Monthly Archives: October 2013

Cinemability

Some people will not be denied.

JenniI have known Jenni Gold for about 20 years now.  She and her husband Jeff Maynard have been fighting the good fight in Hollywood.  They’re good people trying to make good films in a tough and unforgiving environment.

Jenni was struck with Muscular Dystrophy as a child, but she has never let that get in the way of her goals.  She has continued to work harder and more passionately than most others that cross her path.  Her love for film making started at a young age and she has followed its path unabated since.

rwaShe asked me to pen a script for her fifteen or so years ago that was an action film with a heroine in a wheel chair…  you could think of it as an updated version of Ironside meets Bourne, except with a female protagonist and a hec of a lot more explosions.  She found funding and directed the film Ready, Willing & Able, which won awards and was distributed all over the world.

She and her husband moved to California right afterwards and set up shop on the Universal Studios lot for over a decade, meeting and having lunch with some of the top filmmakers in the industry.

This year, Jenni thought it would be interesting to look at the history of disabilities in film.  The result is a star-studded documentary called Cinemability.  They found a backer who wanted to promote the film and get it into the Oscar race.  They agreed.  Shortly thereafter, however, the financing backed out and they were left committed to the Oscar race, but with no money to get anyone to see it.

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Did Jenni give up?  Nope.  She decided to travel across the country and show the film one city at a time.  Tonight, she’ll be in the Tampa Bay area, where I live, and we’ll be seeing it at 7PM at:

Regal Park Place Stadium 16
7200 US Highway 19 N
Pinellas Park, FL 33781

Check out the trailer and more screening info at their website:  http://www.cinemability.com.

No matter how hard I work, people like Jenni and Jeff make me feel like I’m standing still.  Their continued focus, commitment and enthusiasm for film making is an inspiration to me.

I can’t wait to see them this evening, share a meal, catch up and then check out the screening of their film.  If you’re in the area, I hope you would do the same.

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Writing

I’ve read a lot of blogs and posts and articles and advice columns about writing and a lot of them come down to one basic conclusion:

Writers write because we don’t really have a choice.

It’s not that someone is holding a gun to our head or anything. Well, maybe there is a writer out there in that situation, but I would tend to believe they would be the minority.

Writers write because we must. It’s in our DNA.

Sure, writing is painful and hard and frustrating and fun and enjoyable and annoying and liberating and self indulgent and expressive and lonely and enticing, but, even though writers feel drawn to the craft, we seem to spend an equal amount of time avoiding it.

We want to write, but get distracted by a good show on TV or laundry that needs to get folded or a lawn that needs mowed or a couch that needs to be napped upon. Eventually, though, the urge gets the best of us and we find ourselves back in front of the keyboard staring at a blank page wondering if the gutters need to be cleaned.

Then, finally, we decide to focus and sit there and try to be clever or funny or serious or passionate, hoping that whoever reads our work doesn’t think we’re a complete moron.

Just when we think its all work and no play (and no pay), we are rewarded with a moment that is equal parts awesome and fleeting, like the first hit of crack to a junkie… it is a moment of creative inspiration.

It’s one of those rare times where the gods of storytelling infuse your brain with something so special and magical and moving that we are compelled, no matter the time of night, to write it down. When we’re done, we sit back and smile, knowing we’ve been given a momentary insight into the creative collective.

Real writers, paid writers, novelists (the best-selling kind), have the one thing the rest of us struggle with most.

Discipline.

They get up and write, whether its easy or not, whether it is inspired or not, whether their facebook status is updated or not. They are not distracted by tweets that long to be twittered and socks that need to be drawered. They write.

It’s work. It’s a job.

I hope to get there someday. I hope to have the time and the discipline and the talent and the creative drive to do what Koontz or Patterson or even the fictional Castle does.

But, whether I’m the best-selling author in the New York Times or the best selling author in my family, I’ll still write.

I’ve been doing it for twenty years now.

I don’t really have a choice. It’s just what writers do.

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Podcast 03 – Lynne Hansen

Lynne Hansen has participated in just about every facet of the publishing industry.  From writing to editing to marketing to book design, she has seen and done it all.  In this podcast we get insight into the many paths her career has taken and gain valuable insights on what makes a powerful and effective book cover design.

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Here is an example of Lynne’s great book cover design work:

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Take a listen and enjoy the show.

Links Mentioned in the Show:

Lynne Hansen Design

Jeff Strand

Tampa Theatre

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Priorities

“Pray as though everything depended on God. Work as though everything depended on you.”
-St. Augustine

This quote exemplifies a hard lesson I have learned over my faith journey.

Being obedient to God requires that we give 100% to His call while knowing it is only through Him that we can succeed.  It is a quote that both emboldens me and keeps me focused.

I hope it does the same for you.

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