First, my short story titled, “My Family From Hell,” will be part of an anthology, The Stories of She, this November. I’ve also adapted it into a comedy feature, “Saving Hell,” which is getting positive feedback from producers so far.
Second, I’m collaborating with Cyclops Snowman Productions to bring my friend Jenifer’s dark thriller short story, “Red Fever” to the big screen! No, it is not about the pandemic–she wrote it in 2018. It’s also going to be in the same anthology.
We launched the crowdfund a couple of days ago, and the backer perks include seeing your name in the movie credits!
Even if you aren’t able to donate to the campaign, we really appreciate likes and shares because they help spread the word too!
If you’re interested, I’ve dropped in the links for the facebook page and the indiegogo campaign.
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Stay home, stay healthy, and stay weird! Wear a mask, PLEASE! ~Sadie (Laura)
Hi. Maybe it’s Uranus retrograde, or maybe its Mars in Aries, or maybe it’s just me…but I’ve had an epiphany. Two, actually.
Realization 1: Timing
I’ve decided not to publish my sequel this October.
It will likely be a year from now, but I’m not going to announce a new date until I feel safe to travel and to have close contact with readers. I don’t want to risk my health, and I especially don’t want to risk the health of readers who would attend book signing events. I still really, really want to publish BLUE WILLOW WITCH. I know there are readers who are looking forward to it, and I so appreciate you for that. I sincerely apologize if this is disappointing.
The truth is, if I release it now, I have no idea when I will be able to do book signing events, which significantly hinders my ability to reach my audience. Yes, I know other authors are still releasing books right now, and some are doing well. Most of them are not newer authors, and many have a team behind them helping to hustle sales. I do have an amazing assistant, but neither of us are wearing capes. We have limitations.
The bigger picture is that I am still working to adapt the books into movies. Think about the dozens of movies and TV shows that have been delayed and rescheduled. That’s because when you spend tons of time, energy, and money in the creation of a project, you want to be able to give it your best shot when it’s time to promote it too. If I release book 2 now, I can’t promote it the way I’d like to, which sets the book up for a struggle, and that snowballs…it just doesn’t make good business sense for me or potential producers to pursue a film version. It hurts my credibility, and in this industry, credibility is at least half the battle.
I hope you can respect my decision. I promise it WILL be published as soon as things are more stable for travel and book signings.
Realization 2: Identity
In addition, I plan to shift much of my online presence from my pseudonym to my real name. Sadie has served me well, but it has become a bit confusing as I’m networking with filmmakers. The books in this series will always be published under Sadie, but the rest of what I’m doing will be ME.
So, hi. I’m Laura. I do really wear lucky Halloween socks, and I am a rabid fan of Thirty Seconds to Mars. The big difference is, Laura is a comedy screenwriter, voice actor, producer, and script coach. Sadie writes about witches and spooky stuff. (Psst, they’re both me. LOL)
I’ll probably change my website to just have a “Sadie section” and change over most of my social media. For example, my goodreads and bookbub will likely remain as Sadie, but my instagram and facebook will probably be Laura. I promise it will make sense.
I hope you can understand and support me in this transition toward better clarity, peace of mind, and freedom of expression.
I encourage you to shed things that don’t seem to fit for you too!
PS I’m going to be published in an anthology of female writers this fall! Watch my social media for the announcement! This will be an e-book with limited paperbacks, and because there are ten authors, we’ll help each other promote it online!
For my 2020 monthly writing prompt, I’m using the game PITCH STORM (by the makers of Final Draft screenwriting software). I draw one “character” card, one “plot” card, and one “notes” card–things that a studio exec might say in the middle of my insane pitch. Finally, I set a timer for 45 seconds and write the pitch based on these cards.
INT. COFFEE SHOP A caveman recently brought back to life…
…gets an exciting new job working for ________. (Draw a random character card)
INT. HIP VAMPIRE CLUB An overweight vampire that just wants to fit in.
PITCH: A caveman recently brought back to life interviews for a coffee shop job, not knowing the overweight interviewer is a vampire who plans to convert the shop into a hip club.
Add some dragons and ice zombies. People go crazy for that stuff!
New pitch with notes: A caveman recently brought back to life gets a barista job working for an overweight vampire who plans to convert the coffee shop into a hip vampire club, but the dragons and ice zombies in the neighborhood stage a rally to stop the “vampification” of the neighborhood.
hahaha! Geez-o-petes that was about four ideas too many! LOL ~Sadie
Heart Space is my monthly moment of inspiration, intended to empower readers to reach for their dreams and live from their heart.
