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Strong Female Characters

Posted in Allure, Chess With Agatha, Fantasy Novel, I Died Once, Mady's Storm, Novella, Screenplay, White Jade, Writing with tags on November 16, 2021 by darkjade68
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JADE

For me it all started with my character ‘Jade’, in a story about a Knight I wrote when I was 10 or 11… She was engaged to marry this great knight, but was a very independent spirit

In fact, her fiancé’ would secretly teach her in the ways of archery

She would sneak off and practice in the wood, sometimes with him, sometimes not

MY MOM

Beyond being who I am, who I was when I was born, I suspect that my draw to strong female characters may stem from my Mom, and growing up with a single mother

She’s actually been with her boyfriend for 43 years, but she made it very clear from the beginning whenever she’d date someone, that they weren’t to interfere with her kids

Namely my brother and I, mainly, as my two older sisters were hardly ever home, and moved out when they were young

Art by Del Borovic

NAYOKO

In 1999, I stepped away from Corporate America to finally pursue my dream of being a Filmmaker…

I was 30 at the time, and though I’d always wanted to be a Director, I quickly realized I was also a Writer

In 2002 (I was 33), my third year of pursuing Filmmaking, I wrote a Feature Length Screenplay called ‘White Jade’…

…it was about a young Japanese girl (Maybe 22 or 23) named NAYOKO who was raised by her father who was a Monk of ‘The White Jade Order’

She quickly came to realize her father also had a second, secret life as an Assassin for a righteous underground group called ‘The Red Crane’…

…while following him on one of his missions, she saw her father commit a murder in the name of better good

She then turned herself in to the New Tokyo Police Department, and confessed to the crime as if she had done it herself…

…in order to protect her father

Nayoko, for me, was, and is a very powerful female character… Though young, she grows exponentially through this story

MADY

The next strong female I wrote about, was MADY MONROE…

I started this Writing Blog late 2011 (I was 42), and in the Winter that year I started writing a story that took on a life of it’s own within this Blog

Then early/mid 2012, I Self Published it as a Novella called, ‘I Died Once’

Looking at the definition of a ‘Novella’, you could almost call ‘I Died Once’ a ‘Short Story’… But for me, it definitely wasn’t

‘I Died Once’ is a story about a 15 year girl in the middle of an existential crisis

‘To Be… Or Not To Be’

Mady was a strong young girl, set in the middle of an unhealthy, compassionateless life

Her character just came to life for me, and lead to a Second Novella…

‘Mady’s Storm’

This one I wrote one year after the first, in late 2012, but wasn’t Edited & Self Published until 2015

It takes place 8 years later, and has more to do with becoming a woman, set is some very, once again, challenging situations

AGATHA

Somewhere around the time I was writing the original Mady Novella, I also started writing a Fantasy Novel called ‘Chess With Agatha’…

This one was about a 17 year old girl named AGATHA, whose adoptive parents had both died in a terrible car crash, and now she was under the care of a legal guardian named AGAMEMNON…

Not your typical name, and not your typical guy

Without giving too much away, in one form or another Agatha ends up transporting to another world… A parallel universe if you will, where things like dragons and vampires exist

This book was very much a book about coming into who you are as you try to unravel a mystery surrounding your real parents, set in a fantasy world

DAISY ARAM

Next in 2012 came ‘Allure’, a story about a young 17 year old girl, who’s also a vampire slayer… But there is more to the story, as her Mother’s acclaimed vampire novels may be more than just stories

Zero Cool (Music)

Posted in Film, Film Making, Screenplay, Screenplays, Writing with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 21, 2020 by darkjade68

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In 2003, I stepped away from Film Making, and started to work on Screenplays

In 2004 I started writing a sequel to a kinda B-ish Cult film called, ‘HACKERS’

I realize it’s not a great film, but the Cinematography, Acting of the Lead, Quirkiness of the other Hackers, the Mystique/Coolness of the Hacker Persona, and especially the music grabbed me

As I wrote the sequel (Only ever wrote a 50 page First Draft), I wrote down songs I thought would be good in certain scenes

Here they are;

Couldn’t find the next song, maybe I had the wrong name, so I included a song by the same artist below

Last Song would either be one below, or one below that

Photo at top from HERE

Maybe It’s Not So Bad Being A Writer… Maleficent In Review

Posted in Film, Film Making, Film Review, Movie, Movie Review, Screenplay, Screenplays, Writing with tags , , on March 13, 2017 by darkjade68

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Maybe It’s Not So Bad Being A Writer… Maleficent In Review

I Just Watched “Maleficent” For The First Time And I Have To Say…

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…It Was Amazing

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From The Young Actress Who Played Young Maleficent…

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…To The Actor Who Played Her Raven In Human Form

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But More Than That Was Angelina, And The Writer Of The Screenplay, Linda Woolverton

