on /r/screenwriting’s 2017 comp, Semifinaled at Diverse Voices, Quarterfinaled at WeScreenplay, and Quarterfinaled at Shore Scripts. All in the face of a lot of wizened grizzled “expert advice” like “humba dumba your first script will be shit humba dumba, and  your second and your third humba.” Fuck you, old man (he said, having just turned 55)! I don’t need your negatude! Wrote, Directed, Produced and Acted in CRUNCH, the pilot episode of a web series! There [MORE]