I’ve finished editing/revising my adaptation of my manuscript, The Abduction, as a script. I managed to cut it down to 118 pages from 128. It was tough in the end because a lot had to happen before the hero was able to see his big mistake.

I went online to find other scifi scripts to read so I can see how it is supposed to look when finished. I discovered something interesting. All those people who say the scripts should be between 90-110 pages must not have read the scifi scripts. Most of them are at least 120 pages and some even more. Now I’m wondering if I should have cut some scenes that I thought were important. Would the story seem rushed at the end? I hope not. But I can always put those scenes back.

I don’t know about anyone else, but I think the experience of writing a manuscript for a novel helped me learn the hero, heroine, antagonist and secondary characters better. I knew how they thought and felt and it made the script writing process much easier.

Of course, I did my homework first. I answered questionnaires about my characters and their flaws. I knew their parents and their backgrounds; where they came from and where they thought they were going until…the inciting incident. Having all the “head stuff” in the manuscript made the actions easier to write in the script because I knew why they did what they did.
I just hope that when someone reads the script, they can see the action like I did.

I sent off my manuscript again. This time to a publisher that doesn’t necessarily publish scifi romance. Apparently, the romance I had in my story wasn’t enough for romance publishers, but none of the editors or agents I submitted to all these years ever mentioned that until my recent rejection.

The romance between the hero and heroine is evident, but not upfront and obvious in every scene. I like scifi, action, and adventure movies, with some romance in each. What I don’t like is too much romance that it becomes sickening and you wonder if the story is ever going to start. I have to admit I read a couple of books that were like that, but I haven’t seen any movies like it.

Too much of something is not always good for you. But who doesn’t want a Happily Ever After? I want to walk away from a movie or a good book feeling that the hero and heroine are going to be happy (for now) if not forever. Don’t you?

I hate movies that end abruptly or the bad guy gets away and the hero and heroine are left with an unsatisfying ending. I feel cheated!

Well, all my stories will have a Happily Ever After! In fact, I’m working on the second manuscript in my Vaedra Chronicles Series, where the secondary characters get to tell their stories as hero and heroine. There are more secondary characters, of course, but it will bring together some of the cast from the first script in a reunion at the end of the second script.

So, before I get that script finished, I need to finish the manuscript. Hopefully, I’ll have both done in time to enter a few contests this year.

Until next time…keep writing!

New Year, New Commitments

I fully intended to keep up with my blog last year, but I got distracted. I started out last year writing to enter a script contest. I finished my manuscript and a script adapted from that manuscript. I went on to edit the rough draft of “Revenge” but got distracted by writing a script adaptation for it. Work at a new job, AVON, canning season, a husband, and a household all pulled me in different directions.

So, here I am, starting over again in a New Year. This year will be different. We all say that, don’t we? I’ve committed myself to getting in shape and eating right. So far, so good in that respect. I’ve stuck to my daily exercises going on two weeks now. I’m trying to eat less, watching that it’s healthy food. That part is a little harder. I’d rather over-exercise than under-eat, but that’s me.

I’ve cut back on my AVON books, to make life easier. I’ve been laid off from the other job (temporarily, I hope), so I have no excuse for lack of time. So now comes the commitment to write. **I commit myself to writing at least two hours a day.** I’m setting a timer. No interruptions for two hours! After that time, it’s housework, errands, or whatever. I’m going to make it work five days a week. No appointments or last minute errands until after the two hours is up.

I’m blocking out two hours a day in my day planner as if this were an appointment. I’ll post a snippet of what I’ve written here on my blog. Hopefully, I’ll have some followers to my blog.

I got some feedback from an editor to make some changes to my manuscript, “The Abduction.” She said she would take a look at the whole thing if I did the edits. I’ve got a little more to do on the second chapter then a general read over to make sure everything sounds good.

Here are a few snippets from chapter one of “The Abduction.”

