Digging into my screenplay shelf for favorite TV pilot episodes

Networks have been gifting us with wonderful shows for decades, but with the advent of streaming services, there’s been a phenomenal boom on the entertainment market for serialized storytelling. Naturally, this has led to a fantastic growth in programming across the screens, from networks picking up even more TV series…

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As soon as my therapist sees me walking through the door, he knows I’ve got a dream story to tell him. We’ve been doing this for a year, now. He’s got enough material to make H.P. Lovecraft sound like Roald Dahl already, but my mind continues to frighten us both.

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This is what you’ll need. You’re in the big leagues now, baby.

I’ve been on Medium for long enough to almost drown in all the How To articles and nifty, 4-minute listicles about how to become a better writer. Don’t get me wrong, they’re all nicely written, digestible pieces — itsy bits worth skimming over your morning coffee. …

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Or how a creepy phone call can change everything. (Second Prize Winner May Writing Prompt Contest)

Moving into a new house would usually trigger her anxiety, but Rosie has found genuine comfort and peace here. Her therapist suggested that she try keeping a journal — as if writing about what she had for breakfast would make the recovery easier. It wouldn’t. Only time can fix her…

March 23rd 2015, London, United Kingdom

Farron was telling me something about black holes and how Stephen Hawking theorized that they could be portals to different universes. Then the heat crept into my throat, the sweat bloomed on my temples, and now here I am... …

March 14th 2015, Paris, France

To tell you the truth, “Dora the Explorer” was never an accurate depiction of my life. Then again, if it were, it would have garnered a completely different audience. One of the writers was a close friend of mine. But he co-wrote a children’s show…

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I used to do this series on Instagram, and I’m still flirting with the idea of a podcast on the subject. In the meantime, I figured it would be nice to do it on Medium, as well, because it gives me room to expand on each topic.

Loving all things…

My father in the grey suit, yours truly in the middle, my mother in the sassy red blazer, with our godson and his wonderful mother. I think I was nine or ten here, judging by the terrible haircut.

My father was a good man, though he had many faults. I’m probably describing 90% of the world’s population, but it’s the first line that comes to mind when I think about him. He was at least partially responsible for the person that I am today, and, for that, I…


The challenges and rewards of being an invisible creator

Most of us (and by “us” I mean aspiring authors) have day jobs to help pay the rent, the mortgage, the bills, the food on the table, the monthly Spotify and Netflix subscriptions, along with many other bits and bobs that we can no longer live without — or don’t…

Raphael, A Version (Illustration, graphic markers & black ink on Bristol paper, A3) // ©Jules R. Simon

Hello there! Long time, no see. I started this account with the purpose of sharing my stories, but life got in the way. There is an upside to this, though. I’m back, with more tales to tell, nestled between my ears and eager to come out.

You see, 2018 was…

Jules R. Simion

Writer, Screenwriter, Artist, Genuine Nerd, Sci-Fi Gobbler, Science & Design Lover, Blunt Humanist, Adorable Idiot.

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