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Ooh Ahh You Wish You Were A Senior

14 Jun

That’s what was written in shoe polish on the car in front of me this morning.

Through the lettering, I could see a perky girl sporting white sunglasses, bouncing along to the tunes blaring out her window. Her friend joining her in the chorus.

And I must say, it did give me pause. While we waited for that light to change from stop to go, it brought back memories of my high school days and graduation. The day that I thought a miracle would happen. I’d walk across that stage, go to my party, eat potato salad and then some kind of magic would occur. 

The reality was the next morning I got up, went to my grocery store cashier job, came home and did laundry.

Was this it?

Everyone makes such a big deal over graduating high school. And while it was a special day, the ones that followed were ho-hum.

And then I went off to college, spent a semester abroad, graduated, got a car, a place to live, a job and life REALLY began.

So while I might reminisce over the care-free days of being a high school senior, if I had the chance to tell my 18-year-old self what I know now here’s what I’d say…

You might think it’s just more of the same old, same old. But it won’t be. You’ll grow in ways you didn’t know were possible.

You will travel the world and that will change how you look at everything. It will be the single most amazing thing you’ll ever do.

Remember when you went to the theatre for the first time? At the tender age of 10, you’d tell your mother you want to do that one day in New York City.  And guess what? You will.

You’re an artistic person so you’re creative avenues will shift between different mediums. You’ll decide you enjoy writing and people will tell you that being a writer is a tough job. But you’ll do it anyway. You’ll have a weekly column in a newspaper, you’ll write articles for magazines and pen several books. You’ll be a playwright and your stuff will be produced in the big apple.  People will tell you it can’t be done. But you’ll say why not? And then you’ll just do it because…well…why not?

You thought you didn’t need a man. Relationships are great for having someone to be your date for holidays and things like weddings. Then one day, when you least expect it, a magnificent man will come out of no where, walk up and say “hi”.  Your world will be turned upside down and you won’t be able to imagine living one day without him.

While you always enjoyed the security of being close to mom and dad, you’ll move half way across the country and it will open doors for you in ways you never dreamed.

Most importantly, I’d tell Senior me that, while being 18 and graduating high school is pretty freakin’ awesome, you ain’t seen nothing yet!

Mmmmm…Smells Good!

12 Jul

I want my books and plays to smell.

Not in a scratch and sniff kind of way, but rather I want the reader/audience member to experience the sense of smell in the scene. Not all scenes. Just ones where it would add another dimension to the piece.

In an effort to write more about smell, I decided to come up with a top five list of my favorite smells. Here goes…

1. Pie hot from the oven.

2. My man’s deodorant (especially when I am snuggled up in the nook of his arm).

3. Coffee in the morning.

4. Flowers. Any kind.

5. The air at the ocean.

What are you favorite smells? Are you writer? If so, how do you work in smells to your writing?

Happy Moment of the Day (actually a quote about smells—how apropos is that?): “Nothing is more memorable than a smell.  One scent can be unexpected, momentary and fleeting, yet conjure up a childhood summer beside a lake in the mountains; another, a moonlit beach; a third, a family dinner of pot roast and sweet potatoes during a myrtle-mad August in a Midwestern town.  Smells detonate softly in our memory like poignant land mines hidden under the weedy mass of years.  Hit a tripwire of smell and memories explode all at once.  A complex vision leaps out of the undergrowth”.  ~Diane Ackerman, A Natural History of the Senses

Be the Butterfly and Spread Your Wings

14 Jun

So yesterday I had a wonderful conversation with Julie Gray. If you’re a writer, you should follow Julie’s Tweets. They are funny, insightful and I guarantee you’ll look forward to reading them. 

Julie Gray’s website Just Effing is chock full of great information for screenplay writers. And yesterday she announced that she was starting a podcast series called “The Doctor Is On Call“. It’s a bit like talk radio where a writer has the opportunity to phone in and discuss with Julie career advice, sticky problems in their script or just about anything involving screenwriting. 

My background is in theatre. I’ve worked a plethora of positions: actor, director, producer, costume designer, production assistant, marketing/pr, box office and playwright.

I’ve written for magazines and newspapers and am currently in the process of editing two novels.

I’m a writer. Writers write. Certainly there are forms we are very comfortable with and others that we’d like to learn more about, so that is why when Julie offered the opportunity to brain storm with her on matters of screenwriting, I jumped at the chance.

We talked about adapting one of my stage plays, that was produced in NYC two years ago to a short film, screenwriting software, the differences between scripts for the stage and scripts for the camera, and a few other things. Click here to hear the entire podcast.

A couple of things struck me after we had finished our chat:
1) Twitter is bridging the geographical gap between liked minded people.
2) Never ever miss an opportunity to learn something new.
3) Life is about making connections so extend your hand, smile and say hi.
4) Although the formatting may be different, writing is about conveying thoughts, emotions and making people think and look at the world they live in just a little bit different. If you’re a writer, you simply MUST engage in conversation with other writers. It’s good for your soul.
5) Our chat was just a little over 17 minutes, but it energized me to want to commit to the challenge of adapting my stage play to a screenplay. It opened a new avenue for me and I’m looking forward to the ride.

Happy Moment of the Day (saw it posted on Just Effing yesterday): Two seals kiss after being released back into the wild.  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/06/13/seals-kiss-after-being-freed_n_876089.html

A Fab Monday Night

13 Jun

I had the most fabulous conversation with Julie Gray this evening. Just talking about writing. I have lots of thoughts to share about the experience, but alas I am not able to give it the proper time it needs right now. So check back tomorrow.

Are You My Inspiration?

30 Mar

I love to multi-task. It’s probably the reason why I also love to create across multiple mediums. At any given time, I can be working on a piece jewelry, while sewing a purse and painting with my acrylics or watercolors.

When inspiration strikes, I just give in to it. I learned (the hard way) that when a scene pops into my mind, to grab my laptop or nearest piece of paper and write it out. I’ve tried jotting down notes to remind me of what I wanted to say but it is never as good as when I am in that moment and text is flowing freely. It’s the same way when I paint. A color combination will present itself and, unless I grab those brushes and get that paint on the canvas, I won’t be able to recapture that feeling I had towards that palette.

I’ve been gathering ideas in preparation for Script Frenzy but I don’t know which ones will turn into that new play until I put fingers to keyboard on Friday.  And honestly, it might all depend on when I decide to start. If I go out for lunch and bring my laptop, I’m quite sure I will choose something different that if I begin writing Friday night. Yes, my environment influences my creativity. 

A few years ago, I was having a conversation with a friend who couldn’t believe I didn’t cook. I told her I wasn’t any good at it. She found this hard to believe. She told me cooking was just being creative with food instead of paints, paper or material.

Hmmm…

So I put on a gorgeous damask apron, played some opera and worked my artistic ways on a yummy Italian dinner.

And that tradition has continued three years later. Everything from the weather (a warm summer breeze makes me want to concoct delicious salads with watermelon, pine nuts and feta) to clothing (I am seeing a lot of pink this Spring, so I am eager to make cupcakes with a strawberry glaze), stirs something inside of me to express myself in a creative way.

So where do you find inspiration?