Monday, June 18, 2012

JULY Script-A-Month


Yes, I know it is still June but I am so busy I won't have time to post this any other time. So this one goes until the end of July.

Four things:

Firstly, the title is:

The Clerks on Chesney Street

Aiming for an action/mystery/epsionage idea, but whatever comes to mind will inspire me I'm sure :)

Second, I have wasted half my day watching clips of Tom Hiddleston on YouTube. I am an unrepentant Hiddleston fan.


I don't know how that was relevant to anything. 

Thirdly, I really don't know what the prize is. Up to half my kingdom, whatever you want. As long as it doesn't cost money xD Maybe I'll think of something. If you have a suggestion please speak up :)

Fourthly, the opening line of the script is already decided. It's a line I stole (with permission) from Corey Poff aka The Ink Slinger, and goes as follows:

"It was early Monday morning when I died - gunned down in my own house on 223 Chesney Street."

I think this may seem like cheating-- stealing something from someone else and then asking you guys to help- but truth is I have quite half the plot already planned and just need a little boost to get it off the ground. Tis all. 

Anyway, have fun, and of course keep an eye out for those reviews.... that should show up sometime in the next year xD

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You know, its' funny, considering I haven't been working on a novel for a couple months, I've been doing a lot of writing. I think I've written at least five songs within the month, and my brain has just been buzzing with script stuff. Eh heh :) But I really am sorry I don't have novel news for you, or excerpts or anything. 


35 comments:

Miss Jack Lewis Baillot said...

This sounds like fun, and I like your opening line. I'm afraid my brain is drained of ideas but if I think of any I will send them your way.

Jake P. said...

Wow! Five songs in a month? Tis pretty impressive. You play and write for guitar right?

And my brain is evaporating in an attempt to come up with a story. Figures Corey would have to came up with the first line. :)

The Director said...

@Jake:

I guess it is a little impressive ;) Most of the time I write for guitar, but my library of chords (or finger length...) is not endless, and so sometimes I write it on the piano and then transfer it (with capos and such) to the guitar ;) In fact, I have a few on YouTube. (And actually, if you google the phrase "stay with me while the world comes down" I think my newest song will be the first thing to come up ^_^

Yup, you can blame your brother for the line xD

Jake P. said...

@TD: Excellent! I use capos all the time. Love 'em. :) Could you give me a link to your song, maybe? I dislike searching YouTube. It's like google: you can type in bunny rabbit and come up with all sorts of junk.

By the by... what sort of guitar do you play. I prefer a classical, but electric is pretty cool too. :)

The Director said...

@Jake

Capos are fantastic :) I generally play acoustic but I have a borrowed electric and amp, which make me really happy when I turn it up so loud I can't even hear people calling me downstairs for dinner xD

Here's a link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QhWWRriOG2U

But before you get your expectations up, I recorded everything with my built-in computer mic except the piano and drums, so it's not the best quality :/ But oh well ;)

Jake P. said...

All righty. ;) Thanks for the link! And, yes, I too love to just crank the volume up and make everyone suicidal, I mean, happy. ;)

The Director said...

Hahahhaah it's true :D

Jake P. said...

Just listened to the song. Very well done and the quality was not a problem. I look forward to your future recordings. :)

The Director said...

Aw, thank you! You're very kind. :) And right now, I'm actually working on a rather vigorous recording of a song I wrote inspired by Ender's Game. I think I'll end up posting it anyway when I finish it.

Jake P. said...

A recording inspired by Ender's Game???! Already sounds like it's going to be epic. ;) Good luck and I'll be waiting for that song. Don't make me wait too long... *deep, threatening voice* I might have to pay you a visit, Director...

Did it sound very terrifying? :)

The Director said...

That actually struck terrible fear in my heart. No kidding. So much so I'm going to go lay the piano track down right now.

*gets up and goes upstairs*

Terrible isn't it? I didn't even have to hear your deep threatening voice, and it was deep and threatening nonetheless.

Jake P. said...

Hahaha. Very funny. :)

Okay then, I'll shut up now. I don't know what time it is there, but here it's way past a normal person's bedtime... Thankfully *drumroll* I'm not a normal person!!! *fireworks and blasting theme music* I will now reveal to you my alter ego!!!...................................................................................................................

Okay. That was really weird. I just hijacked the keyboard from... myself. It is probably way past my bedtime. *Gets up and goes to bed talking to myself*

"Alter ego? What alter ego?"
"Oh you didn't know?"
"No. I didn't. But if I do have an alter ego, why were you about to tell it to someone across the internet?"
"Because someone has to know. Here I'll tell you."
"That would be nice." *Closes the door and turns off the light*

You now probably think I'm insane... welcome to the club. ;)

The Director said...

