My new writing partner

It’s been six weeks now, so I think it’s time to introduce my new writing partner hard at work!

So far he hasn’t shown himself to be another muse, like Kobi, or exceptionally good at hashing out ideas, like Les, but he does an amazing job of being quietly supportive and eager for a game of ball whenever I’ve been working too long!

Welcome to the tribe Bear!

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One Step Closer

Today was a huge day here at Dragonfly Acres – a table read for THE STORM, the feature murder mystery screenplay that was optioned last May.

I’ve hosted some table reads for works in progress (WORLDS AWAY) and have always found them useful and grateful for everyone who participated in them – but today even more so.

It was all done over Zoom, which is the new normal for doing things now, but what made it the most fun was the professional actors who gave voices to my characters. Writers tend to stay is a bubble of sorts and while I’m used to hearing the different characteristics and ‘voices’, it was amazing to hear how others see those characters. Even more interesting is how two of the actors nailed the exact character who was in my head!

Nearly everyone was from Europe – which put a different spin on it, especially for one character who is extremely Southern!

After the table read, everyone had great ideas on ways to make the script even stronger and better and were very complimentary to me and my insecurities!

One more step closer to realizing THE STORM!

Thank you so much Jasmin and Annika for organizing this and believing in it!

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Twas the Day Before Christmas

Twas the day before Christmas and all round the farm,

It was 80 degrees – So sunny and warm.

Les in his workshop and me in the stable,

Both puttered around- still spritely and able.

The horse were grazing out in the yard,

I had an idea – called them both to the barn.

Played with Kobi under saddle, he rode like a dream,

Groundwork with Midnight, how his blue eye did gleam!

Cricket sat purring while she laid in the sun,

She rolled on her back, wanting a rub.

A walk in the woods, we broke out in sweat,

The trails were all green and still mostly wet.

Back to the house to prepare for the night,

Supposed to freeze over, said the news with a fright.

Cover the plants, blanket the horses,

Drip water in the pipes and check weather sources.

The horses are tucked in, both snug in their coats,

They don’t mind the weather while munching on oats.

St. Nick will be cold, but we’ll fill him cheer,

Cookies for him, carrots for the deer.

Yes, Santa will come with gifts for us all

First stop by the barn and visit the stalls.

Then on to the house while still in a hurry

No time to stop, may get caught in a flurry.

But the gifts we all wish for don’t come from the store,

Peace, love and happiness – we can’t ask for more.

Twenty Twenty’s been scary, with Covid and all,

Twenty one will be better – for great and for small.

Keep a smile on your face and love in your heart,

The world will feel hope if we all do our part.

I can’t say it enough as well go through next year,

Keep your chin up – we have nothing to fear!

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Things that go BUMP in the night!

It’s no secret that I love mythical creatures (cough, cough, hornless unicorns) and things that can’t be readily explained (cough, cough, ghosts)…but there is one that is my all time favorite…Bigfoot!

Florida has it’s own version of Bigfoot – the Skunk Ape and here at Dragonfly Acres we took it a step further and named her Swampy. Anyone who is familiar with the cryptozoology series or the short for WORLDS AWAY already knows all about Swampy.

When I was trying to think of a ‘creature’ for my next screenplay, I was researching all sorts of creepy mythical creatures and brainstorming with my favorite muse – Les. He kept coming back around to Bigfoot or Swampy. But I wanted SCARY – and Swampy is not scary…just misunderstood.

After going back and forth a couple of times, I conceded to use Bigfoot. I refuse to give away any more spoilers than that!

Again, with the visual assistance of The Internet Hippie to bring my vision into poster form – I present to you…MONSTERS

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Another project finished!

I know that 2020 is a year for the books – but thankfully it has been a creative year as well. I just finished a project that has been rattling around for years now gone through many, MANY changes from novel to feature to now limited series – and title changes from Rebel Yell to Wild West Experience to…

UNBROKEN!

Hopefully great things will be coming from this little story soon and a VERY SPECIAL thanks to Jennifer Musselman @theinternethippie for always giving my words a picture!

Anyone recognize that beautiful horse?!

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Motivations

Hi all! It’s been awhile and it’s been a crazy year since we last chatted. I know that you probably all are feeling the same pain.

