PitchWars: Pimp My Bio

Hi Mentors,

Thanks for taking the time to check out my Bio. I’m Charlie and am super excited about PitchWars. What an excellent opportunity, am I right? I’m sure everyone involved with making this happen won’t see this, but you guys rock!

About Me: I live in NJ with my girlfriend, my dog Remi (aka Nootie), and my cat $hizzy. And yes that’s a dollar sign cuz he’s a little diva.

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Yes, he can read. You assumed he was illiterate? Shame on you!

Remi

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He actually can’t read. Not the brightest! But I love him so much I wanna eat his face! Is that weird?

I am currently unemployed which is good and bad. Bad because…well you know, the money thing. But good because, I have plenty of time to work on my writing and if I’m lucky enough to be chosen by a mentor I’ll have plenty of time to work on edits.

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I used to be a HS biology teacher and before that, back when I used to be able to touch my toes, I was an athlete. I played football and basketball. And I was lucky enough to play a little basketball in Italy. After my playing days (Do I sound like an old man? I’m not!) I coached basketball for a youth organization in my community for years.

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That used to be me. Except, I wasn’t that good but I am better looking. Really! My Mom told me so.

I think that playing sports is beneficial in a number of ways, but as it relates to writing it’s helped me to be able to take criticism and use it improve my craft. I actually prefer brutal honesty from my CP’s, though they’re not always willing to give it. But I find that’s how I’m really able to improve, and I hope that if I do get a mentor they would feel comfortable to tell me straight out what they think will most help improve my work. Believe me, I can take it.

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I have been in several critique groups for a number of years now and am a member of The Liberty State Writer’s group.

I speak Italian fluently (My first language) and have a working knowledge of French. Don’t know why this would matter other than I think it’s cool and I always try to fit it in to conversation whenever I can.

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I know, right? I’ve traveled to a lot of places but Italy is IMO the most beautiful place on Earth.

Books: I’ve tried to figure out how many books I’ve read (A student once asked me) and I didn’t know, but it was certainly in the thousands, over a lifetime. (Seriously, I’m not old). My reading tastes vary across multiple genres and categories. But some of my all time favorites are Harry Potter (obviously), A Monster Calls, The Name of the Wind and Wise Man’s Fear, Charm School and Plum Island, A Wrinkle in Time, The Blackstone Knife, all of Dragonlance, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, To Kill a Mockingbird, Where the Heart Is, Salem’s Lot and On Writing.

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Movies: The Shawshank Redemption, Glory, Braveheart, What Dreams May Come, Airplane, Dr. Zhivago, The Neverending Story, Without a Trace, Raging Bull, Scent of a Woman, Unforgiven, Gran Torino, Clue, When Harry Met Sally, Sleepless In Seattle and Gladiator

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Especially when you’re hoping to get picked for PitchWars. Isn’t Morgan Freeman the best?

Shows: Big Bang Theory, Everybody Love Raymond, Cheers, Seinfeld, Three’s Company, Friends, Wings, Monk, Quantum Leap, Star Trek TNG, way too many to list all of them.

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Extra points if you knew that’s Antonio Scarpacci!

Video Games: All of them but #1 is Neverwinter Nights

My MS: Van Helsing’s Blood is a MG (Upper) urban fantasy complete at 78,000 words. I recognize that it’s a tad long for MG. I believe that fans of the Percy Jackson and The Immortal Nicholas Flamel series will enjoy this book.

I know you may be thinking, not another vampire/werewolf book. But I really believe that this is not the typical story.

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My QL: Obsessed with his father’s murder, Leonidas discovers he’s a descendant of the legendary monster hunter Abraham van Helsing. And therefore, a target of the monsters responsible for his dad’s death.

When descendants turn thirteen, they exude a scent marking them to the occult. This could explain his attack by werewolves, except, Leo’s only twelve. Which may signify that a darker destiny awaits him.

Leo’s whisked away to a secret school, nestled deep in the Adirondack Mountains. There, he’s told about a lost prophecy foretelling of a child with the abilities to win the war of the ‘immortals’. A war, humankind is losing. Mentored by several instructors, including a vampire and werewolf, Leo’s unique talents develop despite his reluctance. He’s forced to accept his connection with the prophecy.

When the sanctuary of the school is infiltrated by the Count of St. Germain’s minions, he must race to dig deeper into human history, mythology and folklore. So he can find St. Germain’s hidden castle, rescue his uncle, and uncover the truth about why humanity is losing. If he can stay alive.

Because if evidence of the occult’s existence is hidden in plain sight throughout history—who’s responsible for putting it there?

