THE MAGICIAN was selected as a finalist in Cinema Street Women’s Short Screenplay Competition

THE MAGICIAN a short screenplay written by Susan Eileen Jizba

I’m delighted that my short script THE MAGICIAN was selected as a finalist in CinemaStreet Women’s Short Screenplay 2022 Competition via www.filmfreeway.com

This gorgeous tarot card in the photo is from an earlier version of @lizhuston insightful Dreamkeepers Tarot deck and the beautiful crystals include an amazing Greek Selenite crystal from @embracethelight.co

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“The Gray Ledger” placed in NYC Midnight’s 2022 Flash Fiction Challenge

“The Gray Ledger” a Flash Fiction Story written by Susan Eileen Jizba

I’m delighted that my Flash Fiction 1,000 word story “The Gray Ledger” placed in the top 15, in the 2nd round of the international NYC Midnight Flash Fiction Challenge 2022 https://www.nycmidnight.com/ffc

I wrote this story using the below criteria randomly assigned by NYC Midnight.

NYC Midnight required elements:

Genre: Horror

Location: A boardroom

Object: A scarf

Time limit: 48 hours

Word limit: up to 1,000 words

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Celebrating My Winning Short Script: THE AWAKENING

THE AWAKENING a short screenplay written by Susan Eileen Jizba

I’m delighted that my short screenplay THE AWAKENING placed in the top 15 scripts of the NYC Midnight Short Screenplay Challenge 2022 https://www.nycmidnight.com/shsc

Here’s the elements required by NYC Midnight that I had to include in this short film: 

Genre: Mystery

Location: A boneyard

Object: A mailbag

Time limit: 48 hours

Maximum Length: 5 pages (not including title page)

THE AWAKENING a short film written by Susan Eileen Jizba 

On Halloween night, a woman attempts to conjure the spirit of her deceased grandmother, but unknowingly ends up awakening powerful mysterious forces within herself instead. 

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Blame it on the Moonlight

“Blame it on the Moonlight” a flash fiction story written by Susan Eileen Jizba

Here’s a flash fiction story that I recently wrote in less than 48 hours, for the NYC Midnight Flash Fiction Challenge 2022 at  https://www.nycmidnight.com/ .

It is enormously fun to write quick snippets of stories while working on the much longer project of a feature length screenplay.

Here’s the required elements provided by NYC Midnight: 

Genre: Romantic Comedy

Location: A five-and-dime

Object: A bat

Time limit: 48 hours

Maximum word count: 1000

And here’s the story that I wrote:

BLAME IT ON THE MOONLIGHT

Written by Susan Eileen Jizba

There was magic in the air that night. Although I didn’t believe in it, I couldn’t deny its subtle tug.

It was the night of the full moon. A time when customers always went a little crazy during my nighttime shift at the five and dime.  When the moon rose, everyone flooded in to buy candied hearts, champagne and drooping bouquets from the dried bucket next to the register.

This only happened during a full moon.  I never understood it.  

This night the moon rose minutes before closing. It was a night where I had to get everyone out as soon as possible. I had work to do. 

Early tomorrow morning was our annual inventory. For the first time, I was in charge. It was my chance to prove that I had what it took to be promoted to management. At five thirty am two temps would arrive for the count and everything had to be tagged and organized by then.  It was serious business. My boss would oversee the process, ready to fire me at the smallest misstep.

I was able to push out the last customer, shutting the creaky door behind them as the clock struck midnight, closing time. I turned the lock and flipped the sign on the door to “Closed”. 

I turned to survey the damage. The store was a mess but I knew I could get the job done by 5am. Barely.

I felt a breeze on my back. The front door creaked open. The closed sign flapped in the breeze, and the full moon cast a silvery glow across the floor.  

I glanced at the moon; I thought I saw it shimmer just a bit. I thought I saw a few stars wink at me, but I couldn’t be sure.

I closed the door again; locking it with a jiggle to check it was steadfast. 

As I turned around to survey the store again, I had an odd feeling. 

I heard the door creak open and felt the breeze. The closed sign slid across the floor, flipping to land with the “Open” side up.

I looked behind me.  A slight woman with expressive eyes wearing a dark lavender dress stood in the door framed by the ethereal light of the moon. Something about her, made me catch my breath. 

She had a small birdcage. Covered by a cloth.  She held out the Open sign that had been on the floor an instant ago. 

“I think you dropped this,” she said. 

“We’re closed,” I replied and immediately regretted it. 

“I just need one thing,” she said.

For some reason I couldn’t say no. I reached for the sign.  I was fascinated and freaked out by her.  Remembering my mission to clear out the store, I forced myself to back into reality. I clumsily stepped forward, tripped and slammed against her birdcage.

The birdcage clattered to the floor and a bat was thrown out across the floor.  Stunned at first, it regained its bearings and flapped its wings, rising, chopping the air in its irregular flight. 

I struggled to my feet, as the bat circled above chattering and flapping.

The woman remained calm. 

“Her name is Luna. She likes you,” She said.   

“What’s your name?” I asked.

“Lucinda.”

“I’m Oliver,” I told her.

I pointed to her bat fluttering above my head.

“I’ve got this,” I told her.

I felt the need to fix it. I felt responsible. 

I tried all the tools in the store to catch the bat: a butterfly net, with a handle that was too short, a lasso of rope that the bat slipped through, and a box propped up over a cluster of tasty grapes, uneaten from my dinner.  The creature grabbed one and scampered away before it fell.

Nothing seemed to work.

As the moon rose higher, the store became messier. The harder I tried, the worse things got. Items fell off shelves. Displays crashed down. Carefully grouped items mixed in a tangled mess on the floor. I tabulated how long it would take to fix each disaster. 

