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Announcement: Three Generations, Pt1 coming soon

A few years ago I tried to get into a San Francisco Playwriting group. I had to submit something with two people, and so many pages. I wrote a short play about the collapse of a totalitarian state through the lens of a young girl and and an old woman. Perhaps I should have written something funny about guys & gals miscommunicating due to swapped cell phones. I wasn’t picked. But the scene was turned into a story and the story was going to be the first is a cycle of stories about the collapse of a country into totalitarian rule. Only told backwards, starting with the end story, and working towards the reasons why this came about.

Over the next few days, I’m going to run the one story I wrote, then synopses of the stories that were to come. That might still come. That someone else might be inspired to write. Who knows?

So Wednesday will begin part one of the Saga of the Three Valleys: Three Generations.

Ideabird 3/17/14

He was already an outsider, but he had friends who liked him. He thought it might be interesting to take alienation all the way, to see everything as a stranger to the world. Everything familiar became strange. Ice cream became frozen mammary liquids foamed with air. Hair became protein extrusions. He tried to withdraw from the emotional reactions driven by the unnecessary normal secretions which drove towards mating urges. Needless to say his alienation experiment worked too well. He found it hard to return the realm of humanity.

Ideabird 3/12/14

Different corporations & NGOs are working on viruses that insert genes into the human genome, spread like disease. One corporation has plotted to make a virus that makes most humans into docile creatures. But the science team has been infected from outside by a virus to make them more altruistic. The virus they create looks like docility, but instead increases empathy amongst the majority of people.

Ideabird 3/10/14

He was in his late 40s, and still getting nowhere on the corporate ladder. He watched his bosses getting away with stealing their customers’ life savings, and wanted in on the action. He became a distributor for a drug cartel, a suit shipping in large quantities, and getting them where they needed to go on the street level. As he moved into the wealthy neighborhoods, he was sexually tempted by his teenage children’s new friends, and got them hooked. Eventually he had a stranglehold over this wealthy neighborhood while sending his kids up the ladder.

Ideabird 3/7/14

Her father, an economics professor, recognized her genius. As a programmer and mathematician she was the first person to really understand programming quantum computers. When her father was killed in a third-world country by young, hungry men she decided to use her programming and cryptographic skills to break into every bank computer on the planet and destroy money.

Ideabird 2/24/14

His father was a world famous musician and poet, and at 17 had released an album that changed rock music forever. Even people who didn’t like the music, had heard of the man. But the father was manic-depressive, and killed himself when his son was little. The boy grew up in his father’s shadow, burdened by his last name, and expectations to follow in his fathers’ steps. As the son’s 17th birthday approached, he felt crushed by the expectations on him.

Bonus idea: the dad’s body was never found, or he was declared dead in a foreign country under mysterious circumstances.

The Less Said, Completed! (For Now)

Whew! It’s been a tough, four-month slog, but I managed to complete my short film, The Less Said! Special thanks to my film co-op Scary Cow ( for helping me meet so many talented film people. I’m pretty happy with it, though it’s a bit shorter than it should be to meet the ScaryCow festival criteria. It needs some expansion & another edit before it goes to film festivals around the world. If you’re in San Francisco on March 1 and want to see it on the big screen come to the Castro Theater before 3 pm and get a ticket.

Now, you may be saying, “Yeah, Tony you can come up with an idea or two. But how are you in the execution department?” To answer that I’m including a link to the film script. It’s not the film, but see for yourself. Don’t worry, it’s short.

Enjoy, and look for more story ideas coming soon.

Ideabird 2/21/14

She was revived from her coma to find that 12 years had passed. Her three-year-old was now 15, and a stranger to her. She had nothing in common with her husband, who had been living with his former secretary. The world was different and strange, and the only person she felt any contact with was the secretary/new wife. The new wife felt that after devoting all her time to the child, she was finally waking up from a long nap.

Ideabird 12/13/13

It was all so confusing when he was little. He was pulled out of school by strangers and not allowed to go home. Over the months he met many people, none he knew. One day he was taken to a house where he was told two people would be his new mommy and daddy. There were pictures all over of a little girl who seemed to have a room in the house, but who he never saw. Gradually he came to understand that the little girl had been shot along with some of her classmates. He also came to understand that his parents had been shot, too, and they were all going to be one family now. Years later, as a teenager, he would find them crying over her picture, and had a hard time not feeling like an inferior replacement.

The Less Said, Early Draft 12/11/13

Hi Gang, Less time for Ideabird stories as I’m working on my latest film The Less Said. I’ve posted a copy of the latest complete script, but already there are some changes.

We are shooting this January, thanks to my friends at Scary Cow, San Francisco’s finest film co-op. I’ve been location scouting, auditioning actors, working on story boards etc. I’ve been able to convince some top-notch pro film-makers to help, and for the first time in my life have all the people and most of the gear I’ve ever wanted at my disposal.

I’m trying to live up to their high level. Keep your eyes out here, and on my other website,

© Tony Jonick 2013