Articles by Vance

MY GAY AGENDA for Spring 2017!

March 24, 2017 // 0 Comments

It’s been a crap last couple of weeks, with two episodes of “lung stuff” in a row, both of which have impeded most creative progress. I’ve been able to hit the A Little Too Broken screenplay because that’s been more like an editing/rewrite job, whereas writing Conning Colin has been about generating brand new content, wrestling with motivation and story arc, etc. And that’s not really compatible with a racking cough, and Z-pack, and fatigue. (And the fact that I want it to be really really good and I had to make some story arc decisions and change the rest of the outline, which meant fewer actual content wurdz each day towards the total count.) So, CC is still coming in May, just not May 1. And as for audiobooks, well, I’ve had one damn lung or stomach thing after another the last six months, and ta da! now it’s allergy season. So my goal is to at some point, somehow, finish Would I Lie to You: The Audiobook, but… that may be [MORE]

IT’S HAPPENING! Here’s the first 30 pages of “A Little Too Broken: The Screenplay”!

March 20, 2017 // 0 Comments

Yep! I’m doing it, this is 25% (EDIT 3/22! 33% now) of the whole enchilada. Here’s the direct link to the PDF, and it’s in the Script Archive page. First draft but I’m happy with how it’s going. I’ve been doing a lot of reading on Reddit, GoIntoTheStory, etc. about the fate of spec scripts (unagented, unasked for), and it’s both encouraging and discouraging. The encouraging parts are: From /r/screenwriting: Everyone wants to be associated with a good script. They want to be the one who said, “I found that, I got that to Producer X, etc.” So, and now you can see for yourself, I think it’s going well, which puts me at an advantage there. Also, 90% of everything is crap 🙂 and I, being a literate individual who already tells stories for a living, am thus already ahead of 90% of the competition. There are tons of places to send scripts now – not just the Black List but other sites like it (and they all seem to be [MORE]

THE BILLION DOLLAR IDEA, a new playlet, and SCRIPT NEWS!

March 10, 2017 // 4 Comments

I’m not copy pasting them in here anymore; they’re going direct to the Script Archive page as PDFs. I’ve had almost 100 visitors to the archive since I put up a link in Reddit’s playwriting subreddit. This one is about a frustrated writer named Brad (SO META) and a visit from the Muse… I’ve been working on the screenplay for A Little Too Broken, even though the “work” I’ve been doing lately is more about reading than writing. I’ve broken down the story into scenes, and then put it all up on giant Post-its, as seen here. The underlines and numbers on them are my estimates of scene length. PS all of this will be really boring if you haven’t read the book 🙂 What I’ve already learned is that what I thought of as Acts 1 and 2 aren’t. First off, I was reading Screenwriting 434, which told me that Act One is the setup, through no more than 17 pages (17 minutes) into your script. And The Screenwriters Bible [MORE]

A new solo release from my writing buddy Elsa Winters!

March 4, 2017 // 0 Comments

There’s another Brad/Elsa in the works, but Elsa has a new book of her own out now! Click here to check out Only His Touch! “I panic every time I think about getting hurt…” Kurt was a beautiful man, but now he can barely look at himself in the mirror. One night, years ago, he had let his guard down, and a sadistic group had taken advantage of the situation. The assault wasn’t sexual, but Kurt is reminded of it every time he sees the scars. He knows that, no matter what, he can never let anyone else see the tapestry of abuse on his back. “I would never hurt you, Kurt.” James already has a busy life. Between his son moving back home during college, trying to help a jilted ex-boyfriend get back on his feet, and his thriving-but-stressful ownership of a wine bar, he knew he didn’t have time for any new drama. But when he saw the beautiful golden-haired and golden-skinned Kurt, he knew he had to make time, no matter what baggage Kurt had. [MORE]

$50 to IAVA from “A Little Too Broken”! $5,660 to veterans’ orgs!

March 2, 2017 // 0 Comments

$100 in KU and sales worldwide from the ebook, but only $16 in audiobook sales, which goes into the “deferred giving” fund. Fuck me, the straits I’ve come to when $8 matters… Sigh. Of course you wish for one of those Ellen/Oprah/Steve Hartman moments where your Generosity is Recognized and All Is Made Well and Returned Tenfold, but you know this is fuckin’ life not TV and besides there’s lots of gay sex in it so that’s the end of that pipe dream. All the same, I promised 1/2 every month forever and So It Has Been Written Etc. And That’s What Credit Cards Are For, Right? I do feel pretty good about the ALTB screenplay, although I haven’t made much progress on it lately. I’ve been on a monster edit job for cashmoneynow, and of course there’s Conning Colin to write, and my Scripting Sundays have been taken out of the equation by either acting class stuff or just plain exhaustion. I’ve been reading Lew [MORE]

My Next Release, “Conning Colin,” and Big Audiobook News!

