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I Won the Script Frenzy!!!

That's it, folks. I did it. I won the script frenzy.

What does that mean? Well, it means that I participated in an international event with thousands of other people (more at We were each challenged to write a script (either for stage or screen) entirely during the month of June, 2007. The one rule was that it had to meet or exceed 20,000 total words. That word count had to be officially verified.

Today, sitting at the Frothy Monkey at lunchtime, I did it. I closed Act Three with 20,284 words. Am I proud of my accomplishment? Yes, I am. I felt moved to participate in this, I set the goal, and I did it (with Laura's help and God's help). It was a great experience, and if they do it again next year I highly recommend others getting involved.

Now, a couple of folks have asked if they can read my script. The answer is, for now, no. Why? Well, for one thing I haven't even read it myself. It's a rough draft. It's not even spell checked, for goodness sake. More importantly, as I suspected when I began, this story will make a better novel than a stage play. So, I intend to take this 20,284 words of almost pure dialog and use it to produce a novel. At least, that's my plan.

I've been thinking about writing this story for a long time. I've even started, sort of, with a fifteen-hundred word rough draft of a first chapter. But I never really thought I could carve out the time and energy to really do it. ScriptFrenzy has shown me that I can do it. I really can write 20,000 words in a month. Its given me the courage to think I could really do this. Whether it ever gets published is another matter, and not the point right now. The point is that I feel I can do it.

So, what's this script about? you might ask. Well, its a dramatic, comedic, somewhat bizarre tale based on a true story. The true story of a church pastor who, in about one year's time, loses more than he can imagine. And, at the same time, finds out what is really important to him. I think of it as the "Book of Daniel" meets "Goodfellas." Based on a true story, but still officially fiction (for lots and lots of reasons).

So, that's it. I'm feeling great. Thanks for reading.

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