The Tuesday Tease – A Little Change

Well, I know I’ve been sharing blips of my current-work-in-process, Return to Walandra, BUT I’ve fallen prey to something I’m sure most writers do… I got distracted and pulled away to another project.

While I plan to finish writing Return to Walandra, the ‘voices’ have temporarily gone silent because of the ‘voices’ for my first attempt at writing a movie screenplay are screaming in my head. LOL

Sacrificing Souls is from my Paranormal/Horror Halloween blog short story from a couple of years ago. I had always thought it could make a great ‘scare-fest’ on the big screen, so I thought why not put it into a screenplay, right?

Of course, there was one little problem… I’ve never written a screenplay.  So, I took the plunge. I purchased Final Draft and started watching YouTube videos on how to make this dive into unfamiliar waters without drowning. LOL

Wow, talk about a completely different way of writing!  One thing I’m happy about is I’ve always written LOTS of dialogue in my books, so at least I’m one step ahead there.

So, in the spirit of The Tuesday Tease, I thought I’d share some of my screenplay with you as I go through a first edit. I’m sure there will be SEVERAL more edits. LOL

I wasn’t able to make it look exactly the way it does in Final Draft, but this will give you an idea of what I’m doing. As my fellow authors will see, writing a screenplay is a WHOLE  different animal. LOL

This is a scene from Sacrificing Souls:

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The WORN wheels on the dolly RUB against the metal frame, SQUEAKING LOUDLY with each rotation. Frank enters the kitchen. He walks toward the corner by the exit to the back porch.

The temperature in the room suddenly drops, showing each breath Frank takes. Pushing the dolly to the corner, Frank SENSES an unseen presence. Beads of sweat appear on his forehead, in spite of the cold.

Frank STOPS and glances around the room. Dread is on his face. Frank unclasps the strap around the boxes.

DEEP SINISTER VOICE

You shall be another sacrifice.

Frank FREEZES in place, his eyes wide with fear.

FRANK (quivering)

Who–Who said that?

DEEP SINISTER VOICE (evil laughter)

Frank looks around the room. His face is ASHEN and his body TREMBLES.

FRANK

You–you– you’re not real. I–I–I’m just letting m–m–my imagine g–g–getting the best of me.

Frank lifts the first box and sets it next to the wall.

DEEP SINISTER VOICE (louder evil laughter)

Frank picks up two of the boxes and stacks them by the first. He reaches for the last two boxes. His vision becomes blurry.

FRANK (groans)

With both hands, Frank frantically RUBS his eyes.

DEEP SINISTER VOICE

Your death will be thought as an accident, but you will know the truth.

SMASH CUT TO:

Flames fill the room. The intense heat of the flames GLOWS. The metal cabinet handles and the appliances on the countertop are BUBBLING and MELTING. Frank STUMBLES backward, tripping over one of the kitchen table chairs. Holding out his hands, Frank watches the flesh melt away, leaving only bone.

FRANK (agonizing groans)

The fire grows until his entire body is trapped in the flames. His body THRASHES, as the flames consume his flesh. Frank is on the verge of MADNESS. He opens his mouth to CRY OUT when in a FLASH of bright light, THE ROOM AND HE RETURN TO NORMAL.

Frank quickly sets the last two boxes next to the others and RUSHES out of the kitchen, pushing the dolly, its wheels SQUEAKING LOUDLY.

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I hope you enjoyed the tease from my first screenplay.  While this is a whole new learning curve for me, I must confess that I’m having a blast!

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This is how I envision the mansion. WGA Registration Number: 1944758

 

 

Expanding Your Horizons

As  Indie Authors, we are always looking for exciting things to add to our writing careers.  While writing books are our first passion, learning exciting new things can make writing a never-ending thrill ride.

Next Move, You're Dead by Linda L Barton
I didn’t make this cover.

When I self-published my debut novel, Next Move, You’re Dead seven years ago this month, I never expected I would discover so many fun things to do which would make my writing career so exciting.  Of course, some of them were a way to save money. LOL

Being a bit tight with my money, and wanting my books to get out of the red on the earning scale, I taught myself how to format my books for ebook and print, and then I moved on to learn how to create my own book covers. After hours of pure insanity and pounding my forehead on my desk more times than I want to admit, I may not have mastered the craft, but I can do a pretty good job. Heck, I’ve made the covers for all of my books except for two of them.

