Posts Tagged ‘writing’

My Interview about writing, methods, and Phoenix Empire! PLUS: My new manager.

In News on June 14, 2014 at 12:21 am

Check out the interview I did with Fresh Voices. I talk about a bunch of stuff including my education and my writing methods. I briefly go into the inspiration behind Phoenix Empire! as well.



I also recently signed with a manager. His name is Evan Cavic and he’s with Principato-Young Entertainment. I’m really excited to start working with him.

More to come.

I am a Finalist

In Uncategorized on March 27, 2014 at 12:33 am

I’m excited to report that I’m a finalist in the Fresh Voices Annual Screenplay Competition.



Phoenix Empire! is a fictional biography of the world’s greatest pyrotechnician. 

My screenplay, Phoenix Empire!, has placed in two categories: comedy and drama. There are roughly ten scripts in each category now (down from over 1500 total in the beginning).

Here’s the list: http://www.fresh-voices.com/2013-screenplay-competition-finalists-spotlight-awards-short-list.html

You’ll see that I was also nominated for two awards: one for Courage & Fortitude, and one for Best First 10 Pages.

Do a CTRL+F and type in Jade to see where I am in the list.


Drabble Drabble Drabble

In Uncategorized on November 10, 2013 at 9:38 pm

I’ve been working on a drabble (a 100-word or less novel) for a while and I finally got it published in this awesome online journal called Microscenes. Microscenes is, I believe, an imprint of FRXTL.

Check out my drabble in Microscenes 7: microscenes7.tumblr.com/post/66320068241/one-trick

Jonathan Romano wrote this review: Reminds me, if Celine was to write an episode of Mr. Ed, how the narrative would progress to conclusion…a scorned man, in the throes of heartbreak, depression, and human solitude, who would turn to a misanthropic and more primitive alliance based in an absurd mimicry of human relationships to illustrate the merits of silence and the insidious damage of how conscious awareness through the often empty sentiments of ‘talk’ can lead to a skewed imbalanced conceptualization of love. This dependence allows for a creation of an emotional distress through the very means by which the ineffectual partner had tried to escape his despondency through the affection of human bonds — creating a fridged power structure of dominance. With the interaction of people, there’s always a thread of crisis, because we can’t learn to shut the fuck up. This is where the great irony of your story got me: because even though he teaches the horse some language, he still yearned for the human companionship he’d lost. So despite his best efforts out of desperation, he lost the game, although it must be noted, his horse was a faithful companion until his end. And as the saying goes, “a horse is a horse, of course a horse” he wanted a woman, lol!


It’s About Being There – A Spec Ad for JetBlue

In Uncategorized on August 19, 2013 at 7:56 pm

Lately, I’ve been using my spare time to make advertisements. It’s a fun writing challenge that I equate to a structured poetic form. The question I ask myself is always “how can I relate an experience that just so happened to be possible with the product?” and then “how can I do this as minimally as possible?”

My girlfriend and I recently flew JetBlue and it actually wasn’t hell. Patton Oswalt has a bit about how JetBlue pumps you full of snacks and bad TV until you lose so many brain cells that you forget how horrible flying is. For me, the flying is a necessary annoyance that can, at times, be alleviated with good fly attendants and a healthy amount of distractions. JetBlue does this for me, so I tend to fly with them more often. But all of us put up with flying because of the payoff, not the experience of flying itself. So for this spec ad, I chose not to focus on the experience of being in a plane, but rather the experience of where the plane takes you.

jetBlue spec ad

The photograph is framed on my girlfriend’s desk – that’s her and I in Dubrovnik. And although it’s a nice memento, I believe what I wrote – the picture really doesn’t do the experience justice. I think we sometimes forget that.