SKELTON THE WRITER
Here I plan to make some of my writing available to you for viewing, perhaps even download. All downloadable documents are in pdf format, copyrighted, and subject to royalties upon reuse. If you see something you really like or really hate, let me know. As of August, 2017, I have no literary representation, so if you are an agent or manager and you are interested in discussing a professional relationship, please contact me.
August 28, 2017 - Closing in on the end of a second draft of DEMON SMACKDOWN. Had an epiphany while completing the first draft - the building itself will narrate the story! An interesting challenge and lots of fun.
July 12, 2017 - Because some publishers require MSS submissions in a current version of MS Word, I bought the damn thing today and nearly threw my laptop out the window in the ensuing maddening installation ordeal. I truly hate Microsoft. And now, of course, when I try to convert my work to .docx, the formatting goes all to hell and I basically have to go through all that again. When I am king of the world, the only word processing software will be WordPerfect and all submissions will be via .pdf!
June, 2017 - My agency submissions for ANIMAL MAYHEM have been met with the sound of crickets. But, one agent actually told me why she was saying no and that made me re-think the way I wrote Chapter One. I'm hoping that Gilbert's encounter with the cow is now more clearly a dream and not intended to actually be happening.
Since ARSENAL STREET has not gone anywhere with agents, I am now cautiously submitting to publishers, mostly using the Authors.Me website.
DEMON SMACKDOWN is still in progress.
May, 2017 - ANIMAL MAYHEM has been proofread and I have been querying widely. Took me a while to realize I should be pitching it as a comedic thriller than satire. As of May 30, there have been no requests for MSS.
Meanwhile, I am working on my third novel - DEMON SMACKDOWN. From what I can tell, I may be pitching this one as an Urban Fantasy. One of these days, I'll produce a book in a genre agents are interested in.
March, 2017 - Have completed a third draft of ANIMAL MAYHEM, one that has a lot of promise. Sarah is reading it now and I will do a deep rewrite after she gives me her notes.
December, 2016 - Still no interest from anyone re: ARSENAL STREET. Have completed the first very rough draft of ANIMAL MAYHEM and am now in the first rewrite. It's amazing how much stuff I kept out of the various screenplay drafts that I can now look at as additional material for a novel.
November, 2016 - Well, that second ARSENAL STREET full request came to nothing. I'm still querying, still getting no more interest. So, I've started to write a second novel and this time something completely different. It's an adaptation of a screenplay I wrote which was itself an adaptation of a short story I wrote - ANIMAL MAYHEM. We'll see whether this generates a little more interest when it's finished. Stay tuned.
GOOD NIGHT, SLEEP TIGHT - An aspiring hotel owner fights to keep her dreams, and her staff, from being sucked dry by giant bedbugs.
CODY'S RAPTURE - Adapted from Phil Ward's
unproduced play, BLESSED. A selfless woman with the voice of an angel
is given a chance to change the world. Taking that chance will cost her
everything. Cody’s Rapture is a Supernatural Drama in the vein of
Jacob’s Ladder and The Sixth Sense.
WHITE TRUCK - A woman follows her runaway sister to the edge of
oblivion. This short film script was inspired by my one-act play,
WAITING FOR THE RAIN.
ANGRY YOUNG POET - a collection of 20th century poems
DOCTOR SONG - a little Reggae tune performed with Kyler & Tyler back in the 90's
OUR LIFE IS NOT SO BAD - a Bluegrass ditty I came up with after a long string of bad things happening to other people, something that often prompted me to turn to Sarah and say, "Our life is not bad."
ANIMAL MAYHEM - My first real attempt at a short story - a livestock inspector confronts his demons. I also have written a screenplay and a novel based on this story.
TREASURE ISLAND - This is my adaptation of the Stevenson classic. Commissioned and produced by Serendipity Theatre Company in 1997, during the company's stay in Burbank. It played to very enthusiastic audiences.
A SAUCERFUL OF CARROTS - This is a rather naughty and extremely silly play I wrote back in the 1980s. There have been staged readings, but no real production yet. Remember - extremely silly.
RING OF SLEAZE - Here is a one-act play I started as an undergrad and completed sometime in the late 90s. Still not happy with the character names.
BLACKOUT - This short play was originally presented in 1990 by Gorilla Theatre Productions, as part of an evening of my work under the collective title, HELTER SKELTON. After some revisions, it was presented in 1996 by Theatre of NOTE as one of six plays in an evening titled THE NATURE OF THINGS.
WAITING FOR THE RAIN - This one-act play is my most produced work. Productions include GTP's HELTER SKELTON in Kansas City and being twice produced by Theatre of NOTE in Los Angeles. It is also the core inspiration for no less than three of my screenplays.