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It's been a while since last I posted.

When last we left our intrepid writer he was plugging away furiously on his keyboard in a mad attempt to complete the first draft of his sci-fi novel by his self imposed x-mas 2004 deadline. Did he make it? Is it done? Is it worth the paper it’s printed on? And what of the short stories he's mentioned or screenplays he's alluded to? Do they exist? Will they ever be posted? Or are the doomed forever, never to see the light of day, trapped within the darkest recesses of our alleged hero's imagination. To find out, stay tuned to this site for more thrill packed information updates and maybe, just maybe mind you an actual story may find its way to freedom.

Current Mood:
chipper Today is a good day to Blog.
Current Music:
Cliffhanger Theme from 60's Batman TV Show.
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First off thanks to everyone whose added me as friend and posted any comments to my blogs.

Well the inevitable has happened. As I have billed myself as a writer thereby implying that I’ve written something, lo and behold someone as inquired about my posting my work. As it happens I do have some short stories that are still residing in my head that will hopefully see the light of day and make their way to the internet sometime soon. How soon I can't say. Most writers have a variety of stories that they've previously written over the years that are available to be posted and add news ones periodically as they finish them. I on the other hand am writing all of mine at the same time.

I’ve been collaborating with others for a while now on multiple projects that have alternately shifted from the front to the back burner and back again. I had anticipated having a short story or two completed and posted by now but that hasn’t quite worked out as expected. At this point I've spread myself pretty thin with trying to develop so many stories at once so I’ve had to re-re-re-re organize my day in an attempt to get more done. I 'm actually considering doing more work with pencil and paper to make better use of my non-computer time. I also need to get my collaborators up to speed so we can work together more efficiently on these projects. Now that I'm thinking about it, I might actually post a couple of short stories as a work in progress and just develop them online. Might as well get some feed back on them as they stand. Of course if I spent more time on stories and less on blogs I'd probably be further ahead then I am now. Blogs however are more off the cuff so to speak and written on a whim.

I also want to find the time to read and post some comments to other people’s blogs. Other than that my slate is clean.
Current Mood:
busy
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I’m sitting here staring at my MySpace account trying to both clever and productive and doing neither. I’m just not focusing. I’ve given myself a Christmas deadline to complete the first draft of the book I’m working on and I’ve been keeping some late hours trying to get on track. It’s been a productive week so far so at least I’m not crispy with stress.
I’ve managed to tweak the story’s main plot so that it better serves the contest of the story rather than just getting us from point a to point b. The subplots and character interactions have been there pretty much from the beginning but the main plot has always left something to be desired. Now that that’s been resolved the rest of the story should flow more smoothly. Of course I still have to run this by the people I’m collaborating with for their take but I don’t foresee any issues. We’re usually on the same page with regards to the context of the story, which makes it easier to get things done in a group format.
I’d like to say I’m looking forward to sleeping in on Saturday morning but since I have a couple of young kids at home I’d say the odds of that happening are slim to none and slim is already on the stage out of town. Oh well sleep is over rated anyway.
This seems to make sense as I’m writing it but I’ll probably think otherwise once I’ve posted it. What the hell. As long as I can give the illusion of being productive when I’m clearly rambling. I think I’ll keep that a secret that no one need ever know.
Current Mood:
listless listless
Current Music:
buzzing in my ears
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Got an email this morning from Project Greenlight and I gotta say I was sportin some serious wood. I was all woohoo! Way to go me, slap myself on the back. Made the cut I’m on my way. Then I thought about it for a minute and realized…I haven’t submitted anything to Project Greenlight I submitted to Bravo. Doh!
I signed up to participate in with P/G to review and rate scripts, which were submitted for their most recent contest so they were just letting me know the current status. I was disappointed fro about a split second and managed to get over it. As I’ve stated previously I’m not a fan of the contest thing so I’m not holding my breath over this one. However, far be it for me to look a gift horse in the mouth if a get the call. Any means to an end and whatever expedites the process.
Oh well, back to the grind.

PS: I’m over the snit I put myself into on Friday when I lost my log. I’ve started recreating it and should be floating a version of it in the next day or two.
How exciting for the world.
Current Mood:
amused amused
Current Music:
the sound of one hand clapping
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Stupid is as Stupid does. This by its very nature is true. People with the tendency towards stupidity will do stupid things. This particular rant is geared towards myself, and the stupid thing I just did. The day started out like gangbusters. I was in a creative zone and wrote a great scene for the last chapter of my sci-fi novel. It was exactly what I wanted to say to set up the following scenes that set the ending. It came out so well I was inspired to write a blog on the experience.
Still in the creative zone I wrote my blog in the blog space provided. Normally I prefer to write in word and then copy and paste so I can do my editing there. Doing that however causes me to have to fix my quotation marks and apostrophes. Since that’s a pain in the ass I decided to work backwards this morning and write in the blog space first and the copy to word, edit and paste back to the blog. Simple right? Not likely. I wrote my entire blog about my creative epiphany this morning and was ecstatic over the way it came out. It was exactly what I wanted to say exactly the way I wanted to say it. Dead bang on. Yea for me.
Unfortunately I was asked to look something up and inadvertently used the blog browser. The result of this action of course was that my blog went bye-bye as it was never saved and never copied and hence, never pasted in word. Needless to say I’m now beside myself in anger and frustration. The blog is gone and although I’m going to rewrite it, it won’t be the same. The moment has passed and the creative flow has ebbed. It’ll be done from memory with the gist but not the passion. Damn I hate make stupid mistakes. It really chaps my ass. So now I’m writing this blog telling you all about my stupidity and allowing me to vent so I don’t snap and go on a random killing spree.
Now I’m going to try to and recreate my original blog so I have to calm down so I can be funny. Hopefully it’ll be decent even though it won’t be the same.
So how’s your day going?

