KP Radio E#3 ~ Screenwriting and the Author’s Film Process with Eric Johnson

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“Kingdom Pen Radio.  It’s, like, presents every week.  Except it’s Daniel’s creepy voice.  Creepy presents.”

 

On THIS EXCITING EPISODE (can you feel the drama?  I feel the drama) Eric and Daniel converse intelligently (read as “geek out”) on writing for film, Eric’s latest released project “Ella”, screen prose vs novel prose, and we give away FREE STUFF.

 

What you’ll learn in this episode:

  • Benefits of film Producing
  • Who is Eric Johnson
  • Film as a storytelling medium
  • Screen prose vs novel prose
  • Eric’s writing process on screenplays
  • Outlining a screenplay
  • Word vomit outlining
  • The intricacies of Cowriting
  • Indie Film Distribution
  • Character to Actor challenges
  • The recent discovery authorities say mark the only good use for Apple Technology

 

LINKS AND RESOURCES MENTIONED IN THE EPISODE:

Think Geek:

 

ThinkGeek.com

 

Creativity Inc: 

 

ELLA ON VIMEO:

Ella on Facebook:

(Note: This film is rated “mature” and contains blood. If you are not comfortable with this then do not watch)

 

ERIC’S SOCIAL MEDIA:

Facebook:

Vimeo:

 

Slowly slip into madness* by re-listening to episodes on:

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Thanks for listening!

 

If you liked this episode, please give us an honest rating on iTunes! Ratings and reviews are extremely important, as the more good ratings we get, the more people will be able to find and listen to this podcast! We really appreciate your support!

 

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Stop by next Monday for the next episode of Kingdom Pen Radio, until then,

 

Keep writing for Christ,

The KP Team

 

*While it may sound like we are encouraging you to slip slowly into madness, this is not something we can actually endorse. Slipping into madness will cause you to lose touch with reality. Losing touch with reality will cause you to think you are something you are not. When you think you are something you are not, you will become convinced you have discovered the key to developing sustainable cold fusion technology. When you become convinced you have discovered the key to developing sustainable cold fusion technology, you will stop reading Kingdom Pen and listening to the podcasts. Ceasing to read Kingdom Pen and listen to the podcasts will force the KP staff to get jobs at McDonald’s. Don’t force the KP staff to get jobs at McDonald’s. Don’t slip slowly into madness. 

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New Video Series on Kingdom Cinema!

A new Kingdom Pen Youtube series?  Can it be true?  Check out the video below to see the announcement, and don’t forget to subscribe to our channel on Youtube to be the first to see the premiere of the new series on September 1st!

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Josiah DeGraaf is a high school English teacher and literature nerd who fell in love with stories when he was young and hasn’t fallen out of love ever since.
He writes because he’s fascinated by human motivations. What causes otherwise-good people to make really terrible decisions in their lives? Why do some people have the strength to withstand temptation when others don’t? How do people respond to periods of intense suffering? What does it mean to be a hero?
These questions drive him as a reader, and they drive him as a writer as well as he takes normal people, puts them in crazy situations (did he mention he writes fantasy?), and then forces them to make difficult choices with their lives.
Someday, Josiah hopes to write fantasy novels with worlds as imaginative as Brandon Sanderson’s, characters as complex as Orson Scott Card’s, character arcs as dynamic as Jane Austen’s, themes as deep as Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s, and stories as entertaining as Wayne Thomas Batson’s. In the meantime, you can find him writing articles here or short stories at his website (link below) as he works toward achieving these goals.

KP Merch Has Arrived!

Hey Kingdom Pen! If you haven’t already noticed, we have finally launched our merch shop! Swag yourself with some sweet and beautifully designed Kingdom Pen T-shirts and hoodies!

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What is more, we are having a grand opening Sale! 20% off all T-shirts, and 10% off hoodies from today through this weekend!

 

Upon donning one of these absurdly awesome apparel items, you will find yourself infused with preposterous amounts of writing inspiration and know-how. Stories of a power and magnitude unknown to mankind will flow from your finger tips (or the tip of your pen if you like to roll old school). Your friends will be amazed; your haters, silenced! You will change the world so much that the citizens of some town somewhere will name a street after you, and then subsequently change the name of that very street just days later upon the realization that no one wants to cross you.

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Do you want to look like this?

With this KP gear, you will be able to count to infinity: multiple times. You will discover yourself winning games of Connect Four in only three moves. You will be able to start fires by rubbing two ice cubes together, and you will be able to swim through land.

 

All of this, and more, is possible if you but buy an item from the Kingdom Pen store!

 

Actually, no, not really. You won’t be able to do any of the above listed things, but it sure sounded pretty cool, didn’t it? And you still can be cool if you–okay.”Cool” might be too strong of a word. However, these items are still uber awesome! (In our moderately humble and biased opinions.) 

 

And remember, 10-20% off  everything in the KP shop the 27th through the 30th! Click below to shop!

