Throwback Thursday 4

Welcome back to Throwback Thursday! Last week, we looked at Ivan the Brave, the story of three brothers trying to rescue their mother from an evil sorcerer and having to reconcile in the aftermath.

In this last installment, we’re back to:

The Midnight Dances

With the fate of their home hanging in the balance, two unlikely detectives travel to a distant kingdom, where the king offers reward to any who can tell him why his daughters’ shoes wear out overnight. He’ll also readily dole out death if they fail. Is this a conspiracy of cobblers or something more sinister?

(Warnings: fantasy violence, death, manipulation)

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Excerpt from Chapter One: Drought

EXT. A MOUNTAIN FOREST – NIGHT [ESTABLISHING]

Once upon a time, under a starless, moonless sky… Continue reading

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Throwback Thursday 3

Welcome back to Throwback Thursday! Last week, we looked at A Queen’s Ransom, a story about a trickster princess determined to save her fiance from a tyrant.

This week, we look at an unlikely hero whose kindness trumps a cynical sorcerer:

Ivan the Brave

In this tale about faults, family, and forgiveness, a simple prince faces off against a cunning sorcerer to save his mother and a princess from the Underworld.

(Warnings: fantasy violence, death)

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Excerpt from Chapter One: The Princess’s Dilemma

EXT. KHAZARIM – DAY (ONCE UPON A TIME)

KHAZARIM

Past green meadows and blue mountains lies Khazarim, a kingdom riddled from end to end with smoldering villages and ashen fields.  And bones.  

A lone RIDER sits astride a monstrous horse.  He wears a black cloak with silver Glagolitic “runes,” and his face is hidden by a hood.   Continue reading

Throwback Thursday 2

Welcome back to Throwback Thursday! Last week, we looked at Westfall, a novel about a teenager determined to save the world by learning how to kill an immortal.

This week, we look at my first script, and a character I’ll probably incarnate more in future fairy tales: the trickster:

A Queen’s Ransom

A princess disguises herself as a traveling harper to save both her fiance and the kingdom from a tyrannical father’s last request.

(Warnings: fantasy violence, some adult themes, death)

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Excerpt from Chapter One: The Calm in the Storm

INT. DOLINA CASTLE – SUNSET

An elderly woman’s hands expertly prepare tinctures, teas, powders… moss-green eyes squint at measurements, grim but sure in Continue reading

32: Growth

Last Chapter. I’ll be posting shorts for a few weeks, then starting the next big thing. Thanks for coming along!

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EXT. KULIPA KINGDOM – EVENING (A SERIES OF SHOTS)

— THE DYER’S FIELD: Melina and Znakov sort flowers, blue-fingered.

— A VINYARD: Dinara and her MOTHER (ND) tend vines.

— A MEADOW: Peach shadows her father corralling sheep.

— A HUMBLE TOWN: Lilac and her parents hang cloth for a fair.

— A STUDY: Ekaterina writes upside-down beside a BROTHER (ND). Continue reading

31: Last Gambit

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EXT. STOLIST – SAME TIME (DAY)

THE MAIN STREET

Flames sprout from keep windows. The crowds gasp and scream.

Underfoot: the ground splits, caves. People scream as a dozen fall. Others flee downhill.

Tiles slide from the rooftops, smash on cobbles. Banners are trodden underfoot. Continue reading