My friend Shane Morton, along with his life partner are making a movie…. and they are so close to reaching their goal on Kickstarter, a website designed to help fund raise for independent art projects.
Due to recent medical issues, and financial woes I am unable to support the project financially (unless by some miracle I am visited by my own fairy Godmother). A lot of my readers, fans, and friends alike are into making films, and supporting independent art – so let us raise awareness about this project “The Cinderella Effect – A Musical Short Film,” which I want to see HAPPEN.
THE CINDERELLA EFFECT is a gay-themed short. It is a musical romp into that very possibility. Randall Grimm has arrived in Los Angeles in search of his very own happy ending. Within moments of arriving, however, Randall is thrust into the very high-pressure networking atmosphere of a local LGBTQ film festival that his friend insists on attending. Awkward and out-of-place, Randall holds fast to the notion that Hollywood produces its very own happy endings. Soon, he imagines the high-pressure after-party to become the all-too-familiar royal ball of a fairytale; the cynical partygoers adopt the characteristics of evil stepsisters, and Prince Charming exists in the body of a Hollywood Leading Man. However, no Cinderella story can exist without a Fairy Godmother, and Randall’s deconstructs his happy-ever-after notions so he can discover that the only thing real in Hollywood is the ‘FINAL REEL’ of whatever genre we write for ourselves. Full of original songs, tongue-in-cheek humor, and classic film genre staples, THE CINDERELLA EFFECT is that rare Hollywood love-story that invites its audience to love Hollywood just as much as its two love-struck characters do.
You see, ‘The Cinderella Effect’ has been developed and workshopped on paper and piano for the past four years. The project began when my partner and I went to an after-party for a film. For those of you north, south, or east of the Hollywood Sign, you may need a little more detail to paint that mental picture. This was an industry party.Everyone was hoping to meet the right person who would discover them, say yes, and open some mystical door to fame and fortune. Everyone was hoping … but no one was listening! Surely, someone at this party had to be the underdog that would come out a winner in the end. I mean, isn’t that Fairy-Tale 101? LIGHTBULB! A script was born. After writing it a friend mentioned she liked it quite a bit but suggested that since it was based on fairy tales, why not make it a musical? We took her advice and ran with it, finding the right composer in Wes Hambright. Wes shared our vision and helped bring the project to its current state. I cannot wait to share it with you and audiences across the world.
So please click here and donate what you can to help this film become a reality, and I thank you so much for your consideration!
Jake A. Wheat
“You have a cyst in your right frontal lobe, and we need you to come back to see if it gets any bigger. If it does, then we do a biopsy to find out if it is malignant, and then do surgery to remove it.”
Seriously, how gross can brain surgery be? It’s not like the Doctor is going into my knee, or doing a procedure on my abdomen. It’s my brain, which is protected by my skull…. which will have to be cut into. That is less appealing to me than vagina, seafood, or even having someone watch me take a crap. The more I learn about what is in my head, the more I wonder why it decided to move in and make my brain a home? I wish that was my only worry, but there are other things right now going on that I can’t talk about. Let me just say, from the bottom of my heart, that things are not going to improve in the near future… I am in for the long haul.
Have you ever seen that cancer commercial for that place that people go to when their Doctor’s suck? The lady says something like, “I woke up, and the Doctor said you have cancer and you have six months to live, and then walked out of the room.” That is how I felt when they told me about this thing in my brain, and I will never forget the state of shock I was in when they told me. Two Neurologists, one young and one older, with both of them being as caring as a executioner.
Am I over-reacting? Maybe. Am I putting myself through unnecessary stress? Maybe. Maybe not. One thing is for sure, the next couple of months are going to be extremely hard, and that sucks more than me at the grand opening of a newly renovated porn shop with glory holes.
So, yes I am scared. This is why I have decided to take it upon myself to write in my blog, run HalloEvil Radio, and just enjoy the day today…..because tomorrow they could tell me I have six months to live and walk out of the room. Then what?
