With over fifteen years in the car business, I've taken that experience and created, Beat the Deal - A Game of Used Car Sales
It’s that time again! That’s right. It’s time to go CAR SHOPPING! And one ridiculous commercial keeps popping into your mind. You know the one. It has leprechauns and rainbows and a silly slogan. “St. Patrick’s Auto Sales is the ‘Home of Lucky Deals.’ You don't even have to be Irish to get lucky. Plus, with so many finance options, it’s a place where NO GREEN IS REQUIRED.*”
*With Approved Credit - See Dealer for details.
At St. Patrick’s the rainbow shines over every single car on the lot. Or, perhaps it’s the sun filtering through all of those balloons. Either way, the salesperson would probably say this means you've got your choice between the various pots-of-gold. But in reality, it’s more like buckets-of-rust. If only you could afford one of those more reputable, franchised dealers. Oh well!
Today, Mr. and Mrs. Customer, is your lucky day, because St. Patrick's is having their annual Clover Patch Sale. Find a clover and get a discount! Not to mention, you’ve read every article on buying cars, you’ve gotten advice from all of your friends in sales, and you've looked up the value of your trade-in. You’ve also researched that specific model you have been interested in to the nth degree. In a nutshell, you feel ready and prepared to haggle for the best deal.
With almost 90 million vehicles sold around the globe in 2015, it’s no wonder the automobile business drives the economy. Pun intended. But the salespeople over at St. Patrick’s aren’t interested in how many cars were sold worldwide. They aren't even concerned with how many cars got sold in this country. They only care about how many they’ve sold... this month! They’ve got to make a check, and you’re their payday.
Don’t feel intimidated though, you can’t let this make you nervous. You’ve got this. All you have to do is BEAT THE DEAL. If you can avoid any service issue setbacks, take advantage of a few golden opportunities, and out-negotiate the sales people of St. Patrick’s Auto Sales, you will prove to yourself and your friends that you are in-fact a Master Negotiator and get the car of your dreams!**
**Nightmares still count!
VULTURES: THE SITCOM or THE MOVIE
PROJECT: Working on a sitcom and feature film script about the stereotypical USED CAR LOT.
St. Patrick's Auto Emporium is your stereotypical used car lot. It's a place where the lucky deals of St. Patrick's Day are seen more than once a year. Set in Savannah, Georgia during Spring Break, this gut-busting comedy will take you on a used car thrill ride.
Casey Cross, a slacker with a law degree, needs some fast cash. After losing a backpack full of his drug dealing boss' merchandise and money, he applies for a job selling cars. Desperate to earn a sign-on bonus of $5,000.00 for selling 5 cars in 5 days after discovering his managers are trying to sabotage his efforts, Casey will have to find a way to make his customers buy or die. The only problem is, he's the one who might end up dead. Discover why birds of a feather, flock together... especially Vultures.
Templeton Run was a fun story that I wrote for a contest on Figment.com.
Here were the rules:
In 1,000 words or fewer, write a short story where a character from a book comes to life. You have until 11:59 p.m. ET on Monday, June 15 to enter your story.
Ten winners will receive a Figment Notebook and Pen, a free copy of Off the Page by Jodi Picoult and Samantha van Leer and will have their stories featured in our weekly Newsletter, the Figment homepage and across our social media channels! Make sure you’re following us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Tumblr for the latest updates and good luck!
In 777 words or fewer, write a fantasy short story where one animal can turn into another.
I submitted this story for a Writing Competition on Writer's Digest.