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David R. Beshears

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The Caravan, Planet of Stones Both Advance in Competition

January 26, 2018

I entered two of my novellas into a unique literary competition several months ago, just received word that both “Planet of Stones” and “The Caravan” are quarter-finalists and are advancing to the semi-finals.

The contest is looking for “short stories with cinematic potential”, the five judging criteria being 1) originality, 2) story, 3) voice, 4) overall impression and quality, and 5) cinematic potential.

Most of my novellas are 22,000 to 25,000 words long, so weren’t eligible as short stories, but I was able to submit Planet of Stones and The Caravan, both just making it under the contest’s 20,000 word count limit.

Contest semi-finalists will be announced in mid-February. If Planet of Stones and The Caravan survive that next stage, they move on to the finals in March. There will be a 1st place and 2nd place, receiving intros and exposure to industry executives. The top five finalists will be submitted to network of agents, managers and studio executives.

For more info on these titles:

Planet of Stones

The Caravan

Stay tuned for news as they continue to advance in this unique competition.  

 

Reunions Script Goes to Which Producer?

January 21, 2018

Okay… so I have a producer from Atlanta who has committed to producing my “Reunions” short script, with plans to take it to film festivals this year. Cool.

But… she hasn’t returned the option agreement. Not sure what’s up with that.

And now I have a second producer considering the same script. So what do I do? The first producer has committed to the project, but has she really? She says she has, says she'll keep me up-to-date on how it's going, but if she’s not willing to sign the option then she hasn’t really committed to anything.

The Atlanta producer was excited about “Reunions”, and I was pulling the script from my list of available projects when the second producer contacted me. I haven’t yet received the option agreement back from the first producer, so I’ve decided to let things stand as they are and see who makes an actual commitment first.

Either way, I'm looking forward to getting "Reunions" on film and out there for folks to see.

 

At Variance Two

January 15, 2018

I’ve been working for a number of months on a second collection of stories that will be the follow-up to “At Variance”, a collection I published several years ago.

This new collection includes literary adaptations of pilot episode series screenplays and other screenplay projects; seven novella-length stories in science fiction and fantasy.

I’m developing the final entry to “At Variance Two” right now. The adaptation of a new feature screenplay is currently in final draft.

I hope to publish the collection in the Fall. Look to this blog and future editions of the greybeard newsletter for updates. The newsletter posts on the greybeard publishing website the first week of each month, or you can send me your email address to be added to the mailing list.

 

Status of Serpent's Keep Development

December 26, 2017

I’m starting to fall a little behind in the development of the Serpent’s Keep sequel. My goal has been this coming summer, but it may not be finished until September. We’ll see how it goes.

I am progressing… writing continues, and while I am not as far along as I would like to be, SK2 Village of the Dragons really is going well.

And I continue to work in other areas of the Serpent’s Keep universe. I hope to have the Serpent’s Keep website up in the Spring, and many of the games in the Summer and Fall. Serious work on the video game begins in October.

I do have a number of projects outside the SK universe, and these do take up much of my time. Nonetheless, SK continues to move forward and 2018 will be a year of milestones.

 

Looking back at the Shylmahn Migration

December 1, 2017

I wrote The Shylmahn Migration quite a while ago. Looking back, wow… I can’t believe I began doing background research and outlining the manuscript almost thirty years ago. It was in the late 1980s and I was on the graveyard shift at Subbase Bangor. Much of the first draft of the novel was developed while working with an English Literature professor at Evergreen in 1996. Early editions of the book were first published back in 2005.

 

I last looked at the novel when I was adapting it to a miniseries screenplay in early 2007. Some of you may recall the screenplay won the Pacific Northwest Screenwriting Competition in October 2007. I got word that it had won while we were at Walter Reed Hospital in DC with our son after he had been injured in Afghanistan.

 

So, it’s been well over ten years since I looked at it at all, and almost twenty since I wrote it. And I never really had an opportunity to just read the book when I wasn’t actually working on it. That is, until recently.

