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Selected Wendy Appearances

WFC 2006

Workshop Jul 28-31, 2016
Cascade Writers Conference and Workshop. I'll be there in Tacoma with the first 4000 words of my novel in progress, THE FOUR LAST THINGS. I get to workshop with Claire Eddy of Tor!

Retreats

Mar, Aug, Nov 2014

My awesome writer buddies kept me busy during my freelance time in 2014 with Galveston, San Antonio and New Braunfels workshops and retreats. Most of the time, I coordinated and presented some writing craft sessions.

Workshop

Jan 4, 2014

I presented "Writing Fiction Vs Writing Screenplays" to aspiring writers at the Austin Screenwriters Group to kick off the new year with the "Bootstrap Basics." Kat Albert, Jill Chamberlain and I covered the ground rules of screenwriting.

Reading

Dec 9, 2012
I was one of several local members of Austin Writergrrls to read/perform original material at our 2012 event at BookWoman. I sang my interactive song, A Genre Writer's Take on the Miracle of Christmas.

Panelist

Oct 29, 2011

The Pflugerville Community Library hosted a Sci-fi/Fantasy Readers Meetup with me and 6 other local writers at a meet and greet. We also judged a costume contest. Amazingly, someone had a copy of Snow White Blood Red at home and brought it in for my signature.

VH-1 Pitch

Oct 22, 2011

During the Austin Film Festival, I was selected for the VH-1 Pitch Lab because of getting to the top 10% in the screenplay contest. People have always told me Heaven & Nell should be a series, so I created a TV series bible and had my 3-min pitch. They didn't go for it, but told me I did a good job, so yay! It was a good exercise, and now I have the documents for future pitching.

Regional Premiere

June 20, 2011

DEEPER AND DEEPER, the erotic suspense movie that I did story development for (and was Associate Producer), had its Austin premier in the Violet Crowne Theater. Bright Shining City Productions arranged photo ops and fun! And it was a different experience seeing the film on the big screen and not on my mac!

Conference

Nov 6, 2010

I taught a short (2 hour) class on screenwriting for a good cause--A Room of Her Own, the new Texas chapter. They raise money for stipends for women writers so they can take a year off to write. I was also part of the readings by the instructors at Bookwoman that same night. Read more at http://www.aroho.org/tex/

Retreat & Conference

Aug 28 -
Sep 4, 2009

I was accepted in the Master's Class in Screenwriting at the Hawaii Writers Retreat in Honolulu. Also I attended the Hawaii Writers Conference over the Labor Day weekend (which turned out to the final year for HWC). I workshopped with Margaret Jennings South and reconnected with screenwriter Diane Lake.

Retreat & Conference

Aug 18-25, 2008

Accepted in the class on Screenwriting and the beginners class on the Mystery Novel at the Cape Cod Writers Conference 2008 on Nantucket Sound. Workshopped with Diane Lake, screenwriter of FRIDA, and with mystery writer Chris Knopf.

Convention

August 15-17, 2008
ArmadilloCon30 Science Fiction Convention and Workshop in Austin, Texas, at the DoubleTree Hotel. I was on panels about writing and filmmaking. The writers' workshop coordinator snubbed me, despite my many years of running the workshop and enabling her to go to it for free. Yep, she's pretty awful. More about the event at www.armadillocon.org.

Breaking News! (and some archives)

New Job is kinda Science-fictional:
Was August 2015 I transferred from my original Dell department to the ultra-cool Internet of Things group, where I manage the product messaging. What's cool is how many times my messaging words for this buzzy, abstract field are specifically quoted by analysts and media! Plus, I get to write videos, among other things.

Two 2014 Contests Placements:
Was a 2nd-rounder in the 2014 Austin Film Festival with PRIMA, and THE LILITH CODE was quarter-finalist in The Big Break screenplay contest.

New Story Published!
Daily Science Fiction featured my flash fiction story "The LevoGyre" in its 7 July 2014 eNewsletter. Now the story lives on its website. Yay, for getting back into writing, finishing and submitting fiction! (Screenplays are still important, but doing fiction again now too.)

My First AFF Two-Fer:
Been submitting 2-3 scripts each year in the contest at Austin Film Festival and 2013 was the first time I got two that made it to the second round (i.e., top 10%). Wo0t! to CUNNING MAN and LILITH CODE!

My Social Media Sites:
Linkedin: Networking for my creative marketing professional persona
Facebook: Day-to-day posts, some political rants
Twitter: Mostly humor related content (I write comedy; this helps me remember my jokes)
Livejournal blog: For writing, writing communities, movie reviews from a screenwriter's perspective, and travel
Tumblr: Must monitor the crazy, creative community that you find online here!

