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Plucking the Weeds of Self-Doubt | awomansroardotcom. Most of the time when we begin to start our journey, we begin to feel normal and validated in and of ourselves. Then those little voicesof doubt creep in, doubt is a horrible demon that eats away at us little by little. There’s a way to combat that demon so the weeds it plants do not choke out the garden within each of us. First we need to examine the root cause of the doubt. These thoughts will typically be from two lines of reasoning one I am not good enough and/or lack of self-love. First remember you are human, and being so we make mistakes. Remember the past is gone to dwell on the past weakens you. One thing that is a huge indicator of a lack of self-love is that you’re making assumptions.

Realize we are human, therefore we are not perfect, we make mistakes. Join us next week, we will have our first guest writer. Like this: Like Loading... Finslippy. Grad schools -- Read blog labels think reading, writing advice. As some of you may have discovered, I've been pretty terrible about keeping up with emails the last few months. Part of this is due to me being over-extended and part of it is the result of me putting an email aside if I don't think I have enough experience to answer it effectively.

But a few of these are good questions that I imagine others would be interested in, so for now, I think I'll feature some of these questions on Tuesday Talkback. Today's question comes from Malcolm: I'm a 20-something, inexperienced, aspiring writer, and I'm hoping you can shed some light on MFA screenwriting programs. Specifically, do you think there's much value in the opportunities presented by these programs, in terms of getting a "foot in the door" upon graduation? When someone tells you "I got my MFA in screenwriting from AFI," does that really mean anything to you or anyone you know? For me personally, hearing someone got an MFA in Screenwriting doesn't impress me.

But would it be necessary? Cybernetic Tongues Tasting Babel | Poetry by Matt Spence. Interview: Karen Kirkland, Executive Director of the Nickelodeon Writing Program | kiyong's blog of creative pursuits. I met Karen in 2009 when I was a Finalist for the Nickelodeon Writing Fellowship (as it was called then). Even though I didn’t get in that year, Karen was very encouraging and supportive, and told me to stay in touch. I wrote another script, applied again, and was lucky enough to make it into the program the following year where I got to work with her and learn from her. It was an amazing experience and I’m so grateful to have had that opportunity. I wanted to do an interview with Karen to talk about some of the details of the Program. What’s your favorite part of running the Nickelodeon Writing Program? Oh! What distinguishes Nickelodeon from the other network writing programs? Hmmmm… I would say the obvious things are, we’re a year-long Program.

How has the program changed over the years? The Nick Writing Program has been in existence since 2000, but I think we’ve experienced our biggest growth over the past 8 years. The way in which we recruit writers has changed as well. Haha! Out of print writing. Cara Ellison » January: Storm Weather. The year has been wiped clean again; when it rains now I think about going outside to kick around in it instead of staying in stasis with my 3DS and Hakuoki. But I don’t go outside. I am thinking about how I have to leave home soon. I had an idea: to write about people who make games. Not the process itself, or games as ‘products’. I wanted to know how people’s lives are reflected in games. So I suggested that I go and see them, stay with them, and write about it. Sometimes I look idly at Patreon and the names there and I feel like I am crowdsurfing 300 or so fucking radically amazing people.

January was a hell of a month. Things I wrote I was proud of since last we talked: But please read my Embed With London story. I think that’s the thing I wanted to write. Many thanks to Tom Armitage for his help in wrangling the widgets on my website. To boy or not to boy. On top of the editing (which I'm trudging through, I swear. I haven't just tossed the manuscript into a wood chipper and pasted together what came out) us Wrimo winos have to begin thinking about how we're marketing our books. If you're never had to summarize 100K to 200K words down to 300 while keeping the spirit of your book alive AND convincing a jaded audience to fork over 99 cents for it, I'll level with you, it's about ten times more difficult than writing those 100K in the first place. I have a unique problem in trying to pitch my novel. The King's Blood has a dual lead, no obvious hero and leading lady, or clumsy heroine and hot piece she marries.