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KP Critiques – 09

Today we have another KP Critiques for you! We are so grateful for the fabulous amount of subscribers interested in this series! Critiques are a vital part of the life of a writer. Though difficult to digest at times they help us grow and mature into a greater writer. KP Critiques Post 2

Today’s critique is given to us by Christianna from her novel Fire In The Shadowlands.

Chrstianna’s Excerpt: 

The early rays of a fresh new sun heralding the approach of an equallyfresh new day streamed into the tastefully furnished tower room built into the south wall of Derenath.

In a smooth backed olive wood chair, a man in his late forties sat, quietly sifting through a pile of ashes, heaped on the trestle table in front of him which served for a desk.

A scrap of scorched paper, the size of the man’s large palm, discovered itself to his searching fingers and, after gazing at it for a few seconds, laid it calmly on the edge of the desk atop a steadily growing hill of similar artifacts.

The sound of a door slamming from somewhere outside the room caused the man to look up expectantly; someone was running up stairs, then the door burst open and the man hurriedly bent over his ashes again, determined to look uninterested and detached as he deemed one in his position ought to look. Though it was hard for him, a man easily excited, and he had been waiting for some singularly exciting news; it was hard for him not to jump when he heard anyone coming. [Read more…]

KP Radio #2 ~ Christian Themes in Weird Stories and other Tips with Kerry Nietz (Amish Vampires in Space)

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WE’RE BACK, TURKEYS!*

 

Having somehow survived for a second episode, Daniel and Kerry talk about the development of two of Kerry’s books, the challenges and benefits of writing without an outline, the 2 key elements to becoming successful in career writing, and to wrap it all up, they give away a book.  Can’t get a better deal than that.

 

What you’ll learn in this episode:

  • How in the world a book called “Amish Vampires in Space” happened

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  • Why Kerry loves Sci-fi
  • Organic themescaping
  • Development of “A Start Curiously Singing”
  • How Kerry became a part of Marcher Lord Press (Now called Enclave Publishing)
  • Kerry’s writing process
  • Habitual writing
  • The importance of writer communities
  • What Kerry sounds like when sneezing

For more on Amish Vampires In Space, check out this great review:

 

Links and resources mentioned in this episode:

 

Expand your fandom with 2 free audio books from Audible:

 

KERRY’S BOOKS:

Amish Vampires in Space:

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Amish Zomies in Space:

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A Star Curiously Singing (FREE ON KINDLE):

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Mask:

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Foxtales:

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KERRY’S BLOG:

Make sure to sign up for his email list and tell him you are from Kingdom Pen Radio to be eligible for the giveaway!

http://nietz.com/

 

KERRY’S SOCIAL MEDIA:

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Thanks for listening!

 

If you liked this episode, please give us an honest rating on iTunes! Ratings and reviews are extremely important, as the more good ratings we get, the more people will be able to find and listen to this podcast! We really appreciate your support!

 

If you’d like to ask Daniel questions or make suggestions, sign up for our forum and interact with him on the Kingdom Pen Radio board.

 

Stop by next Monday for the next episode of Kingdom Pen Radio, until then,

 

Keep writing for Christ,

The KP Team

 

*This metaphor was meant wholly in jest. Kingdom Pen understands that you are not a turkey, nor do we think you resemble turkeys in any way. Unless of course you are, in fact, a turkey, in which case, congrats to you Meleagris on learning to read and use the internet. 

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What type of writing are you most interested in? Writing for Film/Other Media
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Kingdom Pen Radio #1 – The Ultimate Canadian Love Story

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Yo guys.  Welcome to Kingdom Pen Radio.

 

In the inaugural episode of Kingdom Pen Radio, Daniel and Ezra map out an ancient Canadian love story, bash Hunger Games, give away a t-shirt, recite a culturally inaccurate Canadian poem, and generally make a mess of whatever professional reputation this show was intended to have.  But hey, this is what writers at work look like.  Abandon expectations, all who enter here . . .

 

Kingdom Pen Radio will release new episodes every Monday from now until they strap Daniel onto a platform and lock him away in a padded room some 20,000 leagues under the sea.  Once that happens, episodes will premier on Tuesdays.

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KP Critiques – 08

Here today we present to you, fine ladies and gentlemen, our eighth installment of KP Critiques!
We thank all of you for the flood of critiques we have received! It’s lovely to witness the rise of courageous writers who are willing to submit their work to be analyzed and critiqued. It’s never easy to  put your work out there for all to see, but by doing so you are KP Critiques Post 3benefiting more writers as well as growing as a writer!

Thank you Ashley for your submission!

 

Who knew going to the library could result in a near death

experience? Not me, that’s for sure. But I learned differently

on the Saturday following my sixteenth birthday.

This is a pretty good opening paragraph. Unfortunately, the scene after has nothing to do with going to the library. Chopping the birthday scene down to a couple of paragraphs of description, similar to the first paragraph below, would make it a lot more smooth, and would do a better job of carrying the reader’s attention to what you’ve promised to show in the opening of the story.

Money was tight so I hadn’t gotten much for my birthday, a cake

and a card with ten bucks tucked in. It was okay though, I mean,

I was used to it. Used to it to the point that when Mom told me

she had to work the night shift at the hospital, again, I was

cool with it.