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The Same Screenplay Writer Who Brought You Both The Alice Films…

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…And The Animated “Beauty And The Beast” & “The Lion  King” Screenplays

And It Shows

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Maleficent Is A Perfect Dark Fairy Tale, With A Dash Of Light

It Brings Depth To One Of The All Time Best Villains Of All Time…

…Second Only To Darth Vader For Me

If You Haven’t Seen It…

See It

But Prepare Yourself For Wonder…

Tragedy…

And Glorious Storytelling

Nuff Said

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“White Jade” Screenplay – First 15-16 Pages

Posted in Kickstarter, Screenplay, White Jade, YouTube on August 9, 2015 by darkjade68

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I Thought I’d Give A Peak At The Screenplay That My New YouTube Webseries Will Be Based On

“White Jade” Trailer YouTube Kickstarter Project

WHITE JADE

by

James Mahoney

FADE IN

PROLOG;

 

THE WIND SHALL BE YOUR GUIDE… THE STARLIGHT YOUR HOPE… AND THE MOON YOUR STUDY CLOCK…

                                                                                      

HIGH PRIEST WING-NA-RUNE

ORDER OF THE WHITE JADE

 

BLACK SCREEN

 

DETECTIVE BEN WAYNE (V.O.)

What is it Nayoko…

…your father.

TITLE – NEW TOKYO, JAPAN – YEAR 2032

TITLE – NEW TOKYO POLICE DEPARTMENT’S SECRET QUESTIONING FACILITY

TITLE – THE RED LIGHT ROOM

INT. NEW TOKYO POLICE DEPARTMENT’S SECRET QUESTIONING FACILITY – THE RED LIGHT ROOM – NIGHT

The room is lit by one red light.

NAYOKO, an attractive Asian Girl in her twenties, is curled in a corner of the room.

BLACK SCREEN

NAYOKO (V.O.)

Yes…

DETECTIVE BEN WAYNE (V.O.)

              Is he dead?

NAYOKO (V.O.)

Yes… To me… He is dead…

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EXT. OVERHEAD SHOT OF NEW TOKYO – NIGHT

TITLE – White Jade

TITLE – One Hour Earlier

INT. NEW TOKYO POLICE DEPARTMENT’S SECRET QUESTIONING FACILITY – HALLWAY – NIGHT

DETECTIVE BEN WAYNE, a six-foot plus, fairly rugged looking Caucasian, in his mid to late thirties, walks with the head of the facility.

DETECTIVE BEN WAYNE

Okay… What do we got…

 

FACILITY HEAD

We’ve got a young Asian Girl, by the

name of Nayoko…

DETECTIVE BEN WAYNE

Nayoko what…

FACILITY HEAD

She won’t give us her last name, and

her prints aren’t on file…

DETECTIVE BEN WAYNE

Okay…

FACILITY HEAD

She turned herself in about an hour

ago…

DETECTIVE BEN WAYNE

Yeah…

FACILITY HEAD

She claims to be responsible for the

Asano Eight Building’s destruction

earlier today…

DETECTIVE BEN WAYNE

What… One girl?!

FACILITY HEAD

No, she had some hired help…

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DETECTIVE BEN WAYNE

Okay…

FACILITY HEAD

She says she was trying to rescue

her father from Asano, who

she claims had kidnapped him…

TITLE – The Red Light Room

TITLE – The Present

INT. THE RED LIGHT ROOM – (THE PRESENT)

Nayoko sits legs crossed, head down, in a corner of the room.

Detective Ben Wayne sits about thirty feet away in one of two chairs that are at a table.

NAYOKO

Let me start from the beginning…

INT. YAMAGATA’S HIDEOUT – DAY (EARLIER THAT DAY)

A dark corridor lit only by thin beams of blue light.

TITLE – Earlier that day

TITLE – Yamagata’s Hideout – A New Tokyo Mafioso High Arch

Nayoko enters the corridor, wearing a hooded cloak.

AKI, a man in white and silver samurai armor, appears from around a corner to block her way.

Nayoko continues, as if to walk right through him.

Aki draws forth two swords from his back.

SWOOM!!

                             AKI

Going somewhere?

He swings the blades down upon her, but she avoids the blow, and so they strike the ground instead.

CHHIINNGGG!!!

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She disarms him, knocking the swords to the ground.

KLANKKK!!

She knocks him down, and his armor makes a loud…

CLANNG!!

…as he hits the ground.

AKI

Ummmpphhh!!

She picks up both of his swords, and stands above him.

AKI

Aahhh!!

She thrusts both of the blades into his armor, just below his armpits, securing him to the floor.

CHINNGG!!

She knocks him unconscious, and continues into the darkness of the corridor beyond.

