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Pre-Existing Web Series - Onicia Update - September 2019

Hot girl summer is coming to an end. That's it. That's the intro.
The official trailer for Pre-Existing, a web series by David Audino is here. The first episode will premiere on September 18, 2019. A new episode will air every Wednesday for 17 consecutive weeks!
You can watch online at PreExistingWebSeries.com or on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Vimeo and YouTube. Fangirlin' This month's Fangirlin' section is dedicated to some of my Pre-Existing web series collaborators.

David Audino poured his sweat, blood, and tears into Pre-Existing. In fact, he even dedicated his firstborn to bring this project to life. Check out his first short film Bookmarked. 

"A woman has never read the last chapter of a book until a chance encounter changes everything. A short film Written and Directed by David Audino. Starring Catharine Savage, Erin Field & Jordan Savusa."

Bookmarked from David Audino on Vimeo.

Lisette Hall is a talented director, producer, and improv performer…

Keep Going - Onicia Update - August 2019

This month, I'd like to use this space to share a letter from an unlikely collaborator  (insert big dopey smile) who has been pushing me to work on my most challenging project yet. It's been 2+ years. I don't know what you're working on but I hope you find someone who inspires you to keep going. 
I’m Onicia’s Ol’ Uncle Hank.  This is my story of collaborating with Oni:
At only our second meeting, I asked Oni what she did…exactly.  She told me she tells stories; her stories or she helps other people tell their stories.  The mediums varied widely: stand-up, books, movies, sit-coms, screenplays, articles, blogs, or podcasts… but in essence, she’s in the storytelling business.  Heck, want to tell a story at your wedding?  Then hire her as your wedding planner…that’s a fine medium too.  How cool!  So, of course, I tell her I’ve always had an idea for a book.  While she remained polite, I knew she was thinking, “If I had a nickel for every knucklehead…”  Two days later I recei…

Winnifred Jong’s “Tokens on Call” is a Masterclass in Woke Storytelling

You know a series is great when you feel the same or more excitement when watching it a second time around. I had to wait about two years, but Tokens was worth the wait. Winnifred Jong’s Tokens is a masterclass in woke storytelling.

As a viewer, Tokens was a fun ride with lots of surprises and instantly lovable characters. Jong’s storytelling is educational without feeling like an afterschool special.

As a screenwriter, I was confronted with all the tired tropes that I’d picked up and unintentionally repeating in my work. Rewatching the series was a great study in how to flip the script on race and gender issues without being heavy-handed or preachy.

In the eight 5-minute episodes were featured multiple storylines that came together for a fresh and fun viewing experience. I wish there were more Bettys (Shelley Thompson) in the casting world.

After watching the series, I daydreamed about how much more exciting the storytelling world would be if there were more diversity in gender, rac…

Counting On Kendra - Treatment - Original TV Pilot

In a previous newsletter, I asked my friends to vote on my next project. The suggested Counting on Kendra. So, Maya Montrell and I will post updates as we go. Here's our version of a TV script treatment/pitch.

Would you like to collaborate with us? Send me an email or shout at me on Twitter.


Title: Counting on Kendra A dark comedy by Maya Montrell and Onicia Muller Logline:
When her prestigious forensic accounting career is paused, a Black woman (30) with an undiagnosed chronic illness stumbles into the risky world of private investigations. Now the Chicago Police Department is determined to stop her as her work uncovers their major deficiencies.
Summary:
ACT I We open on a stylish but unkempt apartment and hear the tail end of a video on the secret ways supermarkets get shoppers to spend more. This is the type of content Kendra (30) lives for. She downs a handful of meds with a water bottle from her nightstand. She tosses the empty bottle across the room.
Just then a video call notific…

Cut-throat Playground Entrepreneurs - Just Being Funny

I never really won anything cool or was the most popular person. Getting a shot the fourth-grade prize box because I had perfect attendance didn’t count. Any ole Joe can have perfect attendance; you just need parents who ride you and bus drivers who wait when they see you running.

One year some colorful plastic strings called Scoubidou appeared on the playground. Rebecca got some while away on vacation and weaved away her recess time.
After making the same snide remarks about teenagers playing with string like old women knitting in groups for the thousandth time, Rebecca challenged to stop hating. Making the simple two-strand square was a no-brainer. Same for the two-strand circle. Instead of quipping, the clouds parted in my hater heart and I could feel the glow of this wholesome activity radiating through my body. 

My brain screamed: MAKE ALL THE DESIGNS YE WITH GIFTED HANDS!

We invested in the string market. Rebecca handled the money bag and individual string sales. I doubled as se…

Home Comings and Goings - Onicia Update - July 2019

What it do Scooby Doo?!
I visited St. Maarten for the first time in five years. The roommates and I had a wonderful time at the Azure hotel. I really missed St. Maarten. I don't know when I'll return, but I hope to have another extended stay soon. BTW, shout out to my homie Ronald for fixing my rental situation.
Big news: I sold some greeting cards to American Greetings. See details below.
When we last spoke, I asked what I should focus on next. More than half of you who responded would like Maya Wagner and me to post scenes from Counting on Kendra
I was also told to do whatever inspires me. I'll try my best to have something to show you before the end of September.
That's all I gotta say today. Got something I should see or someone I should collaborate with? Email me or shout at me on Twitter. What I've been doing instead of writing*Trying to write a review for Mia McCullough's web series The Haven. You should watch it.Trying to write a review for Winnifred …

Help Me Decide My Next Project - Onicia Update - May 2019

Hello, people of Townsville!
April showers were supposed to bring May flowers but here in Chicago, it seemed we got more showers upon showers. Ain't that a trick? I've been doing all the things but I want to know what should I focus on next?
I'm taking a holistic cycle awareness class by Maya Moon Cycle. The free online class is every Monday in June. Email Maya at maya.moon.cycle [at] gmail [dot] com> to register. The roommate and I had a few fertility consultations with her. Maya is very smart and compassionate.
This month I was hard at work notwriting new entries for Just Being Funny. Why? Well, I don't want to just give you witty word vomit. I want to share stories that will make you think. Are you interested in a Caribbean story podcast? I have friends who write words. (BTW, I'm very flattered by all the nice things Candice Lola said. #GetChuABlackWomanFriend)
I reviewed the second edit of my episode of Pre-Existing. Dudes, David and Lissette are doing amaz…

Holistic Cycle Awareness Class starting on the NEW MOON

Not related to comedy or storytelling BUT THIS IS MY BLOG AND I SUPPORT ALL MY FRIENDS!!!

(The all caps made me laugh.)

Hi friends!


I’m doing a FREE class series for the next 4 Mondays starting on the New Moon:

Holistic Cycle Awareness: Journey through the Menstrual / Fertility Cycle in 4 Phases



 Mondays, June 3, 10, 17, 24

 5:30 - 7 PM PST / 7:30 - 9PM CST  /  8:30 - 10PM EST


Each class will go through a layer of anatomy and physiology to help understand and connect to what’s happening each day of the month (or however long a cycle happens to be).

Then we’ll go deeper into each phase of the cycle: how it might look and feel, the energetics, symbolic, and emotional aspects.

Some of you may have taken a cycle awareness class with me before, but this will be a new format, more space for questions and sharing, and we’ll be leaning in to the moon cycle phases as a ritual for all of us to collectively get more in tuned with the fertility/menstrual cycle.

Each time I go through cycle anatomy and phys…