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Photography Challenge: Week Two

It didn’t take me very long to decide on how I would complete week 2 of the Dogwood 52 Week Photography Challenge after I saw what the focuses were: (1) the Rule of Thirds and (2) motion.
Do you know who is always in motion? Small children.
How many small children do I know that love being on camera? Three.
Perfect.

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Why I'm Not Moving to Los Angeles

Because I had agreed to get on board with the aforementioned television show and decided to seize the opportunities within my reach, I also decided to buy into the idea that in order to be successful in film and/or television, you have to live and work in Los Angeles. Now, I do want to be clear that not everyone who has been encouraging to me and my creative endeavors has touted this idea and those who did, I believe, were well-intentioned. However, I had heard it enough from people around me and the myriad of professionals sharing their knowledge online: “If you really want it, you have to live here.” And I do. I do want it. But...

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Feeling Far Away From Myself

The past year has been a whirlwind. By this time in 2017, I had placed in one screenwriting contest for the London Film Awards and made it to the Top Ten in ScriptFest. If you had told me then that I would advance in several more and win another by the time the year was up, I’d probably think you’d gone mad. In addition to that, I was asked to be part of the development team for a television show scheduled to pitch to major networks. All the time and effort I had been spending on my writing was paying off with tremendous opportunity and honestly, in a shorter timespan than most spend in their pursuit of a Hollywood career. I was closer to becoming a professional screenwriter than I previously believed was even possible for me just a few short years ago. And I yet I felt incredibly far away from myself. Now, I know that might sound quite confusing so let me try to explain.

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What Do I Write About?

I used to have a wall in my bedroom that was covered with several corkboards, one for each project I was working on. One day after cleaning the house, I decided to take a breather and had a lie down on my bed facing said corkboards. Examining the photographs of characters printed for my ideal casting, photographs of locations and even floor plans for houses they live in, and going over the stories in my mind, I came to a realization in my mind that went something like this:

Holy shite. All my leads are either coming home to their families or protecting their homes and their families.

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The Greatest Love Story I Know

This week is Valentine’s Day week and your social media feed will undoubtedly be filled with pictures of gifts, gestures, and #RelationshipGoals but I wanted to take this opportunity to tell you the greatest love story I know which became the basis for everything I have done in my writing and which still influences my life in ways I am only beginning to understand. I do want to say that if you decide to read on – and I hope you do – this blog post does contain spoilers to some of my works. But I hope that in reading it, you can understand why I am so moved to write about it.

I want to tell you about my grandparents.

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