In case you're wondering why I ran silent, and more importantly, why I've come back, the answer is the same: I'm exploring 1,000 Reasons I'm Going to Hell as a sitcom idea.
No doubt you remember the blog entries from 2015. Most do. If not, you can check them out below. Turns out, I very quickly started to think of the concept as a potential sitcom, so I pulled back on writing the blog -- fearful that I'd burn up a bunch of episode ideas.
So, where did I go, and why have I returned? It's a bit of a long story, but I'll shorten it for you: 1. I had multiple other ideas I wanted to explore first. 2. I had multiple other genres I wanted to explore first. 3. I had no clear path for success for a sitcom pilot. 4. Now I do.
Let's take them in order.
First, I'm always swimming with ideas. My idea board currently lists 8 priority ideas, not including the 3 that I'm actively writing. Every day new ideas push into my head. Some are actually even invited to stick around. It's just that now, 1,000 Reasons I'm Going to Hell seems to be pushing harder than the others, so, it's time to explore it further.
Second, I want to get back to comedy. It's where I started. It's a natural landing point for me: I like to make people laugh. I've enjoyed writing thrillers, and I'm sure I'll write more (there are 2 on my idea board -- along with 2 SciFi ideas that came out of nowhere). I'll certainly continue writing shorts in all genres. That's just fun. And, I'm getting pretty good at it. But, in the end, my inner comedian is too strong to ignore. So, back to writing a sitcom for my next project.
Finally, and maybe most importantly, I see a clear path to success. For features, it's possible to write a killer script and be discovered from just about anywhere. For shorts, it's the same. But, for sitcoms... from Kansas? And, from a writer that's not staffed? It doesn't happen. Unless... something really unique comes along. A path opens up. Which is what happened last year.
Mind you, it's only one path. But, I only need one path to motivate me to write a script. (For shorts, I don't even need one. I just write.)
What's the path? Turns out there's a group out there that wants to cultivate talent and is turning over the tiniest of stones to find it. They don't care where you live. They don't care what experience you have. If you have a good enough idea, and can demonstrate the talent to pull it off -- they're willing to invest in you. It's called Imagine Impact, and I'm gunning for 'em.
So, over the next 4 or 5 months, I'm going to kick the blog back up. I'm going to use this as a testing ground for story ideas. Yes, I'm putting them out there. Mainly, because I need to know if the concept has legs (not necessarily commercially -- more so creatively). So, I hope you'll check in occasionally. I'll be experimenting with forms, making fun of myself and others, and exploring the concepts of heaven, hell and humanity.
Nothing too big.