That was the most delightful thing I have ever read :) And you're welcoming me to the club? Haha. The fireworks and blasting theme music was the best part. xD

Charley Robson said...

Haha, LOKI'S ARMY! Hiddleston fans unite xD

That script sounds awesome - good luck with it :D

Hannah Joy said...

Espionage....

Ok. Here's what just popped into my head. If you use any of the ideas, that would be cool, but don't think you have to.

So the guy who's narrating died. But...his son (or daughter, whatever you choose) did not. His son/daughter is bent on finding his/her father's murderer--and in the meantime gets caught up in the case the father (a spy) had been caught up in. I'm sure you have ideas for cases or whatever, but anyhow, the son/daughter suddenly gets caught up in this--and finds out that the murderer of his/her father also has a major plot against the government or something. And he/she has to stop him before it's too late....

Sorry, it's not much, but yeah. *shrugs*

Great first line, Corey! :-D And good idea, stealing it, Director. ;-)

Hannah Joy said...

Oh my gosh! I just listened to your song...Stay With Me (While the World Comes Down)! That is incredible, Abby!!! Can I please make a character based off of this song?

I can't believe how good a singer/guitar player/lyricist you are....do you write songs for any of your novels/screenplays?

The Director said...

Hannah Joy, I think you just gave me one of the missing pieces of my plot! Thank you ^_^

And, you know, songs are meant to inspire, so if you feel inspired, go for it! No need to ask my permission! ;)

Jake P. said...

Okay, so how about this:
The year is 3014. The Earth has been destroyed by nuclear warfare, decimating the population. The remaining survivors are in space, heading for a new world in the star liner Dauntless, which is basically a floating city, complete with all the newest technology. But when the Dauntless' engines are sabotaged, leaving the ship stranded in space, with all her shields down, including the one that keeps in her oxygen, a detective from 223 Chesney street begins to investigate, uncovering a plot that involves the destruction of the human race, and a ring men who will stop at nothing to succeed. They have killed twice already... and he is their next target.


That's what I got. I think it's pretty good considering I evaporated my brain coming up with it. ;) But I'm not sure if it's too long or complicated for a screenplay. And since my brain is still recovering and you're the screenwriter, I'll let you figure that one out. ;)

The Director said...

Jake Poff.

You. Are. Brilliant.

I'm stealing it. And haha, yes, the glorious screenwriter is delighted to puzzle this one out ;)

Jake P. said...

*Bows deeply* Thank you! How much of a cut do I get? ;)

The Director said...

Just a medal. The budget isn't inexhaustible. ;)

(Quick! Name that reference!)

Jake P. said...

A wild guess: Ender's Game?

The Director said...

*ding ding ding* We have a winner!

Jake P. said...

I knew it!!

*Whispers behind hand* "Thank you alter ego..."
"Not at all. Don't mention it. I'm just glad that someone knows I exist." :D

The Director said...

Does your alter ego need, like, a plate of freshly baked cookies or something? :P

Jake P. said...

Alter ego: "What did she ask?"
Me: "She wants to know if you want a plate of cookies or something."
Alter ego: "No. Just a medal. I know her budget isn't inexhaustible." :)

The Director said...

I have no words left. But give your alter ego a hug from me please. ;) And tell him the medal is coming.

Jake P. said...

Right ho! I hope you can use that plot and thanks for not kicking me off the comment thread. *Reads through the comments again* I guess I kinda hijacked it. Sorry.
And Alter says 'thanks' for the medal. ;)

The Director said...

Now what made you think I would kick you off a thread because of a fun conversation? :) And actually, your story idea really helped.

Jake P. said...

Good. And, yes, it was a fun conversation. Thanks! :)

reformed squirrel said...

When you say "this one goes until the end of July", are you referring to the Script-A-Month or the blog post? Just so I know what to expect here. : )

The Director said...

Script A Month. ;)

reformed squirrel said...

Whew! I'm glad you're not so busy that you won't be posting on the blog for a month and a half! : )

Anonymous said...

I think I asked this before but who is Tom Hiddleston? I've forgotten.

-Hannah

The Director said...

@Hannah

No prob! Tom Hiddleston is Capt. Nicholls in War Horse, and Loki in Thor and The Avengers. If you are familiar with those two movies, then basically, to sum it up, he is a British actor with an army of fangirls xD