I stopped to stare at luminous moon high within the sky.  We both did.  I felt something I couldn’t quite explain. It felt like a moment of pure grace.

That’s when I let it all go. The store was in complete disarray. I knew the inventory wouldn’t happen and my boss would fire me, but I just didn’t care.  I felt it was more important for me to be fully in this moment; with this woman. 

I loosened up. I began to think of catching the bat, as a game. We laughed and played as we tried to coax it back into the cage.  I realized I hadn’t had this much fun in a very long time.  My work had taken center stage and I hadn’t allowed myself to let loose.  

I had forgotten about how good it was to connect with someone. I felt myself falling hard for her.  I began to wish I could share with her more beautiful nights such as this.  

“Could I barrow a flashlight,” she asked.

“Is that what you came in for?” 

She simply smiled. 

I handed her a flashlight.

She clicked it on and placed it inside the birdcage.

“Turn off the lights,” she told me.

I did. 

The tiny light cast a glowing beam. She cupped her hands around the luminescence, shaping it into a circular orb of light. I gasped. It reminded me of a tiny moon that sparkled and shimmered. 

A few moths flew into the cage, circling the light. 

The bat flew into the cage after the moths. 

She closed the door.

“That’s it,” She said. 

“Was that all you needed?” I asked.  “A flashlight? “

She drew close to whisper in my ear. My whole body tingled with desire.

“I came for you,” she whispered. “It was the moon, who called me.”

Finally, I did what I wanted to do when I first saw her. 

We kissed.

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Featured Writer today on 101words.org

“A Simple Request” a tiny tale written in a flash by Susan Eileen Jizba

I’m delighted and honored that my flash fiction story “A Simple Request” is featured as today’s story on the site www.101words.org  as the July 31, 2022 featured writer. My story was originally 100 words (I added one more for this submission) and placed 4th in the 2022 international NYC Midnight 100-word Microfiction Challenge. 

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1st Place Honorable Mention in 2nd Round of NYC Midnight 100-word Microfiction Challenge

“The Poppet” 100-word Microfiction story written by Susan Eileen Jizba

I’m excited to share that my story “The Poppet” received a 1st place Honorable Mention in the 2nd round of the NYC Midnight 100-word micro-fiction challenge https://www.nycmidnight.com .  

I wrote this micro-fiction story in less than 24 hours using 100 words, using the below required elements randomly assigned by NYC Midnight.

The required elements assigned to me in NYC Midnight micro-fiction challenge were:

Genre: Horror

Action: An egg hatching

Word: confuse

Time limit: 24 hours

Word limit: up to 100 words 

*Please note: this story is graphic, so please don’t read it, if that bothers you.

The Poppet

Written by Susan Eileen Jizba

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For a lighthearted prank

I sewed my sister a small doll, a poppet

Without telling her 

Stitched from a discarded shirt 

Stuffed with soil and strands of her black hair 

I buried it in the backyard

Under the blood moon

I was confused to find the doll

Sitting on the porch swing in the morning

Suddenly pregnant 

Staring directly at me

The doll screamed

Pushing out

Soil

Black hair

And a shriveled egg 

Twitching and shuddering

I screamed in pain as it sliced itself open

Inside were thick strands of blond hair

Wrapped around a severed finger

They were mine

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Featured artist in the Los Angeles Press, Volume 6

I’m honored to be one of the featured artists in the upcoming Volume 6 issue of The Los Angeles Press https://thelosangelespress.com/ which will be available at the LitLit festival at the downtown Los Angeles Hauser Wirth Gallery July 30-31 all day and on the Los Angeles Press website. 

There will be an after party Sunday July 30 at ArtShare LA. https://lnkd.in/g2T4DJ9h

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A Simple Request – 4th place win in 1st round of NYC Midnight micro-fiction challenge

A Simple Request, written by Susan Eileen Jizba

I’m very excited that my below short story “A Simple Request” placed 4th in the NYC Midnight 1st Round of the NYC Midnight 100-word micro-fiction challenge https://www.nycmidnight.com . I’m really looking forward to moving on to the next round.

*Please note: this story has a violent/graphic element, so please don’t read it, if that bothers you.

I wrote this story for this story for the NYC Midnight micro-fiction Challenge in less than 24 hours using 100 words, using the below required elements randomly assigned to me by NYC Midnight.

Required story elements:

Genre: Suspense/Thriller 

Action: Borrowing a tool

Word: think

Time limit: 24 hours

Word limit: up to 100 words

A SIMPLE REQUEST

Written by Susan Eileen Jizba

It was a simple request, late at night.

I had spoken to the bookmaker minutes before. 

Asking to borrow her awl.

She was making tea, I think.

The awl was in the toolshed, she said.

Her front door was oddly open.  

Her dog cowered under a chair.

Her phone was shattered on the hardwood floor.

Her pot of tea screamed, releasing steam.

A sliver of terror slithered through me.

Outside, the handle of the darkened toolshed was slick and sticky.

The awl attached her severed hand to the wooden door.

Reaching out toward me.

In a desperate plea.

For help.

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Signs from Nature

I’m grateful for “signs” from nature.

When I headed out to the garden house to write this morning, I found a feather left by a raven at the doorstep.

Per Ted Andrews in his book “Animal-Speak” ravens are symbolic of “magic, shapeshifting, and creation”.

May you too, find a bit of enchantment in your daily routine today and always. I believe asking to see it and believing that you’ll find it is the first step….

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A Shadow of a Window

I love this surreal photo of the shadow of a window, seen through a window… it feels so very mystical & enchanting…

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