30 Days, 30 Scenes {Day 6} Whatevs Scene One

This past weekend sucked. There really isn’t a better description for it. Other than a few bright spots, it was a crap fest.

I decided to use my Whatevs category to write a love letter to myself and to you. If you’re feeling bad, if  other people’s expectations of you are wearing you down, if the comments from others are crippling, then this is for you. This is for us.

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A little reminder that His all encompassing love for us is more than the circumstances of our life. His love is more than enough. We are enough to Him.

30 Days, 30 Scenes {Day 5} Photograph Scene 1

Even though my descent originates from the British Isles and Germany, I have always felt attached to Native American culture. Maybe I wouldn’t feel this way if my mom didn’t take us to Pow Wows growing up.

 

This is an image that I pinned on Pinterest months ago. It reminded me of a documentary I saw about a man who was the last of his tribe. He lived in the mountains as a hermit and did not venture into society until he felt he was dying and needed help. I thought it would be interesting to write a movie from his perspective.

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30 Days, 30 Scenes {Day 3} Music Scene 1

After four days, our car was finally ready to be picked up from the mechanic. Praise the Lord! Since I had to follow Hunny to drop off the car we were borrowing, I was able to do a little driving. I have taken to listening to classical music in the car. When one chauffeurs an inquisitive preschooler around in a vehicle that has neither CD player nor input for MP3 devices, it forces one to listen to lyric free music.

This piece came on the radio and it made me think of silent films. I thought about Charlie Chaplin and the 1920’s. The 1920’s made me think about flappers and prohibition, which led to the scene I wrote for today.

 

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I can’t believe I’ve made it through these past three crazy days. I’m hoping that the rest of the month is smooth sailing!

30 Days, 30 Scenes {Day 2} Emotion Scene 1

My second day of this series was even less conducive to writing than yesterday. I’m too tired to get into the particulars, but it involves Yeeyum and Cupcake having their pictures made. Their grandmother loves to have their pictures taken. Her house is basically a shrine to her grandchildren.

After making dinner, bathing the baby, and putting him down for the night, I decided to give myself five quiet minutes on the couch. I hadn’t written my scene yet and I didn’t know what to write. I had prayed this morning about what to write, even though I was unable to write anything all day. I closed my eyes and thought about it.

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Let’s see if I have a quieter day tomorrow and am able to write and share earlier in the day.

30 Days, 30 Scenes {Day 1} Art Scene 1

Today was NOT the best day to start this series. Hunny has some sort of flu thing. Yeeyum has some sort of stomach thing. Our sole vehicle is getting work done on it, and we’re borrowing a Jeep that is a manual transmission, which I don’t know how to drive. Cupcake had a violent allergic reaction to some soap her grandmother gave her (It was Crabtree and Evelyn, so who knows to which ingredient she’s allergic!). I have been working on one scene for the better part of a day, but I don’t know how long it would be if you distilled the time I was working from the time I was interrupted and had to tend to sick people, messes, and the like.

This scene is based on a mixed media piece called “Katy Nelson.”  It features buildings from downtown Asheville, NC.

Here is the scene for today.

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I’ll have another scene for you tomorrow… Hopefully…

 

30 Days, 30 Scenes

Seven years ago, I found myself on the set of a major motion picture. I was an extra for Leatherheads. Don’t remember it? Yeah, me neither. But I do remember being on set and thinking, I was made for this. I have never felt so natural and at home doing anything as I did being on that set. I haven’t experienced that feeling since being an extra for Blood Done Sign My Name. That wasn’t as peaceful an experience, because I went with someone who complained the whole time.

Seven years later and I feel further away from film.

Don’t get me wrong, some wonderful things have happened since I was an extra the first time. I met Hunny. We got married. We started a family. I started this blog. We moved to a place we can call home. All truly wonderful events, but nothing that has taken me closer to film.

To commemorate the anniversary of finding what I was meant to do, I am doing two things for the month of April: wearing red lipstick everyday like I did on set and writing a scene a day. I will write three different scenes from ten different prompts:

Color: Randomly pick a color from the box. Use that color in the scene in some way.

Music: Base a scene on a piece of music, its lyrics or its movement.

Photograph: Find a picture and write a scene about what is happening in the picture.

Autobiographical: Scene based on a life event (Don’t worry. You won’t be in them nor will my Sister. You’re the only two people I know in person who read this blog!).

Emotion: Write a scene that conveys a feeling.

Behind the Scenes: A scene about what happens that no one else sees. This can be at home, at work, or anything that the average person doesn’t know about.

Bon Mot: Dialogue driven scene.

