Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Sunday, December 21, 2008
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Monday, December 15, 2008
Friday, December 12, 2008
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Monday, December 1, 2008
Friday, November 28, 2008
Friday, November 14, 2008
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Thursday, November 6, 2008
Monday, November 3, 2008
Friday, October 31, 2008
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Friday, October 10, 2008
Friday, October 3, 2008
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Thursday, September 18, 2008
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Friday, September 5, 2008
Friday, August 22, 2008
Monday, August 18, 2008
Friday, August 15, 2008
Monday, August 4, 2008
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Friday, July 25, 2008
Thursday, July 24, 2008
Thursday, July 17, 2008
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
Wednesday, July 2, 2008
Tuesday, July 1, 2008
Friday, June 27, 2008
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Thursday, June 19, 2008
Saturday, June 14, 2008
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
Friday, June 6, 2008
Monday, June 2, 2008
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
Monday, May 19, 2008
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
Thursday, May 8, 2008
Tuesday, May 6, 2008
Thursday, May 1, 2008
Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Sunday, April 27, 2008
On Friday, I came home to two packages, and since I was only really expecting one - a swap package from my Ravelry swap partner filled with some amazing goodies - I was a little shocked to see two. I thought maybe I forgot that I ordered something. That wasn't the case, though, and the second package contained a pleasant surprise! I won a Microsoft contest and the prize was Microsoft Office Professional 2007! I haven't loaded it onto my computer yet because I'm trying to decide if I want it on my desktop or my laptop or if I can actually load it onto both with the license I have. That would be ideal, but there may be restrictions, although there was no fine print or anything.
Friday, April 25, 2008
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
Monday, April 21, 2008
Thursday, April 17, 2008
Grand Jury Award"Racing Daylight" Directed by Nicole Quinn
Best Feature Film"Cold Play" Directed by D. David Morin and Geno Andrews
Best Documentary Film"In the Wake of the Assassins" Directed by Robert Clem
Best Short Film"The Gift Wrapper" Directed by Daniela De Carlo
Audience Choice Award"All Along" Directed by Robert Masciantonio
Special Mention Best Cinematography"A Thousand Hills" Directed by Mary Allison Wilmarth
Honorable Mention Creative Romance"Boyfriend Latte" Directed by Mark Sanders
The Heart of Fairhope Award"Jim and Jung" Directed by Matt Paulson
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
Monday, April 14, 2008
This will be a fairly easy one. My family and friends support my growth. They always support me no matter what, and are always there to encourage me when I'm feeling down. In particular, my mother is very supportive of my growth and often tells me that she is supportive and proud. My dad is supportive and proud too, but he doesn't often say it. He does show it in other ways, though. He tends to show his feelings by teasing or joking with people, so when he jokes about how I should know something since I'm going to be paying for my college education until I'm 50 years old, I know it means he's proud of me for graduating from college.
My friend Chris, who is really more like a soul mate, although not in the traditional sense of the word, is totally supportive of my growth. He's so supportive of it, in fact, that he often nudges me toward things that would accelerate growth when I'm not sure I can do it. He has more faith in me than any other person on the planet, and for that I will always be grateful.
There are so many others in my life who support my growth as a person, as a professional, as a writer, and as a Christian. These are all important areas in my life that I want to see grow and thrive, so it's nice to know that I have support from all these people to help make it happen.
This show is so funny - seriously, I have never laughed so hard! I'll review it at some point, but if you're in Fairhope and love Southern comedies, you have to call the theatre immediately to get tickets! The box office opened today!
Sunday, April 13, 2008
It was a lovely afternoon, and as the weather continues to warm up over the next few weeks, I look forward to many more like it!
Friday, April 11, 2008
Thursday, April 10, 2008
The squares are large, so you only need four of them for a small throw. The first time I saw a complete version of the blanket, I thought the leaves all coming together in the center looked a bit like a flower, so I decided to make it a poinsettia. It obviously won't look exactly like one, but it'll give a nice impression of one, especially if I do the leaves in red and the background in green. The pattern has some clearly defined sections, so I'm changing colors in the logical places and will hopefully use up most of the yarn my aunt gave me. It'll probably end up being a gift for my mother, because she saw the pattern and loved it. I'll see how I feel about it after it's finished. I may love it too much! It's quite easy and quick, which kind of shocked me. I expected it to be very difficult. Well - we'll see how I feel when I get to the next section!
