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A Call For Movie Rights

I was laying about with the kids the other day and the land line rang. I never pick up the phone. Since I have no friends, the only people I expect to call me are organizations asking for money or votes or doctors reminding us about appointments. But this time I got a strange message. Some guy who’s name I couldn’t make out said he read one of my novels written under one of my pen names, said it was perfect, and was interested in the movie rights.

Of course my cognitive empathy kicked in and I grabbed a pen and paper and played the message a few times to write the details down with no emotion going through my being.

“Mike, someone wants to make one of your books into a movie,” you ask. “Why aren’t you jumping out of your skin?”

I’ll get to that.

Okay. So I still can’t make out this guys name but I got his company name and number. Readers Magnet. 619 – 354-2643 ext 1743. Call back Monday – Friday through the hours of 10 and 7.

My son, who was behind me and watching TV, asked, “What’s that about?”

“Probably nothing,” I said.

Instead of calling the guy back, I grabbed my phone and did a search on Readers Magnet and found out that they are some kind of POD, vanity press scam company. Most likely they would take me for a rube who would pay them hundreds or thousands of dollars to shop my movie rights or whatever service they offer.

You can read about previous complaints HERE HERE and HERE.

The rights would never be shopped no matter what excuse they claim.

They are another company like good old Publish America that promises new authors fame and fortune if they shell out lots of cash.

Now why more than¬† just my autistic mind kicked in. I come from a film background. I studied film law and contracts and I’m also familiar with literary contracts.¬† Also, I have worked as a screenwriter before. Any gig that I’ve gotten was through referral, a friend of a friend or whatever. No one ever cold calls in this biz. It’s either referral or a talent approaches or auditions for the job.

Yeah, maybe a foreign publisher would be interested in my rights for their country but I doubt they would call me. They would probably email me.

And if someone were interested in movie rights of my book it would surely not be someone called Readers Magnet.

So if no one has ever heard of them or if you get a phone call of someone kissing your ass about your book, be weary.

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Eating Quite the Monster

No work done.

Went to writing group in the late afternoon.

Family stuff.

Last night we finished Season of the Witch and watched the conversation between Romero and Guillermo Del Toro. I miss George. So glad I met him when I did.

Next few weeks should be busy with the kids ending school and M’s graduation.

If all goes well, I can complete some work stuff and clear the way for some short stories and novellas this summer.

Started reading Neurotribes. Really digging it. It traced the history of autism and starts off with a scientists named Cavendish back in the 1750s. Should eat this one up fast even though it’s quite the monster.

Sweet Son of a Bitch

Thursday

More editing on The Collection and some computer work.

Watched Puppet Master: Axis of Evil again. One of the good ones in the series and the start of a trilogy. Since I picked up the other parts at the Full Moon table at the Chiller con I can break into them next week. What’s great about this one is how it takes place in 1938 during WWII and the puppets are fighting Nazis in LA. Nice little twist.

Neen and I went to M’s school that night where they were having an autism/education presentation for the parents. Little bit of what we can expect for the kids going into kindergarten and stuff we can do at home. Even though M has worked hard in therapy and school and is advanced for her age there was some good stuff we picked up to keep her moving forward.

Friday

Neen’s home for the summer on Fridays now so we went out for the afternoon. I managed to work on the Collection a bit before we left.

After collecting the kids, I did some computer work and noticed something odd. While updating files on B&N, I saw that the categories where blank or strangely outdated. Maybe when Nook transitioned to their new system last year things changed. Duh, right. I updated them when I updated the new files, but still need to go back to do the rest.

That night we then watched the Arrow edition of George Romero’s Season of the Witch. It had the extended version (Jack’s Wife) which we never saw so we of course we started that. Still looked good even through it was peppered with untreated film. Such a great movie and ahead of it’s time. A lot of fans hate it. Don’t get it, at least why it’s considered a horror film. Probably not a horror film. Not in the sense that Martin is. But it is a great film and a social statement on feminism and white suburban life.

Saturday

More editing on the Collection. Closer to the end.

Took the cats to the vet. Bill wasn’t bad. Mooey is in her senior years. 14 years old and her time now is a blessing. Sweetie had his anal glands checked. He rubs his ass across the floor every time after he shits. Nope, glands are fine. He just does it because he’s a son of a bitch and has a bad habit.

Tonight we’ll finish watching Season and maybe some extras.

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To Wake During The Closing Credits

Friday Night

Watched Fred Olen Ray’s Deep Space. Kind of like the remake if The Blob. The dates of the two are close. Note sure who ripped off who. A man made government creation comes down from space and starts killing people in LA. The creature FX were pretty good for the budget. The cops were over the top but so is the nature of genre. I fell asleep the last ten minutes. Woke up right as the credits were rolling. Damn. I’ll have to go back and watch it again.

Saturday

Sneaked in the last of the offline revising of the Miki files before I had to go out to my parent’s house for mother’s day/father’s birthday. All I left now is online work with distribution. Should definitely be done by end of the week mixed with other goals I have planned.

After driving home through the storm we watched Jeff Lieberman’s Just Before Dawn. Been wanting to see this for a long time. Didn’t disappoint. Great slasher with a nifty twist in the end. Again, I feel asleep at the last ten minutes and woke up at the credits.

Sucks when the body turns old.

Sunday

Took the mama of my children out to get drunk during lunch and got her the Arrow special edition of Argento’s Cat O’Nine Tails. Of course she didn’t know about it. If it looks as beautiful as the other Arrow revisions then she should be happy. Supposed to have lobby cards inside it two and a booklet.

We drank a bit. Funny about us is that we both don’t drink or do drugs. Not even weed. I guess you can call us straight edge. Our whole lives. Not for political or health reasons. Just never had reason to. Or maybe we saw too many negative effects from it.

But a few years after we got married we tried having a few drinks out. Like one or two. Now we do it occasionally. Once every two or three months.

Autistics make for happy drunks.

Well, buzzed anyway.

 

 

Facing the Other Way

Haven’t been writing anything new lately. I still have two pages of that crime story I started many weeks ago that I want to finish. I’m pretty sure I can finish it in Dec before I start the new novel in January. Pretty sure.

I have finished up editing that longer sci-fi short story Orange Flecks and sent it out to a market. Got two other sci-fis waiting to hear back from, plus a handful of other markets that are taking forever to respond. Pony express. So there’s that.

Been working more as a publisher lately than as a writer so it’s not like I haven’t been Peanut Shellsproductive. Did the holiday sale (all miki novels on sale thru holidays) and publishing a new short story every month. Been consistent the last three months. Just uploaded Decembers story early, Peanut Shells, so expect that in the next few days.

So yeah, I should be able to finish that crime short for the year.

Been also researching the new novel. Lots of reading on 1920 and 1960. Funny how I picked those years. Seems they both had similar social upheaval. Some cosmic force must have been tainting my subconscious. I don’t know. Or maybe not. Just hope I can make a good story out of it.

Speaking of reading, I finished this monster of a story called Facing the Other Way: the story of 4AD. You know the British record label with the amazing art design that started in 1980 by Ivo. Dead Can Dance, This Mortal Coyle, Cocteau Twins to Throwing Muses, Lush, Pixies, Breeders, and on.


Like I said, a monster of a book chock full of POV/quotes, but so worth it. The writer not only delves into Ivo and the staff’s head, but also into the designer, Vaughn, and the band’s stories, which I found interesting since a lot of my favorites were in there. I’m a big Pixie, Throwing Muses, and Lush head, and even through I read a lot of books and press about them, this one gave me even more.