Life (Or Something)

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Life (Or Something)

Progress…Kind Of


Obviously I’m not exactly where I should be now, but my full-length screenplay’s coming along.  We’ll get there eventually.

I’m starting on the third sequence.  If you’re looking to get into screenwriting, totally check out Jeff Goldsmith’s podcast series, Q&A.  I first learned about sequencing in his interview with Simon Kinberg regarding X-Men: Apocalypse.

I also use Celtx to write my screenplays.  It’s free and helps a lot with formatting.  It’s also pretty simple to get the hang of.

Even if it’s not your thing, don’t give up.  Never stop looking for what’s right for your style.

Happy writing!

Life (Or Something)

The Things We Scribble

wp-1482334437367.jpgI spent the first nineteen and a half years of my life as an absolutely lousy journal-keeper. I couldn’t seem to form the habit of writing about my life no matter how hard I tried to.  I used to joke that I would never really be able to form an addiction because I was too lazy.

But that was never true.  I’ve always been addicted to writing    I was just bored with “dear diary.”

Now I write love letters to strangers and eulogies to frozen toes and fingers. I write letters to myself.  I scribble until there’s a picture somewhere in the mess.  I’m even beginning to work in color.

If you have trouble journaling, try looking at your methods.  You don’t have to summarize everything that happened in your day    pick a few moments and turn them into scenes.  Write a thought down.  Tape things to the pages.  Just capture who you are today.  It doesn’t have to be cohesive    it just has to be yours.

Life (Or Something)

No Snow, No Christmas


The general consensus is that it can’t be Christmas without snow, but when I was younger, it wasn’t Christmas without three things: Christmas Eve bingo with my mom’s side taking shots if they lost; my aunt’s salad with mandarin oranges, candied almonds, and the dressing she’ll never give me the recipe for    Christmas Day, Dad’s side; and the aunts and uncles themselves with their flocks of giggly children.   Continue reading

Book of the Day, Life (Or Something)

Book of the Night: Monday or Tuesday: Eight Stories

I’m taking a class this coming semester that focuses entirely on Virginia Woolf.  As I’m still reeling from Memoirs of the Author of A Vindication of the Rights of Woman, I decided to start reading a collection of Woolf’s short stories (Monday or Tuesday: Eight Stories).  The quote below comes from a story called “A Society,” which critiques women’s roles in society and the discussion of such.

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