Monday, April 7, 2008
Wednesday, April 2, 2008
Tuesday, April 1, 2008
Monday, March 31, 2008
I did manage to do some knitting while lying on the heat/massage mat, and because of the wonderful laptop purchase, I was able to do a little writing too! Not nearly enough, but it wasn't a completely nonproductive weekend.
So it's Monday and I'm heading to work in a few minutes. I'm taking publicity photos for the theatre tonight, so I'll get to see how the show is coming together. It's always fun to see show during the rehearsal process.
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
Monday, March 24, 2008
This last one is in honor of the childhood memory story. This wisteria bush isn't nearly as big as the one that covered the tree I talked about in that post, but it is still beautiful.
Sunday, March 23, 2008
After the cantata, my sister took the kids to their dad's family for their Easter celebrations and I was alone in the house at last! I did laundry all afternoon and into the evening. I still have one load to do, but I can do it tonight. It's so nice to look in the closet and see all your clothes hanging there, and to look in the laundry hamper and see no dirty clothes to wash. I do hate doing laundry, but it's one of those things that must be done.
Saturday, March 22, 2008
After their search, they decided to hide eggs and Noah and I had to find them. We raced across the yard "looking" for the eggs that were hidden in the most obvious places. The only bad thing was that Kohl thought it would be great to hide one of the real eggs under the house, so he tossed it under there. We had to crawl under the house to retrieve it, otherwise the smell in a few days would drive me away from my home! That would be bad, wouldn't it?
After Noah and I finished our hunt, the kids ate the real eggs and then decided to hide the plastic ones around the interior of the house for several hours, alternating who got to hide and who got to search. It was adorable.
Friday, March 21, 2008
We had pizza for lunch at my favorite little pizza place. Noah wanted a sandwich, so I sent him to the sandwich shop next door with some money and he brought his food back and ate it with us.
Thursday, March 20, 2008
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
Monday, March 17, 2008
May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind always be at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
and rains fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand.
We sang a lovely arrangement of this blessing when I was in high school concert and show choir. We always ended every concert with it. I absolutely loved the arrangement and have loved the sentiment since first hearing it. Have a wonderful day and don't forget to wear green!
Sunday, March 16, 2008
My sister and I have never been really close. She tends to keep people at arm's length, especially people who are in her family. In recent years, we have formed a better relationship, but still there was always distance. We are really different people and have very different lives, but we are sisters and nothing will change that. This weekend she reached out, and it was a truly amazing experience for me. I think what she is going through right now will help us grow closer, because I will be there for her throughout the ordeal and beyond. Hopefully we can be the sisters I've always wanted us to be.
I spent a lot of time with Noah this weekend. We didn't do much, just went to see a movie and then played computer games while watching Psych (my newest TV obsession) on DVD, but it was great quality time. That kid is growing up to be an awesome person. I can't wait to see what he becomes.
I bought a laptop this weekend! I've needed one since the first one I bought crashed (after about 5 years of solid use, so that's pretty good) and I happened to have the money for a very nice one that I found on sale. It is great, and will do everything I need it to do, especially for my writing and for the times when I have to go out of town for work. It just about killed me to be without a computer last week while at the conference.
Friday, March 14, 2008
Thursday, March 13, 2008
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
2008 FAIRHOPE FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES COMPLETE LINEUP
FAIRHOPE, AL. – February 29, 2008 – The 1st Annual Fairhope Film Festival (FFF) is thrilled to announce the complete lineup of films slated to screen at the event, April 3-5, in Fairhope, AL.
This new festival has received numerous entries from all over the world and has selected 15 great pictures that boast a wide variety of dramatic, documentary, short and student films. Among these films, 5 of them are World Premieres; 2 Features, 1 Documentary and 2 Short Films. The FFF is also proud to showcase "Racing Daylight", an Independent Feature staring Academy Award Nominee David Strathairn, as our Opening Night Premiere Film (Thurs., April 3rd).
Visit www.fairhopefilmfest.com for more information; updates regarding film schedules, venue locations, and tickets will also be found on the website during the next few weeks.
The complete lineup, by section and with synopsis descriptions, follows below.
