Archive for February, 2008
I sent off my short story, “Soft Skin,” to a few horror literary magazines today. I’m fairly proud of it. It’s something I sort of wrote on a whim a few weeks back while working at IVD. It was my last week there, and I literally wasn’t doing anything work related the entire time, so I thought I would do something productive! I banged it out in about an hour, and I’m real happy with it. It’s something that was kicking around in my head for awhile, so I’m glad I got it down. I won’t hear anything back from anyone for a few weeks, but I’m confident someone will pick it up.
I started my job new at Meridian last week…by the time I get home, I’m so tired. I’m finding it hard to write much of anything. I probably just need to get into the groove of things to get used to it before I can function correctly. I’ve neglected Filmophile the past few days, but hopefully I can pick up the slack this week. This is why I was looking for other writers, to help out.
I finished that short script I spoke of last time. I sat down last Sunday and forced myself to do it. I’m proud of that too. I think I did a good job. I sent off the first draft to the author of the original story, so hopefully he’ll get back to me soon. His wife is literally in the last stages of her pregnancy, so I know he’s got his hands full at the moment, so it might be a bit before I hear from him. However, he loved the idea of it period, so I know good things will come of this.
I learned of a few new places today for the ghosts books. I just added them to my (already long) list of things to research. I switched the deadlines for the books, so the Atlantic City area one will be handed in first. It’s just easier that way, because a lot of the Ocean County places are closed until warmer weather.
The Oscars are on soon, so I’m going to go relax before they start.
So the interview on Tuesday went extremely well. I had a great time, and Gloria Fischer, the desk manager, was very helpful. She showed me around for a little over an hour.
She took me to the catacombs, the Hall of Mirrors, and even to the penthouses! It was fantastic. While I was there, something pulled her hair in the catacombs AND I saw one of those baggage carts move around by itself. Great stuff. You can check out some pictures over at my picture gallery under Flanders Hotel.
I also stopped at Batsto Village, and took a few pictures there. I was literally the only one in the entire park (must have been the threat of snow) so it was a bit creepy. You can find those pictures in the gallery as well.
Today, Lynda and I went to Allaire State Park and to a Quaker Graveyard. Again, those pictures are in the gallery.
On April 19th, I’m going with the Garden State Ghost Hunting Society to the Burlington County prison for an investigation. Should be interesting.
I’m dragging my feet on the script for that other project I mentioned. I really should have finished it by now, and I just haven’t. No particular reason why…I guess it’s just laziness kicking in. I need to get off my ass and write it already.
So, a bunch of stuff happened within the past few weeks. It’s been almost a month since I last posted.
The Diner movie, now officially known as Table For Two, went through four drafts. It is now currently on its way to the US Copyright Office so we can protect ourselves. It is also in the hands of Mike’s former internship, getting some feedback. Depending on how things go, we’re going to try to market it in some way. It would be great to sell a script. I mean, there is nothing wrong with us writing a script and doing it ourselves…but it would be a whole different ball game if we sold one to a studio. That would really help us out a lot, give us a lot of exposure, and possibly lead to other things.
I’m not saying that it’s going to happen. I’m just saying it would be great if it did.
Which brings me to some more script-related stuff.
I was talking to Dan, an old friend of mine from High School before. Way back then, I wrote another script called Something, But Not Really with another friend, Mike. It was the first script I ever wrote, and it took me forever to do it. Really…it took about two years to write it. Just back and forth, back and forth, between the two of us.
Anyway, Dan and I were talking about it, and it hit me that I didn’t have a copy of it anymore. Due to the wonders of the ‘Way Back Machine’ on the Internet, I was able to track down a copy. I had to put it into Final Draft to reformat it so it was readable by today’s standards, but I’m glad I found it again.
Aside from being god awful, it’s a pretty good read. It was my first ever attempt at screen writing, and it’s not nearly as bad as it could have been. When re-reading it, I noticed a lot of the same themes that are currently in Table For Two, which is interesting to me. It’s basically the same story, also: friends going through life.
It’s amazing to me how, in just a few short years, I’ve really evolved as a writer.
It will never see the light of day, mind you, but I’m just glad I got it back.
In other news, I had a snag in the adapting of that short story…Oh, the hell with it. It’s The Most Dangerous Game. I don’t know why I never said what it was before. Protecting my ideas? Whatever. Regardless, I’m up to the very end, and I’m completely stuck. The end of the story is fine, it works in the literary context. But on screen, it just wouldn’t play out well. I’m still pondering how to do it, but I’ll finish it soon, hopefully.
I also have another project coming up. I won’t say much now, because the agreement is being drawn up, but I’ll suffice to say that I will be adapting one of my favorite author’s short stories. I think it will be a great little short film, and I’m very excited about it. I’ll post more as soon as it’s official.
I don’t know if I mentioned this before, but I am also writing two books for Schiffer Publishing. Both are about paranormal stuff. The first is about Ocean County, and the second about Atlantic City. Should be a pretty interesting experience. Tomorrow I’m heading down to AC to interview one of the managers of The Flanders Hotel about their otherworldly occupant. I’m a bit nervous, as I’ve never done an interview like that before…but I’m also extremely excited.
Also, if you have a few moments, check out my new website, Filmophile.net. It’s a movie news website, and I just opened it a few weeks ago. It seems to be running smoothly thus far, and I even have a few people helping out with it.