Jake A. Wheat
This is my #2 all time favorite horror movie for Halloween, and it would be #1 but I cannot ever let go of the #1 title for Trick ‘r Treat.
Have you NOT seen “Trailer Park of Terror?” CLICK HERE AND GET IT NOW! It is not a suggestion, it’s an order!
Six troubled high school students and their chaperon are returning from a retreat when their bus crashes, stranding them in the middle of trailer park hell – literally. Without warning, hillbilly zombies looking for fun begin slaughtering the teens in gruesome fashion. With a rockin’ Southern-fried soundtrack, top-notch special effects and a devilish sense of humor, Trailer Park of Terror (based on the Imperium comic book series) is nasty fun for the hardcore horror fan. The best part is that there are so many gory sequences in the movie, it’s hard for me to choose my favorite…. but I can tell you I am very partial to “Larlene,” and her quest for meat.
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Trailer Park Of Terror’s Soundtrack is also worth it’s weight in pork rinds, so after you watch the movie and get a hankering for some “jerky,” pick up the tunes and rock out with your….. intestines out.
Jake A. Wheat
Ever since I made the announcement that I was in the hospital, and that they found a cyst in my brain, people have been contacting me concerned. I haven’t been able to return calls, because I am adjusting to medication and not feeling up to answering questions that right now I am too emotional to handle. So, I decided to sit down in forum where I was most comfortable and answer all the questions that I have been asked here – sort of like “the hole in my head” FAQ. :)
Q. How are you today?
A. Hard night, long night, because there is a lot of problems in my personal life as well. For now, I have to hang on as long as I can because the medicine makes me confused and dizzy.
Q. Hey jake. what is going on with you? let us know if we can help. I love you buddy.
A. On Monday, I thought I had a bad sinus infection and went to “The Little Clinic” in Kroger, and they took my blood pressure and vitals. Since I went on my diet, I have lost 16lbs and thought I was taking good care of myself. My blood pressure turned out to be 183/116 (Normal is 120/80) and the Doctor said “I was at stroke level.” She immediately asked me to go to the Emergency Room, and so I did. At the time also, my heart rate was 132 beats per minute.
I went to the ER at Southwest, and they gave me medications through IV to try to slow down my heart, and to lower my blood pressure. They hardly worked, and so I got sent by ambulance to another ER where I was admitted, and they were able (later that evening) to get my Blood Pressure back to a semi-normal state. They decided to do a cardiac scan, and also a MRI/CT Scan to see if any brain “damage” had been done, and the Neurologist came in to tell me that there is a cyst in the frontal lobe (right frontal) of my brain. The million dollar question was “is this cancer?”
He wouldn’t give me a direct answer, because of the fact that he became some Dr. Seuss “Riddler” kinda person, and started talking in nebulous terms that I was too in shock to comprehend. In short, he isn’t sure. I go back to the hospital on October 5th to get another MRI, then I go back to see if it has grown.
If it has grown, I have brain surgery and get a biopsy. If not, then we continue to monitor. Secondly, because I can’t return to work until the 19th – I am not getting paid, and I am already behind in bills, which means…. I best dig up buried treasure in my backyard very soon.
The cardiologist also came in to let me know that I have an enlarged left ventricle, which is symptomatic of high blood pressure. I asked if it could heal, and they said yes. My head cyst (I have lovingly named my cyst “Headwig,” however will be there until it is evicted.)
None of this is unexpected, all things considered, because nothing ever happens to me that is good or great – and if it does, I always get screwed in the end. Why should this time be any different? Also, for the record, I am on a diet where I can only have 4 carbs per day, and that is it. It’s nice, and I feel better – hopefully this diet will change some of the damage that I have caused to my body. Thankfully, from what I am told, my liver and rest of my vital organs are not damaged to the point of no return. I just have “headwig” in my brain taking residence right now.