"Racing Daylight" is a ghost story, a murder mystery and a love story which crosses time; told as three short films in two different times (1860s/present), and from 3 points of view, it stars Academy Award Nominee David Strathairn (Bourne Ultimatum, The Spiderwick Chronicles, Good Night and Good Luck). Dir. by Nicole Quinn
"All Along" - Richard Harrison has a wife, job, and two teenagers. While every midlife working stiff descends into daydreams in order to escape mundane reality, Richard doesn't merely scratch the surface of his fantasies, he physically enters them for moments at a time, until he's forced to snap back into reality with humorous results. This film stars Krista Allen (Final Destination 4 "filming", What About Brian "TV", Feast "Project Greenlight"). Dir. by Robert Masciantonio
"Cold Play" is the psychological suspense story of a trophy wife's desperate attempt to break free from her dangerously possessive husband. Cold Play is tense, sexy, psychological thriller with lots of twists and turns and a shocking ending. Dir. by D. David Morin and Geno Andrews *World Premiere*
"A Thousand Hills" - Awkward 13 year old David tries to save his family's farm from an evil land-developer using the only thing he has - his voice - to make a CD and to win the heart of Kelly, the prettiest girl in school. Through many ups and downs he learns who he can trust and who he can't as he grows from a boy into a young man. This film is based upon true events. Dir. by Mary Allison Wilmarth
"Train Master" is the tale of a grandfather (Jeremiah) who works for Western Railroad in the Northwest; his two grandchildren share his passion for trains. A wealthy heir to a railroad line on the East Coast purchases Western Railroad and kicks Jeremiah out of a job, leading him to despair. The two grandchildren along with a few friends end up on a runaway train; the grown men are forced to make amends and strategize a solution to save the kids. The film tells of an adventure between friends, family and the value of respecting others. Dir. by Phil Bransom
"Forgotten Coast" - On August 29, 2005 Hurricane Katrina swept through the Gulf. You may think you know about the effects of this storm, but you are wrong. This is about the people of the Mississippi and Alabama coasts, struggling to reconstruct their lives and adjust to their rapidly changing culture along the Forgotten Coast. Dir. by Jamie Christensen Johnston
"In the Wake of the Assassins" - In the mob-controlled town of Phenix City, Alabama in the 1950s, a crusading lawyer is assassinated after he is elected attorney general on a platform of 'Man Against Crime'. His son reluctantly takes his place, vowing to clean up Phenix City and find his father's killers. Dir. by Robert Clem *World Premiere*
"The Reckoning – Remembering the Dutch Resistance" - The Reckoning is not only a true and historic documentary about courage in the face of extreme prejudice and war, but it's also about a love story within this genocidal madness that ends in tragedy at a German concentration camp. Dir. by John Evans
"Jim and Jung" - Quirky, paranoid and obsessed with fortune cookies, Jim is forced to face his fears after a fortune prophecies of his certain doom. However, when challenged by his equally underachieving yet loyal friend Frank, Jim finds courage, love, and life where he least expects it. Dir. by Matt Paulson
"The Gift Wrapper" - The Gift Wrapper is a Christmas Tale about a girl who wraps gifts with lots of love and care, until one Christmas love finds her and that becomes the best Christmas gift one could ever get. Dir. by Daniela De Carlo *World Premiere*
"Boyfriend Latte" - A sassy young female executive has a deep desire for a boyfriend who will be honest, true, faithful and passionate, but can a woman and a take-out coffee have a real long-lasting relationship? Dir. by Mark Sanders *World Premiere*
"Creepers" - A group of clumsy rainforest creepers secretly become super heroes who stumble through rescuing their fellow creatures from the sabotage of the sinister creeper at the local festival. (Animation) Dir. by Mark Simon
"Dark Devotion" is a story about Emily who is in a dream world. She is overcome by her past and must face the emotional cancer of her mother, if she is to have any hope of waking from her deep coma. Dir. by Jordan Kamellard
"Taste of June" - A young girl falls in love with the boy of her dreams, much to her overprotective mom's chagrin. Dir. by Amirah Hakim-EL
"Finding Harvey" - A couples' heartfelt attempt to restore what was rightfully theirs flirts with the felony of kidnapping and also paves the boundaries to adulthood. Dir. by Dina Kadisha
At the heart and soul of every festival, you can find the volunteers. The FFF truly believes that Volunteering is extremely important and we are currently looking for more people willing to be part of this new and exciting film world and culture. Please visit www.fairhopefilmfest.com for more info on how to become a FFF Volunteer.
