I’m not dead…but I am busy.

If it isn’t apparent by the regular schedule I keep on this blog, I am not a blogger. I like blogging, but blogging doesn’t like me very much. I do my best to try and “write” something each day, and 80% of the time I do. But blogging is a greater commitment. You need a subject–like writing, cooking, or movies–that you love enough to talk about it, and that’s the key. I love all of those things and I enjoy talking about it, just not writing about it. I’m a conversationalist. ūüôā

So, my blog is a an infrequent sojourn into the stream-of-conscious writing about my day that is too long for a social media post. It isn’t a blog.

So, what am I writing? Well, two things: A novel, and a screenplay, and I’ve been hopping back and forth between them for some time now.

The novel, Marney, The Ogre Slayer, is a much larger endeavor than I had imagined, as novel writing and screenwriting are two-complete different animals. Yes, story structure, drama and character are the same, but not the language, and I am having a lot of fun (painstaking and furious fun) learning how I write novels.

The screenplay, a feature tentatively titled The Good Guys is a genre blend of a western, lovers on the run, and killer thriller that has a lot of moving pieces, and will make a great independent movie one day. Which I plan to make.

As far as other film projects, I’ve completed in the 2017 60 Hour Film Challenge and was short-listed (top 16 out of 730+ films), and the 2018 Indianapolis 48-Hour Film Project (which I don’t want to talk about right now #cringe).

I’ve been in a few more commercials, and the auditions keep on coming–thank you Talent Fusion! I’m currently looking for representation in Chicago, as larger commercials and pilots tend to get shot there. #FingersCrossed

Hit me up if you want me to read for any big time TV Pilots, or if you need to cast a new Wolverine whose the right height?!  #T2forWolvie2018

I’m apparently still into hashtags. They still hip?

I also got cast in a low/no budget feature film (see picture of my bloody face) where something horrible happens to me on page 60.¬† ūüôā

My video project schedule is about to be more complicated though, as T3 has decided that he wants to have a YouTube channel in the vein of Ryan’s Toy Review and HobbyKids. So, T3TV will be happening in 2018. We’ve shot two videos, and I have been lagging on the editing of the second. Will be shooting the third this upcoming week. He’s very excited.

And, speaking of my children:

I’m a Dad again!

Marlowe Alexis Brown was born on July 17th, 2017 and will be one in just over a month! #TimeFliesWhenYoureNotSleeping

She’s adorable, and the happiest baby I have ever met:

So family life is good. The boy is good. The girl is good, and the wife continues to amaze me. I’m a lucky man.

[insert segue]

I’m watched a lot of movies, and intend to write more reviews of them, as it is one of my favorite subjects, but I will only write one here:

I’m going to talk about The Last Jedi

However, what I will not do is debate whether or not it destroyed your childhood or not. I review movies on their own merit, not on any pre-conceived notions we brought with us into the film.

The short and simple truth is that I loved this movie.

It was fun, and it was Star Wars.

As a direct sequel to¬†The Force Awakens I feel like¬†TLJ did a great job of subverting our expectations from scene one, and propelled the series into uncharted territory, while staying true to it’s routes.

It has it’s faults, as most movies do, and every Star Wars film does, but they pale in comparison to the heights this movie reaches.

  • Finn’s story line is under-served. He isn’t setup properly at the beginning that he hasn’t actually joined the resistance. So his arc of finally becoming a resistance fighter doesn’t work as well as it should.
  • The timeline between the end of¬†The Force Awakens and this film do not line-up, neither do the separate story lines; however, this can be overlooked due to the strength of the Rey/Luke/Kylo story line.

That’s it. Those are my complaints.

Come on, it’s a Star Wars movie. I¬†hated the prequels but still watch them, because Star Wars.

Anywho, yada, yada — I’ll blog more, I swear, yada, yada, vague promise, yada, yada, you can trust everything I say except “I’ll blog more.”

Peace.

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Return of a Jedi…

Emerging from an antibiotic-haze with a pretty nasty cough, but overall better outlook on my health, I have decided to dive back into writing–head first! ¬†More later tonight!

Updates, Skyrim and J.J. Abrams

So, as per my usual, once I get into things I tend to forgo the whole blogging thing and work on said whatever-I’m-in-to. I will try to do better. No point in having a blog if you aren’t going to use it.

So, Updates:

I’ve been in contact with some people at an un-named television station and I’m hoping to hear back from them sooner rather than later. Whether it be good news or bad news at least it’ll be news. I’ve completely re-written “Ripley Madison” and am quite happy with it. This puts me in the “looking for crew” and “casting” phases–which could prove to be both exciting and infuriating. Time will tell.

