Last weekend I returned to Austin to take in the festival as my digital series script Geeky Pheebs: Gets Schooled semifinaled in the competition. Overall, it was a positive experience the bummer, was that there was a huge storm that flooded the airport on Friday October, 30th and caused many flights from LAX to be canceled and thus prevent panelists and guest speakers from showing up to their events at the fest.
Yeah, the Austin storm was kind of like that. Ask somebody.
It was a much different vibe this year as a semifinalist because there were special panels and round tables available to us where there was more insight to what it is like to be a professional writer.
Some of my highlight were meeting screenwriter Edward Ricourt, listening to two special presentations by Oscar winner Michael Arndt, and attending the Nickelodeon Happy Hour.
It was also great to see so many people I met last year advance this year in the festival and beyond.
Being that I stayed with a friend on the east side downtown, I was able to appreciate more of the sights and sounds of the city and really gained an appreciation for the culture of Austin. I being from Saint Paul/Minneapolis, Austin felt very similar as it also has a small town vibe with energy of a city much bigger.
If you haven't been to the Austin Film Fest, put it on your radar.
I'm a semi-finalist! Woooo! I've worked very hard over the past year and a half and dedicated a lot of time to learning the craft of TV writing and it paid off last week when I found out I am a semi-finalist for the 2015/16 Nickelodeon Writing Program. We'll see what happens next, but however it shakes out, I feel very good at this progress and validation that I'm on the right track.
This week, author Jessica Freeburg, emailed me to let me know that the manuscript and art for her short story anthology was being sent off to the publisher. The anthology is a collection of paranormal/horror/thriller short stories written by the members of GSI (Ghost Stories Inc.) including: Scott Spinks, Sean Spinks, Natalie Fowler, Jessica Freeburg, and Jay Asher.
I also have a story included in the book and this will be my first time being published as a writer in book format. This release will be extra special as there will be both a print and digital editions. I'm beyond excited to be included in this anthology and have my story next to such talented and well-established writers. My tale is a ghost story titled "The Lift" about a day in the life of an LA actor that slips into a different time and faces a terrifying vision. The book will be released in mid-November by Red Sofa Literary and is intended for a YA audience. Keep posted to my website for more details as we approach the launch date.
I took an excursion to Santa Barbara over the 4th of July holiday weekend. It's always nice to get out of LA for a bit. I was also able to use my camera a bit to take a few pictures of the gorgeous coast. I haven't had a chance to take many landscape photos since my time in Iceland, so this was nice practice.