He is the size of a jellybean or more.
Q. Hey.. what the hell is going on?? Brain cyst?!!??! Oh my dude… I hope you are OK… Please Jake, call me – anytime if you need me for anything. K bro? Seriously. I can bring you lunch or something or visit… (No – not lunch from Wendiqua’s either) I just simply dont know what to say… I will help you anyway I can. Please keep me posted. Take care, please.
A. You have always been such a good friend, and I thank you so much. I miss you, and trust me if I need a person to help me I will reach out to you. Having you on my side means I don’t have to worry about a damn thing, or you will take them out and give them the “what-what” and that makes me smile. Speaking of Wendiqua…… she is too much for me anymore, seems she has exceeded the level of carbs I can have now. LOL!
Q. Sending lots of healing energy your way babes… Have they found out anymore info?
A. No, sorry. No more info until the second MRI to see if the cyst has grown. If it has, biopsy/surgery. If not, then we continue to monitor. Either way, I hope it gives me superpowers. Love you!
Q. I hope this finds you doing better, Let me know if there is anything I can do for you. Always thinking about you and hoping for the best.
A. I’m just scared, seriously. I think it’s why I am choosing to just keep to myself, and work with this like a PR campaign so that I can put it off as someone else and use my own person as a third party. Is there anything you can do? Hmm…. can ya UPS overnight me Vin Diesel? ;)
Q. Hi Jake, how are you doing. How is your blood pressure now, could they bring it back to normal? Hugs.
A. It’s still elevated, but not where it was. I should note that it got up to the 200+ range in the systolic a bit later on in the day before it started to come down. It was a bit scary, considering that the IV meds they were giving me didn’t work. I was told if they didn’t, I would have to go to ICU. eew. Now, my blood pressure is down considerably, but environmental factors are making it touch to stay down. I cannot elaborate on that, but yes it is better than it was – for now. Hugs back to you love!
Q. You okay?
A. Other than these medical issues and crap, I am so glad that it’s almost Halloween! I plan on trying to make the most of my favorite holiday without worrying, whatever the outcome.
There were many MANY more, but basically this answers all of the questions that everyone has. I LOVE YOU ALL. I do want you to know that I am not ignoring anyone, but I need time to rest and adjust to these new meds, which are making me dizzy.
Also, no I am not in the hospital anymore, and yes I am at home. If you wish to contact me, please do so by sending me a message on Facebook.
Thank you for all of your kindness, love, and support…. I am blessed to have such great friends!
Jake A. Wheat
PS. Buy my damn books! LOL! jk
I haven’t slept much the past few days, of course that is to be expected. I didn’t really believe that I was going to be able to sleep when someone gave me the 411 that something foreign was invading my brain. Hello, that isn’t fair because my brain is the only thing that I got. I went last night for another round of tests, and then they came in to draw blood…. and it was not three little vials, but 16 huge vials. I told her that if she was selling my blood on eBay I want a cut.
My Nurse is from the Philippines, and her name is Castle. I love her, she is very sweet and watches over me and tries to keep me calm when I break out and cry over the thought that this cyst could possibly be growing, or that it could possibly be malignant. At this time, they are saying that they don’t think it is, but they are not sure. Until they are, I am on a wave of anxiety and panic… and I am scared.
There is so much that I want to do in my life, and so much that I have not done that I really need to happen. For instance, I want to see my play “KaLaZza” on stage, and I want to be able to finish some more books. I am so glad that I was able to get some of them published already, but I have so many more. So yeah, I need my brain, and I hate the year 2011. This year has really sucked ass, and one thing is for sure….. I can’t wait for a better 2012.
Unless this gets worse, and then I am just thankful for today.
I just want to thank all of my countless friends, family, and loved ones that their support and phone calls are amazing! I am overwhelmed, and just want each of you to know that I love you all very much. Each of you have touched my heart in so many different ways, that I can’t thank you enough for being a part of my life.