Which leads me to my thought of the day – motivation and what motivates you…

As a writer, a new thought, idea or story is probably my #1 motivator, but sometimes it can be loved ones (here’s looking at you Les), beautiful weather (it was 69 degrees this morning), or just a good cup of coffee.

I’m currently trying to wrap up scripts on my two brilliant ideas from a few months ago – when the next brilliant idea for a script struck – I will tell you that a day inside my head is entertaining to say the least…

But I’m dying to know – what’s your motivation?

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Hard Work and Validation

I know, I know – it’s been awhile…I’d like to blame the pandemic for the craziness and my lack of attention, but who am I kidding…most people know that I lived in a socially distanced, self imposed quarantine long before March.

I am, after all, a writer!

No, what has drawn my attention from all else is the writing, and rewriting, and editing for the sake of editing – not to mention the two new stories that are rattling around in my head at the moment …there’s not a moment of peace in there!

But – there is a pay-off – almost a light at the end of a very long tunnel…the latest feature script THE STORM has been noticed and optioned!

OK – what does that mean? More hard work…more notes, more editing, more bleeding on the page. It also means that I have a decent (and dare I say ‘good’) story at the heart of it all. It means that the voice in my head at 2 am that tells me I’ll never write anything ‘good’ is wrong.

It means – I am a writer!

So, my takeaway here isn’t to brag (although it does feel amazing to share), but rather to say DON’T GIVE UP…not when it’s hard, not when the muse is quiet, and especially not at 2 am when you can’t quiet the critic.

Someone, some where will find that diamond in the rough that’s within us all. They will validate all the work you’ve put in to whatever it is you are passionate about…but until then…

DON’T GIVE UP!

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The Storm

The latest and greatest – THE STORM! Think about all the fun you had playing the game of Clue….and toss in a hurricane – Florida Style!

I always say that my favorite is the last one I’ve written – so THE STORM is currently my favorite (Thank you to The Internet Hippie for the amazing visual to go accompany it!) To me this story is fun and zany (like Clue) but answers the question of what would happen when a group of stranger comes to evacuate – true lives and personalities come out!

While I’m putting the final touches on this one and making a few tweaks here and there – I’m also dusting off Murder of Crows. So to those of you who have always believed the story would make a great movie – thank you from the bottom of my heart. You see what others can’t (including a very rude executive that left me in tears several months ag0). Well, it’s onward and upward for that little story!

I’ll keep you posted!

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New Year – New Stories!

Happy 2020!

I can’t say that I was sorry to see 2019 go. While it was filled with so many joyful events, wonderful explorations with Les across the great state of Florida, and lots and lots of writing opportunities – it also had some lessons for me – mostly that I need to slow down and take care of myself in order to reduce my stress and anxiety.

Baby steps!

Out with the old year and in with new year and all the possibilities for change, growth, and creativity!

I wrapped up last year by branching out from writing family-friendly stories and diving into the darker side of human nature by writing thrillers. RETRIBUTION has come along nicely and is in a very solid place now – I’ve even started the year by entering it in a few writing contests.

So that means it’s time to work on something else – THE STORM! Anyone who lives in Florida (or even the East Coast) can relate to the fear of an impending hurricane. In THE STORM, Bekka must deal with a category 4 hurricane while also playing hostess to several evacuees – when one is murdered! It’s like the game of Clue meeting a hurricane – it has been so much fun to play with!

More to come soon!

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Contests, and Edits, and New Scripts – Oh My!

As we enter the mid-point of September, writing and everything writing related are still in full-swing here at the newly renamed Dragonfly Acres (formerly the Triple H Ranch).

I just entered Retribution (the latest screenplay) into two contests – fingers crossed that ‘they’ like it as much as my village does.

I’m meeting with an executive tomorrow to help me format and edit Worlds Away to be considered for the viability of a streaming series.

Finally, with all of the hurricane threats we have experienced in the last two weeks (Dorian and Humberto) it got the wheels churning for another script – The Storm…think the old board game Clue meets a hurricane where one of the evacuee’s is murdered and they must solve who did it before someone else gets killed!

Remember to always follow your dreams and never wait until you know what you’re doing before you start – make that leap and build the plane on the way down…that’s what I do!

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