So, I tend to let most comments through, even the negative ones, because I like hearing from all points of view. If you surf back through the comments on this blog, you will find comments that talk about some mistakes people have found in my books, or how I was wrong about this, or didn’t know much about that, etc. Expand that surfing to include my email and you will find many, many more. I am all right with that. It’s part of being a writer.

Typically, when a reader sends me an email to let me know they found a mistake in one of my books, my reply is to thank them, then go fix the error. Many of you can attest to this, because you are the ones who notified me of the mistakes.

However, if you contact me, and your venom-filled diatribe includes phrases similar to “hire me as your editor, or at least find an editor who is not a complete r-tard,” odds are pretty good I’m not going to run your comment. It’s one thing to pick apart my books, I’m used to that, but it’s quite another to insult an entire group of people in order to do so.

Also, sending a second comment to complain about how I didn’t publish your first comment fast enough to suit you (less than 24 hours later, in this case) is not going to make me want to discuss anything with you on any level.

Oh, Goody!

Posted: February 21, 2014 in Uncategorized

Today marks my first Friday of work. Well, not really. Today is the first Friday that Heather has off under her new schedule. The nice thing about that is it allows her to have a day with Cole that she doesn’t typically get.

It also allows me to write for several hours. :)

It’s the perfect time, too. All my side projects are completed or nearing completion, so today I can focus all of my attention on 79 A.D., which as you guys know is long, long overdue.

Well, better get started.

Today is going to be a good writing day. I can feel it.

Okay…Here Is The Big News!

Posted: December 19, 2013 in Uncategorized

Yes. I know it has been yet another long silence from Yours Truly. I know. I should be better behaved. Typically, most of my thoughts and news updates, such as they are, get posted to my Facebook page. I enjoy talking over there because it’s so much more interactive. Whereas on the blog, it feels more like I’m on a podium, talking TO a bunch of people instead of talking WITH them, if that makes any sense. So…if you are reading this blog, but aren’t following me on Facebook, why not?

:)

But today is different. Today, I have news that is just too big for my Facebook, and so I will post about it here and then post the link there so everyone can read it. I’ll also post the link to my Twitter. (Yes, I have one of those, too…geez! Where have you guys been?) Okay? Okay.

I have been sitting on this news for about as long as I can stand it. I’ve hinted about it on my Facebook page, and of course I’ve spilled a bean or two about it to some close friends whom I knew I could trust not to blab. But now, finally, I can tell you all what has got me so ridiculously excited that I only slept for about two hours last night.

33 A.D. has been optioned for film by Winkler Films in Hollywood, CA.

Yup. You read that right. 33 A.D. has been optioned for film.

Let me say that again, because I really, really like saying it. 33 A.D. has been optioned for film!

As some of you may know, Winkler Films is the production company that brought us Rocky, Goodfellas, Raging Bull, Taken, The Net, and a great many others. And now they want to make a movie from MY book! How off-the-charts cool is that?

So how did it all go down? I’ll tell you. I got an email from someone at Winkler Films on Monday, October 28th. This person (who I will not name) wanted to know if the film rights for 33 A.D. were available, and also asked if I have an agent or manager they should talk to. I emailed back and said yes, the rights were available, and asked if they were interested in acquiring them. A few minutes later, I got the reply. Yes, they wanted them, and again they asked if I had an agent they could talk to.

You guys should all know by now that I did not have an agent. So I emailed one and waited. I figured I’d wait to see if the agent was interested in taking this on before replying to Winkler Films. But then someone else at Winkler emailed me. This time it was the actual producer who was interested in the rights. He emailed me and said he loved reading it, and asked if I’d ever considered adapting it for a screenplay. I said yes, and we agreed to have a phone conversation to talk about it.