The Fairhope Film Festival (FFF) is striving to create a truly unique experience in the world of cinema. The FFF will bring a collection of films to the local community on the Gulf of Mexico; movies centered on a central theme..."Romance". The FFF is also determined to become an ongoing, annual tradition showcasing talented filmmakers from around the world. The FFF is committed to giving filmmakers the best experience possible: extensive promotion of their films which are screened several times in theatres packed with attentive audiences, while enjoying the hospitality of the staff and volunteers in a storybook type charm destination which Coastal Living Magazine described as one of their top 10 most Romantic Destinations.
The Fairhope Film Festival is dedicated to presenting independent film and providing cultural and educational events in the gulf coast region year round.
This festival will be held on Thursday, April 3, 2008 – Saturday, April 5, 2008. For those who are not able to attend the festival, the top 2 films will be shown on Sunday, April 6, 2008 after the festival is over.
So today it's all about catching up and getting things accomplished. I have an application to finish and a few packets to create.
Tonight I have to create and send the publicity for the next show's auditions and I need to schedule a photo session for the current show. It'll be a busy week of catching up, that's for sure!
Friday, March 7, 2008
Today is Noah's birthday. He's 12 years old! I love this kid more than anything else in the world. I hope he has the best birthday ever and that the rest of his life is filled with love and laughter, because he has done so much to fill my life with those very important things. Isn't he beautiful?
One thing I really liked about this film is that it doesn't take itself too seriously. With Jack Black and Mos Def leading an ecclectic cast of characters, you can't expect it to be serious, right? When Black's character Jerry tries to sabatoge a power plant that he believes is trying to control him through microwaves, he gets more than he bargains for - he gets magnetized. The next day, when he enters the failing video rental shop where he and his friend Mike spend most of their time, he inadvertently erases the video tapes in the shop. The store has been left in Mike's hands while the owner, Mr. Fletcher (Danny Glover in a wonderful performance) is otherwised engaged, so Mike and Jerry have to figure out how to keep the very few customers happy until Mr. Fletcher returns.
The plan is born out of that despiration - they will shoot the movies themselves and rent them to an unsuspecting public. They were not prepared for the popularity of these "sweeded" versions of popular films, however, and they soon receive a lot of requests for a variety of different films.
I'll be honest, the plot surrounding the sweeded films was not as fun to watch as the films themselves. I died laughing at their rendition of Ghost Busters, and the very small piece they showed of their version of Men in Black was hilarious as well.
As it turns out, renting sweeded versions of movies to the public is a violation of copyright, which creates a snag they were not expecting. Their attempts to save the video store from demolition and to save the owner from prison and fines for copyright violations seemed inadequate until the community got together and created their own film.
It is surprisingly touching in the end, but what I personally remember most about the movie is how much I enjoyed the sweeded movies. Back in high school, some of my friends did this to amuse themselves. Who knew that years later someone would make a movie about it?
Thursday, March 6, 2008
Today's topic: What strengths have you developed over your life?
Wednesday, March 5, 2008
Tuesday, March 4, 2008
Monday, March 3, 2008
Friday, February 29, 2008
Thursday, February 28, 2008
I realized today that I haven't posted a picture in a long time, so I wanted to fix that right away! I need to start carrying my camera everywhere again. I've missed some amazing sunsets these last few weeks. Anyway, I took this picture on a nature trail in Gulf Shores. The beach is about a mile from this spot, but the trail takes you right to it. There are so many amazing trails in this area - I don't think I'll ever manage to cover all of them! I'm going to try, though.
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
Monday, February 25, 2008
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
Anyway, we had about 50 people audition during the two nights. It was pretty amazing! I was happy with the turnout, especially considering the dreadful turnout for Misery. I felt responsible for the poor turnout for Misery because it was my first time doing publicity for a theatre activity. It turns out that people just were not interested in being in a two person show. This time, they poured into the theatre. I really enjoyed watching everyone read. I don't envy Tim the job he has of casting 17 roles from the 50 people who read.
Tomorrow starts our final week of Misery. Three shows down, 5 to go...
