I am a writer/director living in Los Angeles. My film The Big Deal won the Imagen Award for Best Theatrical Short. Currently working on pre-production for my short films, developing a feature and writing a memoir.
Whenever I notice I'm neglecting the blog, I always say I need to blog more. This time, I have a good reason for the long absence, I am WRITING.
I took four memoir writing classes at Santa Monica College last year. It was challenging writing such personal stories and sharing them with a room full of strangers. There were days when I didn't want to write or go to class. I didn't want to visit the past, I had already spent a hell of a time living it, getting help in the form of therapy, shedding the old skin, purging bad habits and healing. I am here in the present, where life is the best it's ever been BUT the stories want to claw their way out of me and I have this driving desire to rip them out and put them out to world. Writing what will eventually be a memoir started draining me physically and emotionally by the end of 2013. I didn't want to stop writing so I put the memoir to the side and started writing about another time in my life.
I wrote about a crazy experience from my teenage years. This is the piece that's occupying most of my time. I want to get it as polished as possible and use it as a writing sample to apply to a writer's program. It will be part of a book of short stories about coming of age in Washington Heights.
I do miss working on the memoir. I will take it up again in about two weeks when I'm done with the fiction piece. I plan to divide my writing time between the memoir, the short stories and my screenplays.
I'm looking forward to all the great things 2014 has in store for me.