Loose Threads

Loose threads aren’t good in life or in writing – things need to be tied up neatly (preferably with a big bow too!)

After working diligently on Worlds Away: Within Emerald Forests and thinking I was finally getting close to the end, a loose end slapped me in the face…

YIKES! Why didn’t I see that before? Why didn’t ANYONE see it before?

After much screaming and cursing a thought hit me – Maybe it’s not a big deal…Maybe –

Then I thought back to all the times I’ve read a book (or watched a movie) and it ends but I still have questions…I’m mad – and worse, I feel cheated. I just trusted someone with my precious time and they let me down.

I can’t do it. I can’t work THIS hard and get lazy at the end…so learn from my frustrations…find your loose threads and tie them off NOW. Don’t wait and never take the lazy way out.

I’m going back to work!

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Dedication (or insanity)

I know it’s been FOREVER since I wrote anything here – please forgive my absence…things have been CRAZY busy!

Worlds Away is steadily moving forward – it seems as if I get more notes on it every day so each day it improves by leaps and bounds!

Rebel Yell is a different story…the novel is on hold (for now) as it would be difficult to keep both the novel and screenplay on the same path at the same time, so I’ve been trying to focus on the screenplay…whew!

Here was my inspiration to write tonight – I had an hour phone consult tonight with an exec in LA who had read Worlds Away (for the second time) and we were to discuss the progress and where it could/should from here…but when I came back from teaching my yoga class, I learned that our cell phone service was OUT…and we don’t have a ‘house’ phone.

I emailed the exec and told them that phone service was sketchy but to try…she did, it didn’t work. So I hopped in the car and drove around until I found a place with service…the Dollar General store parking lot in Hastings!

When we finally were able to connect – I told her where I was…she applauded my dedication! We chatted for nearly an hour and wrapped it up when the police cars were continuously patrolling the Dollar General parking lot. I’m not sure if they were there for me or someone else acting suspicious, but I wanted tofinish up before I found out!

So…dedication or insanity – there’s a fine line…but follow your heart and follow your passion and it’ll all work out!

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Title Help (Please pick your favorite!)

I need the help of my wonderfully brilliant village! A person I pitched Worlds Away with suggested that I have a glossary of creatures to help out people who may not be familiar with the cryptid world. I wanted something fun and catchy! What do you think of these:

Creatures Featured

Featured Creatures

Beast Sheet

You can respond with your favorite (or something you come up with!)

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Baby Steps and Breakthroughs…

This has been such an amazing week (and it’s only Wednesday!)

While most people (me included) realize that everything happens in its own time and that you must learn to walk before you can run – it’s difficult to internalize all of that when you are in the midst of wanting something better, faster – NOW!

I just finished a tutoring session with a student I have worked with for many, many years – he has had to learn to live with and adapt to severe dyslexia and dyscalculia (reversals in letters and numbers). All of the baby steps we have taken together gave him wings today – We were working on his budget and while calculating some numbers took time and effort – he was able to calculate some instantly and correctly in his head! I have to say that again…he calculated numbers correctly IN HIS HEAD!

Mind blown!

I hope he realizes the enormity of what happened. We celebrated then his mom and I did too…

It took us a long time to get here. It was not easy by any means for him, his family, or me – we all worked very hard for this moment and yes, I’m basking in the afterglow!

So when we feel we hit that wall in life (or in writing) – we need to be persistent and start CLIMBING that wall…

I’ll see all of you soaring above it and flying in the clouds!

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Fun and Games in the Vortex

The other morning all of the animals had lost their minds! There was a cat fight at 6AM, Cuzzin had a very rare accident in the house, Kobi’s stall was half-open, and Midnight whinnied to me as soon as I stepped out. Not to mention armadillo’s had dug holes EVERYWHERE!

It made me wonder what happened that night and I ran through the logical steps: full moon? no! Solstice? no!

It made me think that it might be fun to start a blog from Aunt Tabitha’s point of view and how she reacted to the vortex and the crazy things that happen!

So, she did! If you want to have a little fun with us in the vortex, please follow her blog at:

or send me a message with your info and I’ll add you to her list. Tabitha’s thinking she’ll be busy on social media and you can find her on  https://worldsawayfromnormal.wordpress.com

Tabitha is also on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram – search for Tabitha Gadyen!

