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05/24/2021
        Howdy folks!
        Busy week. I had to put my writing skills into coming up with a Covid plan for our filming crew and cast. It is a legal requirement for the county. It wound up being sixteen single-spaced typewritten pages long.
        We are having Rehearsals tomorrow with the entire main cast of the movie "They Don't Cast Shadows". That should be fun watching my book actually coming alive.
        Still working on my third romantic Novella. The second one is being edited. The first one is in the hands of the screenplay writer to adapt for a Hallmark movie next year.
        My little Human Beans are sad. For the next three months, their stories will be very short.
        Waiting for word on the rendering of my cover from the publisher's artist.
        God bless everyone and stay safe.
        Bob :)

05/17/2021
        Howdy folks!
        Yeah!! We received our full funding for our movie!!! No more begging people.
        Still, in pre-production prepping for the movie, lots of work yet to come. Next week read through and rehearsals.
        My second novella in the three stand-alone series is being edited. Working on the third Novella.
        My little Human Beans are suffering from a lack of attention. I decide to make June, July, and August cartoon strips. Not the longer comic stories, but just three-panel comic strips. Then in September start creating the longer comic stories.
        God bless everyone and stay safe.
        Bob :)

05/10/2021
        Howdy folks!
        It's been a week already??
        Creating and sending out actor contracts, finalizing the last of the location settings, and I really need to get going on the storyboard. I keep getting pulled away on other movie projects. That's the trouble with a small underbudget indie company.
        Still working on my romance stories. Seems to be going okay.
        Question for everyone: Is it better to publish three separate 20,000 plus word novellas or combine them into one three-stand-alone book?
        The cover is being created by the publisher's artist for my third book in the Shadow series. I submitted an idea. I can't wait to see what they come up with.
        That's all folks.
        Hope everyone has a blessed week.
        God bless everyone and stay safe.
        Bob :)

05/03/2021
        Howdy folks!
        I've been away from my computer, doing location scouting out of town with the Director, Cinematographer, and First Asst. Director. Found some local talent in our travels that we think we can use, but mostly background characters.
        Posted May's Human Beans comic story before I left.
        The director went over my rough draft of "His Unfaithful Heart" my Hallmark Novella. She made a few suggestions that I will incorporate. Then work on the second story in the three-book collection of Novellas.
        What are your ideas on this? My thought is to write three Hallmark/Lifetime type Novellas and sending them to the publisher as one book. It will save money, but I don't know the proper way to do this. Each Novella will be 20,000 plus words, so they seem too small to stand alone.
        That's all folks.
        Hope everyone has a blessed week.
        God bless everyone and stay safe.
        Bob :)

04/26/2021
        Howdy folks!
        Last week on the movie front, we did chemistry readings. We mixed and matched actors in different families to see who blended well. We also had seven actresses come in to be considered to play the starring role of "Lisa." We had them do chemistry readings with the actor we chose to play Jason. My fifteen-year-old granddaughter did the readings for the actors. She said it like being on the TV series "The Bachelor". We finally voted on the girl that was the perfect match. With all the actors out of the building, of course.
        I completed my first Romance Novella, and I am having it beta read, and the initial edited by family and friends.
        My poor little Human Beans are suffering from a lack of attention. I must work on them, in between all the other things I have going on.
        That's all folks.
        Hope everyone has a blessed week.
        God bless everyone and stay safe.
        Bob :)

04/19/2021
        Howdy folks!
        Busy week.
        Still casting our movie. Auditions almost over. A lot of talent out there. My 15-year-old granddaughter help by being the reader for the auditions. She was thrilled when one guy walked in who played in the Walking Dead. Here there were people who starred in big-time movies, but the one she talked about the most was the guy from Walking Dead., go figure.
        I finished the first draft of my "Hallmark" book. I'm having it Beta read and edited. And I finally, after numerous tries have a title for it "His Unfaithful Heart".
        Too, much work, need a break. Going away for the weekend, sort of a business trip, but hope to have a little fun.
        That's all folks.
        Hope everyone has a blessed week.
        God bless everyone and stay safe.
        Bob :)

