Why did a rabid fan of the rock band Green Day, who woke up one day so inspired by their music she wrote a screenplay about it, embark on a year-long quest to get her stories into their hands? I mean, it's crazy right?
A heartbreakingly candid account of personal transformation, faith and betrayal, the novel Weird Shit and Coincidences is about a bittersweet journey through the world of fandom and the high price I had to pay to make it through to the other side.
The movie and music industries are difficult to navigate at the best of times. Try being a newbie, unknown screenwriter with only three scripts under my belt living in the Southern United States and compound it by a thousand and you've got the story of how I set out to get a script to the well-insulated, impossible to reach mega-rock band Green Day amid brick walls and adversity and people who just did not want to see me succeed.
This is the true story of how I became a rabid fan of Green Day and woke up one day so inspired by their music, I wrote a script based on their music from the 90s and called it Slappy Hours. Wanting desperately for them to read it and know exactly how much their music meant to me, and with no connections and a not yet established career in the movie industry, or the music industry for that matter, I embarked on a quest to get the script to the band, and it led me to creating an entire feature-length movie trilogy, incorporating Slappy Hours, American Idiot and 21st Century Breakdown, covering their music over the last twenty years, something I knew without doubt and with absolute faith in my gut had to be produced. The quest took me on a journey that transformed my life and my writing into something much greater than I'd ever imagined or planned, leading me to New York, London, Oakland, the Occupy Wall Street Movement, and members of the hactivist group Anonymous, as well as a transformation into musical discovery that led me to writing for Huffington Post about various aspects of the music industry and the bands and musicians who sustain it.
[Excerpt] "... they finally announced what they'd been teasing us with, while keeping it secret, for two months. Billie Joe Armstrong tweeted on Twitter, [Ok. Here's the deal. We're making a 3 album trilogy. Not 1. Not 2. But 3 albums. Called ¡UNO! ¡DOS! ¡TRE! Coming September November January.] My emotional reaction to this news was mixed, so the shock of it left me in desperate need of the beach. I know a lot of weird shit and coincidences had been a mainstay throughout this journey to Green Day's world, but this? It was too much. There was no possible way it could be coincidence, especially not after Tony and I had corresponded with them and my gut had been telling me for two months they had my scripts and knew about the trilogy.
So I went to the beach and just walked along the shore and talked it out with a friend on the phone. I couldn't respond right away on Twitter in excitement with everyone else. I didn't have the emotional capacity at the moment to fake excitement I wasn't sure I felt. The range of emotions went something like this: Did Green Day just take my idea and cut me out and just fucking capitalize on it??? That was the big question. And then, of course, if they didn't read my email or those online accounts were fake, and they didn't know about my scripts or the trilogy at all, is this simply the biggest fucking coincidence in the history of coincidences?"
So after the meandering route I took because of one little script, after the fans I encountered along the way, after the friends I've made and the enemies I've endured, after the musicians and artists and industry reps I've interacted with, I finally got my work to Green Day only to have them take it and re-package it for the album trilogy they're currently promoting, without credit or compensation or even acknowledgement. Ya know, allegedly. Shit happens I suppose. And really, it's the journey that counts anyway. And despite the outcome, the journey was worth it.
The first draft of the novel is complete and is in the editing stage now, and the plan is to self-publish once it's ready. The editing process is expected to be finished by mid-October and the book will be published and ready for distribution in November if I'm able to reach the funding goal. From the bottom of my heart, thank you all so much for your support! If you have any questions or want additional information, please contact me. I'd love to hear from you!
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Journey: All the Trilogy benefits, plus a personalized and autographed copy of Slappy Hours, the first script in the Green Day movie trilogy I created that started this crazy adventure, in your choice of digital or hardcover. Please add $10 for international shipping ($5 Canada/Mexico)
Convergence: All the Trilogy benefits, plus a personalized and autographed copy of American Idiot, the second script in the Green Day movie trilogy I created, in your choice of digital or hardcover. Please add $10 for international shipping ($5 Canada/Mexico)
Stray: All the Trilogy benefits, plus a personalized and autographed copy of the scripts Slappy Hours and American Idiot, as well as the treatment for 21st Century Breakdown in the Green Day movie trilogy I created that took me on this crazy journey, in your choice of digital or hardcover. Please add $10 for international shipping ($5 Canada/Mexico)
Progress: All the Stray benefits, plus I'll name a character in the book after you (some real names are being withheld and are in need of new ones) Please add $10 for international shipping ($5 Canada/Mexico)
Burnout: All the Stray benefits, plus your name will be placed in a prominent position at the top of the Acknowledgement page, plus 9 additional personalized and autographed hardcover copies of the book for a meet-and-greet gathering, reading and signing, (limited to the Southern United States) for you and your friends, colleagues, organization, book store, library, etc... OR an online private gathering on the chat forum of your choice for people anywhere in the world for a reading and question & answer session. The online gathering includes 9 additional personalized and autographed ebooks.
Revelations: All the Stray benefits, plus your name will be placed in a prominent position at the top of the Acknowledgement page, plus I'll fly to an agreed-upon location anywhere within the United States with a total of 9 hardcover copies of the novel for a reading and signing with you and your friends, or at a school, book store, library or convention of your choice.