The phone call happened on Wednesday, October 30. I talked to the producer for about 20 minutes on a wide range of topics. Before we got off the phone, he told me he would put an offer together and email it to me in a few days. So once I hung up (and after I finished my fist-pumping air guitar solo) I emailed a friend of mine who is a writer in Hollywood. He put me in touch with his agent, who told me to forward the offer to him and he would look at it. The offer arrived in my inbox the next day on Halloween. I forwarded it to the agent, who said it was a pretty good offer, but he thought we could do better. So he said he would call Winkler Films the next day and start the negotiations going.

He called me again the next day (Friday, Nov. 1) to tell me where we were with the deal. It was better, but still not where he wanted it to be. So they spent the following week in negotiations, and then my agent called me again on Monday, Nov. 11, to tell me that the deal was in a place that he liked, and then he explained it to me. I liked it too, and that was it. The rest was just waiting for the contracts to arrive.

And just like that, I had an agent and an option for a Hollywood film, both of which I didn’t have two weeks ago. And in case you are wondering…yes, that makes me very happy.

Okay, enough of that. Some of you probably have a few questions. I know I would. So here are a couple of FAQs, and my best attempt to answer them:

Q – So does this mean there will be a 33 A.D. movie?
A – Not necessarily. This was an option, not a sale. What that means is Winkler Films basically bought the right to adapt the book for a screenplay and then pitch it to Hollywood studios, who will then decide if they want to invest in the film. Optioning film rights is the first step toward getting a movie made, but it is far from a guarantee. Hollywood options a huge number of film rights every year, but only a handful actually become movies.

Q – So why are you so excited?
A – Are you kidding? The possibility is there for something that could be huge! This possibility did not exist for me two weeks ago, and I would have laughed if anyone suggested it would come to be. So while there is no guarantee that there will ever be a 33 A.D. movie, it is much closer to becoming a reality now than it has ever been before. Besides, just the fact that Winkler Films believes in the story represents a tremendous validation of my work, and it sure was good for the ol’ ego.

Q – Are you writing the screenplay?
A – No. The production company will hire someone to adapt the book to a screenplay, and I’m more than happy to let them. I love my book, but books and movies are two totally different animals, and what works in a book does not always work in a movie. As such, I would most likely screw up the script by trying to force things to work that just weren’t meant to be.

Q – If a movie is made, will you have any say in who they cast?
A – Nope. I’ll have about as much control over that as I do who gets nominated to the Supreme Court. In other words, none at all.

Q – Will you have any input in the film?
A – I might. Then again, I might not. The production company is under no obligation to include me in the process. That doesn’t mean they won’t, it just means they don’t have to.

Q – What about 61 A.D.? Did that get optioned, too?
A – That’s complicated. But suffice it to say, if a 33 A.D. movie is made, and does well, a 61 A.D. movie would almost certainly come after. Pretty much the entire Bachiyr franchise could potentially be made into movies, but that’s a very, very long reach and would require a lot of stars to align in just the right way. So for now, I will just focus on 33 A.D.

Q – Are you going to retire now and move to some tropical paradise?
A – No plans to retire, but that tropical paradise sure sounds nice. Of course, unless I want to live on a sidewalk or park bench of said tropical paradise, I should probably just stay put and keep writing.

Q – What can I do to help?
A – Make as much noise as you can. Most of you already do that, anyway. Just remember to recommend the books to your friends, leave reviews whenever you can, and don’t forget to stay the incredible group of people that you are. Because honestly, without you guys, none of this matters, anyway.

Q – Blah, blah, blah movie, blah, blah, blah, option. So frickin’ what? When is 79 A.D. coming out, you slacker! Don’t make me come over there with a crowbar!
A – I deserve that. I have not met my (or your) expectations with regard to the third Taras and Theron story. All I can say is: put down the crowbar, your wait is nearly over.

That’s about it for now. I expect that the wheels of Hollywood are as slow, if not slower, than the wheels of publishing, so I don’t know when I will have any updates. I promise to share any news with you guys the as soon as I get it, so stay tuned, ok?

