Posts made in February, 2015

Creating 2015—Day 59:   Remembering, Daddy

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Creating 2015—Day 59:   Remembering, Daddy

February 27, 2014 at 11am in California:  I am on the phone with my brother Bill.  “I think Monday will be too late,” he says.  He has just come from talking with Daddy in the back bedroom at the farm.  “Really?  But Lori asked the hospice worker if next Friday would be soon enough for me to fly back in and she said yes but I still changed it to fly back on Monday.”  I was just in MO seven days ago.  “Monday will be too late,” he quietly says again.  The eldest of my siblings, Bill knows the implications of what he’s saying to me.  I do, too.  My heart races.  Tears well.  “Okay. I’ll get on a plane.” I am at the Los Angeles International Airport sitting in my...

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Creating 2015—Day 58:   Hot Tub Time Machine 2

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Creating 2015—Day 58:   Hot Tub Time Machine 2

What can I say?  Hot Tub Time Machine 2 is full of futuristic dick and fart jokes.  Just the kind of teenage boy humor I love.  I thought the first one was funny and the trailer for the second one made me laugh.  But, unfortunately, even the usually super funny cast can’t sustain this stinker.  It was 93 minutes of non-stop stupid, crass, ridiculous comedy—not that I actually laughed very much.  But I did laugh out loud occasionally. I’ll admit I’m not proud of laughing at the Choosy Doozy Fuck a Dude sequence, but I did—loud and hard.  And not that anyone was in the audience to notice—it was me and two other people in the entire theatre—but I dated myself by laughing...

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Creating 2015—Day 57:   An Opportunity For Growth

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Creating 2015—Day 57:   An Opportunity For Growth

I have been getting an annual birthday reading from the same astrologist for a decade.  Silvia Guersenzvaig.   She works out of the Esalen Institute in Big Sur and I highly recommend her if you’re into that sort of thing. Go ahead.  Start with the Steve Martin jokes. “Let me check my lucky astrology mood watch,” etc.  I know it sounds hooey hooey, but she is a beautiful human being and I look forward to my two hours on the phone with her once a year.  Her voice and energy are loving, calming and supportive.  She doesn’t claim to be a psychic, she’s reading your charts based on her almost 40 years of experience in the field.  She tells you what’s in your stars.  And you...

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Creating 2015—Day 56:   What I meant was…

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Creating 2015—Day 56:   What I meant was…

Screenwriter Cindy and I had a text exchange Monday night about the direction of this quick polish we are doing on The Botox Party script getting it ready for a contact of ours.  It was about whether she should try and implement this note I gave her at our “In-Cync” lunch on Saturday.  I just found out that what we each thought the other meant in their text was the exact opposite of what we each actually meant and she acted accordingly.  In other words, she spent the last two days writing in a direction I thought she wasn’t going in.  I feel so bad!  It’s my entire fault. All I had to do was pick up the phone and clarify that she understood what I was saying and I...

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Creating 2015—Day 55:   What was I thinking?

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Creating 2015—Day 55:   What was I thinking?

With my 4pm Thai food for dinner yesterday, I mistakenly had a Thai iced tea as my beverage—one of my favs—but I paid for it last night when I could not for the life of me fall asleep!  What was I thinking?  A Thai iced tea is a deliciously sweet and creamy tea.  But it is usually made with black tea, which has caffeine in it.  I don’t do caffeine.  I don’t drink coffee or soda and I usually avoid it in my hot teas.  I am extremely sensitive to the lowest levels of caffeine. Granted, I was wired after writing my post last night about The Member and Me, which was just a mere seven hours ago—hey, seven is a key number in that project…it’s another sign!—so that didn’t help...

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Creating 2015—Day 54:   Website Down, Rain & Thai Food

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Creating 2015—Day 54:   Website Down, Rain & Thai Food

I spent the entire day in front of my computer working.  The day started rather stressfully when writer, producer, director, actor extraordinaire John David Hartfield from New Street Pix called me to tell me our film project The Member and Me’s website was down.  He was all, “I guess we let it go?”  Uh, no, we did not let it go, we are paid up and the site should be up and running!  Grrrr. After a rather frantic email to our website designer, the multi-talented, multi-hyphenate Denise Plumb from Seedless Pictures, asking if it was on her end (it was not) and being on hold for a half hour with our hosting service, I finally get a nice guy in billing to help me sort it...

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Daily Dose—LET IT GO

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Daily Dose—LET IT GO

What’s weighing you down? Let it go!   You are capable of becoming healthy, strong, independent, educated, financially secure and creatively fulfilled!  What’s stopping you? Sometimes you have to let go of the things, people, places, and behaviors that aren’t serving your greater good in order to create a new best you.  Whatever or whoever is weighing you down it’s time to let it or them go!  What are you holding onto that isn’t allowing you to grow, change, expand, discover, or create the life you want to live?  Is it happy hour, sugar, negative thinking, anger, a bad relationship, an unhealthy habit, a limiting belief system, an old idea of who you’re supposed to...

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Creating 2015—Day 53:   Oscar Fun!

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Creating 2015—Day 53:   Oscar Fun!

 The best present my ex-husband ever gave me was a gold plated Oscar.  He had it made from the real Oscar mold and the whole nine.  No idea how he did it, I think it was a shady deal.  It’s as close to real as you can get.  It’s just missing the base.    It is the centerpiece for every Oscar party or watching I’ve had in the last 15 or so years.  My past guests have held it as they gave their mock Oscar acceptance speeches.  Lately, I haven’t had any Oscar parties.  It’s just Uh-mazing Romantic Partner and I practicing our faux winning speeches.  It’s fun.  It’s silly.  It’s been one of my favorite nights of the year since...

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Creating 2015—Day 52:   An “In CYnc” Lunch

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Creating 2015—Day 52:   An “In CYnc” Lunch

I got to connect with my incredibly talented and always inspiring friend Cindy Yantis (AKA Screenwriter Cindy) for lunch this afternoon.  With book deadlines, her film short On Georgia’s Mind making the rounds on the festival circuit, and many projects in development, she is on fire right now!  And hard to get a meeting with these days! Cindy is an amazing writer.  And prolific!  She has written multiple screenplays, novels, essays, and is now working as a ghostwriter on several books.  She inspires me!  And I love her new website’s brand:  In CYnc—an unending flow of creativity.  Brilliant.  Just like she is. We are making a big push on one of those aforementioned...

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Creating 2015—Day 51:   Wake-Up Email

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Creating 2015—Day 51:   Wake-Up Email

I woke up to find an email from Eye-Doc Sis in my in-box. She was sharing an upsetting family challenge—her sister-in-law is battling breast cancer.  How awful!  My heart constricted and tears fell.  Good lord, I have been so completely and totally self-absorbed lately.  It was a much-needed wake-up email.  I need to snap out of my little selfish microcosm and realize that other people are fighting for their lives.  This terrible news reminds me that what I’ve been freaking out over for the last couple of weeks isn’t such a big deal in the grand scheme of things.  Eye-Doc Sis asked for prayers.  And prayers she will get!  I said prayers this morning after getting the...

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