Friday, June 30, 2006

Wow, it's been awhile...

Well, a lot has happened in the last two weeks. My roommate moved out so I'm in the process of reorganizing my office and reclaiming my writing space. I wrote up a letter for a marketing campaign for our business and the return already has been 15% so we've been busy busy busy and we expect to get even busier with the start of the new quarter. Friends have gone out of town and have asked me to house sit (or more preciously kitty-sit) but the first full day they were gone I was hit with another bout of food poisoning. "But I'm feeling muuuuuch better now." (Tell me where I reference that from and you win todays grand prize.)          
So I'm settling in to the big house with the big tv that's calling my name, with the exercise equipment that's appealing, a dsl high speed connection that's addictive and all the other distractions and I keep reminding myself I have a screenplay to write. But tonight I have a date. First one in awhile and the first one I'm meeting from craigslist. Wish me luck.          
I've finally decided how to go about introducing the romantic interest in the first third of the screenplay. Originally he didn't have a very big part at all until about half way through but it's better that it be a little more established by that point. Of course Mattie is fit to be tied. He didn't necessarily profess his profound love for her while he was drunk, just the next morning after he had passed out. While he was drunk though, he did make an ass of himself and totally disrespected her. But now they're suspicious of each other. He's not sure that she's an assassin but assumes that she is. He's a cop who may not have total loyalty to his family at heart. His father, who is Mattie's contact, doesn't trust him and Mattie is beginning to understand why. Fun. Fun. Fun.          
It's a holiday week and business will be slow for a couple of days, so I plan to roll out several more scenes before my friends return from vacation. I'm shooting for completion but we'll see. Gotta go get ready for my date.          


Monday, June 19, 2006

Just a little chatter...

Well, I decided that I'm going to get out there and meet people. I posted a personal ad on and got a listing two hours I had 10 emails (two of which were jerks). Just 16 hours later, I've received over 30 emails and I'm chatting up a storm. I just emailed a guy from NY who is relocating here. I figured he could use a friend to show him around when he gets here. Don't worry mom, I'm being careful.          
But doing the work I do, I don't get to meet very many people. When I worked in retail, I used to meet a lot of people. I was able to get over being shy whenever there was a counter between me and the customer. I'm not as shy as I used to be but I'm still nervous about talking to people, everyone wonders what it is you want from them. Here in Atlanta, a lot of people are suspicious. Are they like that everywhere? I think I just need to move out to the country.          
Working in retail, I've realized, I had a lot of guys flirting with me all the time. It's been years since I had that kind of attention, kind of deflates a girls ego a bit, but getting 34 emails in one day has really put a little bounce in my step. Now all I have to do is limit the addictive on-line behavior and encourage the writing o' the screenplay. It's a lonely job but someone's got to do it.          
So how was Father's Day for everyone. Happy Wishes go out to all you fathers out there and especially to my step-father who gave me (and my brother) a wonderful compliment this morning and to my brother whose helping to raise his fiancĂ©es daughter. And to my Dad, where ever he is, Happy Daddy's Day, love you and miss you.          


Saturday, June 10, 2006

first sex scene

Well, I just wrote my first sex scene in the screenplay and boy did this room ever get so hot and stuffy.          
It wasn't much of a sex scene, just a little unwanted groping but I've come to realize (pardon the pun) that Mattie, my main character, is still a virgin at age 25. Being a hit man doesn't lend itself to getting close to too many people but her romantic history has been so skewed that she just isn't interested in developing a romantic relationship. Though there is a romantic interest if only on his part so far. I envision someone like Michael Imperioli, Christopher from The Soprano's, playing the love interest. Now that gets my panties in a wad.          
Mattie has taken on a side job and invited the unwanted groping but now that she's taken care of that problem, she's gotten herself into a heap of trouble and everything has been blasted across the front page of the New York Times. Everyone's pointing the finger at everyone else and a whole lot of dirty deals are surfacing which implicates the Mayor's Office and the Deputy-Mayor himself. Tune in next time for another exciting installment          
of It's a WRITER'S LIFE.           
Same bat time. Same bat channel.           
(Okay I admit it, I have a weird sense of humor.)

Don't get it right, get it written!


Wednesday, June 7, 2006

another incredible day

How'd everyone fare through 06/06/06?          

