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How I Spent My Corona Isolation (so far)

Like most of you, I’ve been in Corona Lockdown for almost a month now.

And like you I’m sure, it’s been a unique experience to say the least. I’m sure we’ve all done many of the same things to keep ourselves occupied and forget about the fact that we can’t go out to dinner with friends or go to the beach or even go to the grocery store. I mean – we can go to the grocery store, but it’s a little like stepping into the Twilight Zone…am I right?

Believe it or not – there is one thing about the quarantine I am really grateful for…

Almost twenty months after I started writing the first draft of my latest novel, I have finally finished it!

Ordinarily it’s about a year from the day I start writing to the day the book is released – but this one fell victim to several “life distractions.”

The specifics of the delays are irrelevant – and I take full responsibility for being a slacker.

What’s important is that the new book is in the hands of my beta readers and they have been tasked with tearing it apart! If all goes to plan it will be in the hands of my editor this time next month, and then in the hands of you – the readers – the following month.

The book is tentatively titled Rising Tide.

As usual it takes place in Flagler Beach and of course Ike and Brewski are back, along with Ralph Donabedian and the staff at The Golden Lion (speaking of places I miss going to)!

The story takes place in a four or five day stretch while a major hurricane is bearing down on our little beachside community. In fact, the bad guys are using the hurricane as part of their plan to commit a serious, if not well-thought-out, heist.

That’s about all I’ll tell you, I guess you’ll have to wait for the book!

In the meantime – stay home and stay safe!

 

As always – thank you for reading

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Let’s Make a Movie!

Before I get to the big news – let me first say I hope you are all healthy, and that you stay that way. These are strange days indeed. Please be safe and stick together (from six feet away!).

Now – on to the program…

By now you’ve most likely heard about my fund raiser

Plot twist!

As you know, the original idea was to raise enough money to make a ten-minute video trailer and pitch it to networks as a possible TV series. Upon further consideration we (Team Meg) have decided to make a movie!

Let’s face it…the video trailer pitch may have been a cool idea, but it was probably a long shot at best. Even though I thought it was my only shot, I was willing to take the risk. However, our director* had an idea for a different approach. Rather than spend $20,000 – $25,000 on a ten minute video he proposed it would make more sense to spend $100,000 on a full length independent movie.

*actual director is NOT Steven Spielberg!

To be honest, I was pretty easy to convince.

I see you have questions…

Obviously first – Yes – I will have to find more money, but I believe that people will be much more inclined to donate money if it means they will be involved in an actual movie as opposed to a short video. I will also be applying for some grants to help out.

Also Yes – the incentives for donations will change – and for the better.

Yes – I will still use dollars originally pledged toward the video for the movie. Any changes in incentives will be passed on to those who have already pledged. And for those who have already pledged – you are free to withdraw your pledge if you don’t like the idea of switching gears like this.

No – it won’t be a Hollywood production which means (barring a small-to-medium sized miracle) Matthew McConaughey and Sandra Bullock still won’t be involved.

But that doesn’t mean it won’t be a quality production. Not only is there more than enough local talent to make a film, but Independent films have won awards at film festivals and, if I’m not mistaken, even been nominated for academy awards.

Yes – it’s still possible (even more probable) that Unfinished Business could be picked up for a series – it has been known to happen.

Yes – making a film is a much larger endeavor than making a video, but the entire team is excited about it (although I doubt they’re nearly as excited as I am!) so even though it’ll be a challenge we’re all looking forward to it!

Yes – true to the book, most of the filming will be done in Flagler Beach. Also true to the book – there is bound to be a cameo appearance by Ike!

I’ll be revising the fund raiser page accordingly – here is the link, please check it out. – and, once again, please share it!

That’s a wrap.

I’ll be posting updates as things happen. And once conditions of the world allow, I’ll make a video to introduce you to the team.

Stay tuned.

 

As always – thank you for reading

 

 

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I Demand a Lawyer!

I’ve been jailed on a bogus charge!

Facebook jail that is.

Everything was fine, I was posting, liking, commenting, etc – and then – out of the blue – I tried to like a post by a friend and I get a message from facebook telling me that I am forbidden from posting or commenting for 3 days because something I posted violated the community standards.

Said post being this picture…

There was no trial. I was not granted the right to defend myself, nor was I granted access to counsel.

A bit ironic, don’t you think?

I was jailed as though I were an enemy of the state for implying that America was turning into a police state.

Since the offending picture was posted months ago – I can only assume that some cry baby complained about it to the powers that be which is apparently all the evidence needed for a conviction here on the interweb…

Be that as it may – I need your help.

As you know I am in the middle of a fund-raising campaign to finance a trailer video for my book Unfinished Business. Facebook was a one of my biggest outlets for promoting said campaign. Now I am dead in the water.

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I know it’s asking a lot, but believe me – I would do it for you…can you please share the link to this blog post on facebook? Tag me if you like – or not – if you don’t want to risk connecting yourself to a known radical. Reblog if it’s not too much.

I can’t afford to lose 3 days of campaigning!!

Please?

Don’t let my campaign die on the vine because somebody made a unilateral decision months after the fact to punish me for a post whose biggest offense was having a picture of a nazi.

The thought police are telling us what is good for us and what is unacceptable…I think we’re all big enough kids to make that decision for ourselves.

 

As always – thank you for reading

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Hey Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?

Have you ever wished you had gotten involved with something big while it was still small?