INT. THE RED LIGHT ROOM – NIGHT (THE PRESENT)

                             DETECTIVE BEN WAYNE

So this Yamagata had your father…

(She doesn’t respond)

Nayoko, I can’t help you, unless you

give me more to work with…

She makes no sound.

He steps forward as if to touch her.

NAYOKO

No!!

She stands, and holds one arm outward indicating not to approach.

Upon her neck are two bloodied cut lines.

One on each side of her neck.

5

DETECTIVE BEN WAYNE

You’re hurt…

He starts to approach her once again.

NAYOKO

No!!

She holds her right arm out, palm towards him, indicating once again not to approach.

Upon her palm, written in Japanese, is the word Hira.

He steps back.

DETECTIVE BEN WAYNE

Hira…

She looks at him curiously, her head tilting just slightly, tears streaming down her cheeks.

DETECTIVE BEN WAYNE

The name on your hand…

Nayoko quickly pulls her hand back against her chest, bows her head, and begins to fall backwards, as if losing her balance.

Ben starts forward to aid her, and then stops himself.

She regains her stance.

DETECTIVE BEN WAYNE

What is… Hira

INT. YAMAGATA’S HIDEOUT – OUTSIDE YAMAGATA’S MAIN CHAMBER – DAY (EARLIER THAT DAY)

Nayoko continues down the dark hallway, until she reaches a set of double metal doors.

She holds up a miniature audio-playing device.

Yamagata’s voice comes out of the device.

VOICE DEVICE

Open…

     The doors open, and she continues her same stride.

6

INT. YAMAGATA’S MAIN CHAMBER

Inside there is a well-dressed older Asian man, YAMAGATA, smoking a cigarette.

                         YAMAGATA
Do I know you…

Nayoko walks straight up to him and grabs him by the throat.

YAMAGATA

Eekkk!

NAYOKO

Where is my father?

YAMAGATA

Your Father…
Than I do know you…

She knees him in the privates.

YAMAGATA

Oohh!!

She throws him up, and over his private bar, which sits   right behind him.

CRAASSSHH!!!

Nayoko pulls out some form of sonic gun, and blows the bar to pieces in a single shot.

FWAMMM!!

Just then Aki enters the room, raising his arm to block his face from pieces of shrapnel from the explosion.

Meanwhile, Yamagata sits curled up against the wall trying to breathe.

Suddenly, Yamagata reaches for two guns at his sides, and begins to let loose a firestorm at Nayoko.

BLAM!! BLAM!! BLAM!!

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Nayoko avoids the shots, and hurls a nearby blunt object at Yamagata’s head, knocking him unconscious.

YAMAGATA

Aahhh!!!

Aki draws his swords, and moves forward to engage Nayoko.

Nayoko disarms Aki, and holds her gun against his forehead.

NAYOKO

Choose life…

Aki, stands perfectly still, and begins to break into a sweat.

He then looks over at Yamagata whose lies motionless.

Unconscious.

Aki drops his swords, and runs out of the room.

INT. YAMAGATA’S HIDEOUT – THE HALLWAY OUTSIDE YAMAGATA’S CHAMBERS

Nayoko drags Yamagata down the hallway, his head bumping about.

INT. RED LIGHT ROOM – NIGHT (THE PRESENT)

Ben spins his chair around backwards, and moves closer to Nayoko.

DETECTIVE BEN WAYNE

What happened Nayoko?

Where’s your father?

Nayoko looks over at a cloak that is folded up on top of the table, for the room has become a bit cold.

Ben follows her gaze and sees that she’s noted the cloak.

He walks over to the table, picks up the cloak, and tosses it to her as if feeding a lion.

Nayoko’s eyes sparkle just a bit, still dark as ever.

She nods in thanks.

8

Ben sits back down.

DETECTIVE BEN WAYNE

Where’s your father Nayoko?

INT. YAMAGATA’S HIDEOUT – DAY (EARLIER THAT DAY)

Nayoko drags Yamagata onto her flight-ship.

Yamagata starts to wake as his head is being bumped repeatedly against the ship ramp.

INT. NAYOKO’S SHIP

Nayoko throws Yamagata into an open metal crate, which automatically closes and locks.

YAMAGATA’S (O.S.)

You can not do this!!! Do you know

who I am!!!”

Nayoko sits in the pilot seat, and ignites the thruster engines.

EXT. NAYOKO’S SHIP – DAY

Nayoko’s ship lifts off into the sky above.

VRRRRROOOONNNN!!

INT. NAYOKO’S SHIP

YAMAGATA (O.S.)

You will never find your father

without me!!!

Never!!

Nayoko pushes a blue lit button, and the crate begins to shrink in size.

YAMAGATA (O.S.)

Aahhhhh!!!!

The crate is now half its original size.

YAMAGATA (O.S.)

Nnnoooo!!!!!