Job Hunting 2013: In a surprising turn of events, my employer CSC laid me off in January 2013 after 9 years (massive layoffs were part of the plan to cut $1 billion from a $16 billion company). If you know of an Austin-area job for an excellent, overly productive creative marketing professional, please let me know!

Bright Shining City Productions finally convinced me to do a rewrite of a script (third time to ask me, after about half-a-dozen writers had tried). I crushed it! It's a melodrama about an ailing, arrogant composer, his younger, ex-ballet-dancer wife, and her lover who returns to propose to her. At a table read, people cried; it was awesome! The movie, MORAL OBLIGATION, is in pre-production now (Jan 2013) seeking funding.

"Little Red" was reprinted in a new anthology, Happily Ever After, edited by John Klima (Electric Velocipede) and published by Night Shade Books. It came out June 2012. Its original anthology, Snow White Blood Red, was out of print for only a year then Prime Books reprinted it.

My first podcast. "A Genre Take on Christmas," a poem I set to music and performed in December 2008 with the SlugTribe writers group, is online as a podcast at RevolutionSF.com.

Associate Producer Gig
I took a development job (meaning: getting the script story into shape and assisting with casting) in 2008 on an indie movie with Bright Shining City. The psycholological suspense screenplay, DEEPER & DEEPER, was written by local playwright and indie-award -winning actress, Cyndi Williams, from a story by Mariusz Kotowski. It starred Emmy-award-winning David Lago, and post-production finished October 2009. I got quoted a lot on the "Behind the Scenes" documentary! The movie did well at festivals, and I take pride in its First Place for Suspense/Thriller at the Indie Festival. And it gave me my first IMDB listing!

Pola Negri Biography Project
I took on an editing project in November 2007 for Mariusz Kotowski, producer and director of a documentary on mysterious but uber-famous and talented actress of silent movies, Pola Negri. His company Bright Shining City Productions produced the documentary, and he and co-writer created a bio on the fascinating woman -- who was born in Poland but lived the final years of her life right in Texas.

San Diego Film Festival 2007 Networking
Because I was a reader/judge for the American Screenwriters Assn screenplay contest, I got to attend the conference and film festival. Networked with some of the classiest people in the screenwriting craft industry, and hoped to get some business going with some of them. And I did indeed get notes (great ones!) back on HEAVEN & NELL from Andy Cohen, producer with Grade A Entertainment.


HELLO OFFICER is Filmed by Big Plume Productions
The short script I dashed off in an hour earlier this year completed filming in the Clarksville area of Austin 2005 Oct 15-16. We ran about 3.5 hours of film for what will be a 10 minute short! Producer/director was Angela Lee of FilmAustin.us. It was quite an experience -- especially since I was the Script Supervisor. More on the experience and some photos at my blog, here and here.

Best Little PitchFest in Texas - July 2005
My screenplay HEAVEN & NELL was one of the 10 finalists in the "First Fifteen Pages" contest at this event (didn't win, though). I got to pitch to 10 Hollywood producers and agents, and am sending scripts to six of them. Woo-hoo!

The Black Mother - Featured on RevolutionSF.com
I always liked this hard science fiction story -- it sold to the first market I sent it to (Analog), plus it won the Galaxy Fair Short Story Contest years go. It combines necro-zoology, the goddess Kali, and an animal preserve in Nepal. Fall 2003 it got a new life as a "classic reprint" on RevolutionSF.com. Neat picture too! Read it here.

About Me, Wendy Wheeler

I'm a volatile mix of half-Texan + half-Canadian, but make no mistake: Soy Tejana! I was born with a clown face -- a big wide grin, round blue eyes, naturally yellow & curly hair, a roly-poly body -- that seems to give me amazing Kid-Fu. I received a Bachelors of Fine Arts from the University of Texas, with most of a minor in Zoology. Ironically, my vocation and avocation is writing. By day I manage marketing communications projects. By night I write my own fiction and screenplays, teach classes, design games, and more. Thanks to many years of networking with Austin creatives, I get invited to many gigs and events, like doing freelance story development for local movie production companies. And I've become more political over the years, and have marched for peace, done fund-raising and activist activities for the environment and human rights, etc.

What I have not done: illustrated cookbooks, painted tiles, or designed posters. That is a different Wendy Wheeler who must be in her mid 60's by now. I think she lives on the West Coast (California or Washington), and I don't have an email address for her.
 
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