Chasing AllieCat Film and events

untitled copyThe short film of Chasing AllieCat (see “New Projects”) will be ready sometime early next summer/late spring.

One of the cool things about the filming of  my story Chasing AllieCat is a small resurgence in the popularity of the novel. It sold out entirely from the publisher’s warehouse. When FLUX was sold to another overseeing publishing house, Chasing AllieCat went out of print.

 

Steph Borklund (her arm is visible in the second photo here) is working on editing the rough cut of the film. The last version I’ve seen is amazing. Gave me chills, even though I wrote the screenplay! She’s made some terrific edits, and has been kind and gracious enough to ask me if I’m okay with some of them that change the screenplay language. Like ALL edits, no like MOST edits, it’s hard to let go of  a writer’s “darlings,” but they make the story tighter, better, clearer. SO grateful Steph is doing this film!

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So now, the only way to get a copy is through used books–Amazon or B&N online. I have to buy books that way when I go do an author event about Chasing AllieCat! 

13051780_1249792608383865_1080295417738133882_nIn the meantime, I’m doing a few book clubs again: I visited a book club on Monday what was a pure delight. The women who had all read the novel had wonderful questions. We had a great discussion, and they plan to ask me back when Slider’s Son comes out.

I’m scheduled for another book club in late October, and just got book copies to that group yesterday. YAY!

And, here’s another delight: I’ve been asked to speak in my colleague’s creative writing class about the transferrence from novel to screen play. That’s coming up this Wednesday.

steph&Becky bikes shopHere’s Steph and me. We were consulting about how to get a shot we wanted inside the bike shop.

November: I’m going to Citizen Jane Film Festival at Stephens’ College. I’ll just be a visitor this year, but I am going to speak to the creative writing class there about collaboration with Steph on the screenplay, and about moving a story from prose to screenplay. All this is exciting!!

 

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The Cast of the movie Chasing AllieCat

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http://chasingac2016.wix.com/chasingalliecat#!cast/ozesk

Playing Allie:

Emily Sukolics is a recent graduate from Stephens College. She earned her BFA in Theatre with an emphasis in acting. Along with acting, she sings, has worked backstage at multiple theatres in Kansas City, and is pursuing a career in film and stage work. During her time at Stephens she was in many stage productions including Scout in To Kill a Mockingbird and, most recently,  Cassandra in Vanya, and Sonya, and, Masha, and Spike. She is very excited to be playing the part of Allie in Chasing Alliecat.

 

Playing Sadie:

Ana Michaela Chan was born on June 10th, 1997 in suburban town Davis, California to David Chan and Renee Alarcon-Chan. She is the youngest sister of a total of seven siblings, with her brother, William, ranking youngest of the pack. Ana’s involvement with theatre started at a supremely young age of 3 years old, where she would attend theatre auditions with her dad—the Davis Musical Theatre Company’s hired pianist. After years of observing the performers, Ana was finally cast at age 6 in her first theatre production, the musical The Music Man. Throughout all of her schooling, Ana was constantly involved in this theatre company’s productions, auditioning for as many shows her parents would allow, including Seussical, Les Misérables, South Pacific, and Peter Pan. Ana attended Rivercity High School, where she took part in various school activities, including a state-competing debate team (Mock Trial). Because of her family’s musical background, Ana was also the drummer/vocalist of the jazz band Syncopating Sea Monkeys. Ana is currently attending Stephens College, in Columbia, MO.

 

Playing Joe:

Zack Huels

 

Playing Cecil Baker:

Robert Doyen, Professor of Theatre

Rob Doyen is a resident actor/teacher at Stephens, where he teaches Acting, Directing and Musical Theatre. He also teaches in the Stephens Summer Theatre Institute (STI) and has spent the last 37 summers at Okoboji Summer Theatre. This past summer, he appeared in Blithe Spirit, The Foreigner and Little Shop of Horrors. Last year at Stephens, he was featured in A Catered Affair, Inspecting Carol, Uncle Vanya and A Shayna Maidel. He earned an M.A. from Illinois State University and a B.F.A. from Stephens College.

Father Malcolm: To Be Announced

Playing Race Volunteer:

Itohan Amayo is a sophomore student at the University of Missouri majoring in Communication with a minor in Theatre Performance.  Itohan LOVES acting and performing. Although she is going to school for communication, she continuously is striving to accomplish a career in performance. Itohan has been performing for 5 years now, and most of her performances have been in musicals, she is slowly creeping into a world of strictly acting, and she is loving the challenge.  Itohan is inspired by many people in her life like her family and friends, but her other inspirations are Oprah, and Todrick Hall, for obvious reasons. Itohan is excited to work with the cast and crew of Chasing AllieCat and hopes that this experience will create more experiences that will expand her talents and create new, awesome memories!

Playing the Nurse:

Danielle Doyen is excited to be a part of this SFI project. Danielle is back in Columbia after spending a decade in Los Angeles and New Orleans…it’s nice to be home. Selected Los Angeles and Regional Theater credits include: Natalie in AFTERMATH with Annie Potts, Constanze in AMADEUS, Vita in ANGELS FALL, Maria in TWELFTH NIGHT, Margaret in MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, Woman in THE 39 STEPS, and she appeared in MACBETH, THE SCHOOL FOR SCANDAL and AS YOU LIKE IT. She co-stared in the indie film UNMANNED, which garnered many festival nominations and awards.

Check out the crew, and see more details HERE.

Deep Valley Book Festival

Deep Valley Book Festival–Betsy-Tacy Society Calendar of Events.

