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05 September 2012 @ 01:37 pm
XOXO  
I had to take a bit of an internet sabbatical the last few weeks, for reasons that are pretty boring so I won't elaborate on the details - suffice it to say, I've been busy.  I started checking my flist for the first time in forever and became promptly overwhelmed, so.  I think I'm going to catch up by user/comm rather than try to do everything at once.

Some of you may remember my vampire screenplay The House of Bathory from last year.  Good news!  It made it to the semifinals of Austin Film Festival in both the drama and sci-fi categories.  I was absolutely flabbergasted when I got the call.  That means I was in the top 20-25 in drama and the top 10-12 in sci-fi.  I'm pretty excited.  I am nursing absolutely zero expectations I'll make it to the finals, so I'm just very happy with how it turned out.  I had also been reading scripts as a first-round judge this year for AFF, so my conference and festival badge is free.  So I'll be going down to Austin in October, and I'm very much looking forward to it.  I'm taking on some extra proofing jobs to be able to afford going out to eat and such while I'm down there.  (Last time we ate a lot of stolen hotel breakfast foods for lunch and dinner, and cheap dollar menu fast food stuff.  Which is fine, but I'd like to occasionally travel like a real grown-up.)

So again, eighteen months after the fact, I want to thank all of you who read both drafts of that screenplay, who gave me advice and critiques and sometimes even told me what worked.  I know for a fact that screenplay would not have made it as far as it did without all of your help. ♥
 
 
 
enigmaticblues: parker thumbs upenigmaticblues on September 5th, 2012 06:43 pm (UTC)
Congratulations and good luck!
Shannonkungfuwaynewho on September 10th, 2012 12:28 am (UTC)
Thanks!
Holly: Stock - iharthdarth squee!hollywobbles on September 5th, 2012 07:04 pm (UTC)
\o/ Yay! Congrats!!!
Shannonkungfuwaynewho on September 10th, 2012 12:28 am (UTC)
Thank you! And you know, your dedication is what kept Samuel alive, heh.
Holly: Stock - iharthdarth squee!hollywobbles on September 10th, 2012 02:38 am (UTC)
\o/ Yesssssssss.
Psychotic Writing Muses: Shut up--WRITING!!!hearts_blood on September 5th, 2012 08:27 pm (UTC)
Congratulations! That is spectacular news. You should be very proud. ♥

Good luck in the finals! *prepares pompoms*
Shannonkungfuwaynewho on September 10th, 2012 12:30 am (UTC)
Thank you! I doubt very much I'll make it to the finals, but I don't know how much of that is pragmatism and how much is my long-held decision to a be cynic who isn't disappointed all the time.
Martinela_loony on September 5th, 2012 08:41 pm (UTC)
Congrats! Crossing my fingers for you!
Shannonkungfuwaynewho on September 10th, 2012 12:30 am (UTC)
Thanks!
vjs2259: b5 _whoavjs2259 on September 5th, 2012 10:35 pm (UTC)
That's great! Have fun, and good luck!
Shannonkungfuwaynewho on September 10th, 2012 12:30 am (UTC)
Thank you! The "having fun" part is hard when you think of the pressure to network and try and get a deal out of the whole shebang.
sallycandance on September 5th, 2012 10:49 pm (UTC)
I am so excited for you! This is awesome! I totally hope you'll make it to the finals - I haven't read the script above, but I did read another script a while ago, and it was pretty brilliant. I say you're chances are damn good!!

I'm rooting for you!

(also, I'm excited - now that I officially reside in the US, there's a lot of film and novel writing festivals/challenges I can participate in, yay)
Shannonkungfuwaynewho on September 10th, 2012 12:32 am (UTC)
Aw, thanks! I think it all depends on which readers I get, and how familiar they are with classic horror.

Lots of festivals and competitions! The next legit one coming up on the screenplay side is Blue Cat. Their entry fee's a little higher than most, but everyone gets two sets of feedback, which is a great deal, and very helpful.
sallycandance on September 10th, 2012 01:39 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the link! That sounds great! And I have just the script I could submit <3

Good luck to both of us ^.^
Shannonkungfuwaynewho on September 10th, 2012 01:42 pm (UTC)
If you want notes/thoughts on your script, feel free to send it my way.
sallycandance on September 10th, 2012 02:32 pm (UTC)
Thank you, that's a lovely offer! I might take you up on that!

The same goes for you - I'm always happy to give anything a read-through.
Icepixieicepixie on September 5th, 2012 11:11 pm (UTC)
Congrats!
Shannonkungfuwaynewho on September 10th, 2012 12:32 am (UTC)
Thanks! BTW, I will start reading space pilots this week at work. :D
nhpw: zoya grinnhpw on September 6th, 2012 01:21 am (UTC)
YAAAAAAAY!!!
OMG Congratulations!! *glomp* That's such great news. I hope you do make the finals, but hey, even if you don't, I'm sure you'll have a blast in Austin.

Also, internet sabbaticals need no apologizing nor explaining. IMO, everyone should take them from time to time in order to remind ourselves that there are, like, actual things going on in the actual world.

(You know. Maybe.)
Shannonkungfuwaynewho on September 10th, 2012 12:33 am (UTC)
Re: YAAAAAAAY!!!
Thank you! I think last time I went I had higher expectations that something would come of it, so I know I'm just going to have a good time, soak up what I can, and see what happens.
ghanima sun: btvsghanimasun on September 8th, 2012 02:41 am (UTC)
Nice to see you on my flist again! And congrats on the script and I hope you have a good time at the conference.
Shannonkungfuwaynewho on September 10th, 2012 12:33 am (UTC)
Thanks! I'm still trying to catch up; I'm thinking it's an uphill battle at this point. The internet waits for no man.
ghanima sun: happyghanimasun on September 10th, 2012 12:43 am (UTC)
I can only imagine - I feel overwhelmed after two or three days of being away sometimes!