I’ve recently been forced to face a glaring truth about myself. Allegedly, I have a sense of humor.
I say allegedly, because it’s kind of a big comedy rule to abstain from claiming to be funny.
Maybe you are even thinking to yourself, “You write about teenage witches, that’s not funny.” I agree. But the fact of the matter is, every single time I get on video with other writers, they tell me I’m funny. The post office workers tell me I’m funny. Even my gynecologist for crying out loud.
I’ve had this perception that I’m dark, solitary, and a little odd (hello lucky Halloween socks). Imagine my shock at fellow writers urging me daily to do standup comedy. Imagine my jaw drop when I repeat their comments to friends, and they chime in with, “Oh my god! Yes! You’ve been cracking me up for years!”
I started wondering how I ended up with negative self beliefs about my sense of humor, and I had a major epiphany because this reminds me of the time I realized I don’t suck at math.
My senior year of high school, I barely passed algebra and that experience led me to believe that I suck at math. My suckiness at math was solid gospel until I went back to college in my 30s and I was required to take algebra. I didn’t love it, but I found it easy, and to my utter surprise, I got a 4.0 on the final exam. I can still remember standing there while the proctor announced my score. “Are you sure you just graded MY test?” I asked. The woman was certain.
After that test, I walked around for weeks with my head high. I didn’t just pass math. I aced it. Then the doubt crept back in. But how? I had a professor who was passionate about empowering students who believed they were bad at math. He talked about how the past can define us for years if we let it. He encouraged us to release old negative experiences with math and open our minds to the new experience of his class.
I thought back to the circumstances of my senior year, and I knew exactly what happened. After a friend committed suicide, I almost flunked algebra, geometry, history, and even PE because I skipped classes I didn’t like and shut down learning anything that didn’t come easily to me. (If you’ve been following me for a bit, you’ve heard about him. He inspired some of Dyllan’s story in The Recollection of Trees.)
So what does flunking math and my friend’s death have to do with my inability to recognize my own sense of humor? He was also my comedy buddy.
We weren’t best friends, but we sat near each other in homeroom from 7th to 12th grade. Over the years, we developed a rapport. Every morning we tried to make each other laugh. By senior year, our homeroom teacher had funny nicknames for us and she’d regularly wipe tears from laughing at our morning routine. After his tragic death, I stopped laughing in homeroom. I gravitated toward more serious current events, and looking back, I was profoundly depressed.
My point is, comedy became ultra tragic for me, so I convinced myself that I’m not funny.
Just like with math, realizing I have a sense of humor has been a major moment. It’s like waking up one day and realizing I’ve had a face tattoo my entire life. Perhaps others see it as obvious, but I’ve been oblivious.
So, guess what I did this week?
I went to an open mic and I did 5 minutes of standup. I made a room of socially-distanced comics crack up laughing. Classic ME. Who decides to try standup comedy during a freaking pandemic? This dark and twisted girl right here.
I’m going to keep going to open mics (as long as clubs are open), and I’ll probably bomb frequently, and that will be okay. I need to pay my dues and get comfortable with feeling uncomfortable.
Have you had any self-realizations during this insane year?
I’d love to hear about it. Drop me an email at email@example.com or comment on social media wherever you see this posted.
Here’s to embracing my dark and twisted, and perhaps occasionally funny, self. ~Sadie
30 July 2020 For Immediate Release: LOS ANGELES/CHICAGO–Film and TV actress Aimee Stout will narrate the audiobook of the bestselling teen and young adult fantasy, The Recollection of Trees (2019), written by Sadie Francis Skyheart.
Skyheart is thrilled to partner with Stout. “My heart is incredibly full every time I listen to a new chapter. I know my readers will love the emotion she’s bringing to the project. I’ve cried at least three times while listening to her performance. I am truly honored by her level of talent, and I can’t wait for everyone to hear it.”
Aimee Stout is a veteran actress of film, television, stage, and voice acting. She has voiced dozens of animated projects as well as radio and TV commercials for numerous regional, national, and international brands.
Sadie Francis Skyheart is a screenwriter, bestselling author, and associate producer of “In The Deathroom,” a multi-award winning crime short based on a short story written by Stephen King. “Blue Willow Witch”, the highly anticipated sequel to “The Recollection of Trees”, will release this October.
