Visions of a Writer

Randolph Randy Camp speaking to students at East High School

Randolph Randy Camp speaking to students at East High School

Randolph Randy Camp at WBFO Radio with Reporter Eileen Buckley, October 2014.

Randolph Randy Camp at WBFO Radio with Reporter Eileen Buckley, October 2014.

 

RANDY’S TV SCRIPTS – CHILDREN’S SERIES

1. Harry’s Field (May 2014, Registered with Writers Guild of America, East, Reg#R30871)

2. Time Out Time In (May 2014, Registered with WGA, East)

Contemporary Author Randolph Randy Camp

Contemporary Author Randolph Randy Camp

NEW K.A.N.S.A.S.

Dissatisfied with the way the adults are running the nation, a well-organized, underground society of intelligent kids demand the right to vote and to be given their own statehood or else. (The kids believe that voting should be based upon a person’s IQ, not their age.
Synopsis: ‘NEW K.A.N.S.A.S.’ (Kids’ Alliance National Society And Sanctuary): Discouraged with his lack of ability to control his own destiny fueled by his parents’ divorce and already fed up with the way the adults are running the country, a twelve year old boy forms a society to give children the Right to Vote and attempts to establish their own State in which to do it. All hell breaks when the U.S. Government starts to hunt down the leader and his underground network. In the meantime, the secretive children’s society is growing to an unbelievable size and there’s no stopping them now! TAGLINE: “Don’t underestimate the power of kids”
Although I’d originally wrote ‘NEW K.A.N.S.A.S.’ as a live action feature, it could also work as an ANIMATED feature-length movie as well. (The ‘Kansas’ in NEW K.A.N.S.A.S. stands for Kids’ Alliance National Society And Sanctuary)
U.S. Copyright: PAu002651984 (Original Screenplay Draft/ Author: Randolph Camp)
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‘NEW K.A.N.S.A.S.’ (Kids’ Alliance National Society And Sanctuary)

Contemporary Author Randolph Randy CampContemporary Author Randolph Randy Camp

 

Author Randolph Randy Camp at ECC, March 2014

Author Randolph Randy Camp at ECC, March 2014

Randolph Randy Camp, Class of '79, Spotsylvania High

Randolph Randy Camp, Class of ’79, Spotsylvania High

If you’re a writer in your heart of hearts then write ’til your fingers are numb. There have been many times when I’d felt like throwing in the towel and just giving up on my writing dreams but even after stuffing all of my writing materials underneath my bed and deep into my closet, only two days later, there I was digging it all back out again. Even after scanning through your pile of rejection letters, you must (and you will) find the inner strength to fight discouragement. If you’re a screenwriter you must envision the audience watching your movie on the big screen as you are currently writing it. If you’re a novelist, you must envision your readers physically holding and reading your book as you’re presently writing your first draft.

WET MATCHES tells the uplifting story of five homeless teens (all HIV positive) getting a new lease on life.

*Look for  ‘WET MATCHES: A NOVEL’ on Amazon, in paperback and ebook (Kindle). WET MATCHES can also be purchased directly via the following LINK:  https://www.createspace.com/3698827                            Learn more at http://rcstories-rcstories.blogspot.com  &  http://rcstories.weebly.com 

Author Randolph Randy Camp at East High School in Buffalo, NY

Author Randolph Randy Camp at East High School in Buffalo, NY

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THE FOLLOWING IS THE AUTHOR’S DEFENSE TO A FEW READERS’ REACTION TO ’29 DIMES’:

