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Much to discuss in this blog. A few major developments to tell you about, dear reader. Please read this entire blog all the way through. Good things are happening, and I want to take you with me…

First, I have published Phillip’s Clown. An accomplishment to say the least! Happy, happy, oh happy day! Now I can continue to market, blog, build my social media presence, and start reviewing for other authors. Anyone interested in swapping reviews, let me know. I’m looking for three honest reviews of Phillip’s Clown from fellow indie authors.

 There are a few authors out there, including:

I adore these authors, and would value the opinions of these great ladies.

So much here to cover…

I live in Socorro, New Mexico. This small town is located about 75 miles south of the place of my birth, Albuquerque, New Mexico. Within the last few years, the state of New Mexico has been the center of attention within the filmmaking community. Breaking Bad, starring Bryan Cranston, and, In Plain Sight, starring Mary McCormack are both filmed in Albuquerque. Santa Fe, New Mexico is bustling with Hollywood insiders, producers, directors, actors, and screenwriters. The movie industry is here, and I hope it’s here to stay…

I have recently been invited to be one of the 15 judges for Fireborn Films 1st Annual Comics in Film Festival – Albuquerque Comic Con I will be judging in the ‘Best of’ categories: Best Film, Director, Actor, Actress, Supporting / Villain, Cinematography, Screenplay, Editing, Special Effects, Set Design & Score. 

Fireborn Films, a Jerry G. Angelo company, produces a highly-effective workshop for actors located in Albuquerque called Stage. An apprenticeship is being established there for screenwriters. Starting in February, I will be attending the workshops. I do have a few unpublished screenplays to my credit, including the screenplay for Phillip’s Clown, and hope to hone my screenwriting skills. This apprenticeship is a 5 week program. During the 4th and 5th week, my best short screenplays will be acted by the Stage troupe. This is a great opportunity to bring my work from behind my eyes and see the scenes develop in front of me. The 5th week involves a showcase of a scene or two performed by the troupe in front of movie insiders. Another great opportunity for the actors, as well as the writers. The strongest screenwriters will have the opportunity to write for upcoming Fireborn Films television and feature film endeavors. 

I am working with a local author ghostwriting and editing. It’s a great feeling knowing I have these opportunities, and my writing skills are leading the way! Updates throughout my journey are forthcoming.

As an author, whether indie or traditionally published, have you ever thought of seeing your work(s) produced for the silver screen?

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The new year is here! Reflecting back on 2010, I see the personal writing accomplishments I have made with regard to editing a novel of my own creation. Rule number one is still: Never edit your own work. So, I have placed the novel in front of the eyes of others, to give me an idea of what I may have missed. When editing my own writing, the potential for blind spots is magnified ten-fold. I want this novel to be right both content-wise, grammar-wise, with technical elements executed properly.

Phillip’s Clown is a labor of love. I can’t count how many times I have poured over the text, line edited, completely deleted entire sections, formatted, retyped, pulled my hair out, banged my head against the wall, dealt with middle-men publishers who charged outrageous fees to accept a further edit of content, only to find I could have done the same thing for my book myself at a much lower cost. I’m not made of money.

I want the book to be perfect. It’s my baby, my masterpiece. I’m getting ready to set my first novel free to the masses, to readers, to critics, to fellow indie authors. I hope the novel moves the reader emotionally, for this novel is written with heart, with strength, with feeling, with deep emotion. I want you to care about the characters, to roll with them in their conflicts, to laugh, to cry, to cheer, and to grieve. This novel deals with fear, with death, with loss.

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The novel also deals with renewal, lost hope regained, success, and understanding that our actions have an impact on the people around us. Our actions, and the words we speak, have a percussion like a water drop causing ripples on a pond.   

I’m viewing the publishing of Phillip’s Clown as a first attempt. I’m finding this part of the writing and publishing process to be very tedious. My fingernails are bitten to the nubs as I anticipate the release of the novel, hoping the reviews are positive.