While Aldrin is my own spin on the spare to the throne struggling to find his own way, coming to accept his power and rising to the occasion, it's Ciara that's the greater divergent from the typical medieval fantasy novel. The slack daily. A ton of useful information about screenwriting from screenwriter John August. Introverted Wife. Blog : Mary Jo Pehl. Sooooo… the idea was that whenever we were invited to someone’s home for dinner or a party, I’d have cute odds and ends trays and dishes with which to bring food. I could leave it at the host’s house, and he or she wouldn’t have to worry about getting it back to me. On Christmas Day, I had dinner at a friends while THR had to work.

She had asked me to bring rolls. I’d been to Goodwill to scope out something to bring the rolls in, because I was gonna get all Martha Stewart up in that shit. I dunno, maybe I should keep it for just such a thing and try again… but… for now I’m putting it in the Goodwill box. A couple of months ago, I committed to getting rid of one thing I owned each day for a month. It was interesting to note, for my own sake, to reviews what I had held on to and why. However, stuff has a way of building up and before you know it, you’ve got a ton load of little crap that you don’t even know it is! …for instance: today, January 1, 2014, I cleaned out my sock drawer. (What? Radio theater: This is a casting call | This is something I’ve been thinking about and planning for years, and now it is a thing that is happening.

And if you’re so inclined and are one of the right persons for the task, you can experience it with me. We are going to restore to its rightful glory the magnificent thing that is radio theater. Do you see these people? This is Orson Welles and his wonderful Mercury Theatre, rehearsing for their 1938 production of “Treasure Island.” They were at the absolute top of their game, telling stories using only their voices and a few sound effects, and they had people on the edge of their seats, week to week.

Radio used to be the killer delivery system for great storytelling. So, with all that lovely fanfare, the O.S.T. If you’re interested, please email me ( By Ken Levine. Neil Gaiman's Journal. Nina Bargiel. Caissie's Thing. I posted this to my Facebook account a few days ago & I’m posting it here too, in case anyone who subscribes to this Tumblr, but isn’t my friend on Facebook, is interested. You’re missing some good comments from the original post, but that’s the price you pay for not wanting to know when I get in a fight with a friend from High School about gun control!

Probably worth it. I certainly could have written and edited this better, but my heart is true. I’m a pal and a confidante. A young twitter comedian friend moved from his home town to NYC to work as a comedian and TV writer, he hopes. He asked for my advice. Dear xxxxx, Congrats on making a move to further your career. I can only speak to my experience (which at this point, is kind ofdated) and what I see people your age/in your position doing now. New York is a fun city, but it ain’t easy making it as a writer here,simply because there are far fewer shows to be staffed on. Doing temp jobs is good. This IS new agey, though! Whyaduck Productions, Inc. -- Mort Sahl: The Loyal Opposition.

During the production and research phase of my film The Great Standups, I became fascinated with Mort Sahl. He is one of those artists whose impact on his field is so great that he influenced the work of virtually everyone who came after him, the same way Charlie Parker had such a seminal influence on jazz. Other than Will Rogers -- who practiced a good-natured folksy brand of political humor in the 1920’s and 30’s -- standup comedy prior to Sahl really had its roots in burlesque and vaudeville. Comedians typically came out on stage wearing tuxedos and were surrounded by leggy chorus girls. (Not that I have anything against leggy chorus girls.) A comic's jokes usually covered how bad his wife's cooking was or how fat his mother-in-law was.

Mort looked like a college student, eschewing the tuxedo for a V-neck sweater. He took the stage in 1953, carrying a newspaper under his arm and talked about the news. He also discussed the latest in fashion, the McCarthy jacket. Kelly Carlin's Polymind. Siren of She An age. A number. A vista to look out from. Now. I am part of this earth, again. I do not remember leaving it. No memory of ripping, or blood, or scream. Just the scab, the scar on my heart. My fingers tracing its outline in search of a way back to a memory, a glimpse.

