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Throwback Thursday: Sunshine’s Night of Darkness, Scene 6, 7, 8, 9

July 10, 2014

SCENE ONE (and an explanation of what the hell is going on with these posts)

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SUNSHINE’S NIGHT OF DARKNESS

Synopsis:  It’s Sunshine’s first day of work in security at the P.U.R.E Corporation and all she wants to do is make it through orientation, but first she’s got to fill out a name tag requisition form, fit her uniform, meet a cute computer geek … oh, and save her fellow employees from genetically-mutated, blood-lusting vampires.

Notes: All work is registered with the WGC & the WGA.

- Scene Six, Seven, Eight, Nine -

INT. SPA, TREAMENT ROOM, P.U.R.E CORPORATION – LATER

A WOMAN, swathed in plastic, gets a facial.

INT. SPA, MUD ROOM – CONTINUOUS

A MAN soaks in a mud-filled, marble soaker tub.

INT. SPA, SUN BED ROOM – CONTINUOUS

A YOUNGER WOMAN lies tanning in a U.V. tube-filled coffin.

INT. FOYER, SPA – CONTINUOUS

A waterfall runs down one granite wall and over a grouping of river rocks. The group follows Irma, who acknowledges the pretty girl, MIKI, behind the granite front desk.

IRMA

Miki.

MIKI

Hi, Irma. Hello new people. Callie.

CALLIE

Hi!

HUXLEY

(looking around)

Swank.

IRMA

Yes. We are the top rated spa in the country. This is P.U.R.E’s most public face and its soul. Each client is treated like royalty in their own home. P.U.R.E Prompts the Ultimate Revitalization of Energy with its pristine spa.

Huxley offers Sunshine a mini eye roll and grin at Irma’s continual use of acronyms, but Sunshine has her nose buried in her orientation folder. Irma gestures and moves towards a set of ornate double doors. Rashid follows.

IRMA (CONT’D)

Through here we –

A sign-clad PROTESTOR bursts in through the main doors. His signage screams of P.U.R.E’S animal testing, shady morality, and promotion of unnecessary plastic surgery, and he screams as BUZZ, a security officer, yanks him back by his hair. BUZZ is closely followed by another security officer, PHIL.

PROTESTOR

P.U.R.E promotes pernicious, obsequiously risky, engineered, arggg –

Phil hits the Protestor with a stun gun and he falls. Sunshine, hoping to help, steps forward.

BUZZ (to Phil)

Watch it with that.

(noting Sunshine)

Hello, darling. Lost?

SUNSHINE

I thought… you might need help?

Phil hauls the rather limp Protestor to his feet and turns back towards the door.

BUZZ

(snorting)

Right! You’re the Sunny everyone’s talking about. A little girl in security. Well, it’ll be a hell of a ride … for us.

He turns his back on Sunshine and exits. Rashid and Callie look a little put off by the Protestor while Huxley glares after Buzz.

HUXLEY

(concerned, to Sunshine)

Hey, I think you –

SUNSHINE

Nevermind.

Irma, imperturbable through out the incident, prompts:

IRMA

Shall we?

SUNSHINE

Ummm, yea.

Irma continues further into the spa. They all follow.

CALLIE

(whispering)

What was that?

SUNSHINE

(shrugging)

You read his sign.

HUXLEY

(rhetorical)

Why do you think they need so much security?

CALLIE

Their high-end clients –

HUXLEY

Ask Rashid. If he’ll talk about it. He knows what they really do here.

SUNSHINE

What we need to do here is our jobs, nothing less.

Huxley and Callie look a little chastised. Irma looks back and raises her voice to prompt the others to focus/follow.

IRMA

The treatment rooms are luxury personified, and the sun beds –

CALLIE

Are just the thing if you want to forgo your leather jackets and just wear your own skin.

Sunshine snorts and Callie giggles, glad to have broken through Sunshine’s ice. Irma is not pleased.

sunshine(etc) poster

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SUNSHINE’S NIGHT OF DARKNESS – a screenplay by Meghan Ciana Doidge

SCENE ONE

SCENE TWO

SCENE THREE

SCENE FOUR

SCENE FIVE

SCENE SIX (above)

 

Leo in Repose

July 8, 2014

 

Leo doesn’t find the new sheets scratchy at all. Though watching them get torn off the bed at midnight and replaced with the old shredded-but-soft ones was probably seriously entertaining.

Leo in ReposeHis owner, however, is not amused. She is a big fan of her (usually) comfy bed.

