“A Brief Word on Hypersleep Studies : Chiliagon” is an Official Selection in the Other Worlds Austin SciFi Screenwriting Contest!

Hey Y’all! Hope all is well. I just had to share the good news. I’ve made it into the judging phase of this competition, now we get to see how far it progresses! The actual winners aren’t announced until December :/ , but I’m hoping to have the privilege of announcing progression into the later rounds. I’ll keep y’all posted…

Till then,



About Me

Ok, so here we go. I have opened up my mind for you so that I can share these characters and stories that have been floating around in my head for years now. They are truly a part of me. It’s really crazy how much I care about what you, the reader think of the people and places that are part of my stories.

If you don’t know me, my name is Joshua David Ashburn, I write under the name Joshua David. So far I am unpublished professionally, but I hope in future blogs I can update and change the status on that:) I have one short story published out on the Amazon Kindle site entitled “The Survivors”. It was mainly my test run for whether or not I would like the Kindle Publishing platform.

I also have a novel out entitled Nowhere.

There are three reasons I think this will be a great platform for me to utilize:

First, I need the exposure. I need people to read me and let me know if what I write really cuts the mustard.

Second, I think it will propel me into writing more.

Third, I think it will be fun to present some of my stories in blog style so that my readers can read them in segments and await the additional episodes as I write them.

Outside of writing, I have a day job, which is something else that I’d love to update and tell you one day that writing has become my day job, but we’ll see. I work for the State of Texas, so that’s good. I have a gorgeous wife of almost twelve years, and we now have four children. We live in a small town, in a house that seems like it could be a writers house.:) It certainly invokes the imagination.

I have a degree in religion, I have a small record collection, I love camping, and I like helping people. I’ve never really done much in the way of social media and sharing my opinions on the internet, so you probably won’t find many opinion posts on here. I will, however, try to make a valiant effort to update my writing here and keep the momentum of the stories going for you. I have about twenty stories that are all in various stages of completion.

Most of all I want you to enjoy your visit to my posts and my blog site as a whole. Please let me know if there is something that needs attention or if you have any questions about any of my posts. Thanks for reading:)

Big News for A Brief Word on Hypersleep Studies!

Okay, so this year has been a lot different than previous years have been in my writing career. I can feel the momentum picking up and am hoping that a big jump is just around the corner.

As some of you know, I finished the screenplay to A Brief Word on Hypersleep Studies : Chiliagon earlier this year. When I say “finished” I know that any of you that write will know that you’re always making little changes here and there, it’s never finished really, but I finished it to a point where I felt that it’s good enough to start trying to make something of it publicly.

So I created a profile on FilmFreeway.com and have been pushing it out to contests this whole summer. So far, it seems like it’s being received pretty well.

I’m a finalist in the Spirit Quest Film Festival, which although this seems like a very small, independently run festival, it’s big news for me! 🙂 As you may have seen in one of my previous posts, the screenplay is an official selection in the Other Worlds Austin SiFi screenwriting competition. Lastly, I was contacted by the Feedback Film Festival and asked to submit a “Best Scene” entry for their upcoming festival!

Soon I’ll have a promo video of the “French Toast” scene of A Brief Word on Hypersleep Studies : Chiliagon. Don’t worry I’ll for sure post it here when it’s in my hands.

There are about 5 other contests that I haven’t heard back from and probably won’t up until November, so to pass the time I’m busy writing another screenplay!

Some of you may remember my posts regarding my story “Horntooth’s Farm”. Well that story is quickly becoming my second feature length screenplay. I’m almost a quarter of the way done with it. My goal is to completely finish Horntooth’s Farm by the end of the year. Somewhere in there I’ll have to make time for some rewrites and edits to Hypersleep Studies as I hear back from the different festivals.

May God bless you all. I hope you’re all doing well this summer, stay safe and keep working toward your dreams.

Best Regard,


A Long Time Coming

So it’s been a long time since my last post. I’ve really been itching to post something, but I didn’t want to just post a ‘here’s what’s been happening in my world’ kinda post. It’s strange though, I feel like I can’t really post anything else without a catchup post. So I’m going with it. Here you go, here’s what’s been happening in my world:

The brief of everything is that our area was hit by hurricane Harvey and it disrupted a lot, but the strangeness of it is that we feel so much stronger for it now that we’ve recovered.

In September 2017 I started over on my story “A Brief Word on Hypersleep Studies”. Instead of writing it as a novel I decided on making it a screenplay. It took me till the end of March to finish, but I finished it. 31,000 words which is really good for me. Now I’ve edited it, submitted it for copyright at the U.S. Copyright office, and sent it off to a number of different screenplay contests. At the same time, I’ve been working on the print version. I have this plan you see,

Step 1: I plan on really pushing for a ground campaign this summer. In my print portfolio if you will, I now have three major titles. I have Nowhere, The Survivors and Other Stories, and A Brief Word on Hypersleep Studies Vol 1. These three titles will serve as the basecamp for my localized ground campaign. Basically I need my stronghold, I need my foundational fan club. I’m not even sure that many folks in my own town even know that I’m a writer. So I need to make headway on getting my name out there on the local level.

Step 2: I need to strategize my next few projects carefully. I’ve been taking some courses through the Masterclass website over the past year or so. I’ve taken the James Patterson teaches writing and am currently taking the Aaron Sorkin teaches Screenwriting. In the James Patterson class there was a teaching on the importance of outlining. I’m trying to form good basic outlines for all of my major ideas. I believe the outlining process will help me decide the order that I should write the next few projects. Another big take away, was the ability to focus in on one project and see it through to completion. Or as James Patterson put it, ‘freight train’ through it. I’ve always had the inability to focus on just one project at a time and one blessing out of Hurricane Harvey was that I was stuck for a time, evacuated with only one spiral and my computer. I was sort of forced to start just one project. That worked out good for me and now I have a completed screenplay for Hypersleep Studies. Now I want to keep that engine running and focus in on one project after another.

Step 3: I’m going to start advertising. Some how some way I need to build up some advertising funds and pay for some ads. I’m going to research and try to get the best deal for my dollar here, but something’s got to change. I’ll be brutally honest with y’all, online sales are so dismal right now that I really freak out if I get even one sale in three months.

So that’s the skinny with what’s been going on and that’s my current strategy for the summer. Let me know what you all think if you get the chance.

Also, be looking for the screenplay to ‘The Pygmies’ in the future and ‘Horntooth’s Farm’ I’m leaning toward the both of those right now. God bless, keep safe,


































Hey Everyone! Sorry I’ve been so reclusive lately. Our area got hit hard by Hurricane Harvey. We’re trying to return to normal now. I’m  happy to say that I’m writing again, which is great news.

I’m promoting my short story book, the survivors and other stories for free this weekend, starting tomorrow.

Take care of yourselves and I’ll try to stay in touch.



Words Without Meaning

Words without meaning,
written for you to read,
They rhyme, but then again it’s forced,
like a line that ends in seed.

All this to catch your eye,
will I catch it? We shall see.
But your brain knows better,
The words are fruitless without depth.

A real poem is a touchstone to your soul,
a portal to the place in your mind you wish to know.
Do you go there often?
I can show you the way…

We start with childhood and seasons like spring,
We continue with innocence,
and places most vulnerable.
Are we there yet?

The death of your sister,
the sickness of your mother,
a time of suffering…
and of grief.

Finally we arrive at the you you,
the one with the heart,
which has hurt, and bled.
Have I touched you yet?

Your goals and dreams,
Your family your friends,

Warmth and togetherness,

Have you raised your kids with grace?

The leaves turning brown,

other visions without sound,
and suddenly to a late fall day,
and the setting of the sun.

Did you just consider your own death?

That’s what I was going for,

Perhaps I missed the mark,

But somehow I don’t think so.

I am a poem,
Read me and you’ll know you have a heart,
don’t worry it’s still there.

Beating, living, waiting for a great poem…

Hear The Thing That Rattles

Hear The Thing That Rattles : By Joshua David

Hear the thing that rattles,
See it as it turns.
The wind gives skin the tingle,
A gust bitten throat which burns.

Frozen is the dark,
By which moon shone way toward home,
But shadows of night are creeping,
And chilling to the bone.

Hear the thing that rattles,
Watch it as it comes,
Its pale eye affixed to mine,
And I never-the-which-way to run.

Dodging through the tundra,
A chance I have still yet,
To the crossing at the river,
My frozen feet must get.

Hear the thing that rattles,
Behind me still it races,
The quickening of my blood,
Is surely what it chases.

The bridge toward town I pass through,
Under shelter comes relief,
My heart is pounding fiercely,
My breath in wheezing heaps.

Hear the thing that rattles,
My mind won’t soon forget.
A cautious walk through town toward home,
Is all my journey left.

Out of wilderness, and the closing of her grip,
Out of danger, I narrowly have slipped.
In front of crackling fire, my soul now sits,
A cup of warming tea, my lips, they sip.

Hear the thing that rattles,
To my window I see it now.
Not ghost of man or beast,
But wretched creature it is somehow.

No gasp escapes me, no blinking of mine eye.
It has followed me home, and my heart sits paralyzed.
It waited outside my window, for the darkening of the moon,
And now it comes for me, soon… very soon.

Hear the thing that rattles,
Watch it… as it chews…
With not a single scream by me,
My lungs hath not air to breathe.

The light through milky twilight,
The aching and the cold.
The breath at depths of midnight,
The forest calls me home.
Hear the thing that rattles,
Watch me as I turn,
On nights when skin will tingle,
And gusts will bite and burn.