Improved Proof of Concept for Worlds Away

I listened and took advice. While the proof of concept for Worlds Away seemed to be a hit – it was the sound that was lacking…

I brought the short to Eclipse Recording Studio to see if they could clean up the dialog – WOW…but don’t take my word for it…check it out here:

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Worlds Away – Proof of Concept!

It’s here!

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Worlds Away – A Week Away!

Mark you calendars – in one week…January 21st  (during the full moon) at 6pm the link to the  6 minute Proof of Concept for Worlds Away will be released here, on Facebook, Instagram and on the website!

See ya soon!

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Finished Project



Today we wrapped up the final edits for the proof of concept Worlds Away. I must admit, it was bittersweet. While I am so grateful for everything I have learned over the past 5 months (wow-has it really been that long?!), I’m sorry to see it over!

We celebrated last Saturday with a viewing party for cast and crew – everyone even had a chance to make their own unicorn!

Grace Leary (the amazing editor) and I finished up the last of the nit-picky edits today! We’re going to leave it for a few days (to see if we missed anything) before it’s ready to be announced to the world!

So, stay tuned for the grand reveal – and in the meantime…enjoy some of the stills!

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Mermaids and Unicorns

I can’t even begin to explain how much I have learned through the process of creating the proof of concept for Worlds Away. It seems each day I learn something new from the day before.

Not only am I working with an AMAZING cast and crew, I’m also fortunate enough to work with execs from Hollywood along the way. Last week I shared with them the latest rough cut…they had some great suggestions for close-ups and reshoots as well as wanting more magical creatures! We reshot the mermaid scenes and pondered what other magical creature we could include…

Which led us to turning Kobi into a unicorn. Now he’s not typically my first choice for something out of the ordinary, but I had already used Midnight for a horse-washing scene…so Kobi won the honor by default.

He was a champ! He didn’t mind the horn or all the adjustments that went along with it. He didn’t mind being led around with the horn moving on his head…he really didn’t like the fog!

Since the scene wasn’t written into the script in the first place, we had the freedom to work it however we chose – so Tabitha took her unicorn for a walk! Click here for the raw footage – enjoy!


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Let the Magic Begin

As October wraps up and November is making a spectacular entrance, all of the filming for Worlds Away (short) is done – and the real magic, the editing, will begin today!

Aside from my limited experience with putting together clips of Kobi’s horse shows, I (again) have no idea what I’m doing – but am forever grateful to the amazing Grace Leary for her time and talents! I have no idea how long this process takes (of course I don’t!) but as soon as we have something jaw dropping, I will share it!

In other news, I finished the first draft of the screenplay for Murder of Crows and have a thriller rattling around, waiting for its turn to be told!

Send as many happy, healthy thoughts that you can share my way these next few weeks and we’ll see what we come up with!

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Sneak Peek of Swampy

Here’s the first glimpse of Swampy coming out of the woods for a nighttime drink! It hasn’t been edited at all yet – but I was too excited not to share!

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Day 1 Filming – complete!

I know more now than I did yesterday – with MUCH  help from my friends! I was blown away from the support – thank you!

I felt pretty confident in my ability to gather snacks and drinks (both for kids and their parents) but aside from that, I had no idea what to expect – the kids playing the lead roles had never even met each other! None of them had any acting experience nor really even a burning desire to do something like this – they just thought it might be fun.

They were AMAZING! Even out of 300 hundred, I couldn’t have picked 3 better kids!

We weren’t able to finish – it was just too hot  (over 100 with the heat index) and took too much out of all of us. We’ll finish up the end of October – working on the hard parts between now and then…editing and see what’s a keeper and what needs to be reshot!

Thank you for being part of this journey!




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Filming officially begins TOMORROW!

While shooting the short for Worlds Away officially starts tomorrow, we took advantage of the full moon last week to shoot our only night shot – complete with fairies and Swampy (look very closely).

I know, she’s kinda hard to see – which is how she’s evaded us for all these years. I plan to post pictures and hopefully footage for the next few weeks – stay tuned!



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Lifelong learner

My senior year of high school, I had a teacher- Coach Bryant, who taught Government and Civics. Our first day of school, he told us that we needed to learn one thing every day…and if we didn’t learn that one thing in his class, on our way out when class was over we were to tell him that he owed us two things tomorrow.

Why THAT stuck with my from high school, I have no idea.

Anyway, flash forward 30 years (gulp). I still feel I need to learn something every single day. I must be banking a few ‘new things’ at this point though! As some of you know, I’m working on a Proof of Concept video for Worlds Away…think of a movie trailer BEFORE the movie’s made.

I have no idea what I’m doing!

But that isn’t stopping me…I’ve written the short script, cast it and found an amazing crew to help me. I’ve got this…I think! I have to swallow the doubt and insecurity every day – I don’t know what I’m doing…but I’ve never let that stop me before!

Without knowing what I’m doing, I wrote and published 9 Middle Grade novels – creating my own publishing company along the way…without knowing what I’m doing, I’ve written 5 screenplays and without knowing what I’m doing, I’m shooting a short film.

Call it what you want: learning something every day, fake it ’til you make it, or having faith that everything will work out – whatever it is, that motivation gets me out of bed every morning and gives me the courage to try something new.

What about you? What did you learn today?

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