Sunday, March 23, 2014

Dear Daniel

Dear Daniel,

Have you ever stood out on the edge of cliff of opportunity and looked out onto the horizon and there was all the opportunity you could ever want or desire? And in that moment you had found a certain level of success that some people aspired to but never made it to but still wanted more?

I never feel more alive or more like myself than when I am creating. Right now I am juggling four projects. Letters to Daniel the documentary, the third book in my Bella Morte series (Vengeance), BLACK OUT: An Aurora Black Novel. And more recently The Gladiator Chronicles, a screenplay adaptation of my series for MuseItUp Publishing.

I feel good when I’m writing and editing. It’s like I’m doing what I was born to do. Promoting things I’m passionate about like Hekate Press not a hard thing to do. Promoting three books at once? Gemini’s Legacy: Gemini Rising Book 2, When Doves Cry, and Gunpowder and Lead: Outlaw a little more difficult.

But the one thing I don’t have a problem with is giving a shoutout for is Imaginarium and the man behind the magic, Stephen Zimmer. Check it out here:

Imaginarium is a writing convention, gaming festival, literary costume contest, and film festival all rolled into one and it’s happening here in Louisville, KY. I’m proud to say Hekate Press is one of the sponsors on board with it and I am really excited about it.

I know I must be getting on Stephen’s nerves but I hope he realizes just how much I believe in his vision. I wouldn’t choose to make Hekate’s big splash there if I didn’t. Or launch my beloved Bella Morte series there. Or co-launch a second book there with my young cousin and her first novel there.

Most exciting to me is their agreement for me to premiere my documentary Letters to Daniel there. That’s huge. Enormous to me. Stephen teased me about Imaginarium becoming McCorklefest.

They are also holding two other contests, a literary awards festival and possibly an unproduced screenplay competition. I plan on entering them all.

I don’t know if I’m a fireball, but when something as great and as special as Imaginarium falls in your lap you want to wring every last drop of greatness out of it. And I highly recommend everyone looking to sit on panels or learning something about every genre of writing from romance to screenwriting and playwriting to attend this very special convention and film festival.

When I say I believe in Stephen and his vision I make no bones about it. I tweet Monster Energy to sponsor them. I tweet @thatkevinsmith to attend. I tell @MauriceBenardMB that he and his crew should enter their film The Ghost and the Whale into the film festival.

I think Imaginarium could one day be as huge as the Austin Film Festival, Sundance, or even SXSW with its unique blend of scifi fun and accent on writing I am proud to say I’m one of the first to stand with Imaginarium. And I hope to see you there too.


Amy McCorkle

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