Then one day I had the bright idea of doing a podcast. I’d never done anything like that before, but I thought, heck, if others can do it why can’t I, right? So, with my partner, Indie Author, Lisa Vandiver at Dead Reads, we started the Deadly Reads Radio podcast.  We started out on Blog Talk Radio, but last year we decided to leave and move directly to Youtube. If you want to check out our little podcast go HERE.

Next, Lisa and I decided to dive into the world of Author Services. Heck, we had learned how to prepare a book for the reading public, so we decided to offer our services for a reasonable price. We’ve had so much fun helping first-time authors get their books ready to publish. If you ever find yourself in need of our services you can find us on our website Author Services page. We offer a wide range of services.

  • Our Twitter Blast Service
  • Premade Book Covers
  • Custom Covers
  • Book Formatting for ebook and print
  • Editing and proofreading
  • We will even bundle services for a discount price
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I made this cover for Lisa

While doing all that is fun, Lisa and I can’t seem to stop wanting to learn more. Our latest adventure is in the world of screenwriting. I must admit I was a bit nervous at first, but as I go along, I’m finding it to be not only fun but also easier than I had initially thought. Lisa has already finished her short story, The Moon People. which is available as a FREE download on Amazon. She then wrote a skeleton version of my short story, Sacrificing Souls so I could have it to learn. I must admit using the Final Draft software practically writes it for you. I was a little nervous when we purchased it because it’s a little pricey, but as I go on, I’m finding it is worth every penny.

Writing a screenplay is SO different than writing a novel. In a novel, you are supposed to show not tell, BUT in a screenplay, it’s the opposite. Everything is done in present-tense, and you only give the bare minimum description in the action statement. Yeah, I know, it goes against everything we do as authors, but, hey, rules are rules.

Over time, Lisa and I plan to put most if not, all of our books in a screenplay version and see where we go from there. Keep your fingers crossed for us.

The other thing I’ve decided to learn is how to do computer-generated imagery or CGI.  I found an open-source program called Blender. While it’s free, it’s loaded with options. The only problem is IT’S LOADED WITH OPTIONS. I found a YouTube channel with some great tutorials, but the learning curve is still tough. Whenever I finish my first project, I’ll share it with you, but until then I’ll keep watching the tutorial videos and stumbling through the Blender program.

Here’s a video created using the program. Who knows, maybe someday soon I’ll be able to create something just as good. Teehee…

Pretty cool, huh? I see some AWESOME book trailer videos and short movies ahead for Deadly Reads.

Well, I need to get back to work. I just thought I’d share what all I’ve been up to lately. Take care, and if you’re a writer KEEP WRITING, and if you’re a reader grab a great book from an Indie Author. That always makes us smile.

You can find my books on Amazon. Lisa’s are available on Amazon, too. Lisa and I have several FREE ones for you more frugal readers.

See y’all later!

 

Cover Reveal!

Nothing is more fun than a Cover Reveal.

Yesterday, I told you about my current Work-in-Process, Return to Walandra, the sequel to The Dragon’s Blood Key. I hope you enjoyed reading the tease and watching the Book Trailer Video.

Today I thought I’d share with you the cover I created. I believe it captures the feel of this exciting story. Drumroll…

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I’m having so much fun writing this continuation of the Dragon’s Blood Key saga. I love the characters and I’m sure you will too. I have brought many of the favorites from book 1 and have even introduced a few new ones.

 

 

 

Help! I need YOUR vote!

 

Okay, peeps, I need a BIG favor. The cover for my Novella, Saying Goodbye is a Semi-Finalist in the AUTHORSdb 2017 Book Cover Contest. I’m asking you to help me continue on by giving my cover a vote. I’m so honored to even be in the running with this beautiful cover. So, warm up your voting finger and help me win this thing!!  

Thank you in advance for your help and please use the link below to vote for my cover.

ARUTHORSdb 2017 Cover Contest

My visit on the Horrorist Podcast

300x300_12283145I had so much fun being a guest on the Horrorist Podcast.  We talked about all those scary things that go bump in the night, and of course, my books.  It was a fun interview and I look forward to having him join us on the Deadly Reads Radio podcast later this month for Halloween.

Get ready for some crazy conversation where you’ll get a chance to learn about all the paranormal experiences I’ve had in my life.  I feel the hairs standing on the back of my neck already.  I do want to tell you that my voice sounds horrible the first couple of minutes because I forgot to pull my mic to my mouth.  LOL