December 2, 2013

“My aim is to put down on paper what I see and what I feel in the best and simplest way.”  Ernest Hemingway wrote those words years ago, and as a writer, I can’t think of a better way to defend myself than with Hemingway’s words. I’ll try to explain.
I understand that some folks around the country have called my latest book ’29 Dimes’ inciteful because I have a hot-mouth character named ‘Pepe’ speaking his mind about Florida’s schizophrenic ‘stand your ground’ law in certain parts of the novel. From my understanding, what’s getting some folks especially riled up is when Pepe performs his provocative, ‘in your face’ spoken-word anthem ‘Hear My Echo’ towards the end of the story. The specific line from that anthem that has got some people bent out of shape goes like this, “…I don’t like standing in Florida – facing a courthouse gun…” Depending on where you stand on the different sides of the ‘stand your ground’ debate, you may possibly see those lyrics as “inciteful”, but I specifically wrote those words for the voice and the mentality of a specific fictional character. It would be an injustice to myself as a writer, and certainly a literary injustice to the fire-tongued character I’d created if I had him voice his opinion and thoughts on other safe and soft topics currently headlining America’s newspapers and not a hot topic such as Florida’s ‘stand your ground’ law. I wouldn’t be true to myself as a writer, nor to my story if I did that.
The ‘stand your ground’ law in Florida and several other states is very schizophrenic because lawmakers and law enforcement officials are picking and choosing when and when not to use and invoke the law, seemingly using it when it’s convenient for them at that particular time and place. For example, take the case of the Florida woman Marissa Alexander who initially was sentenced to 20 years for firing a warning shot at her intruding husband, and when she tried to use Florida’s ‘stand your ground’ law as her defense the judge simply threw it out, saying that she could’ve ran out of the house. But, on the other hand, look at what happened in the other high-profile Florida trial where a vigilante got away with murder, thanks to the convenience of the wishy-washy ‘stand your ground’ defense. The reason I wrote and used the words “…courthouse gun…” in the ‘Hear My Echo’ lyrics was to express mostly my character’s belief, and to be quite honest, some of my own as well, that Florida’s ‘stand your ground’ law is seemingly sanctioned by the state, giving everyday Jane and Joe permission to kill without consequences. When the ‘not guilty’ verdict went viral in the George Zimmerman trial it instantly triggered my memory bank to a time in America when old cranky men draped in white sheets with cone-shape heads would hang a man of a darker shade up in a tree for all of the local town people to see, knowing that there would be no repercussions whatsoever, and everyone nonchalantly walks away as if this was accepted as normal everyday life.
I never intended my novel to be “inciteful”, but I do want it to open discussions in classrooms, at the kitchen table, and around the water cooler. I truly believe that if America is ever going to have better race relations among our very diverse and ever-growing population then we simply must start with a peaceful conversation first.
Randolph Randy Camp
If you would like further details on ’29 Dimes’ or Author Randolph Randy Camp go to https://www.amazon.com/author/randolphcamp

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One summer. Seven hearts. 29 Dimes. It wasn’t your typical LA summer. No one could’ve predicted what happened that day in Silver Lake. It was a summer of passion, confusion, and growth. One hot, crazy summer. Seven hungry hearts. 29 Dimes. Award-winning, prolific writer Randolph Randy Camp creates a moving, tender love story amid a wild, crazy summer as Teki, Ronnie, Pepe, Brittany, Kalib, Tip, and Valerie each will have an experience that will shape and change their young lives forever. Valerie has the kind of natural beauty that belongs on magazine covers. All the guys in Silver Lake dream about her. One guy will get lucky this summer and win her heart. Pepe’s mouth has always gotten him into trouble. A talented street poet, will Pepe’s provocative, ‘in your face’ anthem ‘Hear My Echo!’ get him into trouble at this summer’s Silver Lake street festival? Teki will be the first to admit that she’s certainly not your typical Chinese girl. A gifted musical prodigy, Teki once got kicked out of a prestigious music academy for rocking a reggae rhythm instead of the required Beethoven tune at her classical piano recital. Now, at seventeen, Teki fronts an all-girl progressive reggae band in Silver Lake. Kalib is a young Armenian computer whiz who is hoping to win Valerie’s heart this summer. Carrying the agonizing weight of his family’s dark past on his shoulders, Kalib believes that Valerie’s love could wash away all of that pain, if only he could somehow convince her to go out with him. A gifted storyteller, Randolph Randy Camp offers the reader a realistic glimpse of contemporary life in the Los Angeles community of Silver Lake. If you still believe that love can happen to the most unlikely people and that love still can be found in the most unusual place then Randolph Randy Camp’s ’29 Dimes: A Love Story’ is for you. One summer. Seven hearts. 29 Dimes.

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Author Randolph R. Camp attends ECC Scholarship Luncheon on May 3, 2013

Author Randolph R. Camp attends ECC Scholarship Luncheon on May 3, 2013

Randy Camp’s fourth novel “29 DIMES: A LOVE STORY” is a love story amid a crazy, explosive summer. https://www.createspace.com/4467977

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Randolph Camp is honored with the David Conley Scholarship on May 3, 2013 at Erie Community College.

Randolph Camp is honored with the David Conley Scholarship on May 3, 2013 at Erie Community College.

Connect and ‘LIKE’  Randolph Randy Camp on FaceBook at http://www.facebook.com/rcstories 

Writer Randolph Randy Camp being honored at Buffalo Erie County Public Library

Writer Randolph Randy Camp being honored at Buffalo Erie County Public Library

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About Randolph Randy Camp

Randolph Randy Camp: Screenwriter, Blogger , Storyteller, Youth Advocate and Mentor : The country boy from the backwoods of Virginia with a thousand stories to tell.
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One Response to Visions of a Writer

  1. randy says:

    When I was writing the initial draft of WET MATCHES back in 1992 and 1993, I was thinking about the pains of my youth in rural Spotsylvania County, Virginia…and the story ‘WET MATCHES’ is sort of my expression of my feelings about my sometimes-harsh childhood experiences. In writing ‘Wet Matches’, as with most of my stories, I hope to inspire and possibly uplift others who’d maybe experienced the same circumstances in their lives. -Randolph R.Camp

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