A Little CINE

February 6, 2016 at 1:02 PM (Business, Challenges, Cinema, Keep It Moving, Motivation) (, , , , )

Sorry, I haven’t written a post since January 20th, and that was a kind of cheat with a video, but it was film, and cinema is good for us all, right?  I jest, and I have been on quite the adventure since then.

First and foremost, I’ve been looking for a job, and that meant interviews, lots of applications, and hoping get some success. Well I did a few interviews, and got hired! This is great news for me. I am happy for a start at being employed again.

At the very least, I got out of my unemployment rut, and I like working.  This may seem odd, but working gives my writing a strong break that I need from time to time, and allows me to focus on other things, such as getting oriented with the policies and procedures, patrons, and paperwork.

Suffice to say paperwork is good, if not a little intimidating at first, and let me tell you my mind was off writing for a while. I knew a post was in my future, and am happy to get back something that I love doing.

Writing will continue, as I try to get a respectable balance going. I love having work time, and creative writing work time. I also like being able to pay my way once again. It’s easy to take pay for granted when its steady, as I have, and when you see and feel it missing from your life, you gain respect for being employed. That’s not to say being creative and writing was bad, far from it. It has kept me a bit sane in trying times.

As always, happy creative endeavors.

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Suicide Squad Trailer

January 20, 2016 at 10:00 AM (CINE, Cinema, Comic Book Films, Dark, Genre) (, , , , )

Based on the DC Comics book of the same name, we have a story where mostly villains being blackmailed into doing secret and dangerous jobs for the government who has instant deniability.

How bad are these cats? Well they are the worse of the worse and headed by the demanding Amanda Waller. I want to see this.  I have a love for villains as protagonists in films.

I am also curious how close the source material was adapted. For the record the adaptation doesn’t have to mirror the books completely for me.  I’m merely curious.

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A Cold Monday

January 18, 2016 at 1:14 PM (Blogging, Brainstorm, Challenges, Upbeat, Updates) (, , , , )

It’s a cold day. Too cold for me.  I needs my hot coffee immediately. There also needs to be a blog post on my agenda, so here we go. Not sure what to say other than I hope to get some writing done via screenplays today.  Even if it’s a start, or addressing themes.Something to get the ball rolling as far as writing done.

Granted, being sick slowed me down, however I feel a need to be productive, after spending days laying down and resting. It was good to have absolute rest while ill, but I’m mobile enough now, and my head’s clear.

Let me also say I had ideas of what I wanted to write.  I really did.  I still have those outlines and ideas. I’ve also been watching some videos on being a better screenwriter (will post some soon). So I have a little more ideas on how to put some thought behind the work.

As always, happy creative endeavors.

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Keep It Moving

January 16, 2016 at 4:37 PM (Absurdist Fiction, Art, Blogging, Humor, Syfy Network) (, , , , )

It looks like whatever was ailing me has decided to kick rocks and leave me be for the most part.  A pesky, lingering cough, congestion, and sinus drama want to stay, but I’m handling them with the proper medicines. It’s good to be at least able to have an appetite again.

My mind has been filled with a lot of nonsense words for the past few days, and I’ve been ignoring them. Then the thought of defining these words came to mind. They have stories behind them, and my curiosity is peaked.

Last night, I was chatting with a friend. We were laughing at our love for silly genre movies on Syfy Network. Most of these movies are abysmal in terms of story and acting, but there’s an appreciation for kitsch films.

We also agreed that these films should be more fun, and less wound too tight. Think about it, Sharknado, in my opinion, is fun because its inherently silly in premise and content, and it seems most are “in” on the humor. Disclaimer: This does not mean I think it has universal appeal, or is a “must” watch, but that the creators/crew knows its silly and go with it.

Then I  joked that being a “serious” artist (me, who strives and struggles to have a tone and message with my work) needs to chill, and have fun with the text. I may have also said something about celebrating banality, and declared I may have started a creative/artistic moment. I’m nowhere near serious, but I do like being silly, so that was a moment of fun worth mentioning.

As always, happy creative endeavors.

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Recovery Time

January 12, 2016 at 1:37 PM (Blogging, Challenges, Chaos, Creativity, Imagination) (, , , , )

As whatever cold decided to beat the mess outta me, and I thought it would last a weekend, lasted a full week. I’m in a recovery mode. It wore me out good. My creativity dried up. The medicine gave me surreal and odd dreams I can’t really say was good.  I’m glad to be awake.  Still tired.  

I feel lot better though. I went out for errands and tried to relax afterwards. No ill-effects from being outside the house. I’m happy for that.  It is easy to take your health for granted, because when you don’t have it, loose your appetite, and find yourself drinking a lot of juice and water cause hydration is sometimes overlooked in illness.  
I’m still hoping to get creative again. The only good benefits to being sick was I laid down and watched a lot of films, and perhaps this time away from writing gave me a fresher perspective on material/ideas.  

