I Wrote A Thing That Won A Thing

I Wrote A Thing That Won A Thing

I’m happy to share that an hour-long pilot I wrote won this year’s Bluecat screenwriting competition… Fun!

2018 Hour Pilot Winner Ben Philippe

The best philosophy for contests I’ve found is to occasionally throw a script into the mayhem and put it out of your mind. Once you make it to the finalists, it’s a lot more ‘lottery of sensibilities’ than ‘career strategy,’ honestly.

Bluecat is a great contest, run by very involved people and their readers give thoughtful feedback, so that alone was worth the entry fee here. The other winners and finalists are also crazy strong writers from what I’ve read.

…And no, they didn’t ask me to write this. My 56 clicks per month according to WordPress couldn’t sell the lint off a Casper mattress.

Anywho, here’s the Pitch Deck of the project since people have emailed me to ask the premise. (What? I like putting together PowerPoints. Don’t shame me for it… It’s better than being really into Crossfit or something.)

FIELD GUIDE Cover Released!

FIELD GUIDE Cover Released!

 

AWESOMENESS ALERT!

Until now, this could only exist as a color printout, thumbtacked over my desk but my first novel officially has a cover, folks! This is the real deal, coming out at Balzer + Bray / Harpercollins on January 22, 2019.

The more I look at this image, the more in love I fall with the design. It captures all those high school notebooks that would start out clean in September — color-coded with perfect handwriting — only to end up scribbled into oblivion by the end of the school year. All my thanks to the designer Michelle Cunningham and the amazeballs artist Christina Allen.

Beloved – One Shot Comic

Beloved – One Shot Comic

Back in college, I really — really — wanted to write comic books for a living. Most of them were awful. I promise I’m not doing that self-deprecating thing writers do; they were just… ghastly. (Prisons on asteroids. Nuff said.) With that said, it led to this pretty cool one-shot collab with my fellow Marvel Comics intern at the time, Victor Ochoa, and David Habben, an amazing artist based in Salt Lake City, Utah. I figured I would put it here.

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