04/12/2021
        Howdy folks!
        Well, on the movie front: We have conducted our third out of six auditions. I was surprised we saw so many from out of town, I mean really out of town. I live in Northern California. We had people flying in from Dallas, Texas, Las Vegas, Nevada, and Los Angeles. live! All for a part in our movie. We also did a zoom, for other actors who lived in Atlanta, Georgia, Chicago, Ill., and Oregon.
        Still working on my fourth book, the romantic one. I am getting into it. I think it will really be good. Lol, my opinion only.
        My third book is finally edited completely. Next, I guess is formatting the book for print and electronic publishing. Then my favorite part cover design.
        My little Human Beans have been taking a back seat. I have to bring them to the front burner soon.
        For our very first movie, I am wearing too many hats: Executive Producer, Writer, Location scout, Transportation, Storyboard artist, Asst. casting director, and trying to obtain insurance, Permits, and housing for staff, crew, and cast. Whew, too much. Next movie we will get fully funded so I can only wear one hat.
        Hope everyone has a blessed week.
        God bless everyone and stay safe.
        Bob :)

04/05/2021
        Howdy folks!
        On the movie front, we had to make a few executive decisions. Due to budgetary constraints, we have to cut the crew by a third. Since this is a non-union film we are using creative ways to see that every department head gets the help they need when they need it.
        We had our first round of auditions Saturday. That went well. A lot of good talent out there. Only four more weekends of auditions to go.
        I am on the third chapter of my first Rom/com book. It was a struggle at first to get into this genre groove. But, I think I am getting the hang of it. It is become more fun, at least. Although the Director, my partner is still looking at it like a movie, not a novel.
        I haven't heard back yet from the publisher on the final edit. I am anxious to move on. The fun part of this post-production is the design of the cover.
        Hope everyone has a blessed week.
        God bless everyone and stay safe.
        Bob :)

03/29/2021
        Howdy folks!
        I have written two chapters of my first attempt at a romance novel. And rewritten, and rewritten. I think it's coming together. I gave it a working title "Forbidden Loves". Forbidden Love is used a lot, so I added an "s" to loves. Don't know if it will work, yet. My partner is making changes as I write, she is looking at it more through the lenses of a director, and correcting things that don't make sense.         We have been going over the actor submissions passed on by our casting director. Trying to narrow the number of people coming in for live auditions beginning April 3 and going on for a little over a month.
        Lots of talent out there. My granddaughter was laughing at some of the overdramatized actresses who are trying out for the parts. It was fun watching her reactions.
        My third book in the Shadow series is in final editing. Soon it will be on to the artwork. The fun part.
        Church attendance is growing but still some folks a preferring to stay home and watch it on streaming. Which is a bummer, because face to face (or lol, mask to mask) is more uplifting.
        Hope everyone has a blessed week.
        God bless everyone and stay safe.
        Bob :)

03/22/2021
        Howdy folks!
        I went to the movie theater since the shutdown a year ago. (WW84)
        Completed the first chapter in my attempt at a "Hallmark" type story. It started out to be a Rom/Com but not too much comedy. It's turning out to be a romantic tragedy.
        I haven't received the revised edits from the publisher. Everything seems slower. Maybe it is the covid thing?
        Our movie hit a couple of snags. Locations backing out. Now we have to scramble to find new locations to film at. Auditions begin April 3rd. Thousands submitted for fifty roles. We have to narrow it down before our live auditions. Need to limit the number of actors to come in to no more than eight actors per role.
        Hope everyone has a blessed week.
        God bless everyone and stay safe.
        Bob :)

03/9/2021
        Howdy folks!
        Good day at church yesterday. *he whispers,* almost half of our little church full. We are only supposed to be up to 25% capacity according to the government rules. Some churches are even taking reservations online to stay below the 25% capacity. But we feel if someone wants to worship God collectively, let them come.
        Received the edits from the publisher's editor on my third book. A few things I didn't like. So I changed what he/she wrote and gave some alternatives.
        On the movie front. Had a Zoom meeting with composers about scoring the movie. Working on an alternative for renting a studio in Hollywood for some green screening. Found an aircraft hanger with white walls. Considering painting them "CromaKey video paint" to save us the expense of traveling with crew and actors down to LA.
        God bless everyone and stay safe.
        Bob :)

03/1/2021
        A new month already! Time sure presses on.
        Received the edited manuscript from the publisher. I need to go over it this week and see what changes have been made to my third book, "Terror in the Shadows" - the final book in the Shadow Series.
        Hectic week in the movie business. Still working on finding more locations, diving into creating the storyboard, sending out casting calls, figuring out budget problems and character design. Our funds are not what we expected ($253,000 so far). Need way more funding. Trying not to stress and trusting in the Lord for the extra funds.
        A new Human Beans comic story is out! I tried to tie in our movie with my little Human Beans. Funny story.
        God bless everyone and stay safe.
        Bob :)

