The Spider Relocation Project (AKA Office Renovation) @ 3:15 AM

A RECAP (with spiders) Current office space. Depressing. Crowded. Ick. Soon-to-be-Room-of-my-Own The Shed has been home to random boxiness since we moved in almost 3 years ago. Before The Shed-to-Den-of-Awesomeness project begins. And the current inhabitants are going to have to move. After a lot of heavy lifting and the relocation of 37 spiders (32 Daddy Longlegs and 5 Wolf Spiders) We have . . . empty space! And the spider relocation project is a success! However, they revisited me in my dreams during the 3:15 Experiment. from The 3:15 Experiment August 7, 2010 A jar of spiders in the sun daddy long-legs paddling the air they must be relocated re launched     spider astronauts flying in the wind through space     moments before touching down on cement block or...

Start the Year with Kindness

Several years ago I had the privilege of working for Puget Sound Community School in Seattle, WA. At that time, the school was only a few years old and had no fixed address. Classes were held in different places on each day of the week (from a retirement home to a community centre to a church to a frat house). Mondays we had field trips and/or community service and on Fridays students had mentorships in the community. There were no grades. Discipline happened democratically. The kids were amazing. I was having so much fun I couldn’t believe I was getting paid to work for them. The founder and director, Andy Smallman, is a visionary educator, although I don’t know if his down-to-earth nature would call it anything other than passion. And his passion is...

The Inside Story from the Inside Passage

It’s almost 11 pm and I still haven’t finished packing. I’ll be out the door at 6:45 AM to drive down to Seattle to catch the Celebrity Infinity cruise to Alaska. I’ve never taken a cruise before, and frankly I’d never wanted to until I found out about Dara Mark’s class Engaging the Feminine Heroic, which takes place on the ship. It’s billed as a “7-Day Women Writers’ Retreat at Sea” and it’s going to be a blast. Dara Marks is the author of The Inside Story: the Power of the Transformational Arc. I highly recommend it for those who’d like to develop authentic, character-driven stories. A dozen women, mostly over 40, hanging out for a week at sea and taking a class with Dara Marks. How cool is...

Training for the CyberSpace Open: A script per day!

When I started my 10 day screenwriting challenge the other day, little did I realize how this might get me in shape for one of the most interesting screenwriting contests I’ve seen:  Screenwriting Expo’s CyberSpace Open. The contest is set up in round-robin (elimination) style. Each round the participants must write a five page short script around a specific premise. You can write from anywhere. To win you need to survive 3 rounds, each with a tighter deadline than the last. In the final round, the top 10 writers have only 90 minutes to write a 5-page script. Whew! I’ve been writing a short script per day for the past 7 days. I missed one day, so I only have 6 scripts. I was hoping to write 2 today, but I don’t think that’s going to...

Joss Whedon’s Equality Now Speech

Introduction by Meryl Streep. Whedon’s speech begins at two-minutes. Very cool.

When Life Gives You Bad Reviews… Make Lemonade.

A writer friend of mine shared this with me today.