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EXT. NAYOKO’S SHIP

Nayoko’s ship flys through the air.

INT. – NAYOKO’S SHIP

YAMAGATA (O.S.)

Okay, okay!!!

But how do I know you won’t kill me

if I tell you??

NAYOKO

I value life… I can’t help that…

Now tell me where he is…

YAMAGATA (O.S.)

Asano has him… He’s holding him

hostage on the forty second floor

of the third Asano Eight Building…

NAYOKO

Thank you…

Nayoko pushes a red button and the crate drops through the floor and out of the ship.

EXT. NAYOKO’S SHIP – OVER THE OCEAN

The crate falls thousands of feet…

YAMAGATA (O.S.)

Nnnooo!!!!

…until it hits, and sinks, deep into the ocean below.

INT. THE RED LIGHT IN – NIGHT (THE PRESENT)

DETECTIVE BEN WAYNE

So you killed him anyway…

Nayoko nods in agreement, her head bowed.

NAYOKO

He’s killed thousands of people

in his reign of madness…

(She looks up at Ben)

10

NAYOKO

Like I told him… I value life…

She bows her head once more.

NAYOKO

He will end no more lives…

He’s in a box…

Under the ocean…

DETECTIVE BEN WAYNE

I see.

And your father…

Nayoko suddenly stares blankly outward.

DETECTIVE BEN WAYNE

Nayoko… What is it?

NAYOKO

I must go…

She stands, lets the cloak fall to the floor, and walks towards the door.

Ben stands.

DETECTIVE BEN WAYNE

Nayoko you can’t leave…

Hell, you turned yourself in!

Nayoko stops in front of the door, and bows her head.

DETECTIVE BEN WAYNE

Did you destroy Asano’s building’s

Nayoko?!

Some how I’m starting to think you

did…

Nayoko turns towards him.

11

NAYOKO

Please let me go Detective Wayne…

I can not stay here… It’s not safe

for anyone…

Tears fall down her cheek.

DETECTIVE BEN WAYNE

I’m afraid that’s not good enough

Nayoko… So far all you’ve told me

is that your father is dead to you…

(He picks up her cloak)

And how you threw some guy into a

crate and dropped him into the

ocean…

(He throws it over her shoulders)

I’m afraid that at this point it’s

not looking too good for you…

(Ben sits her back down)

Now I suggest you just sit back down,

and finish telling me what happened…

EXT. NAYOKO’S SHIP – APPROACHING THE ASANO EIGHT BUILDING’S – (EARLIER THAT DAY)

Eight identical building’s that stand in a circle in the middle of New Tokyo’s down town business district.

TITLE: The Asano Eight Building’s

They are the tallest building’s in the city.

Or at least they were.

INT. NAYOKO’S SHIP

Nayoko goes to autopilot, and enters a small one-person escape pod.

INT. THE ESCAPE POD

It has a viewing window.

12

EXT. NAYOKO’S MAIN SHIP

The escape pod ejects from the main ship, several miles from the Asano Eight Building’s.

THE ESCAPE POD

As it falls to the earth, small rockets emerge, and bring it safely to the ground.

FWUUMMM!!!

It strikes the earth with a…

THUUMMPP!!

THE ASANO EIGHT BUILDING’S – CENTER COURTYARD

A large fountain rests in the middle of the center courtyard.

Nayoko’s main ship crashes right into the courtyard fountain.

FWWWAAAAHHHHHH!!! BOOOMM!!!

A PARK – NEAR THE ASANO EIGHT BUILDING’S

The escape pod rests in the ground.

INT. THE ESCAPE POD

Nayoko wears eye censors that allow her to see what her main ship’s viewing screen can see.

EXT. THE ASANO EIGHT BUILDING’S – CENTER COURTYARD

A legion of armed security guards enters from the many Asano building’s, and begins to approach Nayoko’s crashed ship.

INT. THE ESCAPE POD

NAYOKO

Activate laser cannons…

EXT. THE ASANO EIGHT BUILDING’S – CENTER COURTYARD

Laser canons suddenly appear atop Nayoko’s main ship.

13

INT. THE ESCAPE POD

NAYOKO

Fire!!!

EXT. THE ASANO EIGHT BUILDING’S – CENTER COURTYARD

The laser cannons lay down a rapid fire upon the security guards.

Some are taken out, and some take cover.

INT. THE ESCAPE POD

NAYOKO

Set for defense five…

Nayoko out…

Nayoko takes off her eye censors, puts on a weighted backpack, and opens up the top of the pod.

EXT. A PARK – NEAR THE ASANO EIGHT BUILDING’S

The lid fly’s off the pod, landing on the surrounding surface with a…

TTHHUUDDD!!

She bounds out of the pod, landing smoothly upon the earth.

She bows her head, and takes the talisman on her necklace into her hand.

