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Saturday, April 18, 2015

Movie Script Summary for the Books?

#‎writing‬ I was reading about how to get a movie script made into a movie. They showed examples of scripts that were movie execs favorites. I took my books and pretended they were movie scripts. I wrote movie script summaries as if the books were movie scripts. So what do you think? Would these sound like good movies?

My Books #1 - #4 as a group:
Modified by aliens to be evolved beings, two teens, an artistic prodigy and a life science genius, want to live a secluded life and raise a family, but they must pass alien trials and learn to be the secret king and queen of contemporary Earth, or they will be executed.

My Book #5:
Dreams are alternative timelines; a young teen boy is the genius son of physically abusive parents or he is the master of time; a teen couple, modified by aliens, rules humanity with tragic results, or they are the most promising prodigies of the world; will love lead to a convergence of timelines or Oblivion?

So what do you think? Do these sound like movies you would like to see?

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Some Excerpts as I Edit

#‎amwriting‬ book #5, "The Owl from Oblivion", draft 8, 158,637 words, 524 6x9 trade pages. Read aloud editing phase. Here is a little excerpt from what I am editing at this moment. I get a bit philosophical in a number of places in the book: 

Paul25 watches Paul1 and Sophistan1, mentally musing in the Atreyeu part of his mind, “The two zombies of a dying timeline comfort each other, like a ship and an anchor finding comfort in each others company as they race to the bottom of the ocean. Paul1, had you not decided to imitate your first love, Tonya, the computer, your higher Atreyeu thought might have taken hold and saved you. Instead, Oblivion, the ocean bottom that has consumed many sailors, awaits to engulf you.”
Syon, asleep in the hospital bed on the reality timeline and watching this through the dream, silently begs in his mind, “Let me back on to this timeline, Paul25, just one more time. Let me see my dad as he was, before he is no longer my dad. Let me keep the feeling of true love from a parent before Leonard, the monster, kills me.”
Paul25 again muses in the Atreyeu part of his mind. “Love is tragedy banked. I am sorry for what I must do to you in the future, Dad, on the other timeline. It will hurt you deeply but all of our futures will be positive afterwards.”

Thursday, April 9, 2015

The Doom of Neshalia

Here is a dramatic excerpt from draft 7 of book #5, "The Owl from Oblivion".

Neshalia hits the display screen like a bug on a windshield with blood spraying in all directions. She slides down the display, a loud cracking sound coming from her wings as she hits the floor. Ty immediately stands up, screams, and grabs his knee. He quickly becomes quiet as he peers in terror first at his father and then at Neshalia's broken body. He quivers uncontrollably, looking down at his father's bleeding nose and elbow.

His father moans loudly and gazes up at his son, who is frozen in terror. “I am hurt severely, my son, but I will survive, most assuredly. Go ahead and care for her. I know you want to.”

Ty hobbles quickly over to Neshalia's broken, popped-open body and kneels beside her. His mouth drops open; numerous crystalline fibers with a dim, flickering glow fill the ruptures, lighting the multicolored, slimy gel oozing from the breaches like the slow rinsing of a painter’s palette.  Neshalia slides her hand along the floor towards Ty and Ty grabs it. “It is time my child—the art of my lifeform must now slowly fade.”

Tears shoot from his eyes and he screams, “No! No! It's not fair! My mummy died. You cannot die too.”

“You are the most beautiful of us, Ty. Do not be sad. Do you remember the first time I gave you the beam of knowledge?”

“Yes, Nan-ma. I was so scared. I didn’t know what I was, why I was, and if I would continue to live. I was so confused. You gave me a reason to live. You told me what my purpose is. And you loved me—the first love I felt from any Saeshell—the first love from my own kind other than my dad.”

“Look at you Ty; no Saeshell as young as you has developed such a clear sense of purpose. With such an early start, your Saeshell abilities, when you are fully developed, we be so amazing.  I am sorry I will not be here to explain and admire each of your talents as they sprout from you, the most loving of all Saeshells.

“No! No! I will die without you, Nan-ma. You haven't taught me. You haven't taught me yet!”

Monday, April 6, 2015

Syon on the Supernatural and Reality Timeline

#‎IllustrationOfTheDay‬ The first two pictures are Syon on the supernatural timeline in books #1 and #3. 

The third picture is Syon on the reality timeline of book #5. Books #1 - #4 only have the supernatural timeline and book #5 has both the supernatural timeline and the reality timeline.

Syon on the reality timeline is a much more serious, much more human character than on the supernatural timeline. Some of that humanity bursts onto the supernatural timeline in book #5 when he has the choice between remaining the master of time and ceasing to exist, or being transported  to the reality timeline and become the abused child of adoptive parents. He feels that if he continues to live on the reality timeline, that he will suffer endlessly in a boring, worthless life. But he finds that even on the reality timeline, there is something special about him, though he can't quite understand  what it is. In this excerpt, Syon laments going back to his abusive father, "Leonard".  This excerpt is from draft 7, Book #5, "The Owl from Oblivion".

Syon collapses to a sitting position in the time-lane, shedding tears. He clinches and shakes his fists in sad frustration. “I want Stefan and Tova2 to make me. I don’t want to go back to Leonard. I want to play in the time-lanes of eternity, going from event to event, not trapped in a boring meat grinder on Earth."

Squiddy appears, disconnected from Syon.

“Squiddy, don’t leave me,” screams Syon. “Don’t abandon me to the monster!”

Squiddy changes form into Jenny. She sits down beside Syon and wraps her arm around Syon’s shoulder. “I love you, Syon. I am glad we shared this journey together and that you sustained me with your life force. There is no greater love than that, Syon—the giving of life. I want you to live, Syon. I want you to live forever. To make that happen, I must leave you.” 



Syon stands, wipes his eyes, and reaches to touch one of the rings. A wall of red electric sparks stops his hand before it reaches the ring. “I wanted to live in here forever, with time as my playground—the infinities, I thirst for their amusement. As sure as the winds of time will raise the sands again, I will lose you to a field of pain and sorrow. But it is better than Oblivion.” He pulls his wand from his pocket and kisses it. “I have one last task for you: take me to the portal.” He disappears. 

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Thursday, April 2, 2015

Writing Update 4/6/15

#‎amwriting‬ Book #5, "The Owl from Oblivion", 157,331 words, draft 7, 518 pages in 6x9 format. I finished draft 6 which contains all of the professional editor's changes plus all of the extra stuff I wrote to address the editor's misunderstandings. I also extended the book and gave it a new ending to accommodate the additional plot thread prompted by the editor's comments. I am now working on draft 7 which focuses on global changes the editor suggested. Mainly, these changes give my writing much more "punch" by removing the flying at 30,000 feet some scenes had. I have to say this editor has been like taking two college courses in writing plus some custom tutoring. While being outrageously expensive for a long book for such as this, it has been worth every penny. If I never sell another book I'll be a tremendously better writer because of this.

6x9 Front Cover for Book #5

#‎IllustrationOfTheDay‬ Here is the front cover of book #5 redone for the 6x9 trade format.