As I wrap up the first draft of "The Six-Gun Conjurer," I have begun work on my next writing endeavor. Over the next few months, in between other projects, I will be writing a series of scripts based on the world and characters in West of the Warlock and its precursor, the short story "A Dwarf at High Noon."
Formatting a script is far different than writing a novel, and it is quite a learning process. I'm using several authoritative resources to aid me, and it seems scriptwriting is much easier than crafting a book. It's like writing a detailed outline with dialog. Once I had the formula down, and got used to the new formatting, things moved right along.
I envision this to be a television series, though it could serve as a miniseries, or the first few episodes could be merged into a stand-alone movie, as well. There's no sense limiting my options, as it'll be difficult to break into Hollywood at any rate. I have high hopes but low expectations. Still, having a slim chance at getting this project optioned is better than no chance, which is what I'll have if I don't write a script.
This isn't something that has come out of nowhere, as I've thought about doing a script for many years with different stories. Too often over the years, I've sat down and watched television, only to think, "What crap! I can write better stuff than this!" So, it's high time that I did. The "Dwarf at High Noon/West of the Warlock" universe is one that I feel has the best potential for television or cinema.
I've already written the "Pilot" episode. We'll see what happens.