Well, well, well...
Here we are. About a month and a half into our shelter-in-place orders here in the Bay Area. My family and I are good, hanging in amidst the strangeness, and I am managing to get some creative work done in between other work, childcare, and family responsibilities.
This will be a semi-short blog entry. Just felt like it was time to give a few updates on what is happening with my writing and music lately.
To begin, here is a new song I wrote about 4 days into the COVID-19 shelter-in-place orders. I wrote it after a conversation with a friend who was having a tough time as this all began, worried about ailing parents and his own place in the world as this global crisis began rearing its ugly, relentless head.
I wrote it inspired by my friend, but it is dedicated to all of us. Everywhere.
Lullaby For The Anxious by David Edward Wagner
And Speaking of Writing and Music....
I am excited about being almost complete of a TV pilot called The Brother's Blood. I have a completed Series Bible and a script into the Mid-Point (halfway through the story). It is an Urban Fantasy/Crime genre piece. It is fun with a mythology's worth of potential.
Also, I am working not he Second Draft of a new novel, The Swill. I have been working on this a couple years now but finally getting focused on completing the second draft. It is a Science/Speculative Fiction novel about androids hooked on a highly-addictive oil-based drug and the remnants of human society trying to survive the over-run streets.
Lastly, with writing, I am touching up a script called Retreat for the marketplace. It was recently a semi-finalist in Fresh Voices competition and I am working on a few points to sharpen it up. It is a Thriller about a group of women at a writer's retreat in the Alaskan wilderness. Needless to say, things get desperate when they lose all power and run out of supplies in the middle of a massive blizzard. Excitement and drama.
Musically, I am working on an album for kids featuring some brand new original songs by my good ol' self as well as classic, beloved kids songs. This will be awesome and I will be announcing release date and info as soon as it is closer to time.
That's enough, I suppose. A few other things here and there in various states of being, but nothing to mention here and now.
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Thanks for stopping by and reading this. It is appreciated.
Trying to get back in the habit of doing this regularly but we'll see how that holds up. Certainly enough going on to write more, having a very productive year or so and making some headway in the business of writing. A couple more corners to turn...
Cheers and Best To You,
David Edward Wagner
A Quick Couple While I was Away
Ah yes, that's right. I have a blog. And I say and show things sometimes.
No need to say much, just throwing out there for you a couple of fine things that have happened for my writing lately.
First, I was named an official selection of the Beverly Hills Film Festival this year for my script "Role Of A Lifetime.". It was a great experience and I met some awesome writers, film makers, producers, and actors. Looking forward to going back in the future.
Here be I at the little event sign/photo op thing place...
And just a couple of weeks ago I was named an official selection at the Cindependent Film Festival in Cincinnati, Ohio for my script "Dam!". It seems like a pretty awesome festival and I hope I can go, though life, of course, makes it challenging to do so.
Other than this, being a Wagner is dandy. My kid is great. My wife is wonderful. My writing is chugging along and getting back to routine again after a bit of time working in fits and starts. Fine tuning a few things for publication and marketing for my novels, some new screenplays doing their things on the paper and in my head, and working steady as a freelance editor and script doctor. I'm sure I could complain but it seems trite.
Be well. Write or draw or paint or sing or jam or do whatever your flavor is.
Be patient Persevere. Hope there's no typos.
This will be short but sweet with follow ups to come in the near future.
I am very excited today, I just received word this afternoon that my script, Dam!, has been nominated for several awards and has been named an "official selection" of the 2017 Oaxaca Film Festival.
The festival, taking place in October, is considered one of the Top 25 or Top 50 (depending on where you get your info) film festivals in the world. Either way, not bad. They have recently partnered with Sundance and they are growing every year.
I am truly honored to be up for the following awards and achievements:
- Official Selection
- Best Script
- Global Script Challenge Finalist
- Best "Stirring Character"
Not bad for a monster movie about a giant beaver.
In case you missed it, here is the official longline for the script.
When military experiments go wrong, a college student home for spring break finds herself leading a motley group against a giant mutant beaver from destroying Toledo, Ohio.
I hope to have some updates and new blog posts as I prepare to travel to Mexico to take part in this fine film festival.
Thank you for your time and get back to work, you.
The More Things Change...
Been a while. The ol' blog has remained dusty for a few months but I am slowly crawling back to the short ramblings and blatant self-promotion inherent in the medium. Cheers.
Carving out time to write these past few months has been challenging but it has been happening. Doing some freelance editing to add to the kitty, while my main writing time has been focused on some major, major re-writes to a finished piece: the final final draft. That's exciting, and I am ready to get it put behind me so I can get back to my two upcoming series.
Series one, book one entitled, Swill, is about a man desperately trying to keep his daughter alive. Drug-fueled robots have wiped humanity out in their hive-minded obsession with manufacturing and taking their highly addictive grease-based drug, Swill. Peter, his daughter, Melody, and a small group of survivors, are fighting their way out of Philadelphia on their way to the New Jersey Harbor and, hopefully, on a big boat to the Caribbean. This story is planned as a duology.
Series Two is a multi-book epic, The Brothers Blood. This is the story of Omar and Theodore Blood, enforcers for a notoriously eccentric and reclusive criminal organization. The brothers love girls, weed, talking trash, and their mother. They've always followed their father's directive: don't kill, but don't be afraid to break a few bones if duty calls. Things get more complicated when their employer asks them to steal an ancient map from a collection in Berkeley, California. Soon, Omar and Theo find themselves deep in a world they never knew existed. This is planned as a six book series, containing both novels and novellas.
I have a finished first draft of book one of The Brothers Blood, and I am about 60% done with the first draft of Swill. I will keep updating the status as I move forward.
Besides writing, this is what I have been doing.
Anchors No More: Time Travel Excitement At Its Best
What can two scientists do when a test run of their time travel device lands them in prison, charged with treason by a government hell-bent on exploiting their technology for nefarious purposes.
Writer to Writer: From Brain to Paper and Other Metaphysical Impossibilities (plus a blog tour stop with author Samie Sands).
From Brain to Paper and Other Metaphysical Impossibilities.
I was recently interviewed by science fiction author Nathaniel Danes (the Last Hero trilogy).