Last night I had the opportunity to attend a panel discussion on web series. The panel consisted of three folks (Bernie Su, Hannah Cheesman, and Julian DeZotti) who have produced series for online distro and consumption and have a significant measure of success.
There were a few folks there I know from the Collective and a lot of folks I’ve never seen before.
It was my first panel discussion, so I figured I’d go whole hog into the experience and ask a Q during the Q&A portion.
I wasn’t planning on bringing up my ambitious goal of writing a 13-book series, followed up with a 3-5 season web series, culminating in a 1-3 film theatrical event, but when my question on audience-building apparently proved too vague, my hand was forced.
I mean, there I was…I told them the span of the idea and that it’s a bit of a cross-pollination of Doctor Who, Lord of the Rings, and Chronicles of Narnia. And these industry professionals, as well as a lady and gentleman of high import for the industry in Hawaii, all admonished, encouraged, and just told me to DO IT – WRITE THE STORY – DO THE THING!
Thing is I’ve known I’ve needed to do the thing for quite some time now! I just…haven’t.
So, in terms of stortytelling, of writing, producing, anything, it’s all going toward finishing BOOK I of the KNIGHTS OF THAELION.
Jenn’s been encouraging me ever since our first date (if memory serves (regardless, it’s a good story)). Other friends, along the way, have encouraged me over the years. The inner voice keeps encouraging me.
And yet…RESISTANCE ALWAYS RESISTS. This is why it’s important to be in community with others.
Flyntax and co. have been banging around in my brain since I was 13. Time to let ‘em out.