Script Updates and Other News

Hello everyone. First post of the month, so let me give you all some updates.

We had by far our most successful month ever since this blog was created in August of 2014. 351 views, 158 visitors, and 102 likes. So, on behalf of me, David Spada, Joseph Buehrer and Cullen McCurdy, thank you all.

The edit of the book is coming along great. Will be getting more updates from my editor in a day or two.

The job at the film distribution office has been great. It is, funnily enough, much more relaxing than my previous job in retail. I suppose it’s true what they say. If you do what you love, you never work a day in your life. Got started organizing a sales book for them to advertise some of their recent titles. It is about halfway finished, and the reactions from my bosses were quite enthusiastic.

Looks like I’ll be working with someone on another short film soon. A met a talented young woman while at a Women in Film meeting and she is eager to do a short. I read her script, and it is terrific. She wants me to come on board so we will be having a meeting tomorrow.

I also did some edits to my script section where the first acts of my three feature scripts are up for viewing. Added some short blurbs that give a set up to the stories as well as the contact information should anyone desire to read the full script. I do apologize for that taking so long, but hopefully this material will be worth the wait. Once again, don’t hesitate to put whatever constructive criticism you see fit in the comments. I’m always eager to improve.

SCRIPT – Abyssus Act 1

SCRIPT – City of Wolves Act 1

SCRIPT – Distant Horizon Act 1

Thanks again for a most successful month, and we will be talking with you all soon.


New Concept Art for Never Heroes & Abyssus Coming Soon

Yesterday was a big day in the way of artwork for both the Never Heroes book series and my horror script Abyssus. The main villain from book 1 of Never Heroes, the villainous dragon Heavy, is almost done and needs only to go through some small adjustments before he is posted here. I saw the progress on the art last night, and it is nothing short of breathtaking.

Additionally, work on another element of the cover began on our designer’s end. he will be drawing the heroic dragon, Zhyx, to be added to our growing collage.

Every bit as exciting is this early piece of concept art for the monsters in the recently completed script for Abyssus. Our designer began with the McFarlane sea monster as a base before branching off, looking at various species of deep sea fish and ancient crocodiles in search for the right combination to make the audience shiver.

The creature pictured here is not a final product, but it is a wonderful start.

Abyssus Concept Art 1

More such artwork coming soon. In the meantime, give David Spada a hand for his amazing work.

If you love monsters and creatures, be sure to check out his blog at Monster Legacy. He has astounding articles for such creature greats as Alien, Predator, Godzilla, An American Werewolf in London and more.

Thanks for reading and I’ll make the art available as it is finished.

This Year In Writing

It has been just under a year since I finished my first draft of my first novel, the fantasy/adventure novel Never Heroes. Looking back, it is hard to believe just how productive these last twelve months have been.

In that time, I completed a second draft of Never Heroes and edited it, finished the short scripts for The Dragon In the Warehouse, Forgotten Apocalypse, and The Ice Cream Man, the last of which was made into a short film directed by yours truly, wrote three feature scripts for City of Wolves, Distant Horizon, and Abyssus, and completed two short stories, The Phantom in the Pit and Mare. A full length novel, two short stories, three feature scripts, three short scripts and a short film. It’s the kind of body of work most don’t complete in a lifetime.

With such a massive body of work done, it seems an opportune moment to take a vacation.

Rest assured, the vacation won’t be for very long. Honestly, I wonder if I will even last the month and a half I have planned. Writing isn’t just a passion of mine. It became a way of life. This art form was my chosen method of survival and maintaining my sanity while working a job in retail. When working at a job like that, you watch the days of your life slowly drip away, and your passions and dreams seem ever the more further out of reach. Even if it is just a part time position, it takes a toll on you.

Things were different when I was writing. On my lunch hours and during my breaks I would pound away at the keyboard. I would deliberately come into work early, sometimes as much as six hours, putting myself in a position without internet for the sole purpose of working without any distractions. All the while, there was a feeling that I was working towards something, something that seemed more within my grasp with each stroke of my Mac’s letter keys. Writing fulfilled a deep desire not just to pass the time or seek a new profession. It was my way of maintaining hope.

Hope is something in short supply at times.

Much has changed since this time last year. I now have my first film industry job and am earning more money than ever before. I have reconnected with many old friends with similar aspirations of working in the arts. Overall am in a much better place than before. Still, there is that desire. I almost can’t contain that drive to just keep going.

There certainly are several other projects to consider, from comedies, to horror films, and of course the next three books in the Never Heroes saga. Even now, by the day, the ideas won’t stop. None of them will rest until they’re finished.