02/15/2021
        Last week I put over 600 miles on my motorhome and car searching for location spots for our movie. I found 90% of the sought-after good locations. The other 10% I am waiting for approval from their boards (School and Police).
        No internet and no time to write anything. It was sort of a welcomed break, although a lot of tiring work driving and talking to people.
        God bless everyone and stay safe.
        Bob :)

02/08/2021
        I received an email from my agent saying that the publisher was still editing my book. Wow, it's been three weeks, did it need that much editing? Or, lol, could I blame it on Covid?
        I am leaving today for a week of location scouting up in the hills of Georgetown, hunting for scene locations for our movie. We have received $252,000 so far for our little film production. That sounds like a lot, but just housing for the cast and crew and feeding them for a month will "eat" almost $100,000. That doesn't include their pay, props, insurance, vehicles, stunt people, and permit fees. Praying for more funding.
        We changed the look of the demons in the movie. No more scary horns and over the top make-up. We had a meeting and the question was asked, "aren't demons just fallen angels?" So we brainstormed and after a couple of hours, we decided the make them look like angels, but with yellow eyes and a minimum of prosthetics just to make them a little off. This was another way the Lord has His hand in our little production. Because when I spoke with the pastor about our use of his church he said that if the demon were the same as in the trailer the board wouldn't have approved our use of the church. He said that the over the top scary demons are the world's view of the way they look.
        God bless everyone and stay safe.
        Bob :)

02/01/2021
        Well, Sony turned us down for co-producing with us on our film, "They Don't Cast Shadows". They said it wasn't the type of film that they produce. They want more of a vanilla type Christian movie. Lionsgate still has our script. Praying that something happens with that.
        My third book "Terror in the Shadows" is still being edited by the publisher.
        A new Human Beans comic story has just been posted. It is the conclusion of a two-parter.
        On a personal note: My water heater went out. I had to take a cold shower. It felt like jumping into a fjord in the northlands. It sure made me appreciate the little things in life.
        God bless everyone and stay safe.
        Bob :)

01/25/2021
        Hurrah! Our "governor" said we don't have to Shelter-in-place and he lifted the curfew. I guess since Biden is in office now, Covid is no longer a danger in California?
        Exciting news. Sony/Affirmed and Lionsgate/Kingdom both requested to see our screenplay. Hopefully, something will come out of it. Praying!!
        Meeting February 9th with the El Dorado film commissioner. Discussing permits and locations for the film.
        We finally got 100 subscribers to our YouTube channel. We will be posting interviews and extended clips from the trailer.
YouTube Inspireworks Productions
        My third book is still at the publisher's editor. Waiting for the first edit.
        Trying to get ahead of drawing my Human Beans comic stories. We'll be shooting for the month of July so I want to have one ready to go since I'll be busy for the whole month.
        God bless everyone and stay safe.
        Bob :)

01/18/2021
        Day... so how long have we been sheltering-in-place anyhow? It's been 297 days of wearing masks and Sheltering-in-place.
        My third book in the Shadow series "Terror in the Shadows" is still being edited by the publisher.
        I thought the screenplay for the movie being made based on my first book in the Shadow series "They Don't Cast Shadows" was finished. But, some pros want to water down the Jesus stuff. I fought back and said then why are we making the film??? So some of it wound up being toned down. But not the core part where the gospel of Jesus dying on the cross shedding His blood for our salvation is explained and Lisa receiving Jesus into her heart.
        Melissa and I had an interview about our movie production on ATN World News. Here is that interview:
ATN Interview
        A big favor (lol, it isn't for money) if you could please subscribe to our YouTube channel, we need 100 subscribers before we can get access to customize our URL. Just search for - inspireworks productions - and hit subscribe. Thanks in advance.
        Please pray for our endeavor.
        God bless everyone and stay safe.
        Bob :)

01/11/2021
        It's been 290 days of wearing masks and Sheltering-in-place. Is this the new norm?
        My third book in the Shadow series "Terror in the Shadows" is being edited by the publisher.
        The screenplay for the movie being made based on my first book in the Shadow series "They Don't Cast Shadows" is finished. It is being sent to the copyright office. Right now it is all about funding. In March we start auditions.
        Today Melissa and I have an interview about our movie production on ATN World News. The anchor interviews celebrities. I said we aren't celebrities. Lol, but they are going to interview us anyway.
        Please pray for our endeavor.
        God bless everyone and stay safe.
        Bob :)





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