I still haven’t heard back from J.J. Abrams, I believe it is because he is busy and not a frequent reader of my blog, and not because he doesn’t care–I mean, of course he cares. My script is awesome!

I’ve also started writing another television series pilot, this one not based on someone else’s property, and is tentatively titled “Eden.” It’s a science fiction thriller/chase story set in the not-too-distant-future. I like it, and will post my “elevator pitch” in a future blog…one where I take more than five minutes to compose.

On a slightly nerd-ier note: I started using some “realistic” lighting mods for Skyrim and it’s turned every dungeon into a horror movie. I’m kind of loving it.

scary lighting

Anywho, that’s about it. I’ll write more soon.

I’m in Indiana…

I met my wife in the land of the often misunderstood “hoosier,” where sports is king and God is a Baptist. ¬†It’s where I was diagnosed with testicular cancer in 2001 and where I found my cure. ¬†It’s where I was married, and where I first lived in my “own” home. ¬†I’m fond of it, but it never felt like “home” to me.

It wasn’t the cold mountains of Upstate New York, where I spent my formative years dreaming of a life more literary. ¬†Today; however, I found myself surrounded by my wife’s family and our mutual friends and I didn’t feel out of place or like an outsider. ¬†So I would have to agree with Captain Hammer when I say:

“Home is where the heart is, so your real home’s in your chest.”

Anywho, I’m making some good headway in the whole getting-ready-to-make-my-web-series planning. ¬†I have character bios done, for casting calls and have really worked out how I want to use the camera to tell the story. ¬†Planning, planning, planning.

Episode one has been written and I’ll have the first few written soon after I return from Indiana (Feb 11th). ¬†Oddly enough, I think Indiana would be a better place to actually shoot the project as I think the snowy landscape would provide a good quality to some of the episodes, but alas, sunny California will have to do.

Posting will be infrequent while I’m here, but I’ll try to get on here as often as I can.

– T2

PS: JJ,
I’m still waiting on that email buddy. ¬†Next best thing to happen to Star Trek since you is me. ¬†ūüôā
– Tom

Wunderlusting

Day Dreaming.  Gleaming what once I thought was real.  There, I wrote a poem.

I don’t know how to keep my monitor clean. ¬†I always get specs of stuff on it. ¬†What¬†exactly this stuff is made of–I don’t know–but it’s there all the same. ¬†I cover my mouth when I sneeze and I wipe ‘er down whenever I feel she needs a good dusting, and yet stuff seems to gravitate towards her¬†magnificent¬†1920 x 1080 display. ¬†I’m not a fan of metaphors, especially those so very directly on the nose, but here we are nonetheless.

Being a good husband. ¬†A good father. ¬†Employee. ¬†Human being. ¬†It takes time and obstacles, small and large, pleasant and annoying, all seem to cling to me and the path I’m trying to pave for myself; regardless, of how much time I endeavor to allot for myself to write.

[Please note, that when I say “write” this includes pacing, thinking to myself, going for a walk, and meditation…all things that I consider productive when trying to compose brilliance.]

So, I have decided I need to organize more. ¬†After all, I’m male, and not the best multi-tasker. ¬†Not to say men can’t multi-task, just not me. ¬†I downloaded Wunderlist¬†to help me organize my multiple projects, professional as well as personal. ¬†With any luck I’ll be able to clear some of the unnecessary clutter from my plate, if not from my monitor.

Any other suggestions on how a non-multi-tasker can organize his/her time better?  Comment and let me know.

-T2

Blogging…Again…

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve tried blogging–sometimes it even lasts for a while¬†-and it always ends the same: I let it die. But, as I have said in the past, you only get better at writing by actually writing. ¬†So, here I go again.

I don’t believe I’m going to try and keep a theme going, as I have in the past. ¬†I’m simply going to write about what’s going on in my life and maybe, if I’m really lucky, I’ll stay inspired enough to keep on doing it.

So I think I’ll write about my life, my wife, my son, and my dreams. ¬†I love all of them.

My wife is amazing and is much better at blogging then I am, but I’m working on it. ¬†My son cracks me up, and is a constant reminder to me to take joy in everything I do. ¬†And my dreams…well, I’m “almost done” writing a Star Trek televisions series pilot.

I say almost because I’ve had the same 20 pages left to write forever. ¬†I’m struggling with some pacing issues in this second to final act of my two-hour romp through the final frontier. ¬†But I have several people waiting on reading it and I definitely want to have it finished should I be lucky enough to run into J.J. Abrams–because he would love it and he’s probably the only one I could pitch it too.

Well, anywho…

I’m going to give this a try. ¬†Wish me luck?!

– T2