Amazon KDP (Kindle Direct Publishing) has deposited twenty seven cents into my bank account. Yeah, I know, but it’s a start.
I am a screenwriter, but I chose to publish a few of my screenplays as e-books. I am still learning the mechanics of converting screenplay files into book files. The format appears a little wonky depending upon which electronic device you read with. I am sure I will figure it out eventually.
In the meantime, here is a link to my latest effort.
I have a confession. I’m not a big fan of pumpkin pie. My favorite is apple. Hot, deep dish apple, to be precise. With vanilla ice cream. Two scoops.
This article isn’t really about pie, however. I’ll tell you in a minute what this article is about as soon as I figure out what this article is about. Let’s go with the pie theme for now.
According to my source (starts with G and ends with oogle) pumpkin pie is well down the list at number eight. No big surprise to me that apple is number one, followed by chocolate, coconut, pecan, berry, key lime, lemon, pumpkin, cherry, and banana cream at number ten.
But this is all a little, uh, fruitless. Gee, too bad I don’t have a pie chart to show you. Anyway, enough of…
Last week I handed in the first draft of my screenplay to Gold Valley Films. It’s a musical animation feature with pirates, mermaids, ogres and a cast of talking creatures. It will be released in Chinese theaters in the spring of 2015. That’s all I can tell you at this point. Stay tuned for more…
My high school folk group from left to right: Dan Judd, Kevin Stephens, Wes Winn, Ron Hendricks and Jasper Winn. In 1971, Kevin and Jasper had gone off to college, so we were joined by Gary Knox. Here we all are in a photo from 2004 at the dedication concert for the Jack Williams Auditorium. Dan, Gary, Ron, Jasper, Kevin and Wes!
Mr. Williams was our beloved Mac-Hi Choir Director, Counselor and Teacher.
That probably isn’t Ben Franklin in the video, but it makes for a great headline for my post. On the other hand, it could be him. I’ve heard rumors of his, uh, cross-dressing. Anyway, as a screenwriter I claim first dibs on the movie title.
I’ve been thinking a lot about time lately. As luck would have it, I stumbled upon a wonderful movie last night called About Time. If you are growing weary of big-budget, story-less blockbusters of late, this little movie is a delightful change of pace.
Even before last night’s movie, however, I was pondering the curious nature of time. For example, wouldn’t it be great if time were like a roll of toilet paper? You could pull off exactly what you need and then roll back the rest for future use. Guess where I came up with that idea.
They say that “time and tide wait for no man.” And while this may be true, at least tide gets a chance to retrace it’s path. Now wouldn’t it be cool if we could do that? While we are on the subject of water, there are actually a lot of time and water metaphors. Here’s a good one:
“Time is a sort of river of passing events, and strong is its current; no sooner is a thing brought to sight than it is swept by and another takes its place, and this too will be swept away.”
By the way, did you know the world’s largest river once flowed in the opposite direction? Nice segue, huh? My point is that if something can alter the direction of the mighty Amazon, perhaps the inexorability of time is, well, exorable.
I am starting to get a headache, so I think I will end pretty much as I began by talking about movies. If you haven’t seen it already, I highly recommend Edge of Tomorrow starring Tom Cruise. When I first started to watch it I almost turned it off. I thought the story was headed in a stupid direction. I was wrong.
story by Simon Edward Smith – reprinted by permission from that’s PRD magazine
Rocking and rolling around Guangzhou, Ridwan and Ron are currently causing waves on the city’s music circuit. Formed six months back after meeting via a mutual friend, the duo make up the aptly named RnR.
Ridwan Amir, from Singapore, has been here since 2009. Ron Hendricks, who hails from Walla Walla in Washington State, has been here since 2006. The former takes up the vocals while the latter supports on backing guitar. Together, they sing covers of a broad range of popular songs – according to Amir, the twosome has “a book of standard stuff geared toward Chinese audiences” – with a few original tunes thrown in for good measure. On any given night you’re likely to hear a rambunctious, jangling version of Jason Mraz’ ‘I’m Yours’ alongside a loud, balls-to-the-wall cover of Queen’s ‘We Will Rock You,’ plus RnR’s very own ‘My Girl,’ a hybrid of early days Rod Stewart and Credence Clearwater Revival’s foot-stomping beat.
Amir has a powerhouse of a voice; it’s raw and unrestrained. Understandably, rock bands like the Smashing Pumpkins are a major
influence. As Hendricks says of his bandmate, “When Ridwan sings people focus. Audiences want to stay for the whole thing. My job is to harmonize.” It’s not surprising, then, that Amir was runner-up for best vocalist at Yamaha Asian Beat back in Singapore.
Hendricks’ tastes on the other hand are earthier and folksy; singers more mellow and subtle in delivery appeal to him, like Simon and Garfunkel, Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger – an interest made evident by his free-wheeling, Dylan-esque phrasing.
A fun duo with good rapport between themselves and the audience, make sure to request their comical ‘No Man, No Cry.’
// You can catch RnR at Hooley’s (Tue), Rebel
Rebel (Sat), The Brew on Jianshe Liu Malu
(Thu), The Brew Panyu (Friday) and Covent
Garden (Sunday) from 9.30pm.
In China, many buildings don’t have a fourth floor. Or a fourteenth floor. Or a twenty fourth floor. You see, the Chinese word for the number four sounds a lot like the Chinese word for death. Don’t laugh; a lot of western hotels don’t have a thirteenth floor!
Chinese cultural tradition shuns the mention of death. I’ve heard stories of Chinese families who avoid telling elderly parents about the death of a family member, carrying on a pretense about that member being very busy and away on an extended trip, etc.
Anyway, I stumbled upon this video of a proposed project on www.jue.so which is a Chinese version of Kickstarter. There are English subtitles, by the way: