The Hack

The story of Rupert Winward, hack science fiction writer in the 1960s.


Picture by Timothy Merks

My Daughter and I have recently been binge watching the original series of Star Trek, and we’re loving it. This is born from that, a recent bout of writer’s block, and my own fear that I’m a hack.

It’s part of a longer story that I might write one day and the character is definitely someone I’d like to do more with.

Hope you like it.

The Hack

Tattle Tale

A hard boiled tale of double crosses, subterfuge, and marbles.

This one was fun to write. Knowing that I had up to five pages to play with really opened the story up a lot. and I wanted to write something that is for children that can be enjoyed by adults.

The story is based loosely on something that happened at my school when I was a kid and I’d love to expand it into a feature one day.

Hope you like it.

Tattle Tale

A Permanent State of Readiness

The day has finally come for Donald the survivalist.

You may have noticed that most of my recent scripts are coming in over two pages, usually a full three pages. From now on what I’m going to do is write a short script every week that is at least two pages but no longer than five. I have found that truncating them into two pages often means sacrificing pace or condensing action paragraphs into large blocks.

This week’s script is a dark little number about survivalism.

I hope you like it.

A Permanent State of Readiness