Genre: Pick a genre, write a scene. Horror, RomCom, Period Piece, Drama, Family Friendly, Indie, B-Movie, etc.

Art: A scene based on a piece of art.

Whatevs: This is my freebie category. I can write whatever I want! I can share a scene from a screenplay I’m working on. I do what I want!

I’m proud of myself for celebrating instead of throwing myself a pity party. I’ve had enough of being sad and feeling awful. I’m going to celebrate, enjoy myself, and share my joy with you!

 

The Multiple Notebook Dilema or (All This Paper and No Pen In Sight)

As a writer, I like to keep an open mind to writing advice and ways to keep organized.  I’m kind of an absent minded professor type, so I need all the help I can get.  A notebook for a specific category (eg. daily journaling, creative writing, etc.) has been advice that I keep hearing over and over again, so I thought I would test it out.  Here are my trusty notebooks:

My Writing Accountability Notebook (Notebook and pen were Christmas presents from my Sister last year.  Cupcake tore off the middle part of this notebook)

My Everyday Writing Notebook (Notebook from TJ Maxx and pen was in the pack with the one above)

My Food Journal (Moleskin Journal with “Smile” Sticker added.  Pen was bought for Cupcake at Hallmark and it doesn’t write…)

My Idea Notebook (Saw it at Pier 1 and HAD to have it)

My Prayer/Dream Journal (Birthday gift from Sisters two years ago, but I think it was from Walmart.  Notice the hand drawn addition by Cupcake)

The multiple notebook system is probably THE system for literary greatness for someone else.  Wrangling a toddler all day is not conducive to this kind of system.  I believe my influence on her life has given her a love of books and of putting her creations on paper.  She likes to write or draw on any piece of paper she can get her hands on, especially my paper, which does not bode well for my notebooks.  We have very few surfaces that she can’t reach.  Case in point:

I thought I could just write around her scribbles, but it makes reading what I’ve written a harder than necessary task.

Moving notebooks from one room to another is a waste of time.  Not to mention, I always end up thinking of something to write in a specific notebook only to find that it is no where to be found.  I scramble to find the appropriate notebook for my thought, but I know I have to write it down before I lose it.  I buckle under and end up writing it on whatever I find handy, which isn’t always a notebook.  Sometimes it is a napkin.  That’s how prayers end up in my Food Journal and “To Do” lists spit in the face of my Ideas Notebook.

Post-It notes used to be my life savers when I was in school.  I had several colors.  One was my “To Do” list for the day.  Another one was my schedule.  I think blue held all the assignments I had to work on.  Alas, Post-It notes are even less Cupcake friendly than notebooks.  She likes to separate them, scrawl a little something on each one, and disperse them all over my apartment.  Hunny is not a fan.

I don’t know what system I will try next.  I might just write in one notebook and keep it in the living room at all times.  Or my purse…  I have no idea.  But I do know that I’ve been more disciplined about my writing lately, and I’m going to capitalize on that momentum.  All I have to do is keep it going!

What organizing tools keep you together?  Is there anything you couldn’t live without?

Time is All It Takes Or (Get on it!)

I’m on page eight of my entry for the Industry Insider Contest, and well on my way to the fifteen pages that I need to submit.  I’m getting really excited!
Don’t worry about me being crushed, if I lose.  If I don’t make it, at least I tried.  I am really looking at this as an exercise in furthering my writing pursuits.  I’m having a great deal of fun working on this project.  If I don’t become a finalist, I will most likely finish the screenplay on my own, which is another piece of work for my portfolio.  Win, win.
Yesterday, my brother and I were talking about his youtube page.  He was saying that he wished that he had started it sooner because then he would have more views, more subscribers, and google ads.  He can’t think like that and neither can I about my writing.  I could have tried to do contests years ago and tried to get a portfolio of work started.  I didn’t do it then, but I AM DOING IT NOW!  This is what matters!  Making an effort to pursue your dreams today is the point.  Who cares about yesterday or what could have been?  The steps you take today to make your goal count.
I read this quote today:
The harder you work, the luckier you get. ~Gary Player

This is so true!

And:
It takes time to be a success, but time is all it takes. ~Annonymous
I am a procrastinator/time waster extraordinaire, and I know that if I ask God to show me how to manage my time more efficiently, there is no limit to what I can accomplish.
I hope that you are following your dreams and reaching for your goals.  I am taking steps towards my goal today.  I’m woking on my contest entry today, and hope to get another page or two done, maybe more if I finish that car chase scene (Yes! There’s a car chase!).
What steps are you taking today to get closer to your goals and dreams?