Creative

All content written by and the property of Joshua Michaels. Any unauthorized use or reproduction is strictly prohibited.

Short fiction

“Extraordinary”

Length: 20 pages.
Word count: approx. 4,00 words.
Synopsis: Born after an alien invasion led to an alien world government reigning over Earth, Christopher begins receiving visions and telepathic communications from Earth’s longtime missing alien superhero. Learning truths about the superhero’s whereabouts and his connection to the alien invaders, ordinary Christopher is forced to act, but must decide whether or not he will become extraordinary.
Context: Short-fiction written for a Fiction Writing course taught by author Brooks Rexroat at Northern Kentucky University.

“The Beam Box”

Length: 21 pages.
Word count: 4,600 words.
Synopsis: Young Jacob looks forward to spending every summer with his grandparents, going on imaginary adventures at their magic home in the country. On their way back to the city at the end of the summer, though, tragedy strikes, beginning Jacob on an adventure that leads him back toward reality.
Context: Short-fiction written for a Creative Writing course taught by author Stephen Leigh (also published as S.L. Farrell) at Northern Kentucky University.

Screenwriting

Hoods, “The Trouble with Riding the Bus is…”

Length: 5 pages.
Synopsis: The “Hoods” are always getting themselves into trouble. Today, though, Sam, Alan, Zack, and Coolie are paying for it: their parents are forcing them to ride the bus to school. It appears troublesome from the get-go, as they dread and ponder what can go wrong, but with bullies, crushes, and the neighborhood’s creepiest out to make their morning miserable, who’s to say they won’t get into even more trouble before the school bus even arrives?
Context: Short spec-script written for a screenwriting contest held by a major children’s television network.

My Dad’s an Alien, “Prepare for the Invasion”

Length: 5 pages.
Synopsis: Peyton’s father, Gary, is an alien superhero whose lack of Earthly wit and inability to focus leads to Peyton more often than not needing to make up for his father’s incompetence. As Earth is threatened by an alien invasion, Gary can’t seem to ever become fully prepared to defend humanity against this threat. Either Peyton will once again have to take matters into his own hands and hope his father somehow pulls through in the end or this invasion business may just be too big for the both of them.
Context: Short spec-script inspired by my own short story, “Extraordinary,” but given a comical overhaul, and written for a screenwriting contest held by a major children’s television network.

Spaced Out, “Alex Learns to Appreciate”

Length: 5 pages.
Synopsis: Unappreciative Alex keeps getting what he has coming to him on his class’s field trip to another unexplored planet. Disgruntled over his mishaps on the trip, he drags his quiet, smart alien friend, Mae, along with him to demand their teacher return them to their people’s starship at once. One last mishap occurs, though, which sends Alex and Mae on a wild ride through deep caverns and waterfalls while being pursued by the planet’s natives. As usual, it’s going to be up to Mae to put Alex in check, but this time he may just need reminded of how minuscule he and his problems really are.
Context: Short spec-script written for a screenwriting contest held by a major children’s television network.

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