**Lightning flashed and a rumbling boom shook the tiny log cabin nestled in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains…
Crack! The dwelling shook again. Two lights shone over the water, then moved towards the wooded area surrounding his home…Suddenly, lightning struck one of the objects, brightening the entire sky. The explosion startled him…Adam Davis yanked his clothes off the chair and pulled on his jeans. Hopefully, someone survived the crash…

…He arrived at the wreckage…”Hey, is anybody here?” He shouted above the rumbling. No response…Apprehension crept up the back of his neck, like someone watched him.

He pulled the bow off his shoulder, nocked an arrow to the bowstring and swung around to check the woods behind him. His bow, fully drawn was ready to release, but aimed at nothing…

Facing the small plane, he walked towards it, as another bolt lit up the area, brighter than before. He gasped and his heart thudded. The flattened football-shaped object had no wings or tail. Unlike anything he had ever seen, his first thought was to run like hell!**

Status Update

I know I had planned to keep up my blog but life got in the way. I started a new job in March which took away some of my writing time. I managed to finish a script based on a manuscript I had written called The Abduction. I had written the manuscript back in 1998. The premise is a young man is mistaken for a criminal and abducted by aliens. His only way back to Earth is to rescue the father of the beautiful bounty hunter who abducted him, but falls in love with her in the process.

That manuscript went through a lot of changes over the years (along with a lot of rejections). I had entered 16 contests with it. The last four contests had the same results. Two out of three judges said it was great, but the third judge (in each case) gave me low scores for the same items I received high scores on. How do you fix that?
Normally, after each contest, I would examine the comments and look at the manuscript to see where I could improve it. Then I would edit the manuscript and resubmit it to another contest for feedback. Well, after the fourth contest which had the same results as the three previous, I quit submitting it to contests. I then wrote a script based on the manuscript because one editor said that my manuscript read like a script.

Well, after entering that script in a contest last year, I was told that I came close to finaling. So, I took the comments of the judges and went over the script, making corrections. I re-entered it in the same contest this year (Romancing the Script screenwriting contest). I finaled in that contest and went on to receive third place. Yea! Now I have a nice badge to put on my website.

Shortly after entering that contest, I discovered two more contests for scripts: Script Pipeline and Page Awards. I entered both contests. I didn’t final in the Script Pipeline contest, but I heard from the Page Awards that my script, The Abduction, went from Round One to Round Two. The Quarter Finalists will be announced on July 15, 2011. I am so excited about this news!

In the meantime, I’m learning how to juggle my writing time with a full-time job, my AVON business, and dealing with canning zucchini relish, squash, tomatoes and other vegetables that need my immediate attention. I have managed to work on my sequel to The Abduction called Revenge. I’m actually writing it as a script as well as editing my rough draft into a manuscript.

Wish me luck!

Hello world!

Courtesy NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA

This is my new blog on writing sci-fi romance as well as paranormal romance that’s on the edge of reality.  While I take the time to learn this new program, I hope you visit my blog and website and follow me on my journey as a writer seeking publication.

I’m currently submitting my first manuscript, “The Abduction,” to agents and editors, while I’m editing my first screenplay based on the manuscript.  I hope to have the screenplay finished by the end of this month.

The Abduction is about a young man abducted by aliens from the only home he has ever known and discovers the home he has always wanted when he falls in love with the beautiful alien bounty hunter who wanted him dead.  The theme of this story is “home is where the heart is.”

The story takes place in the Vaedra System which is in the Milky Way Galaxy. ( I hope to have images of space in my blog occasionally.)  This is the beginning of the Vaedra Chronicles, a series of stories that occur in the Vaedra System.  Main characters from the first book will have appearances in other books, but the secondary characters will eventually have their own stories.

My second manuscript, Revenge, is a first draft.  I hope to work on that as well this month.  Revenge is about a reformed criminal who falls in love with a woman seeking revenge against her brother’s killer, only to discover he is the one who killed him.  I’m still working on the theme for this story, but I’m leaning towards “life is full of second chances.”[ad name=”Google Adsense-2″]