I created this world – now let’s have some fun!

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And Miles to Go Before I Sleep

Anyone who knows me well, knows that I’m not a huge fan of poetry – most of the time I don’t understand it…Except for Robert Frost.

As I sat down to write this, the line from one of my favorite poems of his: Stopping By The Woods On A Snowy Evening popped into my head – miles to go before I sleep. That line is as true for me now as it ever has been.

The month long rewrite class for the screenplay (recently renamed Worlds Away) is wrapping up and of course the story is in much better shape than it was three weeks ago (funny how editing works) – and then I launch into another month-long intensive pitch program to hopefully get some positive attention.

But, in the back of my mind is the novel (and screenplay) for Rebel Yell. Every time I think I’ve edited it to a good place, I send it off somewhere for critique and realize I have miles to go before I sleep.

I am ready for a short nap though!

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Receiving Notes and Making Changes

What is a note you may ask? Notes are feedback given whenever your script is read. I have many, many notes on The Vortex now and take each one to heart, thinking how and if they could make the script better…because while they are extremely valuable, they are also one person’s opinion…unless you get the same note from multiple people!

That happened last week.

A few months ago I received a note about The Vortex’s title – it was too ‘sci fi’ and didn’t let readers know it was going to be a family fantasy/adventure. I thought about it then and when no new titles came to mind immediately, I chose to ignore it…until I received nearly the exact same note from someone else.

Since I’m taking that rewrite class, I tossed it out to the instructor. He suggested I come up with a dozen or so potential titles (good, bad, and ugly) for us to discuss – surprisingly both he and his intern blindly chose the same one.

So what is the NEW working title? Drum roll please…

WORLDS AWAY

The theory behind it is that not only does it show the kids going (worlds away) to the strangeness at their aunt and uncle’s place – but hints at the other worlds as well (Swampy, the land of Mer, fairy realm, etc).

I’d love to hear your thoughts!

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2018 – Busy Beginnings

2018 is proving to be a very busy year so far – but I’m grateful for every minute! Here is an update on what’s happening so far!

The Vortex – I’m taking an amazing (but intense) rewrite class this month for the feature. I have no idea where it will end up (I guess that’s the beauty of rewrites!)

Unforeseen Adventures – On hold (maybe!) I’m discussing the thoughts of the pilot with the instructor for the rewrite class…I’ll keep you posted on his thoughts and the happenings of the TV pilot!

Rebel Yell – Finishing up this round of edits and to help me find ‘holes’, I also wrote a screenplay for it (currently out for feedback).

Finding Perfection – What? There’s something else? I’ll keep you guessing for now!

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I have a problem…

They say that the first step to recovery is admitting you have a problem…

I am addicted to paper – that’s right…paper. Apparently I love it in books, magazines, notepads and even receipts. I keep everything!

I blame my parents for instilling in me a love for the written word and thinking that everything committed to paper is valuable and must be kept, hoarded, and squirreled away to be read again.

If something is to be learned – buy a book! Or in my case, buy eight or nine.

ENOUGH!

2018 has begun along with “The Purge” (not the horror movie either). I went through binders of saved articles (am I really going to flip through a notebook to find an article on snake bites if Kobi’s nose is swelling?), notes taken in classes with their meaning long forgotten, along with pictures on how to do a proper head stand (really?).

If I need to reference something, I can find it much quicker on the internet than looking through binder upon binder of non-organized papers…my books I still cherish, I may never open them again (as there is always something around here to read for the first time) but I know they are there – with all of the perfectly written wisdom!

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Dear Santa,

With Christmas a little over a week away – it’s time for the little kid in all of us to believe again that anything is possible!

Dear Santa,

Please help everyone who as lost their childlike wonder to discover the magic and miracles that surround them, help our nation move forward from one of criticism of their fellow man to beliefs of tolerance and acceptance of all, and finally allow everyone who has known great loss to find comfort.

From the Triple H Ranch – may your holidays be safe, joyous, and filled with wonder!

Merry Christmas!

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