Friday, February 15, 2008
First, the technical details. The show can be seen on CBS on Friday nights when it airs, but because of the strike, it was placed on temporary hiatus until more shows could be written and produced. Now that everything is solved and the writers are back at work, new shows will air beginning April 11. All previous episodes can be downloaded from iTunes for under $25, and I would recommend doing this because it's a great way to catch the overall arc of the show. I love watching a show in order without any long breaks between, because you can really sense the continuity that way. So get the previous episodes and catch up before April 11, and you will certainly join the ranks of "willing freshies" who love this show with all their hearts!
Now, the story. Mick St. John is a private investigator in LA. He's intense, gorgeous, broody, and clever, but there is also a sense of humor and wit about him that really makes him a special character. Oh yeah, he's also a vampire. He was "turned" by his new bride - talk about a wedding night surprise - and is reluctant to embrace his dark side. There have been glimpses of his past, however, and they indicate that this was not always the case. He even states in one of the show's well-placed voice-overs (which remind most fans of old detective films) that he was once like most people, looking out for himself, but one case made him see that he needed to turn his life around and help people. As far as I can tell, they never truly explain what about that case made him turn into a "good vampire," but I think it was that he saw how inhuman vampires can be and he vowed not to be that. I won't go into details about the case because it was one of the early reveals in the show and I don't want to spoil it for any virgins out there.
So we meet Mick while he is going about the normal business of being a private investigator in LA, following a case of a girl who has puncture wounds in her neck, which explains his interest. We also meet Beth Turner, a reporter for an Internet news outlet called BuzzWire. There was a little nod to Lois Lane in one of the episodes, where the editor says something about how Beth should have been able to spell the word "predator" by now. I loved it. :) Beth and Mick meet in the first episode, but there are hints that they have seen each other before.
That's it for the intro, but I'll be back to review each of the first 12 episodes in the next couple of weeks. In the meantime, download this show from iTunes. You will not regret it.
Tonight is opening night for Misery, and if someone had told me last week that we would be ready, I would have called them a liar. Last night's invited dress rehearsal, however, proved to me that this cast and crew can pull it off after all. The show was far from flawless, but it worked. The audience was interested and not a single one said anything negative as they left the theatre. When I'm running lights, I can wear anything I want, so I don't look like I'm involved with the production. I use that to my advantage and listen to people as they leave to see what they really thought about the show. Usually, I hear comments about what they liked or disliked, but last night I only heard good things.
I managed to get some work done on Draha while waiting up in the booth for the set crew and actors to figure out set changes this week. We had several long rehearsals, and when your only responsibility is to turn the lights on and off, you tend to have some down time. I took a different approach to it this week, and I think it's working out really well. I wrote "book 1, book 2, book 3, book 4, and book 5" across the top of a piece of paper and put lines between them to create columns. I then created rows across the page so that I had something like a huge spreadsheet. I identified things I needed to know about each book and wrote each thing down in the appropriate box. While doing this, some great ideas came to me, especially in the row for identifying characteristics of each island. I can't say more than that, but trust me when I say it's going to be very cool!
I signed up for another swap on Ravelry, and this time I'm making a hat for someone. I have to go get the yarn today or tommorrow. It won't be on the progress bar because it's a surprise for my swap partner, but I'll post photos after it has been sent to her. Now to find a good pattern...
My sister is looking for a new job. She called me today to see if I knew of anything, but since I'm not looking anymore, I've been out of the loop on the job situation here. I'll need to check on that this weekend and see what I can tell her.
I finally broke down and bought a Tivo. It came by UPS two days ago, but because of the show I haven't been able to hook it up. I'm going to buy the cables tonight and will hook it up tomorrow, just in time to test it out on some shows that will be on while I'm at the theatre tomorrow night. I've already made a list of all the shows I'm going to "Season Pass," so I'm excited about that. I just discovered a show on CBS called Moonlight. Because I tend to like dark stories, I've really been drawn in and can't wait to see what the writers are going to do with it. The last episode before the strike really begins to weave some interesting mythology that I think could be an intriguing overall arc for the entire series. I haven't really been "addicted" to a show in awhile, but for some reason, I can't seem to get enough of this one. Hopefully, it will be picked up for a second season.
The new job is still going well. Things are going to get hectic pretty quickly because of a big project that we have coming up, but that's the way I like it! I'm looking forward to seeing how everything comes together.