Shortest Movies Ever!

Heard of Tropfest? It’s a huge international short film festival that started in Sydney some 20 odd years ago and right now, they are open for submission till October.

I’m aiming to enter a film to the official film festival, but in the mean time, I’m having a ton of fun just experimenting with ultra short films for another thread in the festival. They have started a 6 seconds Trop Vine festival and that ends on the 21 of sept.

I’ve got one short in the competition and just entered another one. I’m hoping they will get watched by a wider audience, and who knows, if I even have a chance.

Help me! :)

I entered ‘Wish Box’. Would love it if you all watched it and voted for it and really get me stuck in it. To vote, all you have to do is click on the link below, watch the 6 seconds of film and click the heart to cast your vote.

‘Wish Box’ it’s about a girl that finds an old trinket box at an apothecary and finds out it has little vials of wishes. Which would you choose?

If ‘Painted’ gets accepted then I’ll post up a link for you to enjoy that one too. I only just made it today and entered it. It’s a commentary on how much modern women feel/ or do hide behind their makeup.



Krew News! All The News To Kollaborate To!

Originally posted on Andy Kaufman's Kavalkade Krew Featuring The Wandering Poet:

Tali “IcePack” Jackson, a wonderful blues artist, wants to collaborate with me on his next album.

Tali has played with Bob Dylan, The Monkees, Bette Midler and many others, and is a truly talented musician.

We are gonna make a billion ruples.  And I am definitely pro ruples!

Elise Muller, actress in Parenthood, joins the cast of #Romae, and will appear in the next published webisode.

@Fancienanc, Hollywood agent, introduced me to Elise.


Lili is writing her blog as we speak to recount her wonderful Saturday with @ameliaceja at CejasWinery.

The trip was interrupted by the Napa earthquake, and Lili made it home safely on Sunday.

Amelia and her family…

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Signed Book Giveaway: interested?

Yup, that’s right. I’m thinking I’ll give away a copy of In Strange Company to one lucky WordPress follower amongst those interested. This obviously depends on the interest out there amongst you guys to grab a signed copy, personalized to a name you suggest. If so, can we hear about the different countries the interest is coming from so I can find out how easy it is to post it out to that location should it get pulled out of the barrel? What say? :)

What’s the catch? Nothing much except I would really love to hear about your thoughts on the book, if you’ve already read. And whether you’d be interested in reading sample chapters of the next release. I’m just putting the thought out there and see what you think.


Fairytale Twisted: Sleeping Beauty’s Kiss

Why question the world, whether it’s real
let dragons exist, breathing fire
and fairies float like gypsies unhinged
there yet may be a miracle indeed
where hearts of stones melt indeed
as midnight’s strokes mean nothing
no hurry to be the undoing of many.
So simple it be, the sleeping beauty beneath
a prick of spindle did send indeed
her entire castle to sleep, sound and undisturbed for centuries
till roaming the lonely corridor brought boredom
and for adventure and cure she left her kin
in search for that one kiss from a stranger destined.
Such folly, such folly magnificent
for a princess to leave
the crown, the safety,
into the woods deep.


Sample Chapters of upcoming Novel

I know many of you have bought a copy of my debut novel, In Strange Company when it first came out. I have a proposal for those who have read it already, and if you liked it and would love to read the beginning chapters of my next book put up your hands. I’m thinking I’ll provide complimentary chapters to those who are interested in reading the new book. And in exchange, I just want to hear your thoughts on how you found it etc, or other commentaries, suggestions you might have.

For those who haven’t got the previous book and would like to read the new one’s sample chapters, I’d love it if you would consider supporting me with a purchase of the debut work and then let me know that you are interested in the new. That way I can send those chapters to you.

Rule of Thirds is a contemporary drama with romance elements through it. The reason I’m interested in getting a trail run happening with the sample chapter is to get a feel of how it is received by the audience because it’s gone through a bit of a face lift.

If you’re interested in helping me out, please leave your comments below, or email me at

Thank you so much! Means the world.


Fairy-tale Twisted: Old Grumpy Gretle

Once upon a time
deep in the woods, beyond the pines
where light was green, filtered through lush canopy
there, where the soaked earth remained for days
there, where the birds took solace from beasts
roamed a little old She in a clearing.
Her grizzly mane, the yellowed teeth,
those manic eyes beneath the fringe,
or such smile as there ever was,
the curdling cacophony
circles upon circles at the edge of trees
her eyes ever scanning, ever seeking
the one and only path to free.
There was a day of old in memory
when the woods had be thinner still
and dear old Papa had seemed caring
leading his kids to safety, hungry and in need.
Not such a good Papa, thought she
staring back at the old house, crumbling,
soaked like cookie in tea.
She’d been a young one once,
with a name, and a sibling
till the evil old witch thought she’d feed.

Round and round the trees she went, manic and mad,
freedom from the trees,
no more bread crumbs remained,
Just weak old Gretle, frail.
Lonesome and loathing were the days.


Advice: Killing your Darlings!

There are advice and then there are advice!