March 1, 2017 // 0 Comments

I’m working on the second Brad/Elsa book, “Conning Colin,” now. It’ll be done by April 1, and in stores in early May. It’s a romcom, and here’s the working blurb: Hamilton Dillon is a high class Manhattan escort, polished, well dressed, and cultured. Colin O’Neill is recently divorced, questioning his sexuality, and disappointed by his first fumbling gay hookups. So he figures, why not hire the best of the best to show him the ropes? What he doesn’t know is that Hamilton Dillon is really Henry Davis, yet another New Yorker living on the financial edge, cobbling together several jobs to make a living. “Hamilton” has one great suit he can wear on an overnight date, but Henry’s got a good friend at GQ who makes a nice side income renting designer men’s wear for weddings, job interviews, and oh yeah, high end escorts on long weekend assignments. The “top agency” that represents “Hamilton” is really just a smartass lady in India with [MORE]

THE STRONG SILENT TYPE, a playlet by Brad Vance

February 23, 2017 // 0 Comments

Here’s another one! I sent a couple (Varney and Can I Borrow This) into a short play competition. Cost me $10 apiece to enter them but the prize is $1,000 – beats playing the lottery, eh? And when I have about 20-30 of these (I’ve got about 8 now) I’m going to put them out as an ebook because why not? The formatting all gets lost when I paste them in here but que sera sera, you’ll figure it out. This is an “actor’s piece” in that Sam, the dude, has no lines. It’s a silent movie performance – have fun 🙂 THE STRONG SILENT TYPE by Brad Vance CHARACTERS JUDITH, 30ish, attractive and assertive professional JEZEBEL, early 20s, attractive and assertive intern SAM, mid 20s, attractive and… attractive. WAITER, any age.  TIME: Lunch time. PLACE: A very swank restaurant. JUDITH, JEZEBEL and SAM sit at the table regarding their menus. JEZEBEL I’ve never been here. JUDITH Really! Why, you must walk past it [MORE]

DISTRACTED DRIVING, a Short Play by Brad Vance

February 9, 2017 // 0 Comments

My first five-character piece, written expressly for these talented comedic actors 🙂 We did a cold read on this last night at Take 2 Performers Studio and it went great! Official Video coming in a couple weeks; in the meantime check out the cold read HERE on my YouTube channel! CHARACTERS BEAU, 20s, multitasking professional………..Beau Hogan STORMY DAWN, 30, glamorous movie star………..Stormy Tucker FAN – early 20s, enthusiastic to say the least………..JJ Mungcal TANNER CHATUM – 20, easygoing teen idol………..Cody Wyatt COP – early 20s, brisk, unimpressed by stardom………..Jasmeet “Jazz” Baduwalia LOCATION A busy intersection in Los Angeles. TIME Rush hour.   OFFSTAGE, the sound of a minor crash. LIGHTS UP on BEAU and STORMY, getting out of their cars. STORMY I’m so sorry, omigod. Are you okay? BEAU A little shaken up, you? STORMY Yeah. (examines the front of her [MORE]

All the News that Fits! Status Updates on, um, Everything…

February 8, 2017 // 0 Comments

Okay! Just because I haven’t posted in a bit, here’s what’s up. I’m wrapping up the copy edit phase of a large editing job this week, and then, next week, I’ll be starting work on the new Brad/Elsa book, coming May 1! It’s going to be a romcom this time, no angst or at least none that comedy can’t fix. Editing is tiring. It doesn’t leave me any energy for writing. When I write, I need *total focus* on MY story, and I can’t focus on that and someone else’s at the same time. (That’s part of why very few writers are also editors.) The Dream is to work on my own stuff, period, but The Dream isn’t paying any $ right now. And this still beats going back to Cubicle City, hands down. Work’s suspended on the Would I Lie to You audiobook as well, until I can finish this edit. Again, right now all focus and energy must be diverted into $$$ now. I was offered an audition for another author’s book, out of the [MORE]