Writer’s Life: Trust within the writing community

Trust is everything within the writer’s community and hopefully all of us can continue to grow together.

Being a writer has many functions and special elements. It includes having faith in your own abilities, staying true to your story, and trust within the writer’s community. Without trust, there isn’t anything to build on within all our special networks.

The special thing with writers is that no writer should have to endure any storm alone. There are groups all over social media whether it is Facebook or the large writer’s community on Twitter. It’s not a competition (or shouldn’t be) and most of all there’s room for all of us.

The whole writer’s community should be the envy of the entire world. It’s a supportive place where everyone gets along and just wants to see everyone succeed. That is rare and something that keeps the writer’s community together.

The issue with any group or family is that sometimes there are people who may not be honest. They may try to take advantage of the generosity and support of other writers. Every group has it and hopefully, there aren’t many within the writer’s community.

The worse part about it is that when there is a reason to not have trust, things fall apart. My hope is that the writer’s community never falls apart because of those who may not have others best interests in mind. If there are those who only have themselves in mind with a lack of transparency, my hope is that other members of the writing community will watch out for each other.

It will continue to grow every single day and I hope it continues to grow with a mutual interest of completing work and supporting each other as the work pours in with new content of all genres and styles.

This network is something special on Twitter and something that has helped us grow as writers, entrepreneurs, and in some cases, it has helped us excel in other respective professions. There are no limits to what could possibly happen with us next on our journeys.

Some of us have very little support and others of us have no support at all. The writer’s community is the cream of the crop in terms of a support system. That’s why preserving it and not losing faith in it is critical.

If you need someone, the community is always only just a tweet away #WritersCommunity or #Writingcommunity.  I am always just a tweet or direct message away @Wrlter4LifeJC for any writers or artists. Let’s all be there to support and be good to each other with our individual circumstances and watch each other thrive.

A Writer’s Life: Joining a team

A writer that has generally been on his own joining a team is an adjustment and a new adventure that forced much needed changes when it comes to being on a team.

This week has been eventful filled with a lot of self-discovery when it comes to writing. Those who have been following my journey via Twitter know that I do script writing, blogging, and contribute to a team called Undead Walking. The transition was the hardest thing I have ever went through. I believe the self-discovery has prepared me for the future and helped me grow as a writer.

Since it isn’t a script or a blog on this website, I had to learn that it is a whole different ballgame and I had to learn the rules fast, or my time would have been more difficult. Learning that took me a few months because as a writer, I didn’t trust anyone else’s instincts but my own.

We have heard it repeatedly, there is no “I” in the word team. I know some of you probably rolled your eyes just now or said a sarcastic remark. Well here is a new one for you, there is an “I” in time, so if you want to save time, you must adhere to the rules of being on a team.

I considered parting ways with Undead Walking after season 9 of The Walking Dead was over. It was a hard road, and I wanted to invest my time into my own projects. When the final episode was over, I felt that the three-month journey was coming to an end.

I figured that I would be back as a lone wolf working on projects as I graduate from college and things would go back to the way it was before. Deep down I didn’t want it to end since I enjoyed writing the pieces as a contributor. While talking with both editors, it was an all-in effort to make it work with Undead Walking.

The problems I have had the whole time were finally being addressed. I didn’t let my guard down and didn’t trust anyone but myself. A big part of that was the few times I have been on a team and got burned in the process, so I kept my guard up with this team and didn’t trust anyone.

After the release of the article, it was a success and I decided to continue to be part of the team on a part-time basis. Why is that important you may ask? Writers like myself been on our own for years and we have grown used to doing it our way. Our way may work for some things, but it won’t work for all things.

If you have a chance to contribute to a team, Undead Walking, Bleacher Report, or any website that calls for it, I highly suggest it. It will not only change your thinking but add more to an individual as a writer with personal growth. Any writer is one of us, and that trust can help us build even more bridges with fellow writers in the future.

A writer’s journey: Zombie spin-off

October 2018 was when “Do You Believe in Zombies ?” became a finalist and recently I saw potential for it to become more, but of course no decision is ever easy.

Last year was the beginning of a new journey as I became a finalist for the Hollywood screenplay contest for my script Do You Believe in Zombies? Since then I saw a potential for more with the storyline and weighed in on the options to turn it into something more. The first option was to turn it into a television series, and the other option is to turn it into a movie series. Either way, coming up with the route I want to take for the spinoff has not been easy, and it’s a dilemma every writer faces in the building phase.

The script is currently a short movie and it’s a long hard decision figuring it out what route to take with it. The spin-off aspect and getting it right is vital, and something that any writer should take seriously. I never wanted my script to be in competition with any other current zombie shows like The Walking Dead or Z-Nation but wanted to bring a new story to make it unique that everyone can enjoy without comparing it to anything else.

The research and keeping up with zombie shows has been exhausting since The Walking Dead franchise, Z-Nation, and many other shows have many long-term projects. While looking at my outline, I asked myself “how can I pull this off to make it my own in the midst of a zombie boom?”. With many movies and television shows combined, weighing in the options made it harder with all that in mind.

There is always room for more no matter what genre and theme, but the worry of getting lost in the shuffle will always be there when creating the original content. The idea is to stand out and embrace the culture rather than compete and overthink. The last script I made was stiff and didn’t have all the necessary parts, because of overthinking and trying too hard to not be like another movie that had the same theme as the other script.

It will all flow organically with no worries or anxiety. In this case, the horror culture for zombies have been rising to a new high, and as a fan, I want to see it all go down with The Walking Dead and other shows coming soon, but as a writer, I am saying that “it’s time to get moving on it”.

The dilemma is trying to figure out which fits better, a television series or a movie spin-off, because both are great options, but which route is a little better than the other? A similar dilemma occurred while I was writing my original short script. I had to decide if I wanted it to be a book or a short movie script. I went with turning it into a short movie script and became a finalist for it.

The timing is always right, because what’s better than the present right? It is a matter of what to do now with it. The work is ours and there is no right or wrong answer, but just something that feels right to each individual writer. Some writers may say “Yeah make another television show!” while others may say “Do a movie series out of it!”, which is why I haven’t asked for anyone personally with help for this (no offense to anyone who has helped me in the past!).

The unique thing about this whole situation is that there are so many ways to craft an apocalyptic world full of zombies. There are so many unique stories that grab an audience or reader with those kinds of stories. If you always wanted to write about the apocalypse whether it is a book, movie, or show, go for it. There are so many scenarios and each world whether it is The Walking Dead or Z-Nation tells different stories for how it all happened and how they could survive.

The biggest and most important part is to have fun with the process, not just the writing, but while watching what’s happening around you with other writers and shows that are part of the same genre as yourself. That’s what makes the journey so special while writing the spin-off to Do You Believe in Zombies? It’s all about having fun while making even the hardest decisions in the long process to make it unique to your own personal journey and enjoyment while making the piece come to life.

As I continue to plan the outline, I will soon make an announcement for what route I will be taking, but no matter what decision is made, it will surely be something I can guarantee people will enjoy just like I have enjoyed writing it. Stay tuned for more details.

AEW Vs WWE: Enough is Enough

If you are on social media, odds are you keep hearing fans declare their loyalty and declaring war….but….consider this before you do….

If you are a Twitter user, you have probably seen tweets about AEW Versus WWE. If you are a Twitter user like me, you probably are growing sick of it. We have had a historic announcement of AEW having its first wrestling show in a few short months. What should have been a great occasion celebrated by wrestling fans, is slowly turning into anger from fans around the world. Not for the fact that it is happening, but how bad it has gotten on social media alone.

I kept giving my statements, but it has fallen on deaf ears, but enough is enough with AEW versus WWE. We are stuck in the 90s with the competition mindset. It gets to a point that a wrestling company can’t even get a television deal without the fans blowing their war horns and looking for another Monday Night war to begin again. Let it go! The reason why some of these wrestling companies that came and went over the years have struggled or didn’t reach full potential is that fans are so eager to pick sides for something that may not even happen!

Many companies including TNA now known as Impact, Global Force Wrestling, and even companies like Lucha Underground has had pressure from fans. Some may say it doesn’t matter and that it is just fans talking, but it does matter. Companies that had television deals and will get television deals in the future may suffer, because of the negative interaction with fans. The “war” that seems to be easy to ignite on social media.

That brings us to where we are today. AEW made an announcement, and not surprisingly, fans are treating this like it’s the 90s. Growing up watching WWE, WCW, and ECW, those were the main shows that were on television. Eventually, TNA started showing up on television, but the choices for what to watch on television were very limited. Most of the shows if we wanted to watch certain wrestlers, we had to search on YouTube. It is at an all-time high for wrestlers being on television, and that is a beautiful thing as a wrestling fan. We can see our favorite wrestlers of the independent circuit perform on television.

Leave the Monday Night war mentality behind, and enjoy the new era of wrestling for everyone, where we can get lots of wrestling on television more than ever before and enjoy ourselves as fans. It should be an opportunity to enjoy more wrestling every week more than ever before, as opposed to a war of survival. Do us all a favor, leave that mentality in the 90s, where it belongs, and just enjoy the biggest time for television and pro wrestling in general.

Women of Wrestling: Razor

Ever heard of a little chaos? How about A LOT of chaos?! That’s what awaits us and more when WOW Superheroes and Razor comes to AXS TV January 18th.

The past week of wrestling has been overwhelming, and it has filled my heart with joy seeing the wrestling universe celebrate as we witness more history being made. No matter how long you have been a wrestling fan, it is a universal truth that there is something that makes you fall in love with it all over again. For me, it is the women’s wrestling division in WWE and the independent circuit. Last year was historic with the first all-women’s pay-per-view in WWE history. We are approaching the second annual women’s royal rumble.

I truly love women’s wrestling, and my love for women’s wrestling truly expanded within the heart of the independent circuit many years ago. That leads us to where we are today. Women of Wrestling will be on television on AXS television nearly a week from now. This is exciting for me, especially since I used to watch LuFisto during my study hall period. The easier access to a variety of companies nowadays, truly makes me wish it happened during my high school days, I could have avoided many detentions.

dvjm7v5uyamz8p8There are some faces I am too familiar with like Abilene Maverick, who I have followed for a long time, and very happy to soon see on television. The Twitter world is certainly buzzing about it, and rightfully so, especially with the stacked roster that awaits us.

There is one competitor that stands out to me, who goes by the ring name of Razor. I tend to stay aware of the talent that I have seen before and the talent that I have stumbled on by luck.

Upon the announcement of WOW coming to AXS TV, I began to really pay attention to the talent, and Razor stood out to me. Everyone has that one competitor that gives you a sense of unpredictability and chaos. All the respective competitors on the roster for WOW are amazing, and it is deserving, but Razor is a competitor that stands out as the music maker of chaos. She is certainly the wildcard every night. Of course, every roster has someone like that, where would their roster be if they didn’t?

Normally, the competitor that causes the most chaos is eventually tamed. That’s where Razor is very different. She does not come across as a competitor that will simply give up. It doesn’t matter if you hold a victory over her, because the way Razor is as a competitor, she will keep coming back for more. This is something that will be every fan’s dream and her competitor’s worse nightmare. Witnessing Razor firsthand with her relentless chaos, her thirst for mayhem, her lust for pain will be the biggest part for fans who desire chaos.

When WOW Superheroes debut on AXS TV January 18th, you do not want to miss it, because Razor’s natural relentless nature will be a cycle that the other competitors simply can’t contain. How will other competitors contain Razor? I will save the trouble and answer that question now, they can’t!  Do not miss Razor and WOW Superheroes coming to AXS TV, and watch out for the chaos, because you will never know when Razor will strike next!

All images are used with permission from Razor of WOW.

Social Media Uncut: LuFisto

In this installment of Social Media Uncut, we hold a Q&A session with LuFisto to discuss the Women’s evolution,fans and more.

Welcome to the second installment of Social Media Uncut, the place of the most real Q&A’s. When I was thirteen years old, women’s wrestling was rising in some ways. Anyone who knows me knows that I am big on women’s wrestling. Having a strong mother who basically took on corporate America to provide, I see that in all the women when they wrestle. They go out there and prove themselves night after night.

So many people are under the notion that the women’s revolution was started in a period when it was the diva era. As we will see in this Q&A, it started way before that, and it’s insulting if you can’t see that. When I was a kid, I only saw Trish Stratus, Lita, Dawn Marie, Molly Holly etc. That was the period where the women were having some good moments of showing why they should be the main event and some not so good moments where it seemed like they were stuck being just the sex symbol.

It all started with a friend who is a few years older than me saw me sitting near a computer, and he nudged me on the shoulder bringing up a name “LuFisto”. I had no idea who he was talking about at the time at all. He began to type through a system to override the blockage to watch videos. That moment changed everything, and I saw a different side of women’s wrestling, from that point was the first time seeing LuFisto, along with Kacee Carlisle, Amber O’Neal and so many more through the years.

This segment is truly special because I got chills just being able to write questions to LuFisto. I would be lying if I said I didn’t feel like that thirteen-year-old kid all over again. For Social Media Uncut, we have a Q&A with LuFisto!

As all of you know WWE Evolution is over the horizon.  I noticed the negative friction on Twitter pertaining to the overall show and attitude towards competitors. With the announcement of certain matches and certain stars making appearances, it has gotten worse. I thought I would confide in LuFisto with these issues.

J.C: What’s your opinion of the worry of fans potentially trying to dump on or hijack WWE Evolution like they have done for past pay-per-views?

LuFisto: I think it is a way for fans to say “you can’t shove what YOU want us to like down our throats”… However, I’ve always believed in “if you don’t like it, don’t watch it”. So, I don’t really get why people would give their hard-earned money to a product they don’t support. If you don’t like WWE (or any other promotions) and that you are watching and paying to attend their events, they are winning.

J.C: Do fans get under your skin sometimes when they cross the line with trolling?

LuFisto: Sometimes. I would say that I’m more disappointed, and sad than angry when it happens.



As a follow up to this question, I noticed even more friction with fans when it comes to attacking wrestler’s appearances. This has made me think about a few shows that hit the mainstream, and almost normalized the toxic behavior. We shift gears to one of the lines that fans tend to cross when attacking a performer they don’t like or to assert their own point for the state of the product in such a toxic manner.

J.C: New shows and certain people have body shamed people including wrestlers, what message do you have for people who body shame?

LuFisto: The world is made of people of different colors, shapes, sexual preferences, sizes, age… This is 2018. We as human beings shouldn’t be pass judging others on such things. Again, you don’t like it, don’t watch it.
We shift gears to a happier subject of what matches LuFisto hasn’t had yet that she wants to have. I made the mistake of asking for one when as seen there are many! LuFisto has always been the one to break grounds and go for the extra mile, that is just who she is, and that’s how I have always viewed her through the years.

J.C: Who is one match that you want to have that you haven’t had yet?

LuFisto: I made a bucket list a while ago and here are the women I would love to face one-one-one: Taya Valkyrie, Faby Apache, Viper (Piper Liven), Brandi Rhodes, Priscilla Kelly, Sumie Sakai, Kelly Klein, Madison Eagles, Chelsea Green, Kellyanne and Kikyo… There is also Kris Wolf which is a match that just got announced for wXw in October. I’m so excited to be facing her!

For men, I would say Joey Janela, David Starr, Cody Rhodes, Jay Lethal, Crazzy Steve…


As you can see, there are lots of matches, and still so much to look forward to in the future, including her match against Kris Wolf! That will be very interesting when October comes, and I don’t know about you, but I am certainly keeping an eye out for that match. Speaking of the future, what would the future be without the past?

Speaking as a fan, I do take things personally on Twitter when fans name off who they believe revolutionized women’s wrestling (not just WWE, we are talking about women’s wrestling now!), such as AJ Lee, Paige, Gail Kim…. All I can say to that is…BULL S***! It started way before there was ever a Knockout division, way before an AJ Lee, and way before fans saw a dark-haired wonder name, Paige. These are all great women, but to say they started it, that’s like saying Michael Jordan was the start of the NBA while ignoring those who came many years before him such as Bill Russell, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Oscar Robertson, George Yardley etc.

It is the same thing with LuFisto and so many others who seem to be on very few fans list anymore, while AJ Lee, Paige, and so many others are great competitors today and raise it to a new level, they just add to what was already happening for women’s wrestling. The final question was pertaining to this, and I wanted to see what LuFisto thought about this.

J.C: The Last question does you as a competitor feel a little bummed for not getting credit for stuff because fans carry the belief of tv or else it didn’t happen?