And The Winner Is…

Posted: December 7, 2013 in Uncategorized

There were plenty of entries that made me laugh, like the one about saving money on car insurance and the one about zombies in Fifty Shades of Gray, but one of the entries seriously cracked me up. Here is is:

Sorry folks, but I have the inside information:
You are a transvestite who goes by the name Luscious Von Shtupp. You served some time in prison after a botched attempt to kidnap Rush Limbaugh and keep him as a sex slave. During your time in jail you wrote your books in a effort to keep “that sexy man” out of your head. After your release you provided information to the authorities about a torrid night you spent with Bea Arthur, 2 goats and a midget. Due to Bea’s connections with the Amish Mafia, you were placed into witness protection. But, now, the Fed’s believe that enough time has passed since Bea died and have agreed to take you out of Witness Protect, in order to follow your true dream of writing a series of coffee table books titled “The Exciting World Of Underwater Basket Weaving”, under your “real” name, Luscious.

Yep. Bill Landers, you win the autographed copy of 33 A.D. and the $10 Amazon gift card. Woohooo! Congratulations!

Email me at Monkeyfeet73 (at) yahoo dot com and I’ll get your information. Thanks for the brilliant laugh. All my readers can now refer to me as Luscious or just Miss Shtupp.

In other news, I received the contracts for my big news the day before yesterday. This means I should be able to make an official announcement next week. Stay tuned, folks!

New Contest!

Posted: November 19, 2013 in Uncategorized

Okay, so some of you may know by now that I have some pretty exciting news. I’ve hinted about it on my Facebook page, and on my Twitter. And then I realized I haven’t been posting to my blog lately, so here I am. On the plus side, coming to my blog made me realize I really need to update it. I think I will do that this week.

I bet you think I am going to tell you what my news is, right? Wrong. I can’t yet. At this point I am waiting for the ink. But soon. I promise.

The waiting is so damn hard, though. It’s so bad that I have already written the blog post that will spill the beans. In fact, I wrote it last week. Ugh! You’d think I would be used to all this waiting by now, but I’m not.

So why am I posting here today? Well, I’ve decided to have a contest. It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these, and really, it’s past time I dug back into the blog. So today’s contest is all about my news. The prize is a signed copy of 33 A.D. and a $10 e-gift card to Amazon.

What is my exciting news? That is your question. To enter the contest, simply post your guess into the comments below. But there’s a catch: I am not looking for correct guesses. What I want is for you to post some wild, off the wall guess as to what my news could be. Am I announcing that I am actually an alien involved in a love triangle with Selma Hayek and Quiznot Brzzzip? Maybe I am finally coming clean that all my books were actually beamed into my brain by Mark Zuckerberg as part of his next social media project, BrainBook. Or maybe, just maybe, I’m a megalomaniac ghost living in the internet with the intent to enslave all mankind byte by byte using pictures of cats and food that are secretly coded with subliminal messages of obedience.

Make it weird. Make it off the wall. Make it goofy. In other words, have fun with it! I will select a winner next week and post their name on this page. I hope to be able to announce my news at that time, as well. Fingers crossed.

Cole has never climbed out of his crib. Not once in 2 1/2 years. Heather and I bought him a big boy bed based on the fact that we think he’s ready for one. It is scheduled to be delivered today. Heather and I have wondered several times if this was the right choice at this time because, as I said, he has never climbed out of his crib, and a real bed is going to be a sizeable adjustment.

But this morning, something happened that reinforced my belief that it’s time to say goodbye to the crib. Cole was playing on the floor of his room. I left the room to use the potty and brush my teeth. I was gone for about three minutes. When I returned, Cole was in his crib playing with one of his toys.

So he climbed INTO the crib. All by himself. With no parental aid, assistance, or supervision.

Yup. Buh-BYE crib.

1998 Yamaha V-Max

Posted: June 18, 2013 in Uncategorized

Here is a pic of my new bike. Nice, ain’t it?

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