Who has heard of ‘killing your darlings’? I bet many of you have, whether you are in the writing business or film business, or any other business that has used it to essentially say kill the idea/project/scene/dialogue etc.

I’ve heard it on numerous occasions as advice, joke, or have used it myself. It sounds like a dangerous advice, but it is a very sane and useful advice. Especially for those creatives who fall in love with an idea and find it hard to modify/delete/rewrite etc because they are too attached to the project.

I used to be one. Believe me, I used to be one. Not a creative, but I mean, one who was always too attached to the project for its own sake. Ever since I’ve braved the blogging world where publishing is instantaneous, it really doesn’t leave much space for hiding. And when you no longer need to hide, you finally tend to come out from under the rock and see how much moss your creative property has gathered all the time you refused to emerge into the light.

A year ago, I sent my second novel out to get it professionally assessed because I was already looking to send it out to publishers, and for that, I needed to know how it stacked up. Yup, you heard right. My second book has been finished for over a year. Then where is it? What’s happened to it you wonder?

I didn’t kill my darlings! That’s what happened. I got the assessment, and refused to listen to the sage advice. I crawled back under the rock. Then life got in the way and I haven’t really given the book much attention since then because I was caught up in study and blogging and getting back into film.

Now it’s time. Since I published my first book, I’ve crawled back out into the light and I now see what they were advising me to do. Kill all those scenes that weren’t absolutely essential to the story, no matter how much it hurt.

Rule of Thirds was laid out as present/past/present, telling the main character’s story in a non-linear parallel format that juxtaposed past/present. The advice that had hurt the most? Kill all the past! That was hard to bear. Past was interwoven through 3 quarter of the book, it held soul, it held poignancy. I was not ready to murder that which I had created. Hence I refused to work on it for the last year.

Now, I’m back on the wagon, and in the last few days I have effectively killed the darling chapters of the past, and whatever was essential in them for the story, integrated into the present. Am I happy? Yes. I see it clearly now that I separated myself from it for a whole year.

Sometimes for the story’s sake, we have to do what feels harsh. We have to delete that which doesn’t work, or replace it. But whatever you do, do not refuse to kill the extra weight, extra darlings if it’s serving no other purpose than to increase your word count, or repeat the same information.

I’ve killed 3 chapters already.


Getting face-to-face reviews of your book, and what that feels like.

Over the weekend, it’s fair to say there was a fairly large gathering at our house, which meant a lot of people who’d purchased a hardcopy of my novel, In Strange Company, available through Amazon or Smashwords as an eBook.

I was both very excited and nervous to see how many had read it already and what their thoughts were. I had a family friend tell me how much she loved the book, and whether I was releasing another one soon? One young teen, he was a kid when I first knew him, walked up to me, waited to grab my attention and then informed me that he finished reading my book and that he really liked it. There were several more positive comments here and there, but these two really stood out for me because it let me know that the book was enjoyable to a wide age range.

I must admit though my readership are quite quint and small at the present moment, I do have to say I’m lucky because so far they have loved my debut book, and are eagerly waiting for me to release the next one.

I always thought face-to-face reviews would be absolutely daunting, but the weekend gone has me eager to hear back from more people who’ve read the book. So, if you are one of the many who have given my writing a go, I’d love to hear from you.

Happy reading, whatever it is that you are reading at the moment!



Logline for next book release!

It’s funny how we remember advice given in zest. They stick like honey on toast, glue on paper, or an annoying fly in summer.

Back when I was in the film school, one of the advice we were given was regarding how we should respond to potential producers, or other members of the film industry should we meet them and should they ask you what projects you’re doing? The advice was that we should always say that we have multiple projects in various stages of development. Well, with me, this is true at the very moment.

As I work on two feature scripts, a new novel I started writing, my studies, or editing my second novel to get it ready for release towards end of year. I truly have a few things going on and I love it.

The next book I’ll publish is called ‘Rule of Thirds’ and I’m currently working on readying it for the world. I’m super-duper excited because I can’t wait to hear how you guys find it.

I do need your help in the meantime. What do you think of the Logline below?

(#RuleOfThirds) Elle’s a widow and a single mum. Can she really, truly keep running from love what with it chasing her as a handsome Mr Stewart?

Thoughts please.


A Million Smiles for June: Chapter 6

Eva Acharya:

For those who might have missed this because I uploaded it quite late last night.

Originally posted on Papermashed:

As promised. Here is the next instalment in this story. So sorry I couldn’t post it last night. Please enjoy. Chapter 7 is on it’s way soon. :)

6. A Date with the Devil

Chad lay on his back atop all the covers, arms folded behind his head. He listened to the sounds of the night, to the dull humming of Earth itself for nothing else stirred the cold winter night of early July. If he were to close his eyes and got to sleep, he’d definitely forget that there as June in the house with him.

He woke up chilled to his bones and the night was still young and draped in darkness. He stole out of his room into the hallway and stared at the closed door to the guest room, which was frankly the only room currently well-furnished in the house. He walked lightly to her door…

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