I've completely broken through the writers block and spent the night last night writing. I was crawling into bed as my roommate was getting up for work. Of course, nighttime is the best time for me to work since I've been a vampire for as long as I can remember. (Check out the time stamp on this blog.) Even as a child, I was up under the covers with the flashlight reading a book. I even once burnt the pillow with a light bulb from a lamp (sorry mom). When I spent the weekend at my grandparents, I would be up until 2, 3, or 4 am reading or writing. Grams always wondered why I slept late all the time.  No matter how much sleep I get or don't get, I'm usually wide awake when the sun goes down. Everyone seems to think there's something wrong with me but my rhythm just seems to be that of a night person. That's one reason why I'm so excited about going to France. I want to see if I'm still a night person when I'm on the other side of the world or if my rhythm changes.          

I'm planning a trip with three of my girl friends to New York City this fall. I'm really excited about it. The four of us painting the town red. We've only been out to dinner once in the last 16 years. We were little hellions in college so it will be great to get in touch with that side of ourselves again. No husbands. No kids. Just the four of us out on the town. Anyone out there willing to bail our asses out of jail if we get into trouble?          

It probably won't be as bad as all that. I want to scout out locations for the screenplay and see the Guggenheim and go ice skating at Rockefeller Center and maybe even a carriage ride through Central Park, all those romantic things I had planned to do someday with a romantic interest but since all the guys I know are sitting on their asses, I'll just plan to do all this with the girls. Eat your heart out men.          

Anyway, during my writing session last night, I found out that Mattie, my main character, has a dog. Who knew? I hadn't planned for it since I intend for her to be out of touch with her emotional side. Usually when someone owns a pet, the animal tends to bring out the warm, fuzzy side so it was a surprise for me to hear the growling of a Doberman on the other side of her apartment door. I also learned that since she spends so much time at her Uncle's restaurant, she hates cooking for herself (or should I say, she hates cooking for one) so her freezer is filled with tv dinners while the dog has gourmet meals every night. I even named the dog Emmett (as in Emmett Kelley) and I've worked in the name Weary Willy (reference:  Barney & Bailey). Here's my salute to you AJH. Love ya.           TTFN


Tuesday, June 6, 2006

amazing three days

I just spent three days in the Millionaire Mind Intensive seminar and I'm just blown away by everything I've learned. As many of you know, I'm constantly seeking knowledge of any kind by attending seminars, workshops and the such. So many of the seminars out there are just regurgitations of the same old stuff but this one is so far above anything I've taken before. I did things this weekend I never imagined I could do and the way I think about money has transformed so much that I'm excited about money for the first time in my life. My financial situation has already turned around.          
And this seminar doesn't only deal with becoming a millionaire, it deals with all aspects of your life:  How you do anything is how you do everything. I learned that I tend to avoid aspects of my financial life and that is the root cause of money avoiding me. But not only money but so many other things in my life; like romance, a career I love, and words of my screenplay (and writing in general). I've always felt 'not good enough' and though I've worked on this issue before and would have sworn that I was over it, it never really went away.          
When I was seven, mom threw me a birthday party in February (my birthday is in December). I received a very expensive porcelain doll from a friend who couldn't attend the party. I was told that it was too expensive and I had to return it. Not only was I devastated that I couldn't keep it but I was embarrassed that I had to take it back to school and give it back to the girl who had given it to me. My seven year old little mind decided that I wasn't good enough for nice things or the things I wanted so my entire life I've repelled nice things and money and all the things (and people) I wanted because subconsciously I didn't think I deserved them.          
This weekend, that all changed. I AM GOOD ENOUGH. I am even good enough to write a magnificent screenplay that becomes a blockbuster movie. I'm good enough to be the on-site screen writer and travel to France and NYC and meet people like Natalie Portman and I'm good enough to make a six figure income from my screenplay. NO MORE WRITERS BLOCK!!! EVER AGAIN!!! (I'm very confident, ain't I??!!!)          
Well, I'm off to write, write, write!!!          
If you'd like to learn more about the Millionaire Mind Intensive seminar, check out these links and use my reference # (412288):          
Secrets of the Millionaire Mind: Mastering the Inner Game of wealth by T. Harv Eker (book)         

Buy the book and receive two free tickets to the Millionaire Mind Intensive seminar if you register before July 1, 2006.