Hollywood calling…and waiting on the one

Taking the lead from our wordbitches friends, and given that fall is staring me in the face, I thought I would recap what I wrote this summer and set my goals for fall.

As for my writing summer, it all started with a phone call from Hollywood. A major studio was interested in a screenplay that I co-wrote. I can’t believe I just typed that. The script required a slew of revisions. So, we revised, we stressed, we cried, we screamed, we revised some more—then we resubmitted. This script (a psychological thriller) generated increased interest, particularly in other genre samples. So, we dusted another script off (this time, a sci-fi/comedy) and polished the hell out of it. Then, we were asked, “what else are you working on?” GULP. So, we resurrected yet another script (a mythological horror). Are you counting here? This is screenplay number three in the span of a month. Lesson: when pitching, always have at least three projects ready to pimp.

I can tell you that three’s a charm. The response from the studio was that’s “the one.” So, naturally, we revised some more. Lots more. And into the wee hours of every. single. night. My summer was a blur. We managed to turn a solid treatment into a polished, albeit draft, screenplay. The experience was excruciating and even unbearable at times, yet somehow gratifying beyond belief. This screenplay now sits in the hands of fate and we wonder if it has that x factor; will it be “the one?”  

While I was engaged in this process, I was also doing revisions with my agent in response to publisher feedback on a picture book (currently on submission). And again, I revise. And I wait. I’m almost certain my next flurry of revisions will be on my middle grade novel which is also ‘somewhere out there’ on submission. Lesson: fall in love with your characters because you will be spending a very long time with them.

Between revisions and more revisions, I also managed to paint an entire house, landscape @LoriDyan’s backyard, tend a vegetable garden, plant fifty trees, read three novels (not enough), contract a flu (followed by an eye infection), reno a kitchen, tremclad the house, build a shed with the hubs, attend Pilates each week, and let’s not forget—work full time.

I need a vacation from my summer. Hear that, universe?

On that note, I formulate my goals for fall as I do every year at this time.

Here goes:

1) Plan a fruitful and wordalicious writing retreat with the Restless Writers.

2) Review my MG novel (a hefty yet inevitable task). Oh, the revisions I’ll make!

3) Put a serious word-count-dent in my new YA novel.

4) Begin book 2 of a 3-book children’s picture book series. Book 1 was published in Spring, see it here.

 5) Promote Chicken Soup for the Soul: Oh Canada where my story, From Vile to Vegas appears, to be published this November.

6) Plan my Oscar speech? (okay, so a girl can dream)

What are your writing goals for Fall? Are you waiting on “the one?” 



Filed under Getting published, Inspiration, Life and stuff, Motivation, Success stories

12 responses to “Hollywood calling…and waiting on the one

  1. You go, Girl. Wowzers. I’m feeling exhausted for you, but mostly excited. Keep us in the loop. You’re going places! In fact, you’re halfway there, at least to the first stop… 🙂

  2. bjas

    Thanks Leanne, yeah, I’m still exhausted and still recovering! Will keep you posted!

  3. Lori Dyan

    You are a whirling dervish of creativity and brute home-reno strength, BJas! Just remember us in your speech (and introduce me to Ryan Gosling when you cast him, please).

    • bjas

      Thanks Lori, and thanks too for listening to me ummmm, “vent” throughout the summer! Ha-ha, yeah Ryan Gosling is definitely at the top of the wish-list!

  4. I am exhausted just reading about your summer. Oy! But also, wow! So much exciting stuff happening for you! Good luck with the screenplay and with the books you have on sub. Can’t wait to hear good news from you! 🙂

    • bjas

      Hi Shari! Great to hear from you and thanks so much. Hopefully the momentum continues and some good news comes soon, fingers crossed!

  5. Trish Loye Elliott

    Holy crap! I can’t believe you got all that done in the summer! But talk about amazing stuff! Good luck with everything! I’ve got fingers and toes crossed for you. Keep us informed.

    • bjas

      I can’t believe it either! Thanks for keeping everything crossed. Lotsa waiting….more waiting….but soon, time will tell!

  6. Jennifer Jenkins-Scott

    My fingers are crossed for you
    Make sure you get some physical activity in to balance things out 🙂

  7. bjas

    Thanks Jennifer! Yeah, absolutely….physical activity is one thing that gets shot to hell during this process. Must get on that, thanks for the nudge, I totally need it!

  8. kp

    Hi Beckie…So you are “out” as a screenplay writer and as a writer of children’s books!!! Good for you…your summer sounds exhausting, exhilarating and exciting!! It WILL happen!! Kim

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