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ABOUT RAR: For those of
you new to this site, "RAR" is Rick Alan Rice, the publisher
of the RARWRITER Publishing Group websites.
Use this link to visit the
RAR music page, which features original music
compositions and other.
Use this link
to visit Rick Alan Rice's publications page, which
features excerpts from novels and other.
"On to the
Next One" by
Jacqueline Van Bierk
"I See You
Tiger" by Via Tania
Plot" by Amoureux"
Black Soul" by The Lovers
"These Halls I Dwell"
by Michael Butler
Tom Russell & Gretchen Peters, performance by Gretchen
Peters and Barry Walsh;
"Who Do You
Love?"by Elizabeth Kay;
Leather Tassels" by
The Blank Tapes;
"We Are All Stone" and "Those
Machines" by Outer
"Another Dream" by MMOSS;
"Susannah" by Woolen
Jim Morrison, Elvis Presley,
Michael Jackson and other dead celebrities / news by A
"I Miss the Day" by My
"Carriers of Light" by Brendan
"The Last Time" by Model
"Last Call" by Jay;
"Darkness" by Leonard
"Sweetbread" by Simian
Mobile Disco and
"Keep You" fromActress off
the Chronicle movie soundtrack;
Love" from October
Mind 2011 label
on Minnesota Public Radio;
and "Get Along";
"Music Hot Spots"
NEW YORK CITY
ATWOOD - "A Toiler's Weird Odyssey of Deliverance" -AVAILABLE
NOW FOR KINDLE (INCLUDING KINDLE COMPUTER APPS) FROM
CCJ Publisher Rick Alan Rice dissects
the building of America in a trilogy of novels
collectively calledATWOOD. Book One explores
the development of the American West through the
lens of public policy, land planning, municipal
development, and governance as it played out in one
of the new counties of Kansas in the latter half of
the 19th Century. The novel focuses on the religious
and cultural traditions that imbued the American
Midwest with a special character that continues to
have a profound effect on American politics to this
day. Book One creates an understanding about
America's cultural foundations that is further
explored in books two and three that further trace
the historical-cultural-spiritual development of one
isolated county on the Great Plains that stands as
an icon in the development of a certain brand of
American character. That's the serious stuff viewed
from high altitude. The story itself gets down and
dirty with the supernatural, which in ATWOOD
- A Toiler's Weird Odyssey of Deliveranceis the
outfall of misfires in human interactions, from the
monumental to the sublime. The
book features the epic poem "The
well as artwork by New Mexico artist Richard
Meets Larry McMurtry
I am offering another
novel through Amazon's Kindle Direct Publishing service.
Cooksin is the story of a criminal syndicate that sets its
sights on a ranching/farming community in Weld County, Colorado,
1950. The perpetrators of the criminal enterprise steal farm
equipment, slaughter cattle, and rob the personal property of
individuals whose assets have been inventoried in advance and
distributed through a vast system of illegal commerce.
It is a ripping good yarn, filled
with suspense and intrigue. This was designed intentionally to
pay homage to the type of creative works being produced in 1950,
when the story is set. Richard Padilla
has done his usually brilliant work in capturing the look and feel of
a certain type of crime fiction being produced in that era. The
whole thing has the feel of those black & white films you see on
Turner Movie Classics, and the writing will remind you a little
of Elmore Leonard, whose earliest works were westerns.
Use this link.
EXPLORE THE KINDLE
If you have not explored the books
available from Amazon.com's Kindle Publishing
division you would do yourself a favor to do so. You
will find classic literature there, as well as tons
of privately published books of every kind. A lot of
it is awful, like a lot of traditionally published
books are awful, but some are truly classics. You
can get the entire collection of Shakespeare's works
for two bucks.
You do not need to buy a Kindle to
take advantage of this low-cost library. Use
this link to go to an Amazon.com page from which you
can download for free a Kindle App for
your computer, tablet, or phone.
Amazon is the largest,
but far from the only digital publisher. You can
find similar treasure troves atNOOK
Barnes & Noble site), Lulu,
Want to Write for a Television Series?
What Showrunners are Looking For
Did you ever want to become a
Television development veteran Anna
Henry write a piece for Stage 32 recently during which she offered the keys to
breaking into the business.
That isn’t easy. There are limited opportunities, and you must know or have a
relationship with a showrunner. That person is the creative visionary of a show,
and you must convince that person that you understand the vision and you have
ideas that will help bring it to a fresh, full bloom.
According to Henry, “fresh voices”
and writers with “a different perspective” are in constant demand, and the
networks are your best bet. Get to know somebody at a network. Network shows
have large writing staffs, which include lower level positions, so they can
nourish and develop talent over time. This differentiates their approach from
that of the Cable and streaming services, where writers often work in two or
three-person teams, and instead of first creating a pilot, write a whole season
of shows anticipating that it will be picked up as a series. Ms. Henry says that
cable executives like proof that an idea is interesting enough to last a whole
season. As you might imagine, the pay is better at the networks, where the first
deliverable is the pilot episode, which will determine if the show gets picked
up, and additional scripts ordered.
Ms. Henry describes “anticipatory meetings” where
executives and producers meet with writers in the months leading up to
“assembling a room.” They consider the writers with whom they might
develop new concepts, and development deals come from th0se meetings.
You must have friends, a manager, and an agent,
because they are the people who will connect you to showrunners.
Here is the Hollywood Reporter’s list of the 50
most important showrunners in the television business.
Getting an opportunity to write for a television
show is much like trying to get published as a novelist. You must submit
your work – a script – and it must conform to the rules for submission
and be right for the show. Your first 10 pages must “sing”, because that
is all it is going to take for a showrunner to know if you are right for
the role, or not.
Ms. Henry says another way to break into the
business is as a showrunner’s assistant. New showrunners especially
appreciate a good assistant, and sometimes they become open to
considering the assistant as a script writer.
In network television, showrunners are looking for
writers who are “good in the room,” meaning they work well with the
other writers. They need to be able to produce scripts on a tight
deadline, and it helps to have specialized skills, like script
production. The networks are big on diversity these days, so minorities
are getting opportunities, according to Henry, which probably speaks to
the need for different perspectives.
One other way in the door is as a consultant. If
you have technical knowledge useful to the show, you might be just the
person the showrunner needs.
Ms. Henry urges that you be prepared when your opportunity knocks.
Understand the show, and do not require an explanation from the
showrunner. Be collaborative and conversational, not competitive. Bring
relevant personal experience. Be creative, unbound by the standard
conventions of storytelling.