EARTHCORE Episode #17

Brian Janson fell into a shaft and broke his leg, forcing his partner Keith to hike back up the cave system to get help. Janson waits, alone, for rescue. Meanwhile, Katarina Hayes is trying to figure out what produced “the line,” a miles-long rectangle that seems to have been sliced into the mountain itself.

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EARTHCORE Episode #16

The EARTHCORE miners, led by Mack Hendricks, are are finally ready to explore the caves, but small, unexplained ground tremors threaten lethal danger to anyone who enters. With Angus Kool and Randy Right the victims of lab sabotage, can Katarina Hayes find the source of these tremors before its too late? That’s not her only problem — Hayes is trying to find a reason for an inexplicable miles-long line that runs across the mountain, and goes down so far they can’t measure the depth. What caused it? What does it mean?

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BLUE BALLS, a Very Special Episode …

StorySmack Episode #39

If you’ve read my novel NOCTURNAL, you may recall the character Pookie Chang’s idea for a cop show. Like HILL STREET BLUES, BLUE BLOODS, NYPD BLUE, ROOKIE BLUE, SHADES OF BLUE, etc., Pooks decided his show should have that color as a titular part of the title. Hence, BLUE BALLS.

In NOCTURNAL, Pookie might be considered the sidekick to Bryan Clauser’s lead character. In BLUE BALLS, which Pookie writes as a spec script to sell to network TV, he is the heroic lead, and Bryan is the bumbling also-ran. Pookie’s buddy cop script plays on many cop-show tropes.

For the past three SiglerFests, we’ve live-recorded a portion of Pookie’s script for Season One, Episode 2, titles “Dolla Dolla Bills, Y’All.” Attendees get to read most of the parts. My plan was to release them as individual episodes leading up to SiglerFest2k18, but I screwed up last year’s recording (I paused it at one point, then forgot to continue it), and for the life of me I can’t find the SiglerFest2k16 recording.

So, my pal Stephen King (no, not that Stephen King, and yes, that is his name) gathered up some of his actor pals and we recorded the entire pilot script as a live table read. Many props to Iceberg, our editor, for putting this together.

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If you know screenwriting, you might notice some painful script clichés in here. Blame it on Pookie — he’s an amateur.

This script is off-color (no pun intended) and rather “blue” (pun intended) in its humor. We hope you enjoy it.

We’ll be recording Part I of BLUE BALLS, Season One, Episode Three at SiglerFest2k18.

Where is Episode One, you might ask? You’d have to ask Pookie. Maybe you buy him some Kung Pao shrimp and a nice bottle of bubbly, and you can talk him into it …


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EARTHCORE Episode #15

Archeologist Veronica Reeves begins to put the evidence together, and it points to an unprecedented discovery — a culture that once spread at least from Utah down to the tip of South America — the largest pre-historic culture ever. And, she’s discovered signs that this culture, this violent culture, was still active well into the 19thy century. Meanwhile, the vertical shaft is nearing the end, when the Earthcore miners will finally be able to enter the massive network of tunnels. Are they just a few days, or even hours, from reaching the platinum motherlode?

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RUSH HOUR Twentieth Anniversary

StorySmack Episode #38

In these trying political days, sometimes you want some good old-fashioned fun. StorySmack aim’s to please, which is why were talking about the 20th anniversary of the Chris Tucker/Jackie Chan buddy-cop flick RUSH HOUR. Can you read the words coming out of this screen?

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Not only did this box-office beast firmly establish Chan as star of American movies and catapult Tucker into super-stardom, it featured two minority leads long before the birth of social media. RUSH HOUR spawned two sequels (and perhaps a third, listen in!). We had a blast re-watching, join us for a conversation about this killer flick.


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EARTHCORE Episode #14

A lab accident has injured Angus Kool and Randy Wright. Could it be sabotage? Could outside forces be trying to derail Earthcore’s dig, or could it even be an inside job? Meanwhile, Sonny McGuiness is closing in on finding yet another dark secret of the desolate peak in the Wah Wah mountain range. But this secret looks … lethal.