PS: This blog was first written in word before being transferred to the blog. Better late than never.

PPS:...and of course the apostrophe problem i mentioned earlier never manifested itself rendering this the point of this blog moot. Nothing like a little salt on the wound. Nice.
Current Mood:
pissed off pissed off
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I've been spending the last week searching profiles for people to add to my friends list. As a writer I'm always looking for someone to read my work and give me feed back. I'm also looking to explore the work of others and offer my two cents as well.

Most of my projects are collaborations with one or more persons and I'm always on the lookout for someone new to work with. I find a good way to break the ice is to start off on a piece of fan fiction. Usually in the form of a short story, there's a built in foundation that both parties are familiar with making it easier to test the waters.
I currently write with people that are both local and known to me as well as people I've never met scattered across the US.

Though face-to-face is not required to participate, I do get together with local writers. We Meetup on the second Saturday of the month, usually, in the evening and talk about all aspects and types of writing. So if you're in my neck of the woods, be sure to let me know so I can send you an invite. Guests are always welcome
Current Mood:
busy
Current Music:
Living in America
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Been awhile since last I've updated da blog. After completing the first draft of the sitcom pilot for Bravo, I took a about a week off from writing just to catch up on some email and to grab a short refresher (several short refreshers of the 12oz kind.).

We just went back to the script recently and started adding to it and rewriting here and there, to what essentially is the second draft. I gotta say I'm liking it even more now. Much funnier than what we submitted and a hell of a lot more fun to write.
It's actually been liberating to approach this as an independent production. Without the constraints of commercial television we have the flexibility to have our characters say what we really want them to say, allowing us to take the show in the direction we originally envisioned.
That being said we've also started batting around ideas for the next few episodes. Once we get about 5 or 6 additional episodes written we'll probably start looking for a director so we can start putting a cast together.
And as if that's not enough to keep me busy...I've got rewrites ahead of me on chapters 2-6 for the sci-fi novel I'm collaborating on, I still need to finish my outline for the prequel for the same novel as well as writing the rest of the book. And just to make absolutely sure I don't run out of things to write, I'll be starting the first draft of a horror screen play over the next week. Other than that, not much happening right now or write now.

I'll attempt to update da blog at least once a week or so, possibly more frequently depending on when I can actually squeeze it in. Not that that's much of an issue at this point since no one's reading this yet and I'm essentially talking to myself. But I will pretend that there is more than just the voices in my head and I will strive to share those voices with my imaginary friends.
Current Mood:
busy
Current Music:
What's been going on- Marvin Gaye
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Well we did it. We be done and finished. After having about 75% of the script done and a two week cushion left we wound up having to scramble in order to make he deadline. We managed to finish up on Friday night and get it on its way, so now we can begin stress relief, which will be coming in 12oz. intervals. After that, it’s back to the drawing board for new ideas, current projects and creative machinations.
Current Mood:
accomplished
Current Music:
Hallelujah Chorus
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I'm exhaustipated. I'm so whipped that I'm mentally constipated. That being said, it's been a hectic week but we're just about there. We've written our last scene and are currently revising and polishing earlier dialog. We’ll be poppin’ it in the mail tonight to secure our September 18th postmark. After that it’s out of our hands.
I’m not usually one to favor the whole contest bit. I don’t like having to bet my future on some suit that may or may not have a clue as to A) what they’re doing or B) what they’re reading. But since I’d never written a sitcom pilot before or written anything on a deadline, this was the experience I was looking for. Personally, I prefer to take destiny into my own hands and proceed within the realm of independents, which is also the realm of independence.
Since we’re not relying on the contest to decide our fate, we’re going to continue to develop the series and write additional episodes. While we’re writing, we’re also going to search for, or put together a production team to film the pilot ourselves. If by this point we haven’t gotten a green light from Bravo, we’ll have the ability to move forward on our own. We’ll also be able to extend the original pilot episode to a full 22-minute entry. After that we can shop it to distributors with the possibility of going direct to DVD.
One way or anther this puppy’s getting done. Stay tuned to this channel for further updates.
Current Mood:
exhausted exhausted
Current Music:
The ringing in my ears.
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Had a very good weekend. Spent quality time with the wife and kids and had a productive weekend working on the sitcom pilot. We're about 10% away from completing the project and only have to fill out the last two scenes. The outlines for the scenes are already there and just need some additional dialog.
We've even gotten some good feed back from a couple of beta readers which included a thumbs up on the show concept and the character development.
Though I don't generally have a lot of faith in contests in general, I have to say that I'm feeling very good about what we've written and feel like we've got a real shot at this.
The overall creative flow I was feeling over the weekend even extended itself to a couple of ideas for fan fiction shorts. One features Xander Harris from the Buffy the Vampire Slayer and the other is about Harry Potter. Both stories will feature older versions of these characters and may lead into a crossover storyline. I'll probably keep them on the back burner for another week until the sitcom pilot is finished and submitted by this Saturday. Then I can turn up the heat on the back burner projects, which include my novel and a Star Trek Voyager fan fiction short.

So little to do and so much time. Strike that, reverse it.
Current Mood:
creative
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