Tuesday YouTube: Overboard (Film Remake)

A quick video on my thoughts in regard to the film remake of Overboard.

How about you? Did you like or dislike the remake?

 

 

 

 

 

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10 Films Based On Short Stories

Are all movies produced from screenplays only?

Nope.

Many have been inspired by novels. Think Harry Potter and Twilight. But, did you know that there are a large number inspired by short stories?

Here are a few just to give you an idea:

Sleepy Hollow – based on Washington Irving’s The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

The Birds – based on Daphne du Maurier’s story with the same name

Minority Report – based on Philip K. Dick’s story with the same name

I, Robot – inspired by a collection of short stories by Issac Asimov of the same name

Candyman – based on Clive Barker’s collection of stories in the Books of Blood

They Live – based on Ray Nelson’s Eight O’Clock In the Morning

Dark Water – based on Koji Suzuki’s Floating Water

Screamers – based on Philip K. Dick’s Second Variety

The Thing – based on John W. Campbell Jr.’s Who Goes There?

In my next post, how does a short story get selected to be a film?

Friday Favorite: Captain Kirk (Quote)

 

I’ve long been a fan of the Star Trek television series and films, and out of all the Captains, James T. Kirk has always been one of my favorites.  Although I do enjoy the version by actor Chris Pine, the one portrayed by William Shatner will forever be the best.

The most memorable quote by Kirk (Star Trek V The Final Frontier):

(The full quote: “Damn it, Bones, you’re a doctor. You know that pain and guilt can’t be taken away with a wave of a magic wand. They’re the things we carry with us, the things that make us who we are. If we lose them, we lose ourselves. I don’t want my pain taken away! I need my pain!“)

This quote resonated with me on so many levels both personally and as a writer.  Our painful experiences deepen and enrich our lives, and make us the individuals we are.  Without painful experiences, how else are we able to sympathize and empathize with others?  They make us human.  Our painful experiences also enable us to be better writers.  To create real characters that our readers can identify with.

For me, on a personal level, I’ve decided to keep my pain instead of seeing shrinks to help ease them.  Not (just) to punish myself (yeah, morbid), but they help me craft better poetry and disturbing stories.

Sounds so Stephen Kingish, eh?

This is probably one of the reasons why I write dark stuff although lately I’m attempting to write Romance (but of course they’ll have some dark qualities in them).  Life is real, and it’s hard.  Life isn’t all roses and sweet.  But, it does have moments of hope and love and laughter.

Being human is complicated.  Full of layers.  Both good and not-so-good.

Like Captain Kirk.

What about you?  Do you have a favorite quote that resonates with you?

 

 

Iconic Series: Movie-Saturday Night Fever

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We can’t visit the 1970s without looking at the movie that shaped the decade: Saturday Night Fever.

This movie did several things.  It propelled disco music and dancing to great popularity as well as made actor John Travolta a house-hold name for the upcoming decades.   The soundtrack of the movie featured several songs by the Bees Gees which quickly became one of the top soundtracks of all time.  This did wonders for their singing careers with Staying Alive as one of their most recognized songs.

(A side note: In case you didn’t know, Saturday Night Fever has a sequel, Staying Alive which interestingly enough was co-written and co-produced by none other than-Sylvester Stallone)

Motionpoems: Short Film & Interviews

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I’m interrupting my usual posts to bring you a special short film: Creased Map of the Underworld

 

This film took a poem written by Kim Addonizio which was then put into motion by film-maker Bryan Michurski.  It’s gritty, and it’s dark.   After watching it, you may never look at the world, or death, quite the same again.   Through Motionpoems, I had the honor of interviewing both Kim and Bryan.  You can read it here.

Reasons Why Christmas Is Great For Writers

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If you’re a writer, especially if you write fantasy of any kind, Christmas season is a wonderful time of the year.

 

1. Magic is in the air: there’s something about this particular holiday (out of all holidays) that no matter where you go, you can sense magic in everything. And for the creative souls, the magical feel tends to be extra strong.