Many more years, ok? Love you.
Jake A. Wheat
Well this past week has been a bast, and of course I can’t go without my laptop anywhere – so here I am in the Hospital bed at St. Mary’s & Elizabeth Hospital getting test after test after test. The staff members here are genuinely sweet, and even though it was a rough time getting here, I do feel like I am being taken care of. Here is the long and short of it:
1. I woke up feeling sick on Sunday, and slept all day hoping that my “sinus infection” would go away, and it did not. I was having racing heartbeats, sweaty, and was lighthead – so slept most of the day. Sleeping most of the day on Sunday meant that I could sleep longer Sunday night and be fresh and rested for work on Monday.
2. Monday I got up, and even thought I had the worst headache – I knew I needed the money to get though paying bills so I got on a nice dressy outfit and got ready for work. That is when I started to sweat heavily, and my heart was racing. So since I didn’t have to be at work until 1pm, I decided to go to Kroger’s Little Clinic for some antibiotics and then would go to work.
3. The Little Clinic told me that my blood pressure was 183/116 and that my heart rate was 132. She said bluntly, “this type of blood pressure is within stroke level.” So I got in my car, and drove to Southwest ER where I was admitted and they could not get my pressure down. They were very nice, but for some reason my blood pressure was just building up and not going down…. so they sent me by ambulance to St. Mary’s Hospital where I am now.
4. Lucky me, pills, IV’s and tests tests tests. The CT scan, the (2) MRI/MRA’s, and then the devastating news. A. I have a cyst on my brain (frontal lobe) which they do not know if it is malignant or benign. B. It may be from a stroke, they are not sure.
I have been eating healthier and loosing weight, in fact over the past three months I have lost 16 pounds and my sugar is in check. Now this…. now this buggery bunch of BS.
If you want to call me or text me, then do so – I am bored in this bed. Listen folks, I am not unhappy just laughing right now. 2011 can suck my big ballsack, and frankly – I know that I am not the only one who feels this way.
Will I be dying? I was told it’s possible, but so is going outside and being raped to death by the grill of a TARC bus… so no sweat.
Love you all,
From the debut of “Spartacus: Blood & Sand” on Starz, I was hooked on the amazing series. I sat on the edge of my couch to catch every new episode, and fell in love with Spartacus, Crixus, and the rest of the talented cast.
My love for the show blossomed into a full out lust for Manu Bennett, who played the role of Crixus, and along side of that I could easily profess my love for Spartacus played by Andy Whitfield. I know what you are thinking, “Jake, you just like oily naked gladiators, and that is why you liked the show.”
Indeed. However heterosexual fans across the globe also fell in love with the show for it’s amazing “edge of your seat” plot, and the edgy portrayal of Rome that finally did the story of Spartacus some real justice. Look this has been a hard year, and full of death for me. I am not going to go into that, but today I was laying in bed with a huge migraine, and sleeping in my dark room. At about 10:30 tonight I began to feel better, and I went to check my Facebook and my friend Tom had posted an article that made my heart break.
Spartacus Star Andy Whitfield Passes Away (Source)
With all of my financial woes, and hardships over the past month it was the straw that broke the camel’s back and I busted in to a very loud fit of crying and have not been able to stop since. As I write this, tears are streaming down my face, because I have been sending well wishes to Andy Whitfield since his diagnosis almost 18 months ago. Starz, who follows me on Twitter, knows that I am a tremendously dedicated fan (Re-Tweeting to their followers about my lust for Manu Bennett) and now I am just completely without words.
I feel like I am going through the stages of grief, stricken with anger that Andy Whitfield would be stricken with Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma, and taken from us at the peak of his career with the success of Spartacus at the age of 39. Not to mention it is 9/11, and that date already carries a weight on me anyway.