Oh, so long ago. First spelling test? Mother crying? Breathing in fame like ether? Decades of chasing tails Finding no bodies. Like a song, a wind, I am sung back to my home by the siren of She. I am finding home here in Body, Place & the Other. I am the sea. Does Mind Matter? What would it take for your to really believe that you are welcome here on this big blue floating ball? How much proof do you need to show you that your very vintage of human beingness is exactly what is needed most right now on this whirling ball of carbon based life? I wish I knew the easy way to feel comfortable in my skin or to move about the planet as if I was the guest of honor feeling humbled and loved. Or does it? Split Down the Middle. The WEEKLY DICTATOR. 9 steps to writing dialogue with rich subtext | Charles Harris' Blog. A writing friend asked the other day, how do you write dialogue with strong subtext.

My first thought was to answer, “How don’t you?” For years, I’ve found writing subtext to be one of the most enjoyable parts of the process. But clearly he didn’t. He was having a problem. He knew that subtext meant the thoughts that the character is not saying – the ideas that are being suggested, but not actually voiced directly, below (sub) the text. And he knew that it was essential that dialogue had subtext, but somehow he was struggling to write it. Could I help? Be a subtext detective – Sherlock Holmes Sign of Four (Muse Distribution International) That made me stop and consider what I actually do instinctively when I’m writing dialogue and what lies behind what I do. The subtext to writing subtext! And I discovered there were nine steps to writing good dialogue with subtext. 1. 2. She starts to walk away. MIKE I don’t want you to go just yet. CLAIRE I can stay a little longer. MIKE Let’s talk. 3. 4. 5. Winifred Greenwood: 'Versatile Artist of the Silent Drama' Winifred Greenwood toured in vaudeville, performed in musical comedies, and did dramatic stock work before joining the film world.

She was versatile, consistent and a hard worker, helping her work consistently through the early days of film and into the early talkies. And she, like so many others, got her start in the movies in Chicago. Greenwood was born January 1, 1885 in Genesee, New York. Like so many other stars of the silent screen, she got her taste of the limelight at a young age. She told Motography that she made her debut as Leah in “Leah The Forsaken” at the age of 3, filling in for the play's regular little starlet. This taste of the spotlight woke something within Greenwood and by 10, she was performing regularly on stage.

She told the film magazines that she toured in vaudeville for three years, traveling with her mother until her mother died. Winifred Greenwood in "Pauline Cushman, A Federal Spy" George Field and Winifred Greenwood. Matt Debenham | The official website of the writer Matt Debenham, author of THE BOOK OF RIGHT AND WRONG. Apr 16th, 2014 ASSIGNED READING: William Trevor’s “On the Streets” (Part 1 of 3) New feature! Going through a piece of writing, workshop-style, and taking it apart to see how and why it works. Welcome to Assigned Reading! Mar 21st, 2014 LET’S STEAL FROM THIS: “But She Doesn’t Know It” MAD MEN's Matthew Weiner uses this phrase when he's breaking stories. Mar 20th, 2014 LET’S STEAL FROM THIS!

Writing needs more Tina Belchers. Mar 11th, 2014 Let’s Talk About the Writing on TRUE DETECTIVE TRUE DETECTIVE ended this week, and a whole lot of people were excited about its writing. The Conundrum of Men in Capes. Superman was always my favorite superhero. There was always a lost operatic elegance to his story in my opinion. Yes, he saves cats from trees and helps old ladies cross the street, but he is alone among us.

One of us, and yet not really one of us. A lost relic of another world, another time. One of my favorite character debates comes around Superman. I love that! See, Christopher Reeve had Superman be the real person and Clark Kent the performance, but more recently, TV shows like Smallville and Lois and Clark had it the other way around. I’ve been thinking a lot about superheroes over the last few years. He loves superheroes and together we have learned a lot about them. This is reality, of course, and I am fine, and my son wants to see more. I am to blame for most of my son’s excitement around Man of Steel.

I really, really want to see this movie. My favorite summer movie story comes at the expense of my brother. Do you remember the scene when the Dilophsaurus (thanks Wikipedia!)