Updates…

I’ve been writing a lot.  Just not here.

I’ve submitted a spec script I wrote for the ABC show “Castle” to Disney/ABC’s Writing Fellowship, NBC/Universal’s Writer’s on the Verge, and to the WB Writer’s Workshop.  Here’s hoping.

“Ripley Madison” has been on the receiving end of a lot of neglect as I’ve been focusing on this as well as a new pilot I’m working on.  Also, I’ve been fine-tuning the “Star Trek” TV-series on the, more than likely, false hope that J.J. Abrams will ever be interested in reading/producing it.  🙂

So, I’ll write a new and full blog post in the next few days to keep y’all apprised as to what’s going on with me and the life that I lead.

Word.

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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.  🙂
– Tom

A job that is never done…

The best part of having breakfast for dinner last night, is that I had breakfast for breakfast this morning.  My wife has been finding excellent meals on pinterest and made an amazing breakfast casserole–which, of course, I doctored up with cholula–and it has put me in an excellent mood.

On the writing front, the two-part pilot episode for Star Trek Federation–what I’m tentatively calling my next “Next Generation”–is complete.  Well, almost…I’m taking a couple of days away from it before reading it and deciding if it’s worthy of sending off to my few trusted readers.  Part one is excellent, but I had a lot to do with part two and I fear it may have fell short.  But it is a pilot.  So yeah.

Dear J.J. Abrams,

I have the next Star Trek show–it’s awesome–and I think it not only takes on a similar approach to your films, of interjecting a faster and more exhilarating pace, but stays true to the root of what Star Trek is all about:  Exploring the human condition from a very smart and science-fiction viewpoint.

I can have a copy of it in your email in a matter of seconds.  Please email me at thomasdbrown2@gmail.com and I will make it happen.

Sincerely,

Your New Best Friend

In other news, I’m diving head-first into my new story entitled Ripley Madison.  It will be a web-series.  My plan right now is to write, at least, the first six episodes.  Then I will do my best to shoot as many of those as I can for no-money-whatsoever, before creating a kickstarter for it.  I think the plan is sound.  Here is the elevator pitch:

Ripley is a fun, nerdy, day-dreaming high-school girl who’s world of gaming, poetry, and performance art take a serious turn when her older brother is diagnosed with cancer.

Despite the somewhat heavy topic of cancer, this web-series will have quite a good sense of humor, and teen angst.  And more importantly, I don’t think it’s been done before.  Cancer, yeah that’s been done.  Nerdy girl teen angst, also been done.  But not like this.  I’m going to structure the episodes as if they are excerpts from a book.  Not visually a book…but structurally.  There are no rules with web-series, and I’m planning on stepping outside the box with this one visually, structurally, and creatively.  So, yeah…that’s what I’m working on now.

What are you working on?

-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