Over the last few Blogs I’ve talked about various topics, the most recent was about Slow Burn Books if you haven’t read it check it out here. Anyway, I thought today I would provide an update on all my writing endeavors and surprisingly there are quite a few.
To start, I was recently asked to work on a training video project ‘Know Your Rights’ for the nonprofit I work for. It was a series of vignettes about what to do when ICE confronts you. Each video would be a different scenario. First, ICE comes to your home. Second, ICE comes to your work. Third, a police stop. And, fourth, how an agency is to respond when ICE comes to investigate clients. We did an English and Spanish version.
We spent a few weeks working on the script and in rehearsals. The thing to point out here is none of the people were professionals. So, they were relying on my limited experience. Regardless, I spent whatever time I had with them running lines, rewriting and changing the script and working on blocking and preparing them for taping day.
The day of the video shoot came, and we spent a full day in studio with a crew of five. I had designed the sets and costuming as well as handled make-up (I was wearing a lot of hats that day including directing). With the shoot finished the next week I worked with the editor to pull it all together. The finished product is something I’m exceedingly proud of, and the videos already hit over 600 views (in just a week). Click here to go to their channel.
I’ve been asked to work with the Editor and take the vignettes and turn them into an actual DVD that other agencies can purchase. So, that will be cool.
My second update is if you follow me on Facebook and Twitter (which I hope you do), you should’ve seen my interactions with Chris over at Tall Tale TV. Chris takes short stories and converts them to audiobooks that you can listen to on his channel. It's a great way to hear about new and upcoming authors. The channel is new so there isn’t a lot of content yet, but he’s growing it. Anyway, he had a call for short story submissions and he selected one of mine. I recently, the last few days, got word that my story ‘The Reunion’ will be airing in the next couple of weeks. Once, I’m given the date you can be sure I’ll be letting you know.
My next major announcement is that I have a new work in progress underway, ‘T.A.D.’ This new story is set to be a novella and much shorter than my other works. I don’t want to give away too much because things may change, but this story has elements of time travel and focuses on angles. I’ve gotten some positive feedback from the first chapter so I’m excited to bring the outline to life.
My final update is about my other works in progress. ‘A New World – Contact’ is back with a couple of Beta Readers. ‘A New World – Conspiracy’ is still in the writing process however, I’m happy to report that Act Two is now complete, which means I’m on to the final act; Act Three. Yay!
This leaves me with an update for ‘The Calling’ it is complete and has gone through edits. The rest I’m going to be a little cagey about because I’m hoping to have a big announcement about ‘The Calling’ in the next few months.
Those are my updates for now. I'd love to hear what questions you have for me ask them in the comments and I'll answer. Feel free to share this blog with others who will find it interesting.
See you next time.