NAYOKO

Father… Forgive me…

THE ASANO EIGHT BUILDING’S

INT. THIRD BUILDING – 42ND FLOOR

Many well-dressed Asian businessmen, including MR. ASANO (New Tokyo Mob Boss), MR. WAKAI (2nd in command), and MR. DOI (An Ali to Asano), watch in horror from above.

  1. WAKAI

What is the meaning of this…

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EXT. THE ASANO EIGHT BUILDING’S – CENTER COURTYARD

Some fifty or so security guards approach Nayoko’s main ship, which has halted fire.

As soon as the guards are within twenty to thirty feet of the ship, it explodes.

VVVOOOOOMMMM!!!! CCCLLLAAANNNGGGG!!!!!

A majority of the security guards are killed.

INT. THIRD BUILDING – 42nd FLOOR

  1. ASANO

Maybe it has to do with him…

Asano points at HIRA, Nayoko’s father, who’s attired in soft black clothing, and sits tied up to a chair in the back of the room. His eyes are shut, and head is bowed.

  1. DOI

Don’t be a fool Asano… No one, save

Yamagata, knows he’s here…

  1. ASANO

Perhaps…

(Mr. Asano’s Secretary enters)

  1. WAKAI

How dare you enter unannounced!!

SECRETARY

My humble pardon Mr. Asano Sir…

(She bows her head)

You have an urgent visitor…

Aki enters, sweating and shaken.

INT. THE RED LIGHT ROOM – NIGHT (THE PRESENT)

DETECTIVE BEN WAYNE

So you killed all of those innocent

security guards…

This really isn’t sounding good for

you Nayoko…

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Nayoko sits as though in a trance.

Ben kneels down in front of her.

DETECTIVE BEN WAYNE

Nayoko…

NAYOKO

They’re coming for me…

INT. NEW TOKYO’S HIDDEN QUESTIONING FACILITY – MAIN ENTRANCE

Some dozen masked men in black, Asano’s men, enter the facility shooting poisonous blow darts at any police

officer’s they see.

INT. THE RED LIGHT ROOM

DETECTIVE BEN WAYNE

Who?

Suddenly lasers circle the door handle to the room.

Sparks shoot everywhere.

DETECTIVE BEN WAYNE

What the…

NAYOKO

Sorry Detective…

Nayoko strikes the back of Ben’s shoulder and neck, knocking him unconscious.

She then takes a crouching position, out of direct line from the door.

Suddenly the door handle falls to the floor, and the door swings open.

Four Priests in white robes fly into the room in full-extended kicks, and roll into defensive positions.

Nayoko stands upright.

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MASTER OBUCHI, High Priest of the White Jade Order, steps through the door.

                             NAYOKO

Master Obuchi…

MASTER OBUCHI

We haven’t much time Little Hira…

Nayoko tears out the door, and the priests follow.

“I Died Once”… Adapting My Novella Into A Screenplay

Posted in I Died Once, Novella, Screenplay, Writing with tags on November 14, 2013 by darkjade68

5009884654_9c962e4fc7_b“I Died Once”… Adapting My Novella Into A Screenplay

CoverOn November 8th, 2013, I decided to begin Adapting my Novella “I Died Once” to a Screenplay.

For a while I have felt that it could easily be made into a Film, it would just need to be fleshed out, and increased in length.

The Novella itself is only 59 Pages, and I figure it should be at least a One Hour 40 Minute+ Long Film.

Assisting me with this task is a good Family Friend, with Screenplay, and other Writing experience.

I’ve actually written one Screenplay, but that was 10 years ago, and it’s the only one I’ve written.

I could study up on Writing Screenplays again, and do it myself… But I’m actually looking forward to collaborating with someone on it… Especially someone that really enjoyed the Novella.

Not to mention he is a really great, and interesting guy.

And thus, as of November 8th, I sent my Word Document of “I Died Once” to him… And two days later, he returned half of the Original Treatment.

It looked good, so I told him to go ahead and finish up the First Draft of the Treatment.

Which he did, and sent to me today.

I will look over it, and the two of us will then discuss our next step.

I shall keep you up to date as to how it is going.

Thanks for Reading

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PICTURE CREDIT – Mastering Film

The Independent Mind

Posted in Fiction, Screenplay, White Jade, Writing with tags on March 5, 2013 by darkjade68

the_thinker_auguste_rodinThe Independent Mind

So I was making calls to Screenplay Literary Agents today, to find representation for My Screenplay “White Jade”… My Screenplay that I Wrote the First Draft of in 2002, then poured hundreds of hours into Re-Editing in 2003-2005.

Back in 2006 I sent out a few what are called ‘Query’ Letters, which is where you’re basically asking Agencies if they would consider Reading your Script… And if they like it, they might Represent you… And if they Represent you, they’ll start to Shop it around to Production Companies Etc.