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My “The Problem With Apu” script

Written for a Simpsons spec script contest

TL:DNR SUMMARY

If you’re a Simpsons fan (or you have spent basically any time on social media, ever), you might be familiar with controversy over the character Apu Nahasapeemapetilon from THE SIMPSONS.

Apu, the operator of the famed Kwik-E-Mart, is a …

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EARTHCORE Episode #13

Angus Kool has been plotting for a chance to slip away from the Earthcore camp and test the tech that will let him explore the tunnels before anyone else, but he doesn’t know that ex NSA agent Kayla Meyers is watching their every move. And so has Sonny McGuiness, who is looking for a way to cash in himself. Meanwhile, Veronica Reeves’ objection to EARTHCORE’s mining is eroding in the face of the company’s resources and technology, which is letting her discover the long-hidden horrors of the dig site.

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EARTHCORE Episode #12

Complications in the mine drilling have caused critical slow-downs — Connell Kirkland doesn’t accept slowdowns. What will he do to motivate Mack Hendricks and the other to work faster? And it’s about to get worse, as a huge delay drives right up to the mine’s front gate.

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EARTHCORE Episode #11

Connell Kirkland has just learned that EARTHCORE’s camp is sitting above a four-mile-long, half-mile wide chunk of solid platinum. Now he must share that information with EARTHCORE owner Barbara Yakely, who is back in Denver. The two of them will figure out what comes next. Meanwhile, Angus Kool and his assistant Randy Wright are looking to sneak away and explore the mountain’s tunnel complex. Will they be the first humans to discover unseen passages?

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EARTHCORE Episode #10

The Earthcore camp is supposed to be a secret, but ex-NSA agent Kayla Meyers is damn good at uncovering secrets. She’s discovered the camp location, and now must learn all she can. She will be watching from afar when Connell Kirkland finally arrives on-site, and is welcomed in by head mining engineer Mack Hendricks. Angus Kool is already on site, and has been hard at work — what has he discovered about the massive platinum deposit?

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EARTHCORE Episode #9

Sonny McGuiness and Cho Takachi have been researching the history of the Wah Wah mountains and the Silver Spring, the find that put EARTHCORE on the hunt for the biggest platinum deposit ever discovered. They have found a disturbing artifact, a deadly artifact, and must learn more. Meanwhile, Connell Kirkland must find a mining engineer that can dig to a world-record depth of three miles underground. Mack Hendricks is that engineer — can Connell convince him to join the project? And all this time, disgraced NSA agent Kayla Meyers has been digging for a different kind of treasure — the secret of the hidden mine’s location, and how she can turn that into a new life for herself.

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EARTHCORE Episode #8

A PANDEMIC tie-in — how did the events of that story impact Denver, where Connell must visit the EARTHCORE labs. At the lab, Connell gets the low-down on just how big the Silver Spring find might be. But, if the company can’t reach the motherlode, no matter how big it is it is worthless. What will Connell, Angus and Patrick O’Doyle do to solve this problem?

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EARTHCORE Episode #7

Sonny McGuiness and Cho Takachi have been tasked with researching the past of the staggering Silver Spring find in the Utah’s Wah Wah mountains. They are about to learn that history has not been kind to miners in that area. At the same time, EARTHCORE’s head scientist, Angus Kool and his lackey Randy Right are heading up the effort to analyze the site’s size and potential. Angus can’t wait to get back to the company offices in Denver, because he’s going to find a way to tear Connell Kirkland a new one. How will Angus fare?

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EARTHCORE Episode #6

Sonny McGuiness has sold his interest in the Silver Spring mine to EARTHCORE, but he’s still involved in the project. A fat percentage awaits him if he goes to work for EARTHCORE’s hard-ass director, Connell Kirkland. Kirkland wants to make sure Sonny stays in the picture. Meanwhile, Connell now must make sure other interests aren’t looking at the Utah site, and he has to get his experts started on discovering just how big this find might be. For that, he needs the services of Randy Wright, and Angus Kool.

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