2. You’re already a kid-at-heart: with holiday cartoons and movies and music galore, and don’t forget all the yummy sweets that accompany Christmas…how can you not feel like a kid again?

3. Christmas tends to re-awaken the muse: I can only attest this to be true for me.  I love the idea of a man and his elves and reindeer residing in a magical place where we can’t see…as a child I envisioned this place as a beautiful haven in a world that was too focused on “reality.”

 

What about you?  What does Christmas means to you as a writer?

How To Jump-Start Your Muse

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Ever have days when no matter what you do, you just can’t get going?  The harder you try, the more frustrated you get, and still nothing.  There are dirty dishes in the sink, the laundry hamper is over-flowing, and to top it all off, you’re worrying about making your paycheck stretch ’till the next payday.   Recently you lost a loved one to a horrible disease, and one of your siblings is going through a nasty divorce.  Life can be so distracting at times, and all you want to do is write to take your mind off them even if it lasted for only a few minutes, you desperately need that reprieve.distraction

How can you do this when the muse refuses to cooperate?

1.  Take a deep breath.  Sit back in your chair, close your eyes and let yourself be immersed in the sounds around you.

2. Next, acknowledge all the things that are bothering/distracting you, and the reasons behind them.

3. Then write them down in a notebook, or type it on your electronic gadget.

From personal experience, many times these were all that was needed to jump-start my muse; but, not always.

What can you do then?

4. Put on some music.  For me, non-lyrical types work best especially ones from soundtracks for movies.    The “film scores” station on Pandora is  a great place to start (and it’s free!). Tunein (internet radio) is another great (also free) place to check out.

5. Move.  You’ve probably seen this particular one on many writing sites as a possible solution to “writer’s block” and I for one can definitely say that it does work (most of the time).  Go outside and take a walk.  Try some gardening, or mow the grass.  Wash those dishes, or start a load of laundry.  For many, taking a long shower or bath does wonders for them.  Busying your body with an activity other than writing tends to free the muse/mind to wander to wherever it desires to go; many a writer have had an epiphany this way.

 

If all else fail,  pick up a book and lose yourself in it.      Book reading

Five ways to tell you were meant to be a writer (or perhaps admitted to an asylum)

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For those just starting out and even those who’ve been immersed in the writing craft for years, doubts about our true purpose as  writers tend to creep in from time to time.

Are you truly meant to be a writer?

How do you know you’re not toiling in sweat and suffering from constant loss of sleep  for nothing?

Here are some ways to find out:

1. After going a period of time without lifting a pen (or a finger to the keyboard), you find yourself pmsing.

2. After watching a really sappy romance movie, you have an insane urge to pen your own version of the story only that it stars you with a gorgeous eye-candy in hot pursuit.

3. You spend three hours in the bathroom, standing in the dark, acting out a favorite scene in one of your stories over and over and over again.

4. Sleep is optional, coffee is not.

5. Your significant other thinks you have a multi-personality disorder and tries to schedule you an appointment with a shrink.

 

There you go.  If you suffer from any or all of the above, you’re a writer (and a crazy one at that)!

 

(Note: No, you didn’t count wrong.  Challenge number five was to read and comment on at least five different blogs)

 

 

 

 

 

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What’s In A Blog (this one in particular)?

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I’m continuing to participate in Jeff Goins’ 21 days of intentional blogging and his challenge today is a doozy for me.  He wants us to identify three particular elements of our blogs:

1. Subject

2. Theme

3. Objective

 

I’ve been blogging for oh, seven or eight years now and I honestly haven’t given much thought to any of these elements.  Well, better late than never…let’s give this challenge a whirl shall we?

Subject

The subject matter for this blog generally bounce between genre and serial writing to poetry/motion poetry to movies and to various issues within the entertainment and writing industries.   This is probably one of the main reasons why I named this blog “A writer and her adolescent muse” since my mind moves all over the place and rarely sticks to just one main subject; or, perhaps my muse has ADHD.  Hmm…

Theme 

The theme for this blