Take an #OKSelfie with #OKisGreat

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O.K. is Great, my book, is about to take social media by storm.  Here’s my plan to be a trend setter in the world of books.

Step One – Buy O.K. is Great.

Step Two – Read it

Step Three – Take a selfie with the book, but make sure it isn’t a great selfie.  It should only be okay.  Then post that pic on social media with the hashtags #OKSeflie and #OKisGreat.

Want to see some?  Here’s Shelly’s pic!

I'm OK x 2

I’m OK x 2

Next up we have twins with their dad.

Twinning!

Twinning!

Here’s one fan who read the book and then decided to go out for the track team!

Put that tongue back in your mouth, young man!

Put that tongue back in your mouth, young man!

My wife read it!  She couldn’t help but smile for the camera.

I love to snuggle with O.K.

I love to snuggle with O.K.

Finally, here’s one of me.

The camera scares me.

The camera scares me.

Now, I know what you’re thinking.  Dave, you are much too handsome for an #OKSelfie.  You’re probably right.  I posted this to Instagram and got 11 hearts.  I’ve got to dial down my handsomeness, but I don’t know how.  It’s a curse.

Tag!  You’re it.  Get the book, read it, and take a pic.  I look forward to seeing you on social media as I stalk the hashtags #OKisGreat and #OKSelfie.

The Sandlot meets Diary of a Wimpy Kid (42/365)

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During the summer, I spent my writing time turning my first book (which isn’t published yet) into a movie script (which hasn’t been filmed yet, nor is it even close to that level).  One thing that was fun about it though was speaking with a film maker named Dan Dobi.  Just as a point of reference, I met him through our love of YouTube.  He made a great documentary about YouTube called Please Subscribe, and I applied but failed to get a role in it.  Don’t worry.  It didn’t ruin my relationship with him.  I’m not a serious, full time YouTuber, so I knew I wasn’t going to be cast in the film (That movie is on NetFlix by the way).  Here’s my audition tape, if you’re wondering.

I’m off task again.  Anyways, one thing we were looking for when we were putting together the pitch for my screenplay to producers was a comparison.  Apparently, the people with the money want to know what the movie will be like by comparing it to other movies.  That’s how we came up with “The Sandlot meets Diary of a Wimpy Kid”.

It’s simple, and, for my book at least, it’s fairly accurate.

My book, “O.K. is Great” involves a 12 year old kid who’s main goal is to break the mile record for gym class.  His full name is Otis Kowalewskee, but his initials are O.K. and everyone calls him that.  Otis thinks he’s cursed to be O.K. forever, but his dad convinces him to actually try hard at something instead of just accepting mediocrity.  It’s like the Sandlot because there are a lot of sporty scenes in the story like playing football, wrestling, and of course, running.  There’s also the whole angle like Diary of a Wimpy Kid about this kid being small and not fitting in at his middle school.

Here’s a picture from the book.  The bigger kid is Stu, and O.K. is the kid in the headlock.  It’s an illustrated book, and I drew the pictures.  The book is written in the first person perspective of O.K., so the comments by the picture are his thoughts.

OKGheadlock

Now, only if some publisher would show interest in the book, or a producer would show some interest in the movie!

Movie Idea for Chris Rock (25/365)

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Here’s a good idea that I have for Chris Rock.  I’m not going to get around to writing this for a little while because I’m working on a different middle grade book called “The Axe” as of right now, but I wanted to jot down my thoughts quick.

Working Title: The White Standards (Not the best title, but it’s all I could think of).

Tagline: Teach the white out of them (Once again, not the best tagline, but it’s a start).

Elevator Pitch:  A liberal black teacher leaves his job at his city school and takes a job in a very conservative, predominately white high school.

Hi. I'm Chris Rock, and I want to work with Tiefsa!

Hi. I’m Chris Rock, and I want to work with Tiefsa!

Premise: Chris Rock is a high school social studies teacher in a city.  The charter school he is at closes due to mismanagement by the principal.  The principal was embezzling public funds, and the school was not performing well academically.  An old friend of Chris Rock’s learns about the school closing and contacts Chris (Let’s say his friend is played by George Clooney).

Clooney is the superintendent of a very successful public high school in the suburbs.  Because he needs the money, and because Chris Rock wants his own high school age kids to experience school in a predominately white conservative suburban school, Chris takes the job.

Here’s an example section of dialogue (Sorry if it isn’t formatted correctly, but it’s hard to do it right on the inter webs).

CHRIS
So you want me to teach in your school?

GEORGE
Yes.  That school desperately needs some different perspectives.

CHRIS
You know you don’t have to hire a black guy.  Just find some Asians, or Mexicans, or maybe a Canadian.

GEORGE
We have a teacher who is Chinese.

CHRIS
Let me guess.  They teach kids how to speak Chinese.

GEORGE
(sighs)
Well, technically he’s teaching Mandarin.  That’s the official language in China.

CHRIS
I’m so sorry for not being politically correct.  Do you have any Mexicans teaching Spanish?

GEORGE
No, but one of our Spanish teachers is from Columbia.

CHRIS
Are you sure you want me to teach Social Studies? Maybe I should be teaching Ebonics.

Once Rock starts teaching there, he immediately runs into some resistance.  The ideas he presents to the high school social studies students are too liberal.  A few of his students have parents on the school board, and they want him fired.  Also, Chris Rock’s kids aren’t adjusting well in the new school.  His kids are great students, but the white students are always bothering them with stereotypical expectations  (They think his kids should be great basketball players, love rap music, be in a gang, etc.).

Clooney supports Rock at every turn.  Clooney has kids of his own at the high school, and they become friends with Chris Rock’s children.  Rock’s daughter also starts dating Clooney’s son, to the dismay of both parents.  Towards the end of the school year, Clooney offers Rock a permanent position at the school, but Rock declines.  Instead, he pitches the idea that Clooney should start his own charter school in the city.

After much consideration, Clooney ends up resigning as superintendent and joins forces with Chris Rock.   The movie ends on the first day of the next school year at the new charter school that Clooney and Rock founded.  All of Rock’s children and Clooney’s children attend the new charter school.

Sounds hilarious, right?  I do think there would be several opportunities for levity in this movie.  I think it would fall somewhere between the drama/comedy umbrella.  So, it’s a dramedy.

If any of my three readers know Chris Rock or George Clooney, let them know of my script idea.  I wouldn’t mind working with them.  I do have one asking price.  They have to babysit my kids, so I could actually go to the movie theater with my wife to watch the movie.

Million Dollar Restaurant Idea (10/365)

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I worked in a restaurant long enough to know I never want to be a part of that world ever again.  However, when I was there, it didn’t stop me from coming up with the perfect concept for a restaurant that would earn millions upon millions of dollars.

Saints and Sinners

Here's my weak attempt at a logo.  I hope it doesn't offend anyone.

Here’s my weak attempt at a logo. I hope it doesn’t offend anyone.

That is my restaurant idea.  It is incredibly simple too.  One half of the menu is dedicated to saintly, healthy, incredibly good for you and the environment food.  Think organic, self sustaining, uses no ground water, only grown by grandmothers who are hobby farmers, non GMO, heirloom, umm, I’m running out of ideas, no MSG, no added hormones, loaded with naturally occuring antioxidants, REAL FOOD.

So the saintly side would only include very healthy food choices.  You know, stuff like garden salads, fresh squeezed pomegranite juice, wheat fed buffalo, cage free chickens.  I’m not real good with all the healthy terminology, but it would be the healthiest of the healthiest options only on the saintly side.  They’d all be low cal/no cal, low fat/no fat, no high frucose corn syrup/only naturally occuring sugars, no added chemicals, preservatives, dyes, and the like.

Now, the other half of the menu would be dedicated to the sinners.   It would contain all the decadent, debaucherous, and delicious, but terrible for you food.  Think about all the wonderful treats made in some factory where they insert a buttload of preservatives and unhealthy but yummy additives to it.  Then when the prepackaged food gets to the restaurant, they deep fry it for you, to add another crust of tastiness.

So the sinner side would only include very bad for you food choices.  You know, stuff like a deep fried Twinkie wrapped in bacon, cheese curds, french fries, fried chicken with ranch dipping sauce, mashed potatoes covered in gravy, served with a root beer float, or a chocolate shake with whip cream on top.  Don’t forget to mega-size your order too.

I’ve even thought about the decor.  It should have pictures of polarizing figures, so you could debate with your friends about if that person is a saint or a sinner.  I’m thinking of people like Elvis, Dennis Rodman, Madonna, or maybe James Franco.  You can add your suggestions below.

Now, I have several million dollar ideas.  This is just the first I’m writing about.  I’ll sporadically add more throughout the year.  You are more than welcome to exploit my million dollar dreams, however each idea of mine has an asking price.  If you go forward with this idea, you brave entreprenuer you, and it is successful, I would like to be able to eat at this restaurant for free for the rest of my life.  If it is unsuccessful, well then I guess it wasn’t a million dollar idea after all.