Friday, January 22, 2010

Rainy Days and Screenplays

It's been a while since I've posted here. No excuses. I've been writing.

I've been working on a novel for some time now and, while it's not quite finished, before Christmas I began adapting it into a screenplay—my first. Last week I finished the first draft of "Coming Up Roses". Today I registered it with the Writers Guild of America. It's a good feeling to have finished it. Hell, who am I kidding? It feels GREAT to have actually completed it. This is like step one of three million but that's how journeys begin. There's always that first step.

To celebrate, to clear my head, and MOST importantly—to reward my patient dog who's gotten ignored by me a bit lately, she and I took a walk to our neighborhood park today. The rain had stopped for awhile and the sun was dipping behind the trees as we strolled around a rather soggy park. This photo is of the playground. No. It's not a playground on a lake. It just seems like that. This has been quite a series of storms we've been having. But for me, anyway, it feels like the clouds have parted and I can see a bit of blue sky.

Friday, January 1, 2010

A New Dawn, A New Year, A New Decade

I always start each New Year's Day with a host of good intentions. Maybe this year I'll finally morph into the me that resides inside my head. Maybe this year my body will look in photos and mirrors the way it looks in my memories. Maybe this year I will keep company more with my treadmill than my sofa. Maybe this year I'll get my life totally organized. Maybe.

On a recent visit to San Francisco I was reminded of one of my favorite things—the sight and smell of sidewalk flower stands. So I decided that this year my good intentions will include the following:

• I will become more appreciative of the beauty that surrounds me and I will seek it out
• When tempted to grouse about things that piss me off I will, instead, take a deep breath and find one thing to focus on that makes me smile
• As much as I love spending time with my family, I will insist that they respect my need for solitary time to write
• I will take time to move my body each day as a way of honoring all it does for me
• I will believe in my dreams

2010—Bring it On!