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It's been a while since I've posted. It has honestly been a whirlwind since my last post about the AFF. Since then, I have been writing a lot, taking on some side projects and following up with some other exciting opportunities that have come my way.

Also, in the past few months since posting, the anthology my short story was published in was released by Ghost Stories Ink. It seems like just yesterday that the Ghost Stories Inc crew were out here in LA and now, a year later, the have their first anthology.

It's so cool to be a part of something like this and was honored to be asked by Jessica Freeburg to submit. The book features some really great stories by some talented writers including Jay Asher. It has one review so far on Amazon and that one is 5 stars! I promise it wasn't anyone's mom that wrote it. Sadly, I had to miss the release party in Saint Paul, MN back in November, but Jessica told me that the venue was packed and every copy on hand sold out. You can rustle up a copy in paperback or print HERE.  

Another project that has been keeping me busy is building a website for a new soccer product called Toe Jam Wax, for a client through my commercial production company Stemless Media. It's been fun helping them launch this cool product to help soccer players on the field of play. You can see the site at HERE and buy some if you're a player of the sport.

I've also been doing some work over at GeekyPheebs.com with my partner on that project Ruth Tjornhom. So look for some news about that coming soon!

Toe Jam Wax Stills

 
 
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Last week, I got news that I made the quarterfinals for Final Draft's Big Break script contest. It was for my half-hour pilot "The Treehouse." I'm not sure when they announce the next rounds, but I'm excited to get this far in such a respected contest. I'll keep everyone updated to its progress!

Here is the logline for the pilot:
This comedy series follows a straight-laced art student and her colorful co-workers as they serve the often-outrageous clientele of a popular college town head shop.

Also,  big-ups to my writing group member Olivia Briggs who's one hour pilot "Wrecking Balls" also achieved quarterfinal status. Lucky 13 is doing big things!

The link to Final Draft's 2015 compete quarterfinal list is HERE

 
 
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A while back, Kevin Ott from the Writers Guild Foundation asked me to do a guest write-up on their blog.  I was to write about one of the top 101 screenplays from the WGA's member voted list.  I chose "Thelma and Louise" as I had never seen the film and am a big Ridley Scott fan.  It got posted about two week ago now and I am happy to re-post it here.  I hope I can get the chance to do another one soon. 

You can find the post HERE

 
 
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Photo Credit: LoneStarMike
I recently returned from the Austin Film Festival and Conference in Austin, TX.  I decided to attend due to my 'Second Rounder' scripts in the Spec categories for "Arrow" and "Brooklyn Nine Nine."  I feel I had a very productive conference and made a lot of new contacts and gained a little ground on some of my various projects.  The panels were very helpful and the parties were lively (well, as lively as they can be for a bunch of writers).  I do have some gripes about the festival, but overall, it was run pretty smooth.  Seriously though, what was up with that shuttle to the BBQ party? We were waiting for like 50 minutes.

Austin proclaims itself as being 'weird' and takes a lot of pride in it.  I can attest it is 'weird' but not in the fun kitschy way that Portland is, no, it's more like Stepford weird.  I can't quite put my finger on it, but something about Austin is a little... off.  I'm gonna take some time to think about it and maybe submit myself to a montage of studying, but rest assured, I'll figure it out and post my findings here.

Anyway, the 'City of Live Music' was true to its namesake as loud, mostly shitty music echoed through the streets at all hours of the day.  So if you are in to that sort of thing, Austin is the place to be.  If you are really into that sort of thing, then consider attending SXSW or as many residents of Austin call it, "The Waiting in Line and Fucked Traffic Festival."

That's about all I
have for now.  I've got my eye on you Austin... I'll figure you out soon.

[DISCLAIMER: Many of the people from Austin were very nice.  Like the knitting woman I met in the lobby of the Driskill Hotel, who was waiting for her boyfriend's band's show to end.  She bought me and my screenwriting cohorts a bunch of beer/snacks and told us it was "The Austin Way." Thank you for that, ma'am and letting me tell you the trials of being an artist.  You're the tops in my book (which I may or may not write).]  

 
 
A few days ago, I got the news that two of my spec scripts got 'Second Rounder' status at this year's Austin Film Festival Teleplay and Screenplay competition. 'Second Rounder' status represents the top 15% of all the scripts they receive. Even though I didn't get semi-finalist status, I feel it is a big accomplishment as I 'Second Rounded' twice in two different categories. This shows a diversity in ability and a tenacity in my writing discipline. The 'Second Rounder' status was given to me for the following scripts in these categories:

Teleplay One-Hour Spec:

Arrow: Oliver's a Deadman
Teleplay Sitcom Spec:
Brooklyn Nine Nine: Chicken?

For more information on all the 'Second Rounders' and 'Semi-Finalists' Click HERE to go to the Austin Film Festivals website. I wish congratulations to all the 'Second Rounders' and good luck to all the 'Semi-Finalists.'