As the weather gets worse, and the garden is done for the year, I’m devoting more time to my creative writing.
I’m also cutting down my social media – to one twitter not three and trying Mastodon, which is super new.
On Mastodon – as @firstname.lastname@example.org or screenwriting.space/@catg
Now that my friend, the heart patient, has moved back to his home, I know my concentration and certainly my time for writing will improve. I’m not committed to NaNoWriMo this year either because I’m getting over my first post-Covid cold, which was a bad one.
Wordos has been great – I’ve written two flash stories directly due to their quarterly challenge. I’ve also gotten terrific feedback on other stories that I can use to get them into great shape.
I just finished two Saturdays of presentations for the APEX writers group. This is a great group of mostly science fiction and fantasy writers who are trying to learn to be better at what we do. I’ve met a lot of new friends in SFF who are, like me, interested in getting better at their creative writing.
My presentations were on Writing for Film and TV. The first one was about the field in general, answering a lot of questions about ‘who’s who’ and what ‘pitching’ is. The second presentation was on how to turn a short story into a script.
For those interested in being part of APEX, you find them at https://www.apex-writers.com/. Originated by David Farland, an award-winning writer of fantasy and science fiction, the group continues on after his passing, providing encouragement, motivation and learning opportunities for members.
So Synthetic Reality has crashed and burned. This means my short story, “Rachel’s Vacation” has NOT been sold! I was awaiting a contract for months from a newish SFF USA magazine headquartered in California, called “Synthetic Reality”, sad to say the magazine has disappeared.
It’s been an eventful month here! On the positive side, I’ve gained a sale to Neo-opsis. Then I had a win for “Garden Variety Aliens” on PitchNow Screenwriting Competition and it gained a coveted spot on Coverfly’s Redlist! In 2021, I also won another WOTF #9 for me, for “Daze” my film industry portal to hell story!
I’m also grieving with the rest of the APEX writers group due to the death of our leader, Dave Wolverton / Farland January 14, 2022. He was a wonderful example of what a great writing teacher can accomplish. He was also a well known fantasy and science fiction author whose work I love to read. I didn’t know him personally, unlike many in APEX who had worked with him a lot over the years, but I benefited from his compassionate devotion to excellence in all he did. A great father and husband, his obituary is available at the funeral home site.
It’s a difficult time for those of us who were members of #APEX WritingCommunity His memory is a blessing. He was kind, encouraging, and full of writing wisdom. As a primarily scriptwriter, you’d think he would not have good advice for me, but his writing courses are stellar and useful in whatever format you write in. Also, his inclusiveness was wonderful for all who wanted to write.
#WOTF Writers of the Future 2021 Q4 – Honorable Mention for my story “The New Tudors”. This is a tale of first contact marred by a historian, leading to very strange transactions for the Trading ship, the Quotidian, and Captain Abraya.
Really pleased to win another WOTF Silver Honorable Mention in 2021 – for Quarter 3. The story was “Daze” a film biz tale of demons on set! It features a magical book and a late night dark fantasy film shoot!
Jessica’s short film “A Mushroom Poem” is featured in the upcoming Fungi Film Festival from Nov 11-28th 2021. She’s part of the Session 3-A(Manita) group. Tickets are $8 USD per viewing or $40 for the whole festival. There are three 3-day blocks so there are viewing times #film #studentfilm go to https://www.fungifilmfest.com/tickets/p/fffticket
Screening times for “A Mushroom Poem” are:
Saturday November 13, 2021 at 6 p.m. PST
Thursday November 18, 2021 at 10 a.m. PST
Sunday November 28, 2021 at 7 p.m. PST
These times are great because they allow for decent viewing times in more time zones. Europe, Australia, North America and other places on the globe have films entered.