ALL MONEY over the Kickstarter goal will go to Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America!

April 23, 2017 // 0 Comments

That’s right folks. All of it over the $2,000 funding goal. So spread the word 🙂 (Edit, if you want to look up my contribution history to IAVA and other orgs, it’s all under my real name, Orland Outland, which is the name that *sounds* like the preposterous pseudonym…) I’ve told this story before, but now’s a good place and time to tell it again. When I wrote A Little Too Broken, there were all kinds of “military romances” out and about, mostly hetero, and mostly quite awful. They exploited the “new adult” “I’m broken” trope and created Navy SEALs, Special Forces dudes, all Heros with Dark Secrets, all written without the authors giving two fucks enough to even Google PTSD. It reeked of exploitation to me – profiting off the suffering these authors were dropping into their crappy soup for flavor. The fact that veterans were coming back with Dark Secrets, and it wasn’t the kind [MORE]

“A Little Too Broken” Kickstarter at almost 50%!

April 22, 2017 // 0 Comments

Yes, we’re at $880 in one week. But that’s no guarantee I’ll make my $2k goal – people can and do retract their pledges, so the amount can go backwards… In a small leap of faith, I’ve already booked my plane ticket to Southwest for the Scriptfest/Pitchfest in Beautiful Downtown Burbank (okay, at the airport, but I hadda do it). Small leap because it’s Southwest, so if the Kickstarter fails, I’m not out any money for the ticket. But still. Click here to kick in, please!   It’s $500 for the package that gets me into “Pitch boot camp” and a private consultation with a professional writer or industry pro. And $400 to stay at the airport Marriott where the event’s being held. That’s pretty critical for a few reasons. Optics, of course, let’s face it. “I’d love to meet with you, let me just walk back to the Super 8 and change clothes.” I know, but, hey, Hollywood. [MORE]

Kickstarter news! My first script evaluation is a “Consider”!

April 19, 2017 // 0 Comments

STEP RIGHT up and help by pledging here! You can now pledge anonymously, if you like 🙂 EVERY DOLLAR HELPS! (WordPress insists on inserting the video but *no link* sigh, here’s the link: WHOO! So I entered a contest, won’t say which one for now, and paid for a professional evaluation to go with it. I got the email yesterday and dreaded opening it. What response would I get from the first total stranger who read it? Well, it was pretty good. If you don’t know the industry lingo, here’s a truncated version of what’s in Wikipedia about how an industry reader grades scripts: • Pass: Fail. • Consider: The reader sees lots of strong points, it’s good enough to proceed, though it has significant problems to solve before it’s suitable for production. • Recommend: The script is extremely strong, buy it. So getting a Consider means you’ve left the slush pile, and you’re pushed up to the next level. [MORE]

“Killing Your Darlings” when Adapting Your Novel

April 18, 2017 // 0 Comments

Thanks to Bey Deckard for letting me guest post on his blog! Click here to read all about the (sometimes painful) process of turning a novel into a screenplay! AND, you can participate in the Kickstarter here! 10% of any screenplay profits will go to veterans’ organizations! [MORE]

“A Little Too Broken” Kickstarter at $600 the first day!

April 17, 2017 // 0 Comments

Wow that was fast! Almost 1/3 of the way to the goal line in one day. I feel like Gene Wilder in Young Frankenstein: “It… could… WORK!” About the video I posted. I rounded up some of my young actor friends because hey, I’m old! And I told ’em right out, I need some cool kids to help me look cool for my Kickstarter! I originally thought about cutting the start and end of the project video to be more “perfect,” but then I thought about what I’d learned in acting class, about how sometimes in an audition you fuck up, or say something funny afterward, and you have a “real moment” that’s more impactful than anything you get just readin’ the lines. It was the shaky bits and the real feels from the other actors that, I realized, made the video perfect. So I left it as is. And I think it works a lot better than anything I could have “produced” out of it… Here’s the link! Please help :0 If [MORE]

KICKSTARTER Campaign for “A Little Too Broken: The Screenplay”!

April 16, 2017 // 0 Comments

Yeah, the costs are mounting up to have the script hosted, evaluated, put it into contests (a Diversity contest I have a shot at, for one), attend a pitching conference in LA, buy screenwriting books, etc. So I started a Kickstarter! Here’s the promo video I made with my acting buddies; the actual link is here. And yes, there are prizes for all donations $25 and up! I’ve got 30 days to raise $2,000. That’s a Phase 1 for a potential movie, that gets the screenplay in better shape, gets it in front of industry peeps, teaches me how to pitch/sell a script/idea, etc. And… I made a decision. In addition to the 50% of ebook and audiobook royalties in perpetuity from ALTB, I’ll be donating 10% of all profits from any movie version that gets made to veterans’ organizations. So let’s make this HAPPEN! [MORE]

The World Reacts to “A Little Too Broken: The Screenplay”!

April 12, 2017 // 0 Comments

Read it here. The screenplay of “A Little Too Broken” is out and about for feedback, we’ll see! Got this from the guy who runs “Very strong opening scenes Brad and an excellent idea to set it all in a Humane Society. Lots of emotion dynamics played with to keep the mind at work. I like the way you immediately set up the tone for this story by showing external vs internal contrasts in the character’s behaviour. I really hope the script gets the attention it deserves.” I got some helpful feedback from a screenwriter on Reddit about my tendency to editorialize emotions in Action lines. I promptly did another purge of that and reposted 🙂 That said, he added, “These are just my thoughts on what I read of the first few pages. I think you do some nice character work and the dialogue is fine.” And this from a reader of the novel: “I read the script, and though I loved the book, I LOVED this script even more. [MORE]

“A Little Too Broken: The Screenplay.” It’s done.

April 8, 2017 // 2 Comments

Here’s the link to the PDF. Okay, it’s the first draft, technically speaking, though I’ve gone over it a bunch of times and tinkered and rewritten. Now it’s time to unleash it on the world, for some to constructively criticize, and for some to say “u suck” (hey, it’s the Internet). I cried like a baby over some of this. And WTF, because I’ve been through this story how many times? I cried when I wrote the novel, when I rewrote and edited the novel, when I did the audiobook (Patrick crying at dinner was not acting on my part), and now when I did the screenplay. So the question is, do I have a really emotionally intense story on my hands, that’s going to resonate with all kinds of people, or am I just a big blubbering baby who’s lost sight of reality? I know lots of readers have loved it to death, but how will it play outside the gayrom world? I’ll find out soon enough. I’ve had to make quite a few changes to the [MORE]

$20 to IAVA from “A Little Too Broken”! $5,680 so far! ALTB screenplay is at 50%

March 30, 2017 // 0 Comments

Not the worst month for the book, although the audiobook made, um, $4.49 on 4 sales. Whoo hoo… I was a bit of a drama queen on audiobooks the other day. “I’m not making the promised millions so fuck it.” Then I realized, you know what? If I’m sitting here, not doing an editing job or some other freelance thing for cashmoneynow, recording another audiobook is at least some extra income each month. I’m now actively finishing Would I Lie to You, and I’m using ACX going forward, because Amazon rules us all and 40% of lifetime bondage is better than 25% – commission on Authorsrepublic, and I get the sense that since almost every penny’s coming from Amazon/Audible sales anyway, well, duh. The screenplay for A Little Too Broken is 50% complete! You can see it here. Yeah, I’m excited. I have zero expectations of it ever being bought or turned into a movie, but if I can get some positive feedback (and harsh criticism) that will [MORE]

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]