Tuesday, September 12, 2017

My First 10 page Coverage

Happy Tuesday ya'll! 
Ya'll know the deal, I ain't be on here in a minute. But I'm back cuz I got some new shit to post. I'm steady on my grind. It's still hard out here for a pimp...or creative. It's all the same to me. Before I start with the content, prayers going out to everyone going through it and affected by Hurricane Irma & Harvey and the victim's families. 🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏

I purchased The First 10 Page Coverage on Stage32. If you haven't checked out the site yet, go do it. It's a platform for all creativeswho wanna go to the next level. The coverage was not expensive unlike some sites that offer "services" ( they robbing you blind is what they doing ). Even if I had the money to get them other services from them other sites, mama still didn't raise no fool. It takes money to make money, but since I'm a woman on a budget, i gotta take my opportunity where I can get it. Feel like i'm running off tangent.

I sent the executive of my choosing the 12th or 14th revision of my pilot. Feel like i've been working on this pilot forever! Well not forever, but you get the gist. I sent the script to her. Two or three days later, I got my response. I was like, Damn that was quick. I was expecting a week or two. Let me think I knocked it out the park or that she was interested in reading the rest.

Suffice it to say, i didn't knock it out the park. But i didn't do too bad.
Overall, it wasn't too bad and I appreciate Sarah taking the time. I will pick her again when I finish my 16th revision of Kilbourne aka Kilbourne 2.0.  I defintely want to make this pilot everything it needs to be and I'm holding anything back. The new opening scene is not for the faint of heart.  There will be some stomach turning but it's not blood and guts. There's drama in it too, as well as kinda a love story.
It's a marathon, not a sprint. The process is sooooooo hard but your determination has to be harder. There are overnight successes. Nobody blows up just living life.  It doesn't happen like that.
And I ain't even in the game yet, you'd think when I get in the game it will get easier right? Have an inkling it's gonna be the opposite.  That's why God created liquor. 

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

The Waiting Game

Happy Wednesday people!
Today's officially hump day......just another day to a boss. But for the rest...the weekend's almost here. Time to grab a coke and a smile (preferably with liquor in it, hence the smile) and pat yourself on the back.

I've been keeping busy with writing the series overview for Kilbourne, The pilot script is finished. I've completely abandoned it. I've submitted the script to five different contests. It's definitely addicting. My limit was four, it was actually three. But then I saw Final Draft's Big Break and WILDsound's Screenplay and feedback festival and I was like " What the hell?" Throwing in there for good measure. But after that, i refused to spend any more, even though it's an investment. I'm not made of money. I'm not Oprah. I'm not even my Aunt Tilda, and she got money.

What do you do after you enter 5 or a string of contests? You wait. Play The waiting game. I don't know about you but I don't have the patience of JOB.
When we're little, we wait to grow up. We wait to be of certain age to drive, and to drink. We wait to have sex (some of us) etc,......  When we see our doctors or endocrinologists, we have to wait for that shit too.  We wait in that room. Wait for some chick or dude to call our name. Wait for the doctor to finally see us, then wait to be checked out. You'd think we'd be masters of The Waiting Game by now. And some are. I'm clearly not.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Stay Tuned

Happy Sunday ya'll!
Happy Mother's Day to all the mothers. Good mothers, bad mothers, mother figures, stepmothers and half mothers.  We see you.

I finished the 7th draft of Kilbourne. Been working like a madwoman these past two weeks, but it was all worth it. Submitted it to two contests. Script Pipeline and Blue Cat Screenplay Competition.  So we'll see what happens.
I've been writing for a long time. But I'm not the same writer I was when I first started. I didn't have access to the resources i have now.  And it is a process and everything takes time. And whoever doesn't believe that is full of shit.

God has called me to be a storyteller, whether it's through my spoken word poetry, the scripts i write or the books i put out. (Oh shit, did I just say books?) and an innovator, to make an impact on the world.
We all have a purpose, and if anyone tries discourage you from fulfilling that or bring you down in any way by saying your dreams/goals are unrealistic and based on fantasy, they don't know the true magnitude of God's power.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Nothing like That Feeling Of Accomplishment

Happy Thursday bitches!