After Mom had left I settled onto the sagging couch in front of

the TV that always seemed to be glitchy and started flipping

through channels. Nothing good was on, as usual;, after all we

didn’t even have cable.

In a couple different places in this chapter, you use commas when you should be using semi-colons. If both parts of the sentence before and after the comma would work just as well as separate sentences, then you’re using a comma splice and should replace it with a semi-colon or period. I’ve marked the different instances of this in this document. There are also some places in the document where a comma is used where a dash or colon would work better; I’ve marked those off with colons as well.

Giving up on entertainment, I got up and readied myself for bed,

listening to the screaming of the couple who lived under Mom and

me. As I climbed into my bed I glanced at my alarm clock:, 9:20;,

they were right on time. How they always found something to

argue about at the same time every day was mind boggling. Maybe

they were like Mom and me and didn’t have much else to entertain

themselves with.

As I pressed my head against my pillow I could hear the sound of

the neighbor’s TV floating through the thin wall that separated

my bedroom from his living room. Sounded like he was watching an

action movie.

Sirens and flashing lights sped past my window. The lights

colored my dingy white walls for a moment before they moved

past. Another thing on the long list of stuff I was used to.

The whole room shook, threatening to knock my lamp off my

nightstand as a train rumbled by. I burrowed into my covers to

wait it off.

Once the train passed, I squeezed my eyes shut and drifted off,

promising myself that I’d stop by the library in the morning and

hunt down a good book.

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The library wasn’t very busy;, after all, it was just a few

minutes passed noon and it was Saturday:, half the city’s

population would still be asleep.

I gave a nod to Mrs. Irvine, an elderly librarian who had been

working there for as long as I could remember.

Mrs. Irvine sent me a glistening white smile, her teeth so

perfect it made me wonder if they were dentures, “Good morning

Spencer, did you have a nice birthday?”

“Yeah, it was good,” I said, scuffing my worn out sneaker

against the carpeted floor.

 

Nice little attention to detail here

 

She nodded and the chain that connected to her pink glasses

bobbed with her head, “That’s nice. Well if you need anything,

you know where to find me.”

“Yeah,” I mumbled and moved on.

It only took me a minute or two to find the teen section. While

most of the books were stupid and had dumb love triangles, not

to mention poor writing, I always liked to check the scifi

section for anything that stood out. No such luck this time.

With a sigh, I turned away with the intent to go to where they

kept the computers,; maybe I’d have enough change in my pockets

to rent some time.

The sound of running feet came from behind me. It sounded like

it was a kid. I spun around. Five green goblins stood behind me.

Seriously, goblins. They looked like they’d stepped right out of

The Lord of the Rings.

 

This discovery seems too abrupt… Maybe if she heard other people yelling and turned to see what was going on it would work better, but this surprise is abrupt in a way that tears me out of the flow of the story.

 

Weirded out and terrified, I turned and ran. Ran right into an

invisible wall. I bounced backwards and onto the ground,

clutching my bleeding nose.

The narrator has an entertaining voice which is humorous at times, and that’s good. Voice can be one of the more difficult things to pull off and you have it working well here. There are some small writing changes that need to be made, and some consolidation, but otherwise this is a pretty good intro with a protagonist that I’m already interested in. Nice work!

-Josiah DeGraaf

T-Shirt Quote Contest: Let The Voting Begin!

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The Golden Lassie’s Lament

By Mary McDougal

 

There was a lass with golden hair

Like sun upon wheat shone

With eyes blue as a summer sky

And a heart made of stone

 

With soul-windows full of secrets

This queen of kilt glances

Had broken hearts upon her wake 

And silken advances

 Lassie

Never a tear fell from her eye

No regret plagued her mind

Though many a tear was shed by

Poor lads she left behind [Read more…]

The Way The World Ends

By Grace Li

 

Lilian tightened her grip on her littlebrother’s sticky, chubby hand, dragging him through the afternoon street of Whitechapel. If only he could walk faster! grumbled Lilian as she thought about her friend Betty’s birthday party this evening. Of course her parents would have to let her go; at sixteen she could legally work if she wanted to. She deserved this party for taking Ronny to visit their aunt today and helping Auntie waste all her sugar ration on cakes The_Way_the_World_Ends_for him. Now, if they got home early, she’d have time to tidy herself up, and maybe mum would even lend her a dress for the party.

Her brother suddenly huddled closer to her as a wheezing old man reeking with alcohol stared at them; they got a lot of weird looks on the streets now, like all children staying in London after the government-issued evacuation. Most of Ronny’s friends had gone to the countryside for refuge, but their parents balked at handing him over to strangers. “Yer mum and dad don’t care nothin’ ‘bout yer safety, lass? They’re just keepin’ yer lil brother here for the Jerry bombs!” the old man croaked after them.

“Don’t listen to him, Ronny. He doesn’t know anything,” whispered Lilian as she hugged her brother to her side. She could not stand against his worried, puppy look no matter how much he annoyed her just moments ago.

“Will the Jerrys really get us?” asked Ronny, still distressed over the old man’s comment. [Read more…]