The backdrop of Maxi’s Place

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I’m embarking on a new venture with some fellow Dallas professionals. The excitement is too much to bear in silence even though I’m beyond busy. I have a knack of keeping my schedule extra saturated while harboring the inability to adhere to updating my Google calendar. My serial story, Maxi’s Place is coming to the web as a dramatic Lesbian series.

Coming Soon!

Coming Soon!

The first words of Maxi’s Place was jotted down almost 4 years ago. Similar to most of my stories, the plot started as a daydream. I wasn’t sure of my main characters yet but the setting was one I had mulled around since the first day I hit the floor as a rookie server. I’ve worked in the restaurant and hospitality industry a few times in my past. Three times at popular restaurants and once in a fabulous Gay bar.

At the time, I didn’t realize how much of a great experience it was as I stomped around in slip resistant shoes and carried plates of hot food. It was much akin to high school antics with cliques, best friend squabbles and the gossip on who was dating who. A dramatic interlude between employees was in full force almost every shift. Resembling a dysfunctional family, we banded together against outsiders. This the backdrop of Maxi’s Place.

I’ve had a few comments about why Maxi’s Place is a serial story and not a full length novel. Any writer will tell you that characters have a mind of their own. As hard as you try to steer them a particular way, they tend to become stagnant and mock your intellect. The initial major characters had personalities so large that it would have been a shame to limit them to just one novel. Also, I grew up watching television. Cable was just as expensive then as now. I absorbed classic reruns. There are some I will even watch to this day. My love for sitcoms and dramatic shows encourage me to write in episodes.

Although it is set in Dallas Texas, Maxi’s Place is a fictional restaurant created purely from my imagination. I wanted to showcase my hometown culture and present the everyday lives of Lesbians the best way I could – through written word. I envision a world filled with Maxi’s Place coffee cups and mouse pads. Maybe a poster or two of a favorite character. A Stud can dream can’t she? Well, it seems my dreams are about to come true.

Nothing wrong with rambling along

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I’m sitting at my desk on another Friday contemplating what to write about. I’m sure this blogging experience will be akin to the prompts at the beginning of my senior English class. These were designed to assist with the college entrance exams just around the corner. They drove me nuts because I wasn’t awake enough. My addiction to coffee made an appearance around this time. Since I have no prompts at hand, we’ll start off with a bit of freewriting about my day thus far.

I just finished an online interview for Smashwords about my serial story Maxi’s Place. I enjoy writing this series and about the world I’ve created. The experience I’ve gained from building my characters has been immense and time consuming. I am constantly haunted by the ghost of lost time. I’m starting to resent that I actually have to recharge my batteries with more than a few hours sleep.

The marketing is also time consuming. It’s difficult to keep up with all the social networks. Facebook is the only one that is constantly updated. Probably because I like to be extra nosey on my friends’ pages. I still don’t understand Twitter and if anyone is willing to provide lessons, I’d greatly appreciate it. I don’t think I have enough to say for the particular medium.

I’m also currently working on my first web series script based on Maxi’s Place. I have self-educated myself about scriptwriting and in the beginning it was slow progress as I figured out the different necessary elements. Thankfully, I’m a quick learner. The biggest challenge was turning off the novelist side of my brain where the descriptions balance the dialogue. Now I have to think about camera direction and breaks in the story for commercials. Everything is a work in progress; especially with my latest find of Adobe Story. This screenwriting software has become very useful with the format as well as adding camera shots. My Muse is very excited about it.

Here’s to one month down for 2014 and many more months of work to come.

~Studly

A new project for Studly

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Okay I haven’t posted a blog for a while and I’m sure since I purchased a new Bluetooth keyboard for my tablet I want to play with my new toy. In an effort to familiarize my fingertips with this spectacular gizmo, I am catching up on my blogging duties, which should really be at least once a week.

New Toy

Writing with a glass of wine.

I’ll be honest I don’t have a particular topic to write about except how busy my life has been since last you read about me. I finished episode three of #MaxisPlace. The first three episodes are available on Smashwords.com in multiple formats. Now that the shameless plug was inserted, I’ll continue.

The few who have followed me since the beginning know there are at least 7 episodes about my favorite, fictional restaurant. While they are good as they are written, I am a perfectionist and I felt they needed a bit more detail. I live and breathe every character of Maxi’s Place.  I felt they deserved a bit more background and a lot more fleshing out.

I’ll let you in on a little secret. Maxi’s Place is written by someone who loves television and movies. A lot of my childhood was spent in front of the boob tube absorbing reruns of classic sitcoms, movies and film noir. It’s one of the reasons my descriptions are so vivid. Even now, my best writing sessions have a favorite piece of cinematic art playing in the background.

With the help of other Dallas artists and professionals, my newest project is to film Maxi’s Place as a web series. I wrote the series with this in mind from the moment the first words spilled out onto paper. The next year will be a busy one as a continue to tackle scriptwriting and casting calls. All that time in front of the television has to pay off somehow.

~Studly