LuFisto: It can be very disappointing. Wrestling is more than what you see on TV. There are so many stories on the independent circuit. Lots of what you see on TV today was first done on the independents… And you can find information in books and online.

A lot of information is one Google search away… So before talking about something like it never happened, research a little bit.

Women wrestlers had their own full shows way before… Iron-Woman matches… Tournaments… Intergender matches… So many things.

The lack of research to provide people with real facts is what is most disappointing. To me, it is just lazy.


Like I said, where would we be without the past? Everything LuFisto did was a direct response to the great Alundra Blayze who basically prophesied that women’s wrestling would rise to a new level one way or another. Looking back at that at the time may have seemed like something to make Alundra aka Madusa strong, but Alundra set the groundwork, and everything LuFisto did at that point, even though it wasn’t televised, were the big moments that Alundra prepared us for in the 90s.

Alundra spoke life for the women’s division, and we saw all of that happen before we ever saw it all on television. Luckily, with the advancement in technology, we can see so many matches. If you are one of those people who give praise to the Knockout division, Gail Kim, The Bella Twins, or even AJ Lee for the surge and believe women’s wrestling changed because of it, I challenge you to watch LuFisto and others such as Kacee Carlisle.

Thank you LuFisto for your time, it has truly made me feel like a kid again to give you those questions, and it has been an honor talking to you. If you aren’t watching her past matches to now, what are you waiting for? Get to it and enjoy and watch as LuFisto continues to raise the bar higher than before.

Be sure to keep up to see her on Twitter @LuFisto with the latest shows and bookings to watch as she continues to dominate the scene.

 

All content and conversation within were used with permission from LuFisto.

My Best Friends are Wrestlers

As a writer, I found encouragement from very few people, but one source that was unlikely that changed my whole world was becoming friends with wrestlers.

As a wrestling fan, I always had dreams of befriending wrestlers when I was a kid. For me, it was wanting to be The Rock’s friend and hanging out with Kurt Angle. It’s normal to have those dreams of befriending wrestlers, but little did I know, it would soon become reality. A few short years ago, I began writing primarily about wrestlers, while I continued to write scripts. The ones I am closest to have been my closest friends through the process of the college.

My tendency to also get along with women more than I do men made me expand to write about women’s wrestling and the women’s revolution. Coming from a household where my own mother is a strong career-oriented woman and equal to my father who is career oriented helped shape my views of equality. My dad was never threatened by the fact my mom became more successful, in fact, he embraces it and encourages her to go for more.

Very little people know that fact about me, but that is why I tend to get along with women more than guys because I have seen within the women’s revolution (and corporate America) some of the worse from the men. That also led to the best friendships I ever had with strong women wrestlers.

A time when people who are not wrestlers tend to be “too busy” or “just don’t care” can become a lonely road when trying to accomplish dreams and goals in life. The thing that absolutely tickles me the most is the fact that wrestlers who have a long travel schedule and hectic life because of the schedule have been there more. The wrestlers have been there the most through it all.

These wrestlers are still going strong in the independent circuit. I have even seen a few achieve their dreams. They in return have encouraged me to go the extra mile in everything. I have never had that before, and I even had people who attempt to downplay what I do as “common” or “not worth it”. They have tried many times to keep me at an unhappy level. All the wrestlers I encountered wanted more for people they interact with.  In turn, I want to see them go above and beyond with everything with their hopes and dreams too.

I never thought in this lifetime I would ever be friends with wrestlers. I thought it would just be something I would think about and maybe meet a few, like the time I met Ted DiBiase Jr, Cody Rhodes and Beth Phoenix in Applebee’s after a WWE show. It became reality, and to be honest, I am grateful for it.

All the years and beyond from 2013 to now have been me taking a path that so many would discourage, but they have always been there. Whether it is my best friend Shayla Hyde, Brittany Wonder, Fallen Flower Kikyo, or Barbi Hayden. There have been some new friends to come along as well and truthfully and honestly that is what it is all about.

In the ring, they dominate and go to newer heights than ever before. When they aren’t in the ring, they are still helping others propel themselves to a new level in hopes that others will achieve the next level just like they are in pursuit of as well. That is what it is all about at the end of the day, achieving and wanting to see others achieve as well.