A lost bullet

Title: A stray bullet [107 pages / minutes present run time]

Genre: Biography, Romance, Tragedy, Drama, Martial Arts Action


Abandoned as a toddler, a young man grows up in an orphanage then struggles to survive prison and overcome impossible obstacles to find God, redemption and forgiveness for a tragic mistake.


Noah, at the age of eight, is living with his mother in the East Tampa housing projects when his absentee father comes to visit after being away for two years. After an argument and a slap in the face from his mother, he leaves her to go to Swainsboro, Georgia with his father, and after about five months, his father abandons him at the side of the house. road. He is picked up on the deserted country road by a random greyhound bus driver who tries to drive Noah back to his mother’s house in East Tampa, but she rebuffs Noah by slamming the door in his face and, without knowing what else to do, he wanders for hours, ending up in Ybor City.

For six months, Noah lives on the rugged streets of this East Tampa Cuban neighborhood, sleeping in a dumpster, eating out of trash cans behind restaurants and asking strangers for money. One day, a social worker finds him and offers him a home in an orphanage where Noah spends the next nine years of his life until he graduates from high school and goes off to college. While in college, he goes through a painful breakup with his high school sweetheart and seeks help from an elderly retired psychiatrist who only gives him mind-altering drugs.

He contemplates suicide, but instead accidentally shoots and nearly kills his high school sweetheart and her father. Sentenced to fifteen years in prison, he is recruited to be a dog boy in the prison’s canine squad to hunt down escaped prisoners who risk their lives by shooting them. After a couple of years tracking and catching leaks, he is paroled to finish college where he continues his education and graduates. He then earns an MA and PhD in psychology helping others find God for many years in his own private practice and is finally granted a full pardon from the Governor (Lawton Chiles) of Florida in 1993.

Screenwriter: Howard Henderson

Director: TBD

Cast: TBD

Executive Producer: TBD

Producers: to be determined

“A gun changes everything…a bullet is forever.” -Bob Lee Swagger

In these times of gun violence and mental illness, this film is needed more than ever.

You haven’t requested my materials, but I’m just sharing my “incredible, compelling, compelling” story that could earn someone associated with it an Oscar nomination if well cast and marketed correctly. So, I know you’ll want more…everyone asks for more of this story.

‘A Stray Bullet’ is a “surprising, moving and compelling” story of faith and hope, as well as a tragic story of redemption and forgiveness… (according to my critics)

We think everyone will want to see this movie…

Here are similar movies:

Cider House Rules (1999) meets Shawshank Redemption (1994) and Good Will Hunting (1997). Much like Nights In Rodanthe (2008), except Howard Henderson isn’t Nicholas Sparks, so no one dies and it has a happy triumphant ending, much more like Rudy (1993) given its happy triumphant ending.


“Otherwise, Mrs. Lincoln, how did you like the play?”

I am a retired psychologist living on Merritt Island on the east coast of Florida.

(Read what the critics and two [2] Hollywood producers have said below about the story of my life)

Here is the article from the Indianapolis newspaper:

“Noah came out of the storm to prosper”

by Tim Warens

Courtesy of The Indianapolis Star (Friday, November 27, 1998)

Noah was eight years old when his father left him on the side of a Georgia highway. The boy waited alone for a Greyhound bus driver to discover him. He takes him back to Florida, to his house and his mother. But Noah’s mom was living with a new boyfriend. Small children were no longer welcome. Noah was left to survive on the streets of Tampa. Eventually picked up and sent to an orphanage, he never saw his mother or father again. An abandoned child might be expected to grow into a bitter man. But Noah often exceeded expectations. At a time of year when we give thanks for the good in life, Noah also gives thanks for the bad. “God has been watching over me, protecting me and giving me opportunities that I never would have had if I had stayed with my parents,” Noah says.

