Radiation Level: Mega Moon
Listening To: Missing Pieces by Jack White
Okay, so I have some new projects in the works, yo! Let’s see what fate has in store for FalloutGirl.
New Project #1!
I’m directing a short film. Yes. Not with kids. A real short narrative film that doesn’t involve fake blood, bar mitzvahs or a history lesson. The film is called Wink and is based on my play Ring Around the Collar which was produced in Arizona last year. Wink is about the perils of internet dating and hopefully will make every guy on Match.com think twice before “winking” at a girl he doesn’t truly fancy.
The exciting thing about this project is so far, everyone I’ve
begged asked for help has said YES. I’m used to NO, as in the AFI Directing Workshop for Women saying NO. NO is my default and easier than YES because it means I’m stuck and can’t move forward and it’s everyone else’s fault. But this isn’t the case right now, so far, here’s what’s happened:
Hey can I shoot at your apartment?” YES
Will you be my DP? YES
Will you be my art director? YES
Will you, a professional casting director, help me with casting? YES
Will you be my actor/actress? YES
I am humbled by the yeses. So now, I have to step up and move through the safety of NO and embrace the wild unknown of the YES.
New Project #2!
I have officially started writing my YA novel about Ada Lovelace. It is pretty crazy to go from screenplay to novel, it’s usually done in the other direction. It’s a pretty big adjustment to go from thinking visually and using minimal dialogue with heavy subtext to using as many freaking words as I want. It’s intimidating and 50,000 words seems like oh-so-many-words, but I’m going to do it.
With summer coming, I won’t be teaching and I’ll have the time to get the words in (when I’m not shooting/editing my short). When I write a screenplay, I try for two to five pages a day (seven to 10 if I’m on a caffeine-induced roll and on deadline). Can I do 1,000 words a day in novel format? I’m guessing that’s a bit ambitious. It’s going to be a great summer!