True things about me:
I once worked as an usher at the last porno theater in St. Louis County, Missouri, to supplement my salary working in a medical research lab. I regret one of these jobs to this day.
A professor talked me out of a career in academia by describing it as a sheltered workshop. Still not sure what that says about either of us.
If I could always fly into Long Beach when I go out to Southern California, I'd be a happy man.
I have written in one capacity or another my entire adult life. Of all the various kinds I've done, screenwriting is my favorite, and not just because my first attempt won contests. I like the way it lets me juggle pieces of story in my head. Try that with a novel and you'll hurt yourself.
Also, the receptions at film festivals have waaaay better caterers than the ones at writers' conferences. Is that Stilton on those little things over there? I think that's Stilton.
I write a lot of speculative genres (science, fantasy, alternate history) and some realistic stories and things that teeter uneasily between those poles. I can't call it magic realism because I don't believe in magic. Suggestions?
Cover Crop Sci-fi When a botanist on an isolated farm planet stumbles on the remains of an intelligent alien creature -- the first ever discovered -- it starts a chain reaction of denial, dissension, and murder among his co-workers.
Robo4ce Family A middle-school robotics team gives a smart-but-shy eighth grade girl a chance to learn self-confidence, and her coach an opportunity to heal the wounds left by his own mentor--who coaches a rival team.
Table Read my Screenplay: Park City -- Winner, Fantasy/Animated
SoCal Film Festival -- Best Feature Screenplay
StoryPros Awards -- 1st place, Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror
GenreBlast Film Festival -- Runner-up, Feature Screenplay
Contest of Contest Winners -- First Place Screenplay
Final Draft Big Break Contest -- Top 3 Finalist, Family Screenplay
StoryPros Awards -- 1st place, Family/Teen/Animation
University of Missouri - St. Louis