help patients

Today he is a psychologist in Carmel, helping patients overcome their own disappointments. He is also a husband and father, providing his three children with the stability he never knew. For nine years, Noah lived in the orphanage. There he learned to drive a car and play the trumpet. He was, he says, the first place where he felt safe. At the end of their teens, the children from the orphanage were expected to leave. Most joined the army. Noah wanted to go to college. The parents of two friends opened their houses to him, giving him the opportunity to finish high school. While living with one of his new families, he met the man who would become his mentor. Sherwin Broersma, pastor of a Dutch Reformed church in Tampa, took an interest in an orphaned boy who needed a father figure. “He became a very strong role model, a guiding force in my life,” Noah says. “He still uses a lot of the advice he has given me over the years in therapy with my patients.” After high school, Noah headed to Florida State University, where he changed majors four times before settling on psychology. He discovered that he enjoyed helping others work on his problems. He was also working on himself. “I washed pots and pans at Red Lobster during summer vacation. I’d stand in the back, scrubbing and tell myself, ‘I’m a good person and God loves me.'”

transcend adversity

Noah was a transcendent, the rare kid who can get hit by the worst in life and still thrive. We do not fully understand why a child when faced with abuse and neglect rises while most around them sink. But Noah was hurt by three positives in a negative childhood. He lived in a well-run institution, where staff members took an interest in him. He found a mentor. And he developed a strong personal faith that gave him hope. “A milestone for me was the ability to forgive my parents for doing the best they knew how,” he says. In his Carmel practice, Dr. Kersey teaches principles that are common to people who overcome adversity. One is to commit to the change. Another is to have faith in the process, to wait patiently while the transformation takes place. He also emphasizes that anger and fear can be used as motivators for success. However, the success has not erased Noah’s memories of a painful childhood. His biggest struggle, he says, is giving his children the freedom to fail, to not become overly protective because of their own experiences. One of those painful experiences motivated Dr. Kersey to complete his education. When he was young, he visited a woman he knew to ask for her help in getting a job. The woman, who had nearly adopted Noah a few years earlier, coolly rejected him. “I left his house, stood in the driveway, and said, ‘I’ll show him,'” she says. Years later, after completing his doctorate, he sent the woman a message of thanks. “The best revenge is to succeed despite the people who let you down,” he says.

Swarens is a star editorial writer. Copyright (c) 2002 The Indianapolis Star – Reprinted with permission of Tim Swarens

If you like I can send you [107 page] script written by “Howard Henderson” aka me!

This is what critics and producers have had to say about the story of my life:

“Noah really has an incredible story and has overcome incredible obstacles.” – Jessica Ruskin, Director of Education, Charles M. Schulz Museum.

“I’m very interested in Noah’s incredible life story.” – Gary Puckett, musician and lead singer of Union Gap.

“Noah was a rare kid who could get hit by the worst in life and still thrive” -Tim Swarens, “Noah Rode Out Storm To Thrive.” Indianapolis Star News.

“Anyone can make tragic mistakes when blessed with good opportunities and support systems and families. Noah had few or none of those advantages. And then he turned everything around. He not only has my acceptance, he has my admiration…” Roger Guffey

“I am so in awe of Noah’s story of faith in God and perseverance.” carey odum

“Noah’s life story will bring tears to your eyes, because a child thrown out into the world to take care of himself is a tragedy.” Ron Barnes, CMA member.

“If you’ve ever adopted a child, you’ll want to see this movie.” Gerard Venemen, former CEO. The Children’s Home.

“An interesting story with many heartbreaking moments.” -Susan Sheridan

“A triumphant story… gripping.” -Diane Bell, San Diego Union-Tribune

“Noah’s story is very compelling…with a great happy ending. What’s unfair is that he didn’t get to choose his parents.” – Omar Alvarez. United States Post Office

“Noah is an amazing man.” – Dr. Jonnie Gonso Ph.D. Retired Licensed Psychologist, Indianapolis, Indiana.

“Never Give Up” – Mark Castaldo, Destiny Pictures

“Never give up”. -Marty Katz, Marty Katz Productions

Thanks again for taking time out of your incredibly busy schedule to read this. I await your thoughts. You will help millions of young people to avoid the same tragic mistake that I made.

Mark and Marty said they loved my story, but Marty says he wants to wait and see the rewrite and his wife, Campbell, is sick, so he’s her primary care provider. Mark Castaldo said that he does not produce this genre of film.

Thank you for reading this far!



My novel is called Intent to Kill.

WGAW Registry Number: 2100935

US Copyright Registration Number Pau-4-079-871

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