Ok so, I didn’t start pursuing Film Making until I was 31, at which point I worked on Experimental Films… I had wanted to be a Film Director all through my 20’s, but the girl I was seeing always said she’d leave if I got into the Film Industry. Being she was my First Love, and I didn’t want to lose her, I basically didn’t pursue anything in Film.

After a while, I said “What about Writing Screenplays?”, because I figured her main concern with me being a Film Director, was running off with a Cast Member, Lol

I figured, well, Writing seems safer… But she didn’t go for that either, Lol

Anyway, we split when I was 29, almost 30, and at that point I realized I could Pursue Film Making at last… But, because I was 30, and at that point had hit a place where I really didn’t want to work for anyone anymore, I decide that I would try to Produce My Own Films as well… I didn’t have the money to full blown Produce a Film, but I figured, maybe I’ll Write Feature Film Screenplays, sell them for like 50k (If I was lucky, Lol), and use those funds to Produce my own Independent Films.

Good plan, right?

Of course, selling a Script is a whole other deal.

So I worked on Experimental Films, and I Wrote my First Draft of a Feature Film… But in late 2003 I stepped away from Film Making, but did focus on Screenplay for the next couple years none the less.

Sent out a hand full of Query Letters, with no reply… Then sat Writing down for 5 or so years

I know some of you have heard parts of this story… I then Started my Blog in 2011, and began pursuing Writing Books… But this last week or so, I picked up my Written Screenplay, and decided to more aggressively try to get a Screenplay Agent, and made a few calls last week.

Well I started making a few more calls, and got many people who said “We’re not accepting any New Writers right now”… Or, “We don’t accept unsolicited Scripts… Basically, if I’m not recommended from someone in the Film Industry, they’re not interested, Lol

Now, none of this surprises me… I know there’s a Zillion Screenplay Writers trying to break into the business… And truth be known, that aspect of the Film Industry has really, really never interested me… Not the Hard Work and Sacrifice, but rather the kind of people you end up having to deal with… Not my thing.

That said, I will plug on this week and make more calls… But man, my ‘Independent’ Mind is like ‘Woe, Woe, Woe!’… You don’t want this, do your own thing… Lol

Anyway, wish me luck, continuing against my Independent Nature, is extremely, ‘unnatural’ for me, Lol

DarkJade-

PICTURE CREDIT – Sculpture Urban Legends

February Recap – March Goals

Posted in Allure, Allure Book Two, DarkJade Update, Editing, Fantasy Novel, Screenplay, Self Publishing, White Jade, Writing with tags on February 28, 2013 by darkjade68

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February Recap – March Goals

February was another Busy Month…

Here were the Goals I had for Last Month

February Goals/Results;

1) Allure – Focus More on “Allure” since I found an Editor for “Chess With Agatha”.

Result – I Posted Three New Chapters to My Allure’s Second Novella, “Seers Of The Night”

Chapter IV – Believe

Chapter V – Reemergence

Chapter VI – Writings On The Wall

I also Contacted My Friend Beth about Reviewing, and Line Editing My First “Allure Novella”, which she’s excited to do… I just need to clean it up a bit before I send it over to her.

2) Edit Chess With Agatha (CWA) 

Result – I implemented My Final Reader of “Chess With Agatha” ‘s Notes into my 3rd/4th Draft of “Chess With Agatha”, and sent it to My Editor. My Editor for “Chess With Agatha” is half Finished Editing it, and I am Very Excited to see the Results.

3) Find someone to Draw CWA Land Map

Result – I found an Artist that is currently working on my Land Map for “Chess With Agatha”. So far, so good.

4) Self Publish “Chess With Agatha” 

Result – This is likely to happen in March, couldn’t quite pull it off in February, which is fine… I knew this Book would take more work because it’s longer than my last.

5)  Continue Writing Iliad (The 2nd in the “Plains Of Ordose”/Chess With Agatha Trilogy)

Result – I Posted One Chapter, then put “Iliad” On hold… I just found it too difficult to work on it with “Chess With Agatha” still not Self Published. So I’m waiting for the moment. Below is the Chapter I did Post though.

Chapter XI – A Conversation

6) Additional Story Writing

Result – I did in fact Post a Couple Different Stories.

“John Black’s Leaving Earth”Episode I and Episode II & Shifted

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March Goals

1) Complete Editing Of “Chess With Agatha” I suspect we’ll finish up with the Editing in March

2) Complete “Chess With Agatha” Land Map – Shouldn’t be a problem

3) Self Publish “Chess With Agatha” – I hope to do this once My Book is Edited, and The Land Map for the Book is Complete

4) Search for a Screenplay Literary Agent For “White Jade” – I’ve been Posting lately that I’ve picked up my Screenplay “White Jade” Again, and have begun seeking an Agent to Represent me with it. In 2006 I started to Convert it into a Comic Book, but that Project has been put on hold for a while.