The novel examines the life of a young boy named Phillip, living in remission from stomach cancer. According to Cancer.net:

In 2010, an estimated 21,000 adults (12,730 men and 8,270 women) in the United States will be diagnosed with stomach cancer. It is estimated that 10,570 deaths (6,350 men and 4,220 women) from this disease will occur this year.

From what I have taken from other blogs, the affliction of cancer on a main character is tired and cliché. Tell that to the thousands of people suffering from cancer today.

Phillip’s Clown also deals with a man named Paul Ray Jacobs. He is a man with a second chance, released after a long, seven year prison sentence.  He is the younger of Phillip’s two uncles. His character represents a renewal of life; proof that a person can change if they want that change bad enough. Tired and cliché? Tell that to the 2,000,000 + men and women in the American prison system, some of which look forward to the day when life begins anew. Not to mention the families who await the return of loved ones. 

This novel peers into the dream life of Phillip as he secretly believes that the cancer is returning. His dreams are set in a land of castles and forests, rivers and fields, magic and dragons. Phillip’s fears are mirrored in this world, and played out by characters who mirror people in Phillip’s waking life. One of these characters is Gard, a benevolent shaman who seems to know more than he is letting on.

This novel is about family and friends, and the need for support in trying times.

With these elements combined, I believe Phillip’s Clown to be quite a unique story.

And so it begins. Phillip’s Clown is a prologue to a much longer tale. This tale will be split into two further novels that explore fear, standing up against fear, and the relationships maintained and developed through the support of family and friends.

In this coming year, I plan to prepare the new books in a more organized fashion. I will implement the lessons I have learned along the way, making me a better, more prepared author.

Phillip’s Clown will be available this week on Smashwords and Amazon. I’m so excited!!

If you are an author distributing your work through Smashwords, I’d like your feedback on these questions please:

Is Smashwords a good distributor? Are they trustworthy?

Until next time, do your research, stay focused, and keep writing! 

 

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On to the new year. 2011, here I come. I hope everyone had a great holiday season. I spent Christmas Day in Corales, New Mexico, with my family. It was good to see my son, Stephen, and his wife, April. I don’t get to see them as often as I’d like to. My son is a good guy. He has a great heart. I miss him when he is not here.

A few people were missing from the festivities of this holiday season. My daughter, Kyona Sky, lives in Northern New Mexico. She couldn’t make it, but she is never far from my thoughts.  One of my goals for next year is to have my two children in the same room with me at the same time.

So, with goals in mind, I wanted to share with you the goals I intend to accomplish in my writing career in the coming year.

I am currently in the last phases of completing Phillip’s Clown. The novel is written, edited for grammar, structure, pacing, and then edited again. I will be publishing and distributing the book through Smashwords, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and a few other outlets. I am sending the manuscript to agents too. I once asked a movie producer about reading my book. I really tried to upsell him to consider the screenplay for Phillip’s Clown for production. He replied by telling me that my book could be the next War & Peace, that it may make a zillion dollars at the box office, but there was nothing he could do. Still growing a thicker skin at the time, I felt a bit dejected. I asked for his advice, and this is what he said: “Number One: Go out and get a camera.”

Dipping my toe into the film industry is a bit premature for the phase I am in with regard to my writing career. But, I want you to know that even though you may be turning the focus of your writing career toward ebooks, and riding the wave of self-publishing. I digress. Build that website. Stay on top of the social networking game. Keep sending your manuscripts to established literary agents and publishing firms. The masterpiece you worked so hard on demands and deserves nothing less. You owe it to yourself to give your novel a fighting chance.

I have a backlog of writing to publish in 2011. Phillip’s Clown is a prologue to a much longer work. The epic follow-up is titled Christina’s Castle. The writing is complete and the preliminary editing stages have begun. This is the work I am most proud of and can’t wait to focus all of my attention on that novel.

