In September I entered the WritersWeekly Fall 2014 24-Hour Short Story Contest. I just received word that my entry, “Come and Sit a Spell,” received honorable mention. That means out of hundreds of entries, I placed in the top 25! At the start of the contest, all of the contestants received the same prompt and … [Read more…]
Halloween was two days ago, which means two things: 1. My sugar hangover is almost gone, and 2. In about 10 minutes it will be Christmas. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves, because, even though the song is probably already playing on the radio, in my opinion The Most Wonderful Time of the Year … [Read more…]
In 2013 I participated in the NYCMidnight Short Screenplay competition. In this challenge, writers were grouped into heats and wrote in two rounds before advancing (or not). Maximum length for each screenplay was five pages, and my prompts in this round were Ghost Story / A Convention / A Gallon of Ice Cream. Here’s my … [Read more…]
If you’ve ever taken a journalism class, you know what that headline means. Those are the six questions that every story should answer. Since I promised to tell you in this post what I’d write about, and how often, this seemed like a good way to start. Who? Well, the obvious answer is me, but … [Read more…]
We B Late? Huh? I struggled for a long time trying to come up with a name for my blog. Coming rather late to the party as I am (more about that later), it seemed all the clever play-on-words names were long since taken. One great suggestion came from my daughter Sammi’s beloved, Sean. He … [Read more…]
Other than my two-minute initial challenge for Project Publish, this was my first-ever attempt at a screenplay. It’s my entry for the NYCMidnight 2013 Screenplay Challenge. My assignment was to write a screenplay of up to 12 pages that was a Fairy Tale (also a first), about a billionaire, with the subject of pregnancy. I … [Read more…]
Week 6 of Project Publish had us writing a piece to show off the storytelling ability of our actor. Here’s my story: Sullivan’s Story A dozen pair of eyes followed me as I approached the bench and took my seat. “This isn’t a jury of my peers,” I thought, but it’s too late to … [Read more…]
Think Dancing with the Stars…with no dancing (and better writing and acting) In Spring of 2013, I participated as a Writer Contestant in Project Publish – the first (and, so far, the only) season of a reality show for writers and actors produced by Kimberly Kozar Lescelius on BATV – the public access station of Batavia, … [Read more…]
Meet the Contestants There was no competition or elimination on Week 1 – just all of us TV newbies getting the hang of everything and being introduced to the audience.
Let the Games Begin! Episode 2 brought the first challenge. We writers were to write a scene with 2 or 3 characters that was completely dialogue-driven. This was quite a baptism by fire for the actors, having to play at least two different characters right off the bat!