Wednesday, August 19, 2015

The Universe Sending Me Signs

So yesterday, this happened.

I took this as a gigantic sign from the universe that my memoir is going to happen. I’ve been working on a visual project for my nonfiction workshop – the memoir in pictures/images. I took the project one step further and created a soundtrack. I was playing this song all day.

I told Chad that Cabron captures the spirit of the memoir. He sang a few seconds of it for me. Totally made my day. It’s such a nice feeling when someone whose work inspires you turns out to be a humble, grateful human.

It’s very gratifying seeing the memoir taking shape. I’m a bit ahead of my timeline so I’m going to play around and organize the memoir both chronologically and thematically and see what works best. I still have the last part to write but I have written some flashes (500-800 words nonfiction pieces) about the scenes that make up the last section.

I want to make another movie based on my massive love affair with LaLa Land (what the end of the memoir is about).


Monday, June 22, 2015

Inspiration from Junot Diaz

Writing Update

I should be further along in the memoir but I'm happy with my 130 pages.

I've been taking two writing classes simultaneously, I don't know what I was thinking but I survived, mostly because the Novel II class (where I'm working on the memoir) had a 4 week break, we start back up this Thursday for four more weeks.

My CNF class just wrapped. I workshopped 10 pages (one piece) and 25 pages (3 pieces), the last piece is ongoing and will be my next memoir. In this class we had to write a flash (500 words) piece every week. So I have 8 flashes and got a total of four pieces workshopped. I'm going back to another CNF class at the end of July.

It's been crazy taking two classes (a lot of reading, critiquing, full time job & 2 hour commute), I used the Novel II class to work on my memoir and the CNF (Creative Non Fiction) to develop other work that is not in the memoir. When I complete my first memoir, I will be close to finishing the 1st draft of the second book/memoir/creative non-fiction.

I've started submitting work - fingers crossed my stories find a home.

As much as I love to beat myself up for not doing enough, I have to say I'm pretty pleased with myself.


PS - I've been taking these classes at Writing Workshops Los Angeles
My teachers (Seth & Chris) are fantastic, I wholeheartedly recommend this place.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Sunday Night Wakefulness

There's something about Sunday nights that riddles my body with anxiety and I'm lucky if I get 4 hrs of sleep. I don't want to be dependent on NyQuil or Tylenol PM so I join the land of insomnia and on Monday mornings I have a Diet Coke to get me through the day. 

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Memoir Update

92 Pages or 27,150 words. I'm taking two classes from Writing Workshops LA; a private NF workshop with Chris Daley and Novel II with Seth Fischer. I got stuck with the memoir and needed to work some things out before I could continue. I wrote other stories until I figured out what the memoir needed and today I went back to it. The goal is to write 50 pages by the end of June and an additional 100 by August so I can start the 2nd draft in September.

I met a group of fabulous women, we get together once a month for a submission party and submit our work to literary journals. I've submitted three pieces, they were not ready to go out into the world yet but I have nothing to lose.

I am grateful for the muse and my drive to get this done. 

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Bindercon Los Angeles

            As someone new to writing, I have a lot of catching up to do. I’m always looking for classes and events that will take my craft to the next level.

            Earlier this year I did an online search for “Writing Conferences Los Angeles 2015”, one of the top five results was “Out of the Binders / Symposium on Women Writer’s Today”.  I clicked on the link and was happy to see I had not missed it.  The event was taking place at the end of March (last weekend) at UCLA's Carnesales Commons.
            The description on the website “A symposium to empower women and gender non‑conforming writers with tools, connections, and strategies to advance their careers” sold me. The promise of diversity and the affordable price made me sign up right away. I took advantage of the early bird discount, the best $125 I’ve ever spent.  
             The program was still being developed. Every week or so, I received updates on what panels, events and speakers had been added. I was shocked and pleasantly surprised at the number of women of color involved. Keynote speakers included conversations with Filmmaker Gina Prince-Bythewood on day one and with Poet Claudia Rankine on day two. These two ladies were truly motivating and got things off to a great start.
            Every panel I attended had at least one woman of color representing. My one “complaint” is that this conference had so many fantastic panels and conversations that they overlapped with one another. I wish I could have cloned myself but a lot of the conference was video taped so hopefully that content will be available soon.
            My favorite panels were:
             “Writing the (An) Other: A Workshop on Writing Other Genders, Races, Sexualities and cultures” taught by Elmaz Abinader & Faith Adiele both VONA instructors. The main message is don’t pander, write well-rounded characters and stay away from using food comparisons when describing them (mocha/chocolate skin, almond eyes, jalapeno lips etc.). They shared different ways to approach writing the (an) other; reading works by and about people like your character, going to events where your character might be present, interact with people like them. Observe how your character moves in the world, keep a diary from your character’s point of view.

            “The Only Girl in the Writer’s Room” with Cherry Cheva (writer/producer, Family Guy)
, Jessie Gaskell (writer, Conan)
, Alexa Junge (writer, Grace and Frankie, Friends, The West Wing) & 
Robin Schiff (writer/producer, Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion). Any panel with Robin Schiff is worth the price of admission, she does not shy away from telling it like it is. They talked about how f*ck*ed up it can be for female writers in Hollywood but at the same time, they gave advise on how to fit in, how to deal with certain situations, how to dress and how to stand up to misogyny in the work place. Most importantly they stressed the importance of mentors (male or female) and that when it’s your turn to pay it forward by hiring women.

Friday, March 20, 2015

As of last night's writing, I have 80 pages or 20,000 words of my memoir written.

I am halfway through my Novel I class. I get workshopped on 3/30.

I signed up for Novel II on Thursdays starting in May and a private non fiction workshop on Tuesdays at the end of April. This reminds me of the time I took the directing, acting and improv classes all while Matt and I were looking for a house to buy.

Here's the link for Writing Workshops Los Angeles -

My goal is to be done with the first draft by the end of August.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

I Miss You

I have no words to describe the heartache and numbness. Michele Serros passed away on January 4, 2015. 

We were supposed to grow old and sip sidecars while we gossiped.  

I am grateful for your friendship and the beautiful women I now call friends because of you. THANK YOU for the gifts and blessings you bestowed upon us. The world is a better place because of the legacy you left behind.  

Friday, January 2, 2015

Happy 2015

David Sedaris is one of my favorite writers, I love his self deprecating humor and how he weaves family memories into painful, poignant and hilarious masterpieces.  I recently saw him perform and he opened the show with this story.

Leviathan - Ways 2 Have Fun @ the Beach by David Sedaris