5) Write either New “Allure” (Seers Of The Night) Chapters, Begin Iliad Chapters, and/or New Story Content – More “Allure” is likely to come in March, Iliad is still up in the air… New Story Content is also likely to come

So that’s it for me, plus all my Additional Posting, Poems, Editorials, Music Etc.

What about all of you, Any Goals For March?

Thanks for Reading/Listening

DarkJade-

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So I Started Calling Screenplay Literary Agencies

Posted in Screenplay, White Jade, Writing with tags on February 27, 2013 by darkjade68

screenplay1So I Started Calling Screenplay Literary Agencies

As I mentioned lately, I recently started to think about my Screenplay “White Jade“, which I had started to turn into a Comic Book back in 2006… And Self Published an 8 Page Partial Comic Book of in Jan, 2012. (The Comic Book Site)

I really like the Story, and it’s just hard to see it just sitting there.

I had pursued Film Making in 2000-2003, and originally Wrote the First Draft with the plan of Writing and Selling Feature Film Screenplays, and using the funds to Produce My Own Independent Films. That was the plan anyway… But sadly I stepped away from Film Making back in 2003, because of some health issues (Which are doing good by the way), and shifted into Screenplay Writing as my Primary Focus… But after a couple years of pouring hundreds of hours into “White Jade”, starting several other Screenplays, and Submitting just a hand full of Query Letters (Letters that Screenplay Literary Agencies generally want before deciding to take a look at your Script) to possible Screenplay Literary Agents, I sat Writing down.

Truth be known, I never really gave finding an Agent to represent me my all…

But now that I’ve been pursuing Professional Writing as a career since this Blog’s Inception back in August, 2011 (Primarily Books), I’ve decided to pick up my Screenplay, dust it off, and try to find a Screenplay Literary Agent.

I do not think this will be an easy task, as I know that there are a Zillion Writers out there… But for me, it’s all about actually getting my Writing in front of someone… So that is indeed the task.

Years back when I Originally finished my 19th+ Edit of “White Jade”, I asked several people if they would read it. Three out of Four really liked it, and one never got a chance to read it. Then last year at sometime, I asked my Favorite Writer online if she’d give it a go, and she liked it as well… And also gave me some Brilliant Suggestions in regard to it, which I have yet to incorporate.

Currently I have a friend of mine Reading it, and I look forward to hearing what they think as well.

Being that the Story is set in the Future, it shouldn’t be ‘dated’ or anything like that, Lol

So I started down the Screenplay Writing Agency List, which I got off the wga.org Site (Writers Guild Of America West), and this is what I’ve heard so far.

1st Agency) – Had me Submit a Request to Send a Query Letter via their Website (That was a New one for me, but it’s been 7 years)

2nd Agency – Gave me a Name to send a Query or Synopsis to (That is also a first, I need to figure out which I’m going to send… Maybe the Synopsis, but if that is the case, I really need to revisit my current one, and improve it)

3rd Agency – No Phone Number, only an Address – Skipping it for now

4th Agency – Will Send Query Letter Attn: Literary Dept

5th Agency – Will Send Query Letter Attn: Literary Dept

6th Agency – Not Taking Any at this time

7th Agency – Not Taking New Clients

8th Agency – No Phone #

9th Agency – No Phone #

10th Agency – Call back in May

11th Agency – Gave me an E-mail to send a Query Letter to (That’s New as well, but not surprised these days)

12th Agency – Left a Message, Lol

13th Agency – Gave me an E-mail

So I’m going to start with these, which means revisiting my Query Letter, and determining if I like the way it reads… I have a year and a half more Writing under my Belt these days, so maybe I’ll be able to improve it… We shall see.

Wish Me Luck

I’ll keep you guys updated

DarkJade-

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One Of My “White Jade” Comic Book Set To Music Videos

The Writer – Keeping The Dream Alive

Posted in Bloging, Editorial, Fiction, I Died Once, Marketing, Novella, Screenplay, Star Wars, Story, Writing with tags on November 18, 2012 by darkjade68

The Writer – Keeping The Dream Alive

by DarkJade

I Find Myself in an Interesting Place

I just Read Two Different Articles with Completely Different Opinions about “Giving Free” Copies of your Ebook away.

One Article seemed very Intelligent, and left me feeling like it would be a good Idea to Give a Copy of My Novella “I Died Once” away…

Followed by a Second Article, that was pretty much saying that Social Media basically Creates More Social Media, Lol

As opposed to Book Sales that is.

There are Certain Built in ‘Inner Conflicts’ in pursuing a Professional Career as a Writer.

Conflicts I also ran into when I was briefly pursuing Film Making for a Few years.