Other aspects of the book: (Because I think I suck at writing queries and want to make sure the story doesn’t get lost because of my ineptitude.) The story relies heavily on mythology, folklore and history. The Count of St. Germain is a real historical figure who lived an extraordinary life. And there are a number of real historical accounts of the occult that I hope readers will be fascinated to learn about. Leo becomes acquainted with his grandmother (A person whom he was told was dead) and they forge a strong bond/relationship throughout the book.

First of Many

So the NFL Draft is over and with mini camps around the corner teams are getting into gear for the 2017 season. So who are the winners and losers of the draft? Of course, nobody knows, but let’s take a shot at predicting the future.

Winners: Tampa Bay, New Orleans, San Francisco, and New England (Shocker right?)

Let’s tackle the champs first. You have take into account the moves the Patriots made with ALL of their picks. Sure they had only four during the draft, but that’s because they used some of their picks in trades to get Brandin Cooks, Kony Ealy, Dwayne Allen, etc. So they way I see it, they drafted Cooks with the 32nd pick in the draft. Does anyone think there was a better receiver available at that point or later in the draft? Same for Ealy and Allen. Bottom line they crushed it and the rich get richer.

Rookie GM John Lynch made a big splash in his first draft process and getting a major end rusher plus the best linebacker in the draft in the first round is a huge win.

Tampa really improved their team, especially between the hashes. And just through the draft, but free agency as well. OJ Howard is a no brainer particularly at #17. But i really like Chris Godwin at receiver. He didn’t show a lot of consistency at Penn St but under those conditions I can’t blame him. And when he did flash he did so like lightning, torching first round pick Adoree Jackson in the Rose Bowl. Kendall Beckwith is really nice value pick from LSU.And I think Jeremy McNichols will contribute as a rookie.

The Saints filled a number of needs in this draft and did so with a lot of value too. Lattimore is possibly the best corner in the draft and the Saints needed one badly, even more than one. Ramczyk is a solid NFL starter at O-line and Marcus Williams will contribute on passing downs. Kamara is the interesting pick because at #67 he provides great value but was the one pick that didn’t fill a need. Engram and Peterson are already in your stables so this was debatable, though I still like the pick.

The Chargers should be on this list too but can’t give love to everyone.

Losers: Chicago, Jets, and the Rams

The Bears are definitely the biggest losers here. I can’t wrap my head around drafting Trubisky so high, let alone giving up so much to move up one spot for him. Forget the limited number of starts in college, though that’s a huge red flag. This kid showed a lot of other things that have me concerned and just because he’s got a live arm that doesn’t mean a heck of a lot. (See Jamarcus Russell, Jeff George, Ryan Leaf). Trubisky is a major bust waiting to happen, no upside for me. SHaheen is a great looking kid from a D2 school and has the physical attributes of Gronk with a basketball background which I always love at tight end. Cohen is an exciting RB but it’s hard to know if talent translates from such a small school to this level.

The Jets, well what can I say about the Jets other than they’re the Jets. They didn’t draft a QB which is ok because I don’t think there was a high caliber QB available in this draft. They better hope they win the Sam Darnold sweepstakes. I do love Jamal Adams at safety and he’s as sure a thing as there was in this draft. I like Ardarius Stewart and Jordan Legget but they have a lot of major needs that they didn’t address. Corner and O-line for sure could’ve been addressed especially considering that this may have been the deepest draft in relation to corner. I still don’t understand why you drafted Hackenberg with a #2 if you won’t play him. If he’s that bad then your scouts did you a major disservice.

The Rams are another head scratcher. After keeping Jeff Fisher for so long, who is a let’s face it, a loser and giving away a truckload of picks they didn’t do anything with the picks they had left. Everett at TE was a reach and not really a need compared to the rest of the roster. I’ve seen the tape on Cooper Kupp and liked what I saw but he’s not  turning this franchise around. I think Goff would’ve preferred some help up front instead of getting crushed all season long. Long story short, the rams will be bad again.

Picks: Some interesting picks in this draft and a few of them center around off the field issues. I really like Joe Mixon’s talent but I couldn’t draft him for my team. Tough optics to get past. I love Dede Westbrook and think he might be one of the top receivers in this draft when all’s said and done, especially at that late pick. But again, red flags and a lot of them. Good job Coach Stoops! Reuben Foster will without a doubt have a lot of teams kicking themselves soon. Along with Adams the other can’t miss player in this draft. I’m curious to see what Jake Butte does in the NFL after that injury, thought he was a great pick at that spot. If he recovers he’ll be a great player.

That’s all for now, back soon with the next installment.