Can't wait to hear "Ticking: A Tale of Two Time Travellers"? You're in luck! Just click the link below for the full book (works on a PC or Mac). Great for your commute or road trip.
April 20th, 2023
Matthew M. and his dad, Kevin, dropped in. Matthew has read Book #1, so he picked-up #2, "The Hawking Sequence". Happy reading!
Gail C. with her copy of "The Hawking Sequence". Enjoy!
Carolyn Costigan! Congratulations to Carolyn, who has won a prize of a signed copy of "Southumb Pride", a bottle of Storyteller wine, two highly-coveted "Ticking" T-shirts and two attractive, yet functional coffee mugs.
My April 15th launch of Book #4, "Ticking: Southumb Pride" was a success, despite a power outage at Chapters and the surrounding area.
Below is the cover design for the second edition of my first book. The cover ties-in with the other covers and presents them as a set. My son, Clark, did the design, using a map that I drew of the Greater London, England area in the mid-1700's. Londoners will know where Southwark, Covent Garden, Clapham Common and maybe even Wimbledon are. Those of us less familiar with the local geography will see the red pin where the chrononauts landed in Hounslow Heath and, further west in Middlesex, Mansfield Castle.
Is the cover a winning design, or what?
London 1766 (DRAFT)
Lights! Camera! Action!
On April 15th at the book launch, I'll have a copy of the screenplay (or script) I've been developing.
A screenplay includes everything seen or heard on screen: locations, dialogue and action. It tells the story but is also a technical document that contains all the info needed to film the movie.
One page of a screenplay equates to about one minute of screen time. So generally, screenplays are typically 100 to 120 pages long.
For now, I've split Book 1 (A Tale of Two Time Travellers) into two parts: Episode 1 is now a two hour movie (127 pages) and Episode 2 is about 82 pages (one hour 22 minutes). I'm currently writing Episode 3, where the chrononauts travel to Southumbria. The book will likely be divided into 3 episodes.
To me, the screenwriting process is more challenging than writing a book. The industry adheres to strict standards that ensure quality productions. Where a book is, by nature, descriptive, the screenplay must be succinct, providing just a glimpse of what the director and actors will portray on-screen.
Screenplays use seven line types in a defined format:
Chapters was forced to cancel my February book launch due to a nationwide cyber attack. The new date is Saturday April 15 at the Chapters in Coquitlam (just east of Coquitlam Centre). Come visit any time between 11 am and 4 pm. I'll sign a copy of any of the four books for you!
February 9th, 2023
The launch of my fourth book "Ticking: Southumb Pride"
Saturday, February 18 between 11 am and 1 pm
Chapters Coquitlam in Pinetree Village, 2991 Lougheed Hwy.
Please join me as we launch the fourth book in the time travel adventure series. I'm excited; the chrononauts return to Southumbria to deal with some unfinished business. But their timing (these guys are supposed to be time travelers) couldn't be worse!
The book cover is striking; designed by my son, Clark.
Stop by Chapters (a great place to browse and buy) and I'll sign a copy of Southumb Pride for you. A draw for some bling (mugs, shirts, etc.) is planned. Copies of the first, second and third books will be available.
The draft screenplay (for Book 1) will be on display.
Please tell anyone who may be interested or who may just want to know how to travel through time. Thanks for your support!
Craig retired in 2015 and has been writing ever since. And boy, is his hand tired.