 

Throwback Thursday: Sunshine’s Night of Darkness, Scene 5

July 3, 2014

SCENE ONE (and an explanation of what the hell is going on with these posts)

——————-

SUNSHINE’S NIGHT OF DARKNESS

Synopsis:  It’s Sunshine’s first day of work in security at the P.U.R.E Corporation and all she wants to do is make it through orientation, but first she’s got to fill out a name tag requisition form, fit her uniform, meet a cute computer geek … oh, and save her fellow employees from genetically-mutated, blood-lusting vampires.

Notes: All work is registered with the WGC & the WGA.

- Scene Five -

INT. LAB 17, RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT, P.U.R.E CORPORATION – LATER

Leila, still in sunglasses, crosses her ankles and perches on a chair while Dixon paces.

DIXON

Leila, I really must caution –

LEILA

You have.

DIXON

The animal tests have not been conclusive … and … and … your multiple surgeries … perhaps compromised immune system … don’t make you an ideal –

LEILA

What makes me ideal is my signature on your paycheques and the generous, shall we say, grants that keep your department top-of-the-line.

DIXON

Of course, I meant –

LEILA

We also wouldn’t want the government catching wind of any of your … experiments, which I, for the sake of P.U.R.E’s dedicated clients, would have to disavow any knowledge of. In fact, to the board your grants could look a little like … embezzlement?

DIXON

But –

LEILA

Were some of the trials successful?

DIXON

Well, yes. But –

Leila removes her sunglasses. Her eyes (and her face) are stretched almost beyond that of a recognizable human.

LEILA

I need this.

DIXON

– not yet on humans!

LEILA

I refuse to go on this way. I know the risks and the rewards … I have a dinner party tonight, and many of my guests, my wealthy friends would pay many, many hundreds of thousands if you can do what you say you can.

DIXON

I … I –

LEILA

– could open your own lab on your own private island with your percentage. That is, if you ever wanted to leave P.U.R.E.

DIXON

Never. I would never want to leave.

LEILA

Good. So, I sit in that chair over there?

sunshine(etc) poster

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SUNSHINE’S NIGHT OF DARKNESS – a screenplay by Meghan Ciana Doidge

SCENE ONE

SCENE TWO

SCENE THREE

SCENE FOUR

SCENE FIVE (above)

SCENE SIX, SEVEN, EIGHT, NINE

 

Writer Wednesday: Brandon Hale

July 2, 2014

Speaking of writer friends, my online writing group has published another anthology of short stories, The Bitten. The proceeds of The Bitten are going to (hopefully) help author Brandon Hale in his battle with cancer. The collected shorts are vampire or werewolf themed.

Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to contribute a short in a timely fashion as I was finishing Dowser 3 at the time. I’m saddened that I wasn’t able to offer my support ‘in writing,’ but I’m also so pleased that 28 members of my authors’ group wrote and donated a story specifically for Brandon!

I’ve spoken of Brandon’s fight on Facebook and twitter before, but I don’t know him personally. He is a massively positive presence in my online writers’ group (which I feel seriously blessed to be apart of). We’ve really been missing Brandon, who isn’t able to participate as much right now as he undergoes his treatment. The group is more subdued without him, even a bit tentative and lost. We miss Brandon’s humour and stalwartness, but he’s using it all in the fight of his life right now.

I – we – miss you, Brandon Hale! You have a hell of a battle going, but I know you will win the war! #vampsforbran

TheBitten_bookcover

Book cover by Elizabeth Mackey (who also did the Dowser Series covers).

Brandon’s Amazon Author Page

Grab Day Soldiers #1 for free and get hooked on the series!!

Day Soldiers book cover

Other blog posts about Brandon Hale and The Bitten anthology:

via Anna McIntyre

via J.L. Jarvis

via Ella Medler

via Cleve Sylcox

via Nick Russell

via Robert Thomas

via Alison Blake

via Suzy Stewart Dubot

via Mona Ingram

via Donna B. McNicol

N.B: I have NOT used any affiliate links in this post.

