To say that the past few weeks for me had been pretty hectic and challenging sounds so understated and ridiculous that it makes me just want to bash my head in :-). It’s tough when you just moved to a new city, especially one that is much larger and more confusing than the one you just moved from. But I am happy to report that the Dallas-Ft Worth area has started to grow on me somewhat. Not to mention, I had to go on an aggressive search for a new day job to support myself financially while I write my feature-length horror screenplay with the assistance of mentor John Lafia. Thankfully, the job hunting turned out relatively well, and I found a position that will allow me some free time (hopefully) to write my story while I also pounded the pavement.
I’ve also decided to spend my final months in the Screenwriting program and to work exclusively with John Lafia for now. I promised him that no matter what, I am committed to finishing my script and then try to figure out what I can do as far as marketing/selling myself and my work as a horror screenwriter/producer. It might be a matter of trying to successfully pitch my idea to a potential film investor, or for me to try to take the reins on my own and independently produce my dream project.
Or, even try to expand my writing repertoire and convert my screenplay idea into novel or graphic novel form to develop a stronger “visual” selling point for my story. Right now my focus is to write the best possibly screenplay that I can -- starting with my first draft and (I anticipate) multiple re-writes and waiting for the story to evolve fully until, as John Lafia quoted, you’ll know that you’ve come as far as you can take it.