The Deep Valley Homecoming is coming up at the end of June. Author Melissa Wiley (whom I met at ALA in San Diego a couple years ago) will be a featured speaker. This will be fun. Check the above calendar. Book Festival/Book Fair is Sunday at Sibley Park. I’ll be selling Chasing AllieCat, Beauty Missing, Hair Hissing: Medusa Tells All, and Girl Meets Boy Because There are Two Sides to Every Story.

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Screenplay

I am having a blast with this screenplay. The only other screenplay I’ve written was back in grad school in screen-writing class.
Taking my novel and adapting it to a script is really fun. I had no idea I would enjoy it so much. It’s so easy to apply the seat of the pants to the seat of the chair to work on this.
I’m sure when Steph sees it, it will need gallons of tweaking and major edits to boot; plus, she’s going to ask a consultant to read it and help me. Therefore, I know I will have to do lots of fixing. But for now, for this first draft, it is FUN to imagine this story on the big screen.Cycling-mtnbk-2untitledbiking

Chasing AllieCat. A screenplay. Holy smoke.

untitled copyScreenplaySo I am really doing it. I am writing a screenplay of Chasing AllieCat. Steph Borklund, who is a film director and teaches filmmaking in Missouri, wants to make a movie of my novel.

I know, it could fall through. Lots can go wrong, and it might not happen; I might not make a red cent. I know, I know, but I AM SO EXCITED! Just the fact that she wants to make a movie of this story is enough inspiration to launch me full-bore into this sabbatical.

Today, for the first day in it seems like forever, I sat and wrote all day. It took awhile to get used to the screenwriting software, and I’m not sure I’ve got it mastered, but it’s working, and I’m writing. I have about 8 minutes of screenplay written so far, and I am HAVING A BLAST!!!! I love this. It’s crazy fun, and I’m working. Man, if I have a dream, it’s this: to write and sell enough that I write that I can teach part-time. I love teaching, but I am seriously tired of grading student papers. I need to do something different for the rest of my working life, and I know writing is the thing I want to be doing. Here goes. I will update the progress on the blog. Regularly.

The long haul to publication

You know, I remember when I wrote my first novel (the one that isn’t published and will forever live in my drawer somewhere), I thought once I finished it and edited and proofread, bang, I was done. Somebody would buy it and I would be an author. Well, that didn’t happen with the first book. I wrote a second, and only after about twelve overhauls, George Nicholson, my agent at Sterling Lord Literistic, read it and took me on. Within six months, he had Jake Riley: Irreparably Damaged sold to HarperCollins.

The last novel, Chasing AllieCat, had a more circuitous path, and even more overhauls before FLUX bought it (again, George was the agent in charge).

This time, Slider’s Son has been perhaps the longest haul of all. I am not even sure when I started work on this book. I got a MN State Arts Board Grant to work on it, and to go to North Dakota to do research. I made two trips out there. That was before MSAB grants were limited to travel within the state. Anyway, now George wants me to find Native experts and people who can comment on the authenticity and/or lack of offensiveness in the way the Mandan Indians in the story are portrayed. I wonder how much longer this process will take. But…if it’s a good thing, I guess it doesn’t matter. I just get so impatient. I want the book out in the world!

 

Mankato Area Cycling Team

Just have to say….
I had a BLAST tonight at Franklin School. I met some excited young cyclists who will join the local cycling team.
Singletrack High is so much fun. I made me want to just get out and ride right now, but it’s late and dark and cold and windy. I’m hoping that it will be nicer in the morning, and maybe I can sneak in a ride before school.
Thanks Mike Busch and Matt Busch and Jenna and Justin Reinhardt from Nicollet Bike for all making this happen!

I got to talk a bit about Chasing AllieCat (and even read my favorite race scene), and we watched the trailer, too! It was much fun!

If you have a chance to see Singletrack High, and you have the least interest in cycling, see it!

Mankato Area Cycling Team

Just have to say….
I had a BLAST tonight at Franklin School. I met some excited young cyclists who will join the local cycling team.
Singletrack High is so much fun. I made me want to just get out and ride right now, but it’s late and dark and cold and windy. I’m hoping that it will be nicer in the morning, and maybe I can sneak in a ride before school.
Thanks Mike Busch and Matt Busch and Jenna and Justin Reinhardt from Nicollet Bike for all making this happen!

I got to talk a bit about Chasing AllieCat (and even read my favorite race scene), and we watched the trailer, too! It was much fun!

If you have a chance to see Singletrack High, and you have the least interest in cycling, see it!

Required Reading for Singletrack High: Chasing AllieCat

http://www.tennesseemtb.org/singletrack-high-premiere/

So….I’m hoping if we want kids to RIDE–which we DO–maybe we want kids to READ as well. Wouldn’t everybody in this documentary love to read about mountain biking kids as well?

Chasing AllieCat!
http://www.fluxnow.com/product.php?ean=9780738721309
and
http://www.amazon.com/Chasing-AllieCat-Rebecca-Fjelland-Davis/dp/0738721301

April 10? What? And St. Peter 8th Grade

Had a terrific visit last week with the St. Peter 8th grade English classes. The students were wonderful listeners and had great questions. They had all read Chasing AllieCat, so it was much, much fun to get to talk with them! Thanks, Ms. Hughes!

Time is flying past!
It’s April 10 already! And look at the ground! Freya’s happy–she was crazy this morning, playing “Grab Mom’s warm stuff and run.” (Question of the day: How many exclamation marks can one writer use in one short blog post?)

 Time is flying! I’m not keeping up with my days…I put out fires at school, work on the details we need to iron out for our trip to South Africa, try to keep up grading and reading ahead of the students, and try to squeeze in a little writing and a little cycling.

South Africa approaches, and it’s getting more and more exciting as it does. Will keep you posted…might have more news by the end of the week! (There–I had to end with another exclamation point, of course).