Happy creative endeavors, and please don’t get sick.  

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Note to Self: Get Well

January 5, 2016 at 1:24 PM (Blessings, Blogging, Brainstorm, Challenges, Chaos) (, , , , )

A little under the weather since the weekend. Building my strength back, with drinking water, orange juice, and lots of soup (mainly broth). It’s not the flu, no vomiting, etc. I am tired, congested, and breaking though whatever this cold thing is supposed to be.  

My creativity has been impeded, but that’s understandable. Stuff happens. Getting better is my priority and let me tell you, it’s easy to take your health for granted. One moment you’re a bundle of energy, the next you need to lay down and conserve your energy. Your appetite goes away, and congestion builds up, and you need water cause you know in sickness people can die due to dehydration.

So me blogging is always the start of my mind working towards creativity. At least today I’m strong enough to focus.

I did get to watch some movies and tv shows. Jurassic World, a heap of Clone Wars episodes, The Two Towers, Age of Ultron, Hellboy, and Samurai Jack. 

As always, happy creative endeavors.  

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Out With the Old, In with the New

January 1, 2016 at 11:39 AM (Challenges, Chaos, Creativity, Fine Art, Story Structure) (, , , , )

Ever had a moment where you were so frustrated that you got over whatever it was that set you off? I’ve had many of those, and I am so glad for them. It’s the things in 2015 I don’t want to carry over into the new year.

I’ve been frustrated by creativity, and trying to resolve some stories, and I’m very over trying to decide on one factor over another.  Yes, some decisions needed to be made, but that’s part of the process.  No need to anguish over the little details.  Let the journey tech me if its right, wrong, or needs a stronger resolution.

The past year also taught me to go back and look over some of my guides and instructions. I totally threw some of the story structure out the window, and had to relearn some things in order to make the format work. So at the very least a simple basic is remastered.

Also feeling a need to delve into fine art.  Its something that I’ve been trained in, and to be honest, the best time I had discovering art was in a graduate art history class. Some of the stuff was odd, and I was indifferent to some it, but it reminds me of why art was important and communication is powerful.

Have a very happy, prosperous New Year,

Happy creative endeavors.

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Pop Art

December 31, 2015 at 10:00 AM (Art, Documentary, Fine Art, Undergraduate) (, , , , )

It’s a little history on an era of art, that happens to catch my eye. It’s nice to not forget my roots in art, even though I write more than draw these days.

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My Words Linger in the Pale Sunlight

December 30, 2015 at 1:51 AM (Blogging, Challenges, Craft, Creativity, Poetry) (, , , , )

A friend once told me some of my poetry had a sensuous feel. In my mind, I was thinking “sensual,” and that lead me to think it had an erotic quality I was unaware of within the words.  She meant it invoked the sense as part of the imagery, which is a good thing, but was I wrong in my impression of the word.

I mixed up the terms for the words sensuous and sensual, and fortunately not to a faux pas of a big nature. Knowing the difference between the two words has really helped me put a little more focus on what I want and what I do in my writing.

Let’s get this out of the way, “sensual” is the term one uses to describe words of an erotic nature. It’s all about descriptions that are designed to arouse. Not hating on that in the least. It has a perfect time and place.

“Sensuous,” the word I really wanted to use a few times, pertains to the senses in general. The descriptions are to illicit sensations, that isn’t necessarily leading to sex, but could in some instances.

Sometimes, when I want to describe scenes or events I tried evoking the senses, which I do think help shape how we feel in a scene. I just put the wrong word to the actions. Sometimes I hear the sound of something in my imagination and simply want to depict ways that the reader can feel it.

So being lyrical and having fun with words is a good things. I’m glad I looked up the terms. I’m such a nerd for words.

Happy creative endeavors.

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A List & Rotation

December 29, 2015 at 3:50 PM (Blogging, Brainstorm, Challenges, Keep It Moving, Motivation) (, , , , )

So now that I insist on a direction, and I want things to happen. This means getting a list down of the projects that I want completed, and getting my writing down to a rotation.

So far I have three projects on the list, and I want two more.  Not for ambition’s sake, but I want to stay busy.  The first three will be considered the main projects.  These all need at lest three pages a day once I get the outlines completed.

The last two will be the back-ups. Stuff I work on when I feel like the other three have me :stumped,” and I want to work on something that’s not connected to the big three. One of those two has to be a smaller project, so I can get it to first draft, and off to the others.

It all seems hectic, but I want to have things done by the end of March. Yes, I’ve given myself a deadline, and I want to stick with this deadline. I also want to make myself do more writing on a consistent basis.

On a technical note, perhaps I should add a sixth project, since I consider blogging writing, and I want it to be more consistent as well. I don’t know, but I shall figure it all out. The first start is finishing the list.

As always, happy creative endeavors.

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