AKA When deadlines loom over you a psychopath in a horror film. I've been asked several times this year about the release of Cold Steele. It's been over a year in the making, but not by choice. Everyone who has read previous blogs I've posted here knows of my shoulder surgery, setback and subsequent second surgery. It's only since Sept-Nov time frame that my shoulder feels like part of my body again. That was a long time in doctors offices, physical therapy and a lot of mental toughness. It was also... my entire deadline with my marketing team.
Writing anything is a truly difficult task. It takes time, massive effort and a willingness to allow the masses to love or destroy your creative endeavor. It's like willingly running with the bulls every day, for the rest of your life. In a digital age where really nothing is deleted, that is the risk you take. [...]
Sometimes mistakes can be a massive WAKE UP CALL. We writers suffer from them all the time. It could be as simple as having a train of thought be lost because we have no pen, batteries for our keyboards, cell phones away from us or what not. Sure, it sounds like an impossibility due to technology being so accessible - but the reality is IT'S NOT.
Ever make a mistake that just continuously eats away at you? Part of it is because of the backlash you rightfully deserve, but also you let others down. It's really a difficult thing to process, let alone accept. I compare the situation to one of my diving lessons. When entering the water, we always want to ensure we leave nature as it was before we showed up. I know the intent is to not touch or harm the natural beauty, but the ocean is forever changed by my being there. It is the nature of reality.
Hello, internet world! My apologies for being away for so long. I've been wanting to blog more frequently, but sadly that has not been going the way I wanted it to. I've been dealing with two serious problems with my right arm for a bit now. My shoulder is a mess and my elbow isn't much better. I have numbness in my ring and pinky fingers.
Self-Publishing a book is a great thing, a great accomplishment and it is riddled with fears that I never thought I would ever come across. You actually have to put your thoughts into a format that people can actually follow - that in and of itself is HUGE... but then there is the idea of releasing it to the everyday person... to someone willing to pay for it... that is a GULP moment
Previously, I wrote about writing a novel and what you do with it when it's done. Well, I do write a lot but more screenplays, teleplays etc - I've only got one novel under my belt at this moment in time. I have been grilled and asked religiously "What the hell do I do to get this out there?" I could tell you all day what not to do or what to do - but ultimately you have to do what you feel is right. Not only because you need to feel comfortable in how you sell something/pitch it - but if you have a negative response I might get some blame. SO - I will simply write down what I do but I will warn they are not in any definitive order.
I've been working on a new television pilot, reworking a script and trying to finish my novel. In other words - editing is not my friend. In fact, editing my novel is my worst enemy. I've only gotten through 40 something pages out of the full-length book - it's slow going. The bigger question is what the heck do you do with all of this crap when you're done? Hopefully, the answer is SELL IT - PRODUCE IT - FILM IT. In my experience, each item has different avenues you can take to try and get your project off the ground.