A Novel November

I’m almost to the middle of my Nanowrimo project and I plan on keeping at it until it’s complete. If any of you are working on your novel during the month of November, I wish you the very best! Writing a novel this month has prompted me to revisit some of my favorite novels from the past for inspiration. My hope is that by writing prose again, I’ll get back to reading novels, biographies and other longer works like I used to. I’ve heard much evidence lately about how online reading changes the way our brains work and affects our ability to concentrate.

Since I have a very finite amount of time to complete the Nanowrimo challenge, I’ve been working very fast in adapting one of my screenplays into a novel. After I meet the required length, however, I will enjoy slowing down long enough to build a deeper foundation for my characters, and to fill in the gaps that didn’t even know were there until I tackled this project!

More soon!

Inspiration and Ink

Had a great time at the AASHE Conference in Pittsburgh! I was inspired to take greater action for sustainability and to use the power of storytelling in new and different ways. Screened the original GCSU Department of Theatre & Dance production of “Don’t Flush It!” as a part of the AASHE Film Festival and received very positive comments from the audience! The other wonderful thing I got to do was visit the Warhol Museum. I’ve been a fan of Andy Warhol’s work for a long time and pretty much read anything I can find about him, so I was quite fascinated by this place! There was a video about his early ink drawing and painting process that I found quite interesting, and it looked like fun to try so if I do experiment with it I’ll post the results here.

And now, a few scenes from Pittsburgh—

 Downtown

Downtown

 A great series of paintings I’ve never seen before featuring fabulous drag queens.

A great series of paintings I’ve never seen before featuring fabulous drag queens.

 A room done in silver like The Factory.

A room done in silver like The Factory.

 The Movie Camera — as Edie looks on.

The Movie Camera — as Edie looks on.

 So what do you think? Is Andy right? Discuss.

So what do you think? Is Andy right? Discuss.

 Across the Allegheny

Across the Allegheny

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PIANO LESSONS a winner at LGBT Toronto Film Festival!

Very excited that my screenplay PIANO LESSONS was a First Scene winner at LGBT Toronto Film Festival, where the opening scenes got a fantastic table read! You can see the table read video and check out my interview with producer Matthew Toffolo --just click here

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If you're a writer you'll appreciate my answer about my favorite song in the interview. Hint: It's by Ringo Starr and I got to hear him sing it live in concert at the Atlanta Fox Theatre last year -- It was FAB!