Around the web: two quick updates

July 2, 2014

Quick, quick update:

  1. I’m making Cupcakes, Trinkets, and Other Deadly Magic perma-free for the next few months. You can currently find it for free at Kobo, iBooks, and Smashwords. Hopefully B&N and Amazon will quickly price match. I’m a bit nervous about making a book free, which is odd because this is a proven marketing strategy that has helped a number of my writers’ group find a new level of readership. I hope it will draw more eyes to the Dowser Series as well … and I need to stop being nervous about it!
  2. Cupcakes (Etc) and Trinkets (Etc) are both semi-finalists in the 2014 Kindle Book Awards. The Top-5 Finalists will be announced Sept 1, 2014. Many thanks to Kindle Book Review for including the first two books of the Dowser Series on their short list! I find myself in the company of writer friends’, Russell Blake (Thriller), fellow Canadian Mona Ingram (Romance), and Miranda Stork (horror). Happily – as we are all in different categories – we’re not in direct competition with each other!! Good luck in the next stage of the competition everyone!
Chocolate dahlia - July 2, 2014

                The chocolate dahlia – July 2, 2014

Throwback Thursday: Sunshine’s Night of Darkness, Scene 4

June 26, 2014

SCENE ONE (and an explanation of what the hell is going on with these posts)

——————-

SUNSHINE’S NIGHT OF DARKNESS

Synopsis:  It’s Sunshine’s first day of work in security at the P.U.R.E Corporation and all she wants to do is make it through orientation, but first she’s got to fill out a name tag requisition form, fit her uniform, meet a cute computer geek … oh, and save her fellow employees from genetically-mutated, blood-lusting vampires.

Notes: All work is registered with the WGC & the WGA.

- Scene Four -

EXT. DOOR/INT. MAIN SECURITY, P.U.R.E CORPORATION – MOMENTS LATER

Taro swipes his name-tag by a scanner next to the glass door, the door slides open, and the group enters behind Taro. Multiple security screens display multiple rotating camera angles throughout the building. A bank of computers run security programs including a tracking application that details employee movement and currently highlights a red dot on the roof.

IRMA

Expanding on our theme of renewal and revitalization, main security used to be the mail room, and though they moved the elevator in the renovation they kept the chutes for that classic touch. On every floor –

TARO

Right, back to security … as you see each section of the building requires a specially coded badge or visitor pass, and through them we can track where people are in the building.

Irma moves away, clearly not happy at Taro rushing her.

TARO (CONT’D)

(indicating a monitor)

See? Someone with a master key just entered the roof. Huxley has been tweaking the program for us, Huxley?

HUXLEY

It’s good to go, good to go.

Huxley slides in front of a keyboard and toggles a few keys. Taro reads off the screen from over Huxley’s shoulder.

TARO

Ah, Mr. Dixon, Head of Research and Development, but he doesn’t talk about it much.

Taro nods to Rashid, who grins at his own joke.

TARO (CONT’D)

All heads carry a master key for higher function access.

Taro pulls on a chain around his own neck that holds a similar key to Dixon’s (seen in the previous scene).

CALLIE

But automation doesn’t sound very safe…

TARO

How safe it is, is the point. There’s no room for human error but, so not to worry you pretty little spa girls, there’s nothing that can’t be overridden with the right clearance.

Sunshine, not taking too kindly to Taro talking down to Callie, attempts to reinsert a professional tone.

SUNSHINE

If we need to access a non-job description defined area?

TARO

You ask for a security escort. Sunshine, your pass will get you most anywhere in the building, except the roof, and restricted computer access.

CALLIE

(to Sunshine)

So … if I start seeing that cute guy from accounting, you’ll be able to help with our rendezvous’.

SUNSHINE

(not too sure about this)

Ah…

TARO

Top-of-the-line fire, flood, and earthquake protection … a building doesn’t get safer than this one!

sunshine(etc) poster

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SUNSHINE’S NIGHT OF DARKNESS – a screenplay by Meghan Ciana Doidge

SCENE ONE

SCENE TWO

SCENE THREE

SCENE FOUR (above)

SCENE FIVE

 

Gertie’s Cupcakes – part 3

June 25, 2014

When I released Dowser #1 in June 2013, I was completely blown away by a few readers who emailed to tell me that they’d felt compelled to bake cupcakes while reading the book. I’ve previously blogged about Michelle’s and Gertie’s – book 1 and Gertie’s – book 2.

Since then, Gertie has taken it upon herself to form the ‘Cupcake Support Committee’. It’s a thankless job, but she is obviously seriously devoted ;)!!!

Here is her contribution for Dowser 3 (posted on Flickr). They look insanely good, as all of Gertie’s cupcakes do. She puts my icing efforts to shame.

Happy Cupcake Day!

Thanks for sharing Gertie!

If you bake while reading the Dowser Series I would love to know about it!!

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