With a Little Help From My Friends…

I feel as if I’m channeling that amazing Beatles Song: With a Little Help From My Friends today.

I held the first reading of the screenplay for The Vortex today, based on the first 3 books of the cryptozoology series.


There were six readers while I took notes (mostly on my misuse of apostrophes!). There was much wine, much pizza and much fun to be had!

I was nervous at first, sending my story out into the world to be read. Thankfully I had planned ahead and invited kind, gentle people who want to see me and this screenplay succeed. After my first glass of wine and the first 30 pages, all of my anxieties were set aside.

It was fun! It was such an amazing experience having my words, my thoughts brought to life through the voice of others. It’s difficult to explain the feeling of having other people laughing at the jokes and little comments I included. They got it!

I had intended to take pictures of this great event, but became too caught up in the moment (and misused apostrophes) to take a break for pix. Know that it was amazing and I wouldn’t be where I was now, except with a little help from my friends!

Thank you all!!

Les Clements, Lila Sleeper, Sandra Oja-Dunaway, Jodi Lanford, Brenda Bennett, Debbie Wicker and Katelyn Maloney (here in spirit and edited before it made it to this point)

About Heather Hamel

Growing up with horses is a little girls dream come true. Heather’s dream in life was to be a horse trainer - how dreams change - sort of! She moved to the wonderfully historic town of St. Augustine, Florida and was a historic tour guide and a ghost story teller while putting herself through college to become a special education teacher. After graduating, she felt the pull of horses in her life again. That's when she met Kobi! She learned quickly that when you own horses you become a part time vet, part time nutritionist, and full time equestrian. She wouldn't change a thing! In addition to being completely obsessed with her herd, she still teaches and tutors students with learning disabilities, and more specifically, dyslexia.
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