Back in 2006, I was working on a TV program. I need to give a little background on how television works to explain why I think the way I do.
I’m an artist first and foremost. But I also want to make money. I’m not in it to make someone else rich. The last thing I want to do is create art and make someone I barely know that I probably won’t even like rich.
I want ownership of my works. It’s a paramount belief. It’s not even debatable. I create the works, I own them. That goes for both my music and my writings.
In 2006, I had an idea to create a bunch of dark fairy tales for adults. They all had darker stories and all had to be pre-WWI based. Most of them had fantasy or Medieval themes.
The problem is this – if you write a television program, you make $5000 an episode. The Producer chooses which ones get made and which ones don’t. So, you can hypothetically write an entire series and not sell a single episode. Meanwhile, the Producer takes your concept and makes millions from it.
So, I had to control the process. I had to be the Producer, or nothing. I wasn’t going to sell my idea and hope for the best.
Unfortunately, my production company never got the funding needed. Instead of trying to sell the episodes to make a little bit of money, I kept them. I don’t compromise.
Humpty Dumpty was going to be the pilot episode and there were a total of nine. I’m currently rewriting them as a short stories, but with a few changes in each one. When I get enough money to produce the series myself, I’m producing them.
If you’re curious, if you love dark fiction, I’m currently at Part XI of Humpty Dumpty. Each part has a link to the beginning just in case you need it.
Just don’t expect a happy ending.
“Why the name?”
If you’re wondering why I named them Opium Tales, opium was a popular drug during the Romantic era. A lot of artists were on at least a form of it. Even one of my teachers – Hector Berlioz, was on it.
Since the tales are kind of whacked, I wanted to give them a whacky name. When I thought of Opium Tales, I had a Eureka moment.
So, it won’t be this decade. This decade, I’m focusing on the band. Next decade though, I’ll focus on getting this out the door. And no, I won’t be leaving the band. I’m such a workaholic that I’ll be doing both and loving every minute of it.