It's April 20. National weed day!
 I ain't no weed head but I do like to dabble.
Today is my day off from writing, even though writer's never get a day off.  I finished the fourth draft of Kilbourne. I feel like it's contest ready but I need more eyes on it. I read it, made some notes, sent off to my people (writer friends) and uploaded to one of my writer's groups on Facebook, my Stage 32 account. Now is the hard part. Waiting. For Feedback. Just waiting in general. Hated it *in Antwon Merryweather voice*

This pilot started out as a horror (cuz i'm a horror fanatic. How are you a horror fanatic and don't write horror? It just don't happen like that. Never heard Stephen King write a comedy or Alfred Hitchcock dabble in romantic western) but I went where God took me and it ended up being a psychological thriller. I started writing this in March or April of 2015. Two and a half years. That's a long ass time. It's like a relationship.

It's getting close. 10 days til D day. Wish me luck!

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Getting It In

Happy Sunday ya'll! Yesterday was officially Daylight Savings. We done lost a whole hour. We don't know how to act. We are we gonna do in between time?? Open to suggestions. Got any??? Just gonna keep doing the same shit? Ooohkay.

You know I had to come back with an update. I been working hard since I last came on here. All work and no play makes Aray closes to being successful. I had an epiphany (it happens). Instead of writing a 60 minute pilot, I shortened it to a 30 minuite pilot cuz there's never been a half hour horror series ever in life unless I've been living under a rock. I finished the first draft on the 9th (take a shot for me) and shelving it for two weeks and then I'll revisit it and....spin straw into gold, basically. Once I'm satisfied, I'll register it to the U.S. Copyright Office (THE ONLY CONCRETE WAY TO COPYRIGHY YOUR SHIT). The contest deadline is on April 30th, so I got my work cut out for me, but without hardwork we wouldn't get anywhere. Nothing ventured, nothing gained right?
If you would like to check out the book that's inspired by the pilot, here it go http://amzn.to/2mg7kaw
If you don't like it, keep it to yourself. If you loved it, review it and let the haters know.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

2017..It's Just The Beginning

Happy Thursday beautiful people! And Happy #NationalScreenwritersDay for all you writers out there!

I usually don't do this unless I have something to say.  If you read my posts or if you're just lurking, you know the deal.

Hope everyone had a great Christmas and a great start of the New Year.
Most people got toasted..I was one of them.  It's a celebration! Might as well celebrate.

My Christmas was good. Spent time with my family and celebrated Jesus, which is what it's really all about.  All that gift giving hoopla is for the kids.  My Two cents.

Anyway, I don't want to get away from what this blog is about.  It's about my screenwriting journey..there will be some random shit along the way because I am very random, and those who truly know me know it.  If i happen to inspire people along the way. all the better for it.
Yes, I am a screenwriter and ...yes I do have a book on Amazon called Blood Is Thicker Than Water. The first volume of the series, but there will be no Vol 2 and Vol 3, so it's hanging out there like an idiot.
I also have a poetry collection on Amazon too, Expressions Of Me. But that won't be the last poetry book I put out.  Just waiting until I have a gang of new poems on deck, ready to be displayed. It's kinda hard to focus on your project and find the inspiration to write poetry.  I have 2 new poems total. The rest will come when it's supposed to come.

I'm not an author anymore, in the novel sense of the word.  For a while I was teetering around with the idea of doing both.  For those who can, I applaud you, wish i was more like you but I can't and I'm not ashamed to say that.  The truth is, I don't want to do both.  I've been bit by the screenwriting bug. Dipped my toes in the screenwriting pool an shit and went back for more.

I'm starting 2017 off right by planning my days, creating a schedule and sticking to it, exercising.  Got these Tae-Bo DVDs sitting here collecting dust so I'm making use out of em.
I got a Panda Planner.  Bought it on Amazon on the 30th. Had to pay five dollars extra for it to be shipped on the same day but it's worth it.  It's day four on this new regime and I already feel a difference.  New year, new me..NOT. Still the same me, just working on some shit.

The last thing was rewriting my horror short.
After doing some thinking, I'm putting all my projects on the back burner and focusing on one....my horror pilot, Kilbourne, which is inspired by my novella Blood Is Thicker Than Water.  It's a passion project for me.  I'm very passionate about the characters, the storyline and where I want it to go and the many places I can take them.  The MC has been revamped.  In the book, he has psychopathic behavior.  In the pilot, he's a full on psychopath. He killed both his parents and he spent 12 years in a mental asylum.  They misdiagnosed him as a sociopath.
I'm not gonna give too much detail.  You'll have to follow my blog to see what happens with it.
I'm entering it in the tv writing contest. I have three and a half months to finish the rough draft and finish the rewrites.  So we shall see.