And they are this…

1) Yes, I’d Like to be Making a Living from My Writing…

Nothing wrong with that… Right? Being Paid for what your Passionate about… Not having to do a 40 hours a week Office Job Etc…. Or so it was with me anyways

Yes, for me it went something like this…

  • Bus Boy at a Restaurant (First Job)
  • Box Boy, then Meat Clerk at a Market (Like, 3rd and 4th Job)
  • 5 Years of Data Entry, and/or Office Jobs (Arghh, Artificial Lighting, Lol)
  • 6 1/2 Years Inside Sales (I actually did well at this, but was completely fried on Sales by the end of it)

Before I finally said $@#$ it! and walked away from the High Paying Job, and started to take other more basic jobs to pay the bills while I pursued Film Making.

Granted, I didn’t have any Kids, so it was a bit easier to take this kind of Risk…

I then spent the next 3 years Pursuing Film Making, whilst taking an assortment of jobs to pay the bills, eat, and roof over my head kind of thing.

And I have to tell you, it was completely Satisfying.

Then I ran into some Medical Issues which slowed me up a bit… Don’t worry, I’m fine now… But during this time where I found myself at Home a bunch, I shifted My Film Making pursuits into Screenplay Writing Pursuits.

Yes, I spent a lot of time Watching Old Classic Movies, which got me even Further In Touch with ‘True’ Story Telling… But it also turned me off the Current Film Industry a bit, which made shifting to Screenplay Writing from Film Making a bit easier then if My Health had Forced me to Give up My Dream.

Wrote Screenplays for a couple years, without being able to establish an Agent (Though I only sent a Hand Full of Query Letters Out), then sat Writing down for a while… These are things I’ve mentioned before. Yes, I fell in love, and played lots of World of Warcraft for a while, Lol

But I needed the Break… I’d Worked from the age of 15, and then went right into Passionately Pursuing My Dreams for 6 Years after that…

But mostly the Medical Scare, though I got through that, Created the Need to just take a Break for a bit.

And last year, just as I was about to get into Writing again, My Girlfriend and I broke up…

Two Months later, I Created This Blog, and spent the Next Year+ Writing, and Writing, and Writing. (The Goal was to get into the Habit of Writing, which Worked, 800-1,200 Words Per day on Average)

A Lot of Poetry… A Lot of Blog Stories… My “I Died Once” Novella… My Up and Coming Fantasy Novel “Chess With Agatha”… And My Vampire Series “Allure” which I will Publish as Short Novella’s next year…

And That’s when I began Self Publishing My Own Work

But first, My 2nd Point about Why I Want To Write

2) I’m a Storyteller… I want to Get My Stories Out, and Share them with People that might Enjoy the Worlds, and or Characters I Create.

For this I largely Blame George Lucas… His First Two “Star Wars” Movies not only Inspired me to be a Film Maker… They also Inspired me to be a Storyteller.

Sure, he’s not the Greatest Writer in the World… There is a Strong Simplicity to the Actual Script and Dialog of his Films…

But… His Story Concept… Story Scope… And Characters… Were Brilliant, Interesting, and Diverse.

Yes I was there… I was a young kid when I saw these first two Films… And it not only Changed The Film Industry… It Changed the World.

Well… At least for me.

But My Points are this

1) I Want to be a Professional Writer… Be Paid To Weave Tales, and Share them with People

2) I Want to Write Stories, Tell Stories, and Share Stories with as many People as care to Check them out. To Connect with the Readers, and possibly even be Inspired by other Writers as well. Which by the way I have been in the last Year+ that I’ve been Writing/Blogging.

So when I look at the Possibility of Giving Out Free Digital Copies of My Novella “I Died Once” (Something I hadn’t planned on doing)… Whether it Generates Future Interest in me as a Writer, and Perhaps My Future Books or not… One thing that it does for sure, is Share the Stories in My Head with as Many People as are Interested in taking a Peak.

Nuff Said

Thanks For Listening/Reading

DarkJade-

PICTURE CREDIT – The Writer

White Jade – Comic Video (Part 1)

Posted in Comic Book, Dark's Media Empire, Entertainment, Fiction, Film Making, Screenplay, White Jade, Writing with tags on October 23, 2012 by darkjade68

I threw together a Video Version of My Comic Book/Screenplay “White Jade”

“A Young Japanese Girl Just Turned Herself In For Crimes She Didn’t Commit… It’s Now Up To Once Chicago Detective, Now Japan Detective, Ben Wayne To Prove Her Innocence

“White Jade” is based on a Screenplay Written by James Mahoney

Directed, Edited and Produced – by James Mahoney

White Jade Comic @ White Jade Comic

Dark’s Media Empire @ Dark’s Media Empire

Art – by Del Borovic @ delborovic.com

Music – by Elliot Anderson @ soundcloud.com/andersonelliot