Even though not a lot of writing will be done in this time, things will continue to take shape on other fronts. The elements of the cover for Never Heroes continue to have life breathed into them. As seen here, Major Celice Arietta and Professor Graga “Blondie’ Kelpla are looking in rare form. Even now they are very presentable, but they will look even better by the time this cover is finished. Perhaps I can use this time to finally brush up on that drawing tablet and help out with some of these illustrations myself.

Celice and Blondie Cover

I really wonder if I will last that month and a half. In this time, writing has just come to feel so correct for me. The idea of it becoming a profession has me feeling more than a little gleeful, and each project has only served to increase my confidence.

Friends and relatives have asked me how I write so much. It may be because of the confidence it offers. I write because it is the only time I see in me what everyone else seems to.

I may really have to force myself to finish this month and a half.

My Latest Script, Abyssus, is finished.

Today is a big day folks. After two weeks of work, my latest script, the horror tale Abyssus is finally done.

Ever since this project’s origins, it has always been a personal favorite. My first draft of this script was written back in 2012, where I quietly wrote it off as a failure and forgot about it. Earlier this year though, I started to get more ideas for it, inspired by movies like Alien and The Thing.

The story is simple. A safety inspector and the eleven man skeleton crew of a newly commissioned oil platform uncover that a malevolent sea creature has snuck on board. Cut off from civilization by five hundred miles of stormy sea with their radio, chopper and lifeboats crippled, the bio-luminescent beast gruesomely picks off the crew one by one. The men must band together to defeat their enemy, an enemy that may be smarter than they initially thought.

Abyssus is a script meant to assault its audience much like any great horror film, but it is also done with a spirit of fun, meant to recall the days of the classic 50s Universal monster movies.

One thing I hate is to see a story go unfinished, and four years later, I can safely say Abyssus is finished. I also got this new draft finished in two weeks, a new personal best for a script. Working on this script also gave me a much needed break from my Never Heroes book series. After a short break from writing, the writing of book number 2 in the series will begin.

So without further delay, here is the first act of Abyssus. Feel free to contact me and I will give you the password to view the full script. Also, don’t be shy about offering some constructive criticism in the comments. I hope you all enjoy, and don’t scream too loud.

SCRIPT – Abyssus Act 1

The Most Cruel Writing I’ve Ever Done

Today I finished the second act of my latest script, the tale of ocean horror, Abyssus. I must say, it’s my most cruel writing exercise yet.

This tale tells of the eleven man skeleton crew of Antonio Bay Atlantic Oil Platform 31 and an EPA inspector who has come to take one final look at the rig before it becomes operational. While en route, the inspector and the helicopter pilot spot an abandoned yacht that has been missing for two weeks. On the rig, the geologist reveals some strange stones found on the ocean floor. With a storm bearing down and several of the crew going missing, it soon becomes clear something has snuck on board. Something not human.

Further details on the project can be read in this link.

Writing of this script has been much easier than I anticipated, partially due to this being a second draft. The first one was completed two years ago now. Since then, my skill has improved greatly, having a better eye for character, dialogue and brevity.

There are a few touches here that I am most happy with, little character moments that give the characters much more life. For instance, during the helicopter light to Platform 31, Samuels the pilot offers Faheed the inspector a cup of coffee from a pot plugged into the dashboard. Samuels pours the inspector a cup, and rather than take a cup for himself, he takes one big swig right out of the pot.

Little moments and small touches like that take only a few words or seconds, but they tell you so much more than if Samuels monologued for 30 minutes about his childhood in Nantucket. That brings me to why this is my most cruel writing. These characters are so enjoyable.

That was the strength of movies like Alien, The Thing and Predator. The cast were more than bags of meat for the monster to kill off. They were individuals you cared about, so when they died, their deaths carried weight. If you don’t like the characters, it is harder to relate to them, so it’s harder to get afraid when whatever malevolent force bears down on them.

I tried to do the same thing with Abyssus. The characters are all working men who have known and worked together for years, with their own little in jokes and habits. Hudson, Keith and Stew chill out for games of Pinochle, Cook works in the cafeteria enjoying the nickname the others have given him (Cook the cook), Cundy stays in his room and looks over rocks he collected from the ocean floor. They’re real.

More cruel yet, I actually have the character’s triumph over adversity, at least early on. At one point in the script, they do band together, form a plan, and successfully execute it, managing to defeat their foe for a time. It is only after that they begin to really get killed off in horrible undeserved ways. It’s like watching a movie end with all your favorite characters surviving, then you tune in to the sequel and see them all die.

In the end though, that is what horror is supposed to be. It is when a writer or any other kind of artists sets out to attack and frighten their audience. If you’re willing to take up that sword, you may as well go for the jugular.