Andrew, I love you. I wish Andrew’s wife all of the love that I can give through my blog, and I am so sorry for your loss. I wish that I could single handedly change the course of time, and change this outcome. I wish that I could have had the opportunity to do more to help with his fight. I wish, simply, that I could do something to ease the pain of this tradgety.
The irony of all of this is that Spartacus held his wife in “Spartacus: Blood & Sand” as she lay dying in his arms, and in reality Andrew Whitfield passed away “on a sunny Sydney morning, in the arms of his Wife.” (Source)
Starz had this statement to make about the passing of Andrew Whitfield:
“We are deeply saddened by the loss of our dear friend and colleague, Andy Whitfield,” said Starz president and CEO Chris Albrecht. “We were fortunate to have worked with Andy in Spartacus and came to know that the man who played a champion on-screen was also a champion in his own life. Andy was an inspiration to all of us as he faced this very personal battle with courage, strength and grace. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family during this difficult time. He will live on in the hearts of his family, friends and fans.”
Another posting that I ran across today said it best about how much people loved Andy Whitfield, and had come to embrace the character of Spartacus with open arms:
Backstage at Comic-Con in 2010, Whitfield was preparing to greet Spartacus fans after spending a months out of the limelight to recover. He was so nervous because he didn’t want fans to somehow be disappointed. Yet when he walked out, Whitfield didn’t have to say a word — the crowd just roared. Here’s that interview: (Source)
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Andy, I love you. My heart goes out to you and your family, and I will always appreciate your amazing talent. To my FRIENDS at Starz, and the rest of the Spartacus cast – I am sorry for your loss as well, and I will always support you. I love you all as well too.
With All My Love,
Jake A. Wheat
PS. I will be crying for your loss for a while, because that is how much I respected you, Starz, and everything that Spartacus represented.
Times are tight for everyone, and we would NOT be asking if we could not come up with another alternative. To be bluntly honest, this past month has introduced some rough financial changes, which include half of our normal income to no longer exist. Basic expenses are a challenge, and we will make sure to continue to pay those without asking anyone to help. However, our web hosting expenses are important, and we want to stay online.
Please, if you can, spare a couple of bucks or whatever to help us keep our website online and web host happy. Our web hosting expenses are minimal, but the extra help from our fans/readers can go an extremely long way.
The donation form is below, please take the time (if you wish) to donate a couple bucks one time, weekly, monthly, yearly…. whatever. Anything helps. If you can only do a buck, then that is ok too – no amount is too small.
I can’t thank you enough, and I hope that you will continue to enjoy all of the work we do here at JakeWheat.com to make the World a better place. This includes working for GLBTI rights, calling out those who are introducing hate into our world, and to help us continue our efforts to keep focus on the Andrew Compton case.
I love all of you, and even if you don’t choose to donate, I would like to thank you for all of your support.
Jake A. Wheat
It’s almost that time of year again, and I cannot wait! What time of year is that? HALLOWEEN! Of course you know I am going to be writing haunted house reviews, and posting photos from ScareFest – along with touring graveyards, and maybe getting into some nude zombie models.
The other exciting thing about this Halloween is that I am going to release my NEW HORRIFIC BOOK … “The Bitterman” which is a graphic novel written by moi, and illustrated by James Eubank. I am way excited about it, and I can’t wait to see his talent pour onto the pages to bring my story to life. If anyone can pour a hot sticky steamy illustration it’s James Eubank, and yes I am swooning… he is a fucking hottie.
Field of Screams: http://www.thefieldofscreams.net/home.html
Oh, and let us not forget Halloween coloring sheets, yard haunts, and maybe an appearance or two or five on some podcasts including my favorite “SpookTalkular,” which has been down for a while due to one of the host’s medical issues. I am so glad that they are back, because they keep chills running down my spine, and I think that is my G spot.
So yes, I cannot wait until Halloween and I have added a countdown counter to my page (top right) so that we can watch as “All Hallows Eve” approaches…… and believe me I will be covering a lot of it here!
Jake A. Wheat