Silver Skies 1996 Version


A conflicted rabbi and Jewish freedom fighter against a fascist United States government, denied himself the woman of his dreams to become a rabbi and ended up in a cruel marriage to a Jewish knockout who cooperates with the government to destroy him. His dream woman, a Baptist missionary nurse, saves his life and he knows now he cannot live without her. But the Bible and the world around him seem to say adulterers should be stoned.

Orson Scott Card is, apparently, the screenwriter for the Silver Skies movie (Steven Spielberg production). My thoughts about this.

This is my novel Silver Skies in one line. I just received the book Save the Cat! by Blake Snyder and his book helped me come up with the line that best describes Silver Skies: 1996 Version. I ruined my 1996 Silver Skies, by omitting parts of the beginning that made the character likable and by giving the story a deus ex machina ending. I have given the 1996 outline to my men and they have forwarded it to Steven Spielberg, who, has a team of screenwriters who are  revamping the movie version and honoring my 1996 outline. I plan to honor this outline for my revamped Silver Skies, and in the 1996 version the main character, Dor, takes action that determines the final outcome, a much more satisfying ending than the one I had before. Even if Mr. Spielberg releases the movie before I finish the book, I won’t rush the book. I am determined that it be a literary masterpiece that goes on into posterity. Those who see the Silver Skies movie, can read the book to get the deeper meanings.

Gail reread her earliest version of Silver Skies (enlarged copy of Silver Skies cover above), that she originally published through RoseDog books and has concluded this is superior to the modifications she made to it after 2005. However, her original version did not have an ending and she tacked on an ending that does not work for the story. After relearning much of the novel writing skills she has forgotten over the years, as she works on her novel Lusts & Acclaim, Gail realized that the ending she tacked onto her Silver Skies, does not work for the story. She searched through her files and found the original outline that she wrote for Silver Skies, and has decided that her original intent is superior to what she did later.

Gail will work on two writing projects at the same time, Lusts & Acclaim and Silver Skies: 1996 Version. She will go through the Silver Skies she has published through CreateSpace and will rewrite it back to the original version, except she will remove the ending she tacked on in 2005 and rewrite it according to her 1996 outline. She has also revamped the cover, to give this third edition of Silver Skies a cover that fits the story.

She remembers that as she worked on Silver Skies, she wrote a meticulous outline, and outlined scene by scene using principles from Jack Bickham’s Scene and Structure. She will do the same for this third edition as well. When she worked on Silver Skies, she never rushed herself, quality was always more important than quantity, and that will be the same attitude she takes as she rewrites Silver Skies to make it truer to the book she intended it to be in 1996.

In 1996, when Gail learned about Loree McBride, she trashed Silver Skies as a project, feeling that Brent Spiner no longer deserved her masterpiece. She also did not have the means to publish her story at the time. With the advent of the Internet, and the skills Gail has learned about self-publishing, she is able to publish the Silver Skies she intended in 1996. With this third edition, Gail hopes that this version of Silver Skies will last into posterity, as she strives to write only those stories that she herself would love to read.

The theme song for Silver Skies remains the same. It is Apple Blossom Time. Gail allowed Jesuits to intimidate her into believing that her novel Silver Skies was an inferior book, not worthy of publication. But as Gail reread her first version, that she laid aside after 1996, she realizes that it is a literary masterpiece. Steven Spielberg made a film based on her 1996 version in 2005, even though Gail had not written the ending. When Gail realized that Mr. Spielberg was making a movie, she tacked on an ending for him, and was tickled that he was willing to make the movie without the ending. She realizes now that the ending she tacked on was not best for the story. She has relearned her fiction writing skills and will give this story the ending it deserves, based on the outline she wrote in 1996.

Mr. Spielberg has encouraged Gail to take her time with her writings. Gail guesses that when she finishes this third edition of Silver Skies, that he will edit the movie and give it the ending that it deserves. Once Gail fixes the ending and returns the story to its 1996 state, it should enter the annals of literature that last for posterity. That is her hope.

Matthew McConaughey fell in love with Gail when he read her book in 2005. Mr. Spielberg cast Matthew for the lead, which Gail feels was a good casting call. Gail does not know which actress they used for the female lead. That would be a hard call, because the Brianna character has so many facets and only a very good actress could bring out all her depths and passion. The version Matthew read was the 1996 version, which is the version she is working on now. The book did not have an ending and Mr. Spielberg went ahead any ways with the movie! Unfortunately, in 2005, she had not written anything for about a decade and forgot some of her fiction writing skills. But she has relearned them, and realizes now what she wanted to do in 1996 with her masterpiece for Brent Spiner.