Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Goodbye 2013

The Holidays are almost over with only New Year’s Day to come, and boy has this year sped past. It seems like just yesterday I was typing the first words of what would become The Messengers Book One, and now the book is “technically” complete at 87K words. (Beta’s are currently reading, so some things may still change). This year, my second movie Baby’s Mama Club (Originally Coming Correct) was sold to Lionsgate / Grindstone Entertainment. Also, we shot and (mostly) edited The Messengers: Journey of 403 which is a ten-minute short film in the Messengers Universe.  I also met a lot of cool people in two different writing groups here in Atlanta, several new filmmakers, graphic artists, and of course all of the great people at DragonCon. Two-thousand and thirteen has been without a doubt an awesome year.

Hopefully, everyone has used this year to follow their dreams. Because I truly believe there is nothing more important than doing the task that God put inside of you. That task burns bright when you are working and loving every minute of it. For me, it’s writing, directing, meeting people, and just being creative.  I beta read for three people this year, while another thirteen beta read for me. :-) I also learned more about publication and worked through seven drafts of The Messengers Book One. I helped a friend out on a feature film, worked on two short projects, and started work on The Messengers Book 1.5 and Book Two. I read and/or listen to twenty books from various Middle Grade / Young Adult authors, followed blogs of authors going from draft to being published. I discovered lots of wonderful websites about publishing and even made a few Goodreads.com friends. Next year I can only hope to get The Messengers out there for more people to enjoy and see what happens.

I hope 2014 brings everyone success and happiness.  So I’ll send with this quote:
“Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you'll land among the stars.”- unknown

Also here are a few stills from The Messengers: Journey of 403 Short Film to be released in 2014!


  1. You've got a blog! Cool.

    Congrats on the short, the book, and of course the Movie deal.

    Keep it up,


    1. Thanks for visiting Martin. I can't wait to check out your new project when you finish it up.

  2. Joseph,
    It is wonderful to hear how much progress you have made on your projects...the "stills" alone look like such high quality and intriguing work. I wish you all the success that your heart and hands can hold.

    In closing, I couldn't agree with you more about using the GIFTS that GOD has placed inside of us.

    As always...you have my blessings!

    Nedra Simone

    1. Thanks Nedra. Hopefully this New Year will bring us all creative blessings.

  3. Very nice. I just learned more about you in this one post than in my whole time working our day job.