Posted by: steveonfilm | February 21, 2011

Cyberspace Open – Winter 2011 – Round 1 Reflections

In this video I reflect on my entry for round 1 of the Cyberspace Open, how I think scores will be this year, and the genres that had the advantage when it came to the scene the prompt suggested.

Here’s a link to my entry for round one of the Cyberspace Open… Not Like This



  1. After leaving a comment asking you how your entry went for Cyberspace Open, I scrolled up and saw that you completed “Not Like This.” Very impressive, fun and dark work done in such short time!

    • Thanks for the kind words Quinn. I’m glad you enjoyed it. I mean, ultimately what matters is if the people who read it have fun doing so. If I don’t make round 2 this year it’s not the end of the world.

  2. Hey, Steve!

    Yes, it’s me, the girl who wrote about the squirrels last year! 🙂 Just thought I’d check in to see how things went for you this year.

    I really enjoyed your scene for this prompt. I think you did a great job at building tension, and I wouldn’t be surprised at all if you made the top 100 again.

    Like you, I thought this year’s prompt was much harder, and I also cringed when I saw the words “Love Interest.”

    I did enter again this year–no squirrels this time–and I also decided to try for one of the genre prizes. Don’t worry, I didn’t pick horror! 🙂 I went sci-fi this time. I’ve currently got a middle grade, sci-fi novel that I’m pitching to agents, so it seemed like a good fit.

    Oh, and congrats on being plugged on the Coverage Ink blog!

    Happy writing!

    • Ha! I was wondering if you’d enter again. Thanks for the nice comments. It’s the first time I did horror, so I wasn’t too sure how to attack the prompt in that context. I figured, zombies, divorce, it’s a lose lose for everyone!

      Kudos on the sci-fi thing. I helped a friend of mine in the UK work on their entry, and it was sci-fi as well. He’s kinda new to screenwriting, so it was a lot of telling him that the important part was the two characters, not the ships and stars and robots. It clicked and I was really impressed with what he put together.

      Thanks on the congrats on the plug. I was surprised to get an e-mail from Jim that was actually to me, and not a list of people.

      Hey, email me your scene, I’d love to give it a read.

  3. O.K. I give up–where’s your “contact me” button or your email address on this blog?

    Funny, because I just read an agent’s blog posting last week that stressed the importance of having your contact info or a contact button easily visible on your blog. You know, just in case Hollywood or a publishing company comes calling.

    Seriously, though, I’d be happy to send you my scene. It would be fun to get someone else’s feedback. Just let me know where to send it.

    Or you can visit my baking blog (yeah, I have a lot of hobbies) by clicking on my name here. I’ve got a “contact me” form on the left side of my blog.

    • My contact info is on the About page. That’s about all WordPress has to offer. You can grab my e-mail address there and send it along.

      Baking blog you say? My wife LOVES to bake. She’s quite the accomplished cook too. I’ve really got it lucky.

  4. I liked your scene, I thought the dialogue was pretty tight for the most part.

    My only two notes are first this is a pretty pradictable ending, the sacrificial murder/suicide had been done quite a bit.

    The second is breaking the universal rule of DON’T KILL THE DOG. That’s for a 90 minutes plus– You slaughtered two in 5 minutes! I’d rather see Grandma outside getting skinned then Lasie.

    Other than that very nice work. Did it make
    It to round 2?

    • Yeah, sometimes you hit it, sometimes you can only get close.

      I made it to round 2 last year, but my entry this year did not, and probably rightfully so.

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