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Feb 7 09 2:41 AM
Finally, I have finished writing every word. Finally, after 10 Chapters, nearly 650 pages of paper and a whole lot of reading, writing and looking into, I
I would have been done last year, but I simply stopped. Without spilling my guts, I had a premonition and in all honesty it actually bothered me. It bothered
me to the point that I just stopped, but after starting and stopping and the help of some close friends and new one's, I decided to finish.
And last week, I finished the very last paragraph and was done. 650 pages of paper and I have found out the easy way, that every page was actually worth it.
About three weeks ago, I got an email from a Literary Agent here in Philadelphia who had gotten a hold of my first four chapters.
As some of you know, I have always been interested in knowing how people have felt and I have a group of proof-readers from different countries, genders and
ages, that have helped me with their opinions, comments and questions. Someone sent it to this man and he actually emailed me and asked me to come in and sit
down with him.
It was very... strange... and it took me a moment to get comfortable, because I did NOT go in search of him. Either way, we talked for nearly THREE HOURS! By
the time it was over, he had told me what I needed to know and I kept my book to myself. He made outlandish offers, but his main objective was to try to get
his hands on the idea and more likely than not sell it to or offer it to Tarantino, WITHOUT ME.
I learned a lot from the experience, but most of all I learned that whether the book gets published or not that even this late in the game, I learned that my
English teachers were right; I do actually have writing talent.
This monday, I will sit down and transcribe from Chapter Five till the final Chapter Ten onto my computer and then start what will definitely be the hardest
part of this entire odyssey, actually finding a way to sit down with Tarantino, face-to-face, and try to sell my story to the man who inspired me to write
all of this.
Many people that have read Chapter's One through Four have said that it enhances on Tarantino's story and fleshes it out in a way that actually
caused them to WANT to see the movies. I take that with a grain of salt, but after the 20th or 25th person, and they are people from different countries,
when they keep saying the same thing, that it is an enjoyable read, whether you saw the movies or not... it is a humbling experience.
I meant what I said when I stated; That if it does not get put to press, then at least I made an honest attempt and did not sit around wishing and praying,
while doing nothing to turn my dream into reality. I just don't understand why people today give up on their dreams and themselves so easily.
Those who have read what I have written and disliked it or pointed out errors or even taken pot-shots, have given me pieces of information, whether knowingly
or unknowingly, that have helped me immensely and made me a better writer. Some people thought I was crazy to keep some of the things that were said, but
when they saw the adjustments that I made from maybe a line or two that a negative commenter had made? They were actually stunned. Sometimes somebody taking
a cheapshot or simply giving their honest opinion, even if it is negative, can show you something that you couldn't see at that time.
All I have to do is just type it up now, but all of the actual writing, all of the work, is done. Some of the compliments I have gotten, have been from
established, known author's and to have these people tell me whether Tarantino agrees or not is HIS loss. That's a strong statement. Normally I would
list names, but I'm on the fringes of actually accomplishing something, be it with this book or another and I've already learned that people who are
established... don't f**k around with name dropping without their permission, so I'd rather error on the side of caution, but I will say this much, I
know what I am supposed to be doing now. I'm supposed to be writing.
The reason why the book was so easy for me to write was because I introduced new characters and solidified old ones and simply concentrated on trying to tell
a good story. That premonition, really got under my skin, but... I eventually overcame my fears and my insecurities and realized that if it happened, it
happened, and if it doesn't? Then it doesn't.
These are the Chapters to the book;
Chapter One; The Past
Chapter Two; The Ghosts of Christmas Past
Chapter Three; O'Ren's Odyssey, Old Man's Introspection
Chapter Four; Yuki's Arrival, Gogo's Return
Chapter Five; Tear's of Blood... Starting Over
Chapter Six; Girl's Night Out, Visions of Vernita
Chapter Seven; Old Man's Origin's, And now... O-Ren
Chapter Eight; Nightmares of Futures Past
Chapter Nine; Shared Memories, Return of the Queen
Chapter Ten; Journey Into Mystery, Gramps and the
Lost Little Girl...
As long as I continue to follow my plan, then the book will be put on the shelves under; Quentin Tarantino Presents.
It's the same way he does with movies, except it will be for a book, which means that this will NOT be the Thrawn Trilogy from Star Wars, where it
became; "it's not really a part of this or that", but will actually be what he accepts or rejects from what I have written. I can say with one
hundred percent certainty that if I had been inspired by Lucas, I wouldn't even waste my time doing this with his million-and-one schemes and scams
regarding what is "Star Wars" and what is "a money grab."
I guess the main reason why I have typed all of this is to tell whoever reads it; Don't give up on your dreams. You never know what you might find while
working on making them a reality.
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