More short stories are to follow, as well as three screenplays I have transcribed from my novels and shorter works. One story involves an old World War II Australian fighter jet lost in the jungles of New Guinea, another is about a camping trip with a grandfather and his grandson, and the adventure they have fighting off a pure white mountain lion that runs on its hind legs, like a man…

I am currently working on a movie trailer for Phillip’s Clown. I’ll post it when it becomes available. I also want to discuss making a movie trailer for your own book,  how I did it, what software I used, images, music, etc…Once my trailer is finished, I’ll post that blog.

I am still so new to blogging. I’ll continue to sculpt my blog character, and the themes my character most likes to discuss. For now, I think I resemble a fresh block of wood, ready to be chiseled. So, here’s to a new year, filled with hope and promise. I heap upon you added success, and the motivation to seek that success.

So, until next time, do yourself a favor, and remember the number one goal: “Go out and get a camera!”

What are your writing goals for the new year?

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With all this talk of being a writer, I wanted to share a few short stories I’ve composed. I’m going to share excerpts of Phillip’s Clown, as well as yet to be published material.

The first short story I will be sharing is called, The Guardian of Heritage. It’s a cautionary tale about a possible future where designer humans are the norm in society, and the effects are shocking and surprising.

Ah, the benefits of cloning are many…

Enjoy!

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Phillip's Clown by Robert J. Beck

The cover of "Phillip's Clown."

Thanks for checking out my new blog! I’m new to this, so bear with me. This is the beginning of a beautiful relationship between you, the reader, and me, the writer. I have many responsibilities to you, and I won’t let you down. As I settle in, and become more familiar with the tools I have here, I will expand and make things more user-friendly for you. As soon as I learn to make this page more visually appealing, I will.

I’m interested in getting to know more about you, and what drives you here. I’m interested in learning about ways I can satiate your desire to read, to gather information, to seek out new life, and new civilizations…

This is just the beginning. We have many worlds to explore…

Its always lived in the back of my mind, this compulsion to write. I’ve always felt that intense itch to compose stories, to  accommodate those abstract characters continuously tapping me on the shoulder, saying, “I need you to write this down. What I have to say is important.” Even if it was the commander of a domed space capsule, fighting against time to save people against a devastating apocalypse, or a young Papuan boy, on his quest for manhood, or a man newly released from prison with the hope of rebuilding the relationships within his family, what they have to say is important.

I want to introduce my first novel to you. I believe a lot of inspired writing, events, or incidents take place when one is frustrated. Unfortunately, and fortunately, this is the case with “Phillip’s Clown.” I just wanted to succeed, to finish what I started. To finish…Anything. Anything at all! So, I set out to write a story about a clown. A clown of a different ilk. A clown who represented strength and leadership, compassion and caring. A clown who is a big brother, a caretaker, with his own set of worries and fears, his own values and convictions.

Well, the story wrote itself really. I was just the instrument with which to convey it. The story already existed, somewhere in the ether, caught in the in-between, thriving to find its way to paper.

I believe this is a story each and every one of us can relate to. We all have mountains before us. Sometimes those mountains are glaciers where the top is unseen, shrouded by clouds that hide the truth or the outcome. Phillip, the main character in my first novel, has faced some “adult” challenges in his young life. He views the world differently than a ‘normal’ 12 year old does. Unlike most children, he is painfully aware of his mortality. Therefore, his demeanor is thoughtful and subdued.

While I was writing “Phillip’s Clown,” I could sense the presence of the characters in the room with me. They continuously encouraged me to continue with their story because what they had to say was important. They just wanted me to tell this story and provide a glimmer of hope for people who feel there is none.

When I’ve been asked why I wrote the novel, my answer is always, “Why not?” The story helped to transform my way of looking at the real world. The story helped me to slow down and smell the roses, to be a more thoughtful person. I hope Phillip helps you too.

Many novels lay ahead, including the follow-up to Phillip’s Clown. Be sure to check back often!

And so the first blog is complete. Be sure to subscribe to my blogs, and I promise to continue to make things better for all of us.

Peace,

Robert Jeremy Beck

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