 

The Shylmahn Migration was my epic work. I spent years developing the human and Shylmahn characters, the alien history, psychology and physiology; outlining and refining the intertwining storylines. It had all the components of everything that I wanted at the time when seeking out a science fiction novel.

 

And reading it now, with the perspective of decades of distance to provide objectivity, just as a reader… 

 

Yeah, I like it.

 

I’m feeling pretty good about now.

 

Reunions screenplay to be produced

November 23, 2017

The short script adaptation of my short story “Reunions” has been picked up by a production company in Atlanta. It is scheduled to be produced in the coming year, and I understand the plan is to present it at film festivals throughout the country.

 

I wrote the macabre little tale a number of years ago when someone suggested I write an offbeat horror story. It was later published in a magazine devoted to H.P. Lovecraft types of stories, and ended up in a few collections. You can find it in my own “Yesterday’s Shadows” collection.

 

Early last year I began to notice more and more independent producers developing short films to present at festivals as calling cards. Thinking there may be a growing market for short scripts, I took a look at my short stories for adaptation possibilities and decided on Reunions.

 

I adapted the story last year and entered the short script into a screenwriting contest. It finished well and a producer saw the posting. She contacted me and subsequently picked it up.

 

Stay tuned for production updates…

 

Visit the Christmas Cave this season

November 16, 2017

Hey, everyone...

I want to make sure the word gets out about the deal with The Christmas Cave...

I think books make great Christmas presents, and The Christmas Cave is perfect for everyone. The fantasy adventure novella is based on my holiday family screenplay and really is a favorite of fans of my books.

The book is available in print, large print, ebook and audiobook formats, and for a very short time (couple of weeks) signed print editions are available for $6 (but only at Greybeard Publishing). Visit the Christmas Cave book page for info and to order your signed copy.

Enjoy!

David

 

Revisiting the World of the Shylmahn

November 5, 2017

The story of the Britton Journals takes place twenty years after the conclusion of the third book in The Shylmahn Trilogy, providing a brief glimpse into what the world looks like in the years following Genesis.

If you’ve already read the trilogy, the short story is a chance to revisit the world of the Shylmahn, to check in on old friends.

For those who’ve never experienced the trilogy, the Britton Journals is sure to pique your interest. And best of all, the download is free. The link above takes you to the Britton Journals page on greybeard publishing, where you’ll find more info and the link to download the short story.

I hope you like it!

how the heck did this happen

October 9, 2017

Wow… apologies.

I’m still not quite sure how this came about, but a few months back several of my titles updated with manuscript versions containing errors. These included incorrect auto-correct replacements, missing words, and several incorrect tense.

The original versions of these titles were clean, but after the updates several of these books contained as many as ten or more errors.

I only recently discovered the issue, and am updating these titles on all sites. This includes ebook, print and large print formats.

If you have a Kindle ebook copy, you should be able to download a corrected version by selecting it on Amazon. If you have a print edition, contact me and let me know where and how you purchased your book containing the errors and I’ll send you a newly corrected copy.

Again, my apologies.

This whole incident has been very unsettling…

The next phase

September 30, 2017

So, for the last thirty years I’ve been dividing my time between two creative avenues. On the one has been of course my writing (literary and screenwriting), and on the other I’ve been programming, initially contracting to the Navy and later for Washington State.

While the programming has offered a stable income, it has meant that I’ve been working two fulltime jobs for decades. Developing applications and then web applications has been a creative outlet that I’ve enjoyed, but has never been my primary interest.

I write stories.

But royalties from my writing have ebbed and flowed, and until recently wasn’t something I could count on month to month. I needed the guaranteed income that programming provided.

Over the last few years, however, as my list of titles has continued to grow and my marketing skills have improved, royalties have steadily increased and have become more stable; enough so that I can announce a significant change coming soon.

I am currently working on a major web application development project for the State that is scheduled to complete in September.

And that will be it. Beginning October 01, 2018, I will be dedicated 100% to my writing and publishing. This will also allow me the chance to grow the marketing arm of my business, which to be honest has always been… less than it should be.

I am so looking forward to this next phase of my life.

 

 

 

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