Hey there! My book signing events have all been moved to online. If you’re planning to attend, registration is open until full or one hour before event, whichever comes first. –Sadie
July 25, 2020 – Meet the author, 3 pmEDT – ONLINE co-host: Michigan Theatre Jackson, MI Sadie’s giving away books, movie passes, and concessions vouchers! This event has been changed to “online only” due to travel limits and public health orders. Please be kind—wear a mask in public. REGISTER FOR FREE HERE.
I’ve read almost 90 scripts so far, almost to my goal! I’m continuing to take time to reflect, listen and learn from scripts, books, TV, and films that showcase LGBT, BIPOC, and all-abilities stories. Please check my social media for recommendations, and I’ll update the 100 screenplays list in mid-July.
Right now I’m reading “Becoming” by Michelle Obama. I highly recommend it. I loved the documentary of the same name. It left me feeling hopeful for the future. Next on my watch list: “Crip Camp” and “Disclosure” –both on Netflix.
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June is normally a time when many people celebrate Father’s Day. But these days, nothing is normal. I had no idea when I wrote about “grieving what was normal” back in April that we’d still be wondering when things will feel stable again.
I’d love a hug from my dad right about now. Unfortunately, he passed away in 1999. But during these wild times we’re living in, I keep hearing his voice in my head. I teased him for being a Star Trek fan–he spoke Klingon and went to “Trekkie” conventions in the ’80s and ’90s. I just didn’t get it. To me, it was “just Sci-Fi” but then he explained his fandom to me.
He said he loved Star Trek because it embraces unity while celebrating diversity. It portrays various alien races with the common thread of understanding others without trying to make everyone the same. In Star Trek, unity doesn’t equal conformity. Let me repeat that.
UNITY DOESN’T EQUAL CONFORMITY.
This is 100% the thread of truth in my book, The Recollection of Trees, and its upcoming sequel, Blue Willow Witch. Conformity does not equal “normal” because that version of normal is an illusion.
I think that’s what we’re seeing now. A Great Awakening from layers of illusion that have oppressed too many people for too long. We’re seeing the oppressors fighting the uprising, because they don’t want to lose their positions of power. It is my deepest hope that true unity will spring up among those who’ve been oppressed–women, LGBTQ, indigenous, and all people of color–and we’ll see that LOVE WINS when enough of us stand our ground against those who seek to profit from suffering. LOVE WINS when we vote, both in elections and with our dollars every day.
May’s inspirational message is about staying centered. June’s inspirational message is about finding stability.
#100 Screenplays 2020
I’ve read over 80 scripts so far, over halfway to my goal! I’m taking time now to reflect, listen and learn from scripts, books, TV, and films that showcase LGBT and BIPOC stories. Please check my social media for recommendations that will follow, and I’ll update the 100 screenplays list as well.
Right now I’m reading “All American Boys” by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely. I highly recommend it. I honestly think it would be an excellent movie, and it should be required reading for high school. I’ve recently watched “The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson” on Netflix. Heartbreaking, senseless, and a must-see. Make sure you have kleenex within reach. It’s the first of many I’ll be watching and/or reading.
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I’m participating in SUMMERWEEN CYBER SALE on instagram, which will benefit a great cause and features 13 small shops that sell Halloween-ish artsy stuff. I donated a signed book and three ebooks for prizes, so go check it out!
All May/June public appearances have been postponed, but there are some July events brewing so please check in.
Blessed Summer Solstice, Juneteenth, and Pride month to all, ~Sadie
It feels pretty surreal that I traveled to L.A. just six weeks ago. The stay-at-home order for Illinois has been in effect about three weeks now (I think?) and it seems we’ll be in this strange holding pattern for several more weeks at the least. I wish I could say APRIL FOOLS and everything would go back to whatever normal was for most of us. Unfortunately, this is our new unbelievable reality. For those who are new to working from home, I’ve attempted to write both funny and inspirational pieces this month to help your transition.
This month’s writing inspiration is a detour from my usual PITCH STORM™ writing prompt. Instead, I wrote the 10 Commandments for Writing at Home which will hopefully save a few of you from some embarassing moments.
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All public appearances have been postponed until further notice, but you can check my facebook page for upcoming Tea with Sadie live streams on Wednesdays.