If so – this is your chance…

First – some background;

My novel Unfinished Business (released in June, 2013) has long been praised as the perfect story line for a TV series, and while I didn’t write it with that in mind – I’ve always known it.

Unfortunately, I’ve never had the time, resources or know-how to get it to that next level.

Until now.

I was recently asked by a friend, who works in the movie business, why none of my books have been made into movies yet.

The answer, I told her, is simple…in order for somebody to make a movie from a book – they first have to know the book exists. I went on to tell her about Unfinished Business and its potential as a great TV series. I explained that if I could only make a nice ten minute teaser trailer and send it to the networks it might do the trick.

It might be a long shot – but it’s a shot nonetheless.

About a week later she messaged me saying she had two film makers interested in the project – and would I want to meet them to discuss it?

Do I want to meet them? Is a bear catholic?

So I met with Stephanie (my friend), Graham and Kelly.

Considering I was the only one at the table with a vested interest in this idea – the enthusiasm blew me away.

I was expecting to have to convince them to want to help me…instead, we leapt from “Nice to meet you.” to “Here’s what we’ve got in mind.”

We spent two hours throwing ideas around, talking about filming locations, where to find actors, and a bunch of other stuff that was all Greek to me.

It was awesome!

Meeting #2 was even better. A director had been added to the mix and we had a solid lead on the actress for the role of Meg – the main character in the book.

Now comes the fun part – and the purpose for this post.

It’s time to talk about money.

In order to make this trailer good enough to impress the suits at the networks it’s got to be made by a competent crew using bona-fide actors.

And those people don’t work for free.

So I’m asking for help.

I’ve started a Go Fund Me campaign to raise the do-re-mi needed to take Unfinished Business to the next level.

You can see the campaign here

There are three ways you can help…

First (obviously) is to make a donation. No amount is too small and every dollar helps (pardon the clichés).

Second  share this story far and wide. Post it on your social media sites and spread the word.

Third – if you know Matthew McConaughey and/or Sandra Bullock tell them I’ve got some roles for them.

I’m offering some pretty cool incentives on the campaign so please take a minute to check them out and see how you can be part of something small that may get pretty big!

 

As always – thank you for reading

 

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Put This FREE Book on Your To Do List Before it’s too Late

Don’t you hate it when you know about something really cool, but you can’t talk about it yet?

It’ll drive you crazy.

With that being said, check this out…

For the uninformed in the crowd – Unfinished Business was my 6th novel.

It was well-received, which is nice, but the overwhelming response was that it would make a perfect TV series.

I’ll be honest – when I was writing it, the thought never occurred to me, but in hind-sight I can’t deny it.

The story centers on mortician Meg Seabury.

Due to an unexplained phenomenon she becomes compelled to act on the final thoughts of every corpse she embalms.

Confused at first, she eventually accepts her new reality…until she embalms the body of a convicted murderer whose last thought was revenge on the man responsible for sending him to prison.

Meanwhile, Detective Dave Steere is investigating the murder of nightclub owner Mike McMahon.

The list of people with motive to kill McMahon is long so Steere doesn’t expect any surprises in his investigation. Until the evidence leads him to a suspect with no known connection to the victim…

A mortician by the name of Meg Seabury.

While Steere tries to connect the dots, Meg is still taking care of items on the to-do lists of her clients – until their paths cross and a resolution must be reached.

No spoilers here – you’ll have to read the book to find out how this mess is resolved!

But there is good news!!

Unfinished Business is available as a FREE Kindle download until midnight on Monday Feb, 10.This is your chance to read the book and tell your friends “I read that book before that big thing happened which I didn’t know was going to happen at the time because the author couldn’t tell anybody, but it was big and it happened and I read the book before it did!”

Admit it – you’ve always wanted to say that…

 

As always – thank you for reading

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A-R International: Marcello Di Cintio

Another author for your consideration…

Books: Publishing, Reading, Writing

Marcello Di Cintio
Authors-Readers International

Photo credit: Monique de St. Croix

I was born in Calgary and studied Microbiology and English at the University of Calgary. I was also a member of the university wrestling team. I graduated in 1997 with a pair of degrees (a BA and BSc).

Later that year, I traveled to West Africa with a volunteer organization and taught biology in a Ghanaian village for three months. When my volunteer placement was complete, I wandered through western and northern Africa for nine months. My stories from Africa resulted in my first book, Harmattan: Wind Across West Africa. This won the Henry Kriesel Award for Best First Book.

In December 1999, hot with millennium-fever, I traveled to Jerusalem to watch the clock turn on 2000. I wandered throughout Israel and Egypt before returning to Calgary to begin a career as a freelance writer. Since then…

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A-R International: Mary Smith

Another indie author worth checking out…

Books: Publishing, Reading, Writing

Mary Smith
Authors-Readers International

I was born on Islay. My family moved to the mainland when I was seven and I grew up in Castle Douglas in south west Scotland.

I worked for ten years with Oxfam in Lancashire, fundraising and campaigning on development issues. The next ten years were spent first in Pakistan, then Afghanistan, where I worked for a small health organisation primarily concerned with leprosy and mother and childcare. My experiences living in those countries inform much of my writing.

I returned to Castle Douglas when my son was five years old so he could have somewhere to put down his own roots.

I have always written. As a child I wrote adventure stories in my own books made from wallpaper off-cuts and as a teenager I wrote very bad love poetry. For most of my life I’ve kept a journal. While still working in Afghanistan I…

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