Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Back to Work

Finally got back to work on Thief of Hearts today. I didn't get a lot of pages done, but I did some good work as far as ideas and restructuring. I have a second interview for a new job tomorrow morning, though I've already been told training starts next Tuesday. With that on the horizon, as well as The Reel Deel and the web series, I've set a goal to be done with this rewrite by next Tuesday and have the script ready for submission. The sooner I get this done, the sooner I'll know if this script has any legs - or if I should table the project and produce it myself some day. Either way, I will have satisfied the "what ifs" surrounding the script. With a week of free time before training begins, I should have no problem meeting my goal if I stay focused.

At least that's what I'm telling myself...

Sunday, August 28, 2011

New Dealings

I just can't seem to stick to a plan. But hell, I knew that going in...

It was supposed to be simple. I was supposed to work on Thief of Hearts online and Jillted offline. That's it. I had gone as far as I could on Jillted, which meant all my energies were to be directed at knocking off Thief of Hearts and getting it submitted.

But I couldn't leave well enough alone.

I went ahead and created The Reel Deel, and put The Life and Times of Abigail Waller into pre-production.

The Reel Deel is a movie review blog. I'd toyed with the idea of writing movie reviews several times in the past, and even wrote several, which were received well by the few who read them. Shaundra's always been big on my writing, and suggested that maybe a blog will work. I thought it would be fun and, hopefully, a source of income if the blog caught on. Anything to earn a permanent escape from the Rat Race. I decided to go with the WordPress platform for its expanded capabilities, and I've enjoyed learning it while building and customizing the site. I haven't updated it as much as I'd like to lately, but I've got several ideas for essays to come and I look forward to getting back to it.

As for the web series, I just couldn't wait any longer. I want to make something, and "Abby" seems like a good place to start. The idea has been pushing its way to the forefront of my creative mind for a while, and the recent success of Issa Rae's The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl has done absolutely nothing to quell that desire. At all. So, with frustration mounting and the hunger to do something eating away at my mind and soul, I decided it's now or never. I've found a location for the pilot episode and if things work out, we'll move on to casting. I'm scared shitless about this. I won't lie. But I've gotta do this, and folks have done more with less. I'm fully aware of my fear of failure and that I make things more difficult than they really are, so I'm just going to push forward because, again, this has to happen. I really want it. And it's high time I confront my fears and put those fuckers on their asses - hopefully for good.

So there it is. Two new projects in the works. I'll get back to Thief of Hearts soon, hopefully this week (I'm in the process of getting another job, so my schedule is unsure). In the meantime, check out the pages for both projects and offer feedback if you like. I'd love to read what you think.

Onward and upward...