As a child, I always looked forward to Christmas Day. I'd go to sleep at 8 p.m. Christmas Eve with the goal of waking up after midnight to celebrate the birthday of Jesus Christ. To see what gifts I had under the tree left by Santa Claus.
By the time I turned 10, several weeks after my younger brother arrived to Cottondale, Alabama on Labor Day weekend 1979, I realized that a jolly white man wearing a red and white suit riding a sleigh led by a red-nosed reindeer did not exist.
While everyone was counting sheep, I woke up and headed into the living room. I caught my mother slipping my bicycle under the tree. I didn't confront her. I went back to bed and heard her scream, "Santa Claus just came.'
I wasn't mad. I was grateful to get presents even under the pretense. The traditional Christmas tradition, equipped with Santa Claus, his wife, reindeer, elves, mistletoe and Frosty the Snowman, will remain in my heart forever.
By 1 p.m., we'd be eating turkey, dressing surrounded by cranberry sauce, green bean casserole and hot buttered rolls with pound cake.
Unfortunately, Christmas has lot that symbolism across the country. The holiday has become too commercialized.
I got a big dose of that for Christmas 2020. I fought off cold, windy rain to make a special for someone who lives three hours from me. We have a standing tradition where I get a call after midnight saying the gifts were open and they loved it. The call came nearly at 1:30 a.m., which I returned to sleep after awaking up at 10:45 p.m. and returned to sleep at 1 a.m. I didn't get a standard 'I like the gift' message.
From where I sit, I'm insulted. I know people make mistakes, but that person knows how much I don't tolerate getting disrespected. I informed the person that I won't go the ''extra mile" anymore and will make changes to my will.
Hope everyone has a Merry Christmas!
Since I've moved back to Alabama and 75 miles away from my family two years ago, Thanksgiving was a holiday that triggered my excitement.
Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, I won't get that opportunity this year. The coronavirus has forced residents across the country to stay home, preventing get-together of family and friends.
Visions of tender carved turkey breast, savory stuffing, turkey gravy, sweet-scented cranberry sauce with spicy green bean casserole and hot rolls dance inside my head. My older sister never disappoints with her meal preparation.
I always saved my appetite for the last Thursday in November. I often bring food back home for the holiday weekend.
My best bet for the traditional Thanksgiving meal will be getting take-out to last a day or two and avoid the dreaded Black Friday shopping frenzy. Another option is loading up two plates from the company's pre-Thanksgiving dinner to have in my possession.
My fingers are crossed for a safer Christmas Day holiday.
Halloween has stood the test of time to remain a popular holiday.
Children and adults around the world celebrate the last day of October for different reasons.
1. Candy be obtained either by trick or treating through neighborhoods or purchased in super markets or Wal-Mart. Peanut butter pumpkins, ghost bubble gum, vampire teeth and chocolate bats are equally delicious two weeks after Halloween.
2. An assortment of costumes worn by adults, children and animals that range from Batman to Snow White or a Disney character. The workplace and schools often have fun-filled parties and costume contests to boost morale.
3. No holiday boasts the depth of movies like Halloween. Friday the 13th, Scream, Halloween are the most popular Halloween movie franchises.
It's official: I'm a registered screenwriter with International Movie Data Base, known worldwide as IMDB.
I became eligible for an IMDB listing when my script, Legal Passion, won best Feature Script at the World Film Carnival-Singapore. The WFC-Singapore is a IMDB qualifier.
At that point, I searched IMDB to see what other film festivals I won were IMDB qualifiers. Lo and behold, Tagore International Film Festival and Global International Film Festival both fit the bill.
Three scripts, False Start, Getting the Boot and Passed Over all won awards at TIFF. GIFF named False Start for the best message.
While being a registered screenwriter isn't the same role as a working screenwriter or a credited screenwriter, it puts me on the map and possibly getting discovered in the future.
Once upon a time, life in America was simple.
As a child growing up in the 1970's and 1980's, we had no internet, no I-phone and social media did not exist. All we had was telephone, newspaper and radio.
Every Sunday evening after dinner, I listened to the Top 40 countdown on the radio. When it came to breaking down the Top 40 songs of the week, Casey Kasem was the best and no one else came close. Kasem was so identified with the countdown that he appeared twice on the teenage hit show, "Saved By the Bell."
Kasem was still in vogue during the 1980's when MTV debuted and music videos started dominating the music scene.
Those memories will live forever in my heart.
The majority of my journalistic career was spent as a professional boxing writer. I've won awards, covered several world championship bouts and written about Hall of Fame boxers.
It should come as no surprise that boxing is used as a measuring stick to my writing. One of my favorite things in boxing is seeing fighters move up in weight class.
I broke down all of my writing levels into weight classes.
Featherweight: Letter writing. Before the internet, often wrote and mailed letters to friends and girlfriends.
Lightweight: As a sports writer, part of a Pulitzer prize winning newspaper in 2006 for the newspaper's coverage of Hurricane Katrina. Received an Outstanding Sports Supporter award from the Gulfport Sports Hall of Fame.
Welterweight: Written for Magazines Alabama West, Black Voices, Crimson and Selma the Magazine.
Junior Middleweight: Wrote 36 E-books exclusively for three different publications. Fifteen were Top 10 best-sellers at Red Rose Publishing and four Top 10 at ARE.com.
Middleweight: Eight print books.
Light Heavyweight: Made the leap to screenwriting. Won nine awards for two screenplays at four different Film Festivals.
I've taken another huge step in my dream toward becoming a professional screenwriter. My feature script, False Start, was named best screenplay at the La Dolce Vita Cine Roma Film Festival and Mont. Blanc International Movie Festival.
Although I've got a long way to go for my script to make the big screen, I'm trending upward. My goal for 2020 was to submit my scripts into many festivals with the purpose of winning contests or placing high enough to attract the attention of movie studio executives. Submitting to festivals without getting accepted doesn't cut it anymore, I need victories or a clear opportunity to sell my script.
I'm ready to follow a dream of writing movies. On this site you will find several movie posters to my unsold scripts. I have a passion for storytelling and writing, skills that I plan on bringing to the big screen someday. As weeks pass, you'll find out more about my future endeavors. Information on five of my six screenplays can be found on this site!
JK Jones' writing career began as a junior at Holt High in 1986 as as Sports Editor of the Purple Reign, the school's newspaper until graduating in 1988. It opened the door to a long and successful sports writing career. As an author, several of Jones' E-books were best sellers. Jones has shown promise during the early stages of screenwriting. Jones' short screenplay, Instant Replay, was accepted by the Cannes Latitude Film Festival in 2016. Jones' most recent screenplay, False Start, was selected to the Chihuahua International Film Festival in November, 2019. For more information, visit https://www.scriptrevolution.com/profiles/jk-jones.