Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Update - HARDWIRED #8

It's been May since I last worked on this script, but now it's time to pick it back up and finish it. I left off at page 44, but since I've made a couple (hopefully final?) tweaks to my personal style, I'm going to go back and start from FADE IN:

Nothing should change from a story standpoint, unless I see some conflict or drama that can be heightened; the last outline I did felt like the backbone for the final version of the story - or, simply, it just felt right. But if something is going to get adjusted, now's the time.

I break ground (again) later today. With a renewed focus and comfortability (thought it was a real word, but apparently, it isn't) in my own skin, I'm really looking forward to playing with this script. Updates as they come...

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Update - THIEF OF HEARTS #3

FINALLY!!

I finished rewrites on Monday and got the script off to my last prospect - someone who had previously agreed to read the script. It feels so good to be completed and I really think it's a fun read, coming in at 108 pages. I hope the person I submitted to likes it, but time will tell. In the meantime, I'm moving on to Hardwired.

As for the six entities that I submitted queries to, five through Virtual Pitchfest and one through direct email, I've heard back from the five submitted through the site (the last one came back tonight, technically seven days after I submitted as opposed to the five days the site advertises, but it included the weekend, so I'm not complaining). They were all rejections. Each said "No thanks, but thank you for submitting!" - per an obvious preset response choice afforded them by the site - with them adding that they were not interested in the subject matter at this time - which could mean anything. One, a major studio, was nice enough to say that they had a preponderance of romantic comedies in development, production or recently released. I respect that, and appreciate the explanation. At least I know "what time it is" there.

But I'm not deterred. The person who's opinion I'm most interested in is reading the script now. And even if they're not feeling it, it's not the end of the world. I've got one more, albeit weaker, card to play with this script - but for now, I'm moving on...

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Girl, Interrupted

I've decided to put the web series on hold. Again...

I'm going back to the plan I had of completing Thief of Hearts, Hardwired and Jillted and submitting them to Hollywood before moving on with anything else (Lupus Moon was once a part of this, but I'm going to hold onto that and do my own thing with it). It's gonna simultaneously suck and blow, but I feel it's necessary to clear a few "what-ifs" from my mind and move forward with a chapter fully closed.

I've probably gone over this before in a previous post, but the gist is that the three aforementioned scripts represent my best shots at this time of selling a script to Hollywood or gaining representation and/or writing jobs from my work. I'm tired of the years of writing and submitting and getting nothing, and I'm ready to forge ahead with creating my own path through independent action (web series, shorts - eventually building to features). BUT, before I make that move and turn my back on Hollywood, perhaps for good, I want to have the piece of mind that I tried everything I could in terms of courting LaLa land. And that means taking a few of my most commercial ideas, rewriting them per my current skill level, and trying promotional sources I've never used but wanted to. It's a last-ditch effort. And if it fails, I can feel confident I did my best and move on without any nagging musings.

So The Life and Times of Abigail Waller is, again, on hold. I don't know when I'll return to it; it's based completely on how long it takes me to finish the features and send them off. But I've rediscovered my writing focus (as much as I hate to admit it, the job has forced me to be more disciplined with respect to making the best use of my time) so it might not be too long before I'm back to pre-production on Abby --

And I'm really ready for that. :) 

Friday, September 23, 2011

D'oh! (or Lack Thereof)

Not a happy camper.

Didn't get my check at work today. Apparently, I missed the fact that checks stop being distributed at 5 PM. And since my training class starts at 3:30 PM, and I didn't pick it up before class started, I'm SOL. Funny thing is we took our first break just before 4:55 PM. I shot straight to the check pickup spot and was there at 4:55 on the dot --

And they were already locked and gone. Really? They still had five minutes (betcha they won't let me leave five minutes early)! Typical Black folks. Always wanna show up late and leave early. At least my direct deposit kicks in next pay period...

Oh. And I'm on page 103 of Thief of Hearts with a current page count of 112. Yay.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Update - THIEF OF HEARTS #2

Made it to page 96 on the rewrite before I went to work - but the total page count has swelled to 113 (when I started, the script was 98 pages). I know some things are gonna have to go; I'm just not sure of what all will be included. The first date between the two leads doesn't happen until page 41, so getting to that point earlier is something I'm interested in. It sucks, cutting material you've slaved so hard over, but to paraphrase the famous screenwriting idiom, sometimes you have to "kill your darlings." Things is, I don't know what to cut that won't hurt the story. I'll know for sure when I go back through the script.

As for today, I'm hoping to get another few pages covered on my lunch. We're in training now, and our trainer's been giving us anywhere from an hour and fifteen minutes to an hour and forty-five minutes to eat. Since I'm on a laptop now, I've been making the best use of my time.

Which reminds me - I need to find a few really nice writing spots...

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Query for Your Thoughts... Pt. 2, or, And They're Off!

Sent off the rest of the queries for Thief of Hearts yesterday through Virtual Pitchfest. I got two responses back quickly, which, in my experience, is never a good sign. Sure enough, they were rejections. Thing is, they're both from companies I've queried before - multiple times, in fact. And they've always rejected me (I keep separate databases for first-time submissions and companies I've queried on more than one occasion). What made this time different in the case of one company was that I was submitting directly to an individual I never had before (I think; at least there would be a new name to attach to my deferment). With the other, they intimated they were looking for a romantic comedy. Since TOH is such, I thought they'd be more receptive this time -

They weren't. Oh well, never fear - I'll never make that mistake again...

Monday, September 19, 2011

Query for Your Thoughts...

Rewrote my query letter for Thief of Hearts today. I'm not done with the script yet, but at 80 pages out of 111 (at this point), I figured, "What the hell, I'm gonna do this now." Of course the fact that I hate my job - I'm only in training, mind you - and am desperate for a final escape from the Rat Race might have something (read: everything) to do with it. It's been a long time since I was in the query game, and I must admit it felt great to run in a familiar circle. I didn't get all the letters out that I plan to today (1 out of 6), but I'll get the others out tomorrow.

Then the waiting game begins...