Monday, January 30, 2012

Confessions of an Independent Filmmaker

I've been working full time as a producer of film and video projects for a long time now, and I've been working at that even longer as a part time job.

I've worked on a lot of films, I've made a lot of films, and I think I've done some things that were fairly unique over my years. I've built spaceships, infiltrated Sundance, and if there's a job on a film, pre-production, production, post-production, distribution, or marketing, I've figured out a way to do it on my own, without the support of a massive studio or even a mini-major.

My background in film is really what taught me the skills to do what I've accomplished in the world of publishing.

In the hopes that my stories might inspire or inform other aspiring creative types, filmmakers, writers, etc., I've begun collecting the best stories and advice I've experienced into this new series.

Part One was released today and details what it took to make Missy, which is the first movie I co-wrote and co-directed (with Elias Pate.) 

This is intended to be the first part of a serial that takes people through  my personal experience through independent filmmaking and my study of the craft. If nothing else, it will serve as a giant "What Not To Do" warning.

You can pick it up on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

When the serial is finished, it will be collected in print, until then, it's going to be digital only.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Announcements: A Signing, Movies, and Release Dates

I'll be the first to admit that I'm lucky my brain hasn't exploded with how many different balls I'm juggling with my career, both as a film and video producer and a writer.  Those jobs really aren't that different, to be honest. My career is as a storyteller. The fact that I can produce it on video or publish it in a book is just a matter of medium.

But I have some announcements and we'll get to them in order.

  1. This is a reminder for my next signing. I will be at two different stores on February 18th, 2012 in the Salt Lake Valley. I'll be signing with Tracy Hickman, Dave Farland (Wolverton), L.E. Modessit, and Paul Genesse. Facebook events have been made for each store with more details. I hope to see you there as I will have the brand new print copies of God Bless You, Mr. Vonnegut on hand for the first time. Here's the first one. Here's the second one
  2. There are new items in the store. I've added the documentary films that I've produced, other films will be added there periodically. 
On to release dates:
There are some more projects that will come out in and around all of those dates, some I can't talk about yet. 

I'll keep you updated, though!

Thursday, January 19, 2012

A New eBook, a Signing, and an Announcement

First: An Original, a short story that appeared in Man Against the Future has been made available exclusively on Amazon as a single.

An Original is a story that is near and dear to my heart, about a man who learns a terrible secret about himself.

It's currently being adapted into a screenplay.

Second: I will be attending a pair of book signings on February 18th. Here are the links to the Facebook events pages. (The First Signing and The Second Signing). I will have print copies of God Bless You, Mr. Vonnegut there, as well as CDs with the audio version of Lost at the Con for sale.

I'll be signing alongside Tracy Hickman, L.E. Modesitt, Dave Farland, and Paul Genesse.

Third: Over this last weekend I lost my grandmother after she had a long battle with Alzheimer's. I was asked to write the obituary and I thought I'd share it with you. She was an incredible woman with lots and lots of fascinating stories and, though all 85 of her years had to be boiled down to about 500 words, I hope you get that impression reading the obituary.

You can read my words about her here.

And, as always, I want to thank you guys for all of the support you've given me as a writer over the years. It's meant the world to me. And if I could ask one more time for you to review any of my books or stories that you've read or liked, that would help immensely. It can be on Amazon, Facebook, Goodreads, Twitter, or wherever else you let people know what you think. I can't explain how important friends, fans, and readers spreading the word is to a writer.

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

Origins Game Fair

For the second year in a row I will be a special guest at Origins Game Fair.

I will be signing books, doing readings, and teaching writing seminars.

You can get more information as it's available on the Origins website and here when I'm able to announce more details. The panels I've been asked to be on are sure to be great. And if you find me boring, there are always panels with Timothy Zahn, Aaron Allston, and Mike Stackpole.

I hope to see you there.

I'll be debuting my new science fiction novel there: "Operation: Montauk".