It’s just under three weeks until the end of submissions for the Triggerfish Story Lab. I expected to be further along than this.

As I mentioned in a recent post, I am working on at least two submissions for the Triggerfish Story Lab. This requires me to create a motivating letter (max one page), and a synopsis (max four pages) for each of the potential films. I want to have each of these finished at least a week in advance so I can pass them on to people whose opinions I trust, but who I know are in no way connected to this submission program so they won’t stab me in the back and steal my work.

In regards to actual progress, I am semi-complete for the major plot points for one synopsis, and only just starting the other synopsis. I’m only just starting the second one because I had another idea that I decided to scrap.

Why did I scrap it?

Well, Triggerfish has asked for family entertainment. Both of my original planned submissions were probably in the PG to PG-10 region, so I figured this might be a bit too dark for their tastes. If I can make one PG-10ish film, and another family rated film, that would probably increase my chances of something getting picked up. So I’m putting the second “dark” film on the backburner for now so that I can focus on finish one “dark” film and one completely family friendly film.

Now that you know what I am working on, I have to put some things aside to make sure I get the submissions done in time, which means putting the blog on the backburner. Even though I don’t release a ton of content, I have been trying to get out reasonable to good quality content on a regular basis. It may not seem like it, but this blog takes a fair amount of time and a LOT of energy. Time is something I do have to spare, but energy isn’t. Whether it’s work or the blog or winter that’s grinding me down, the simple fact is more often than not that I feel like I am running on fumes. That being the case, I need to focus all my creative energy on getting the Triggerfish submissions done, and getting them done well, because as Eminem so eloquently put it:

“You only get one shot, do not miss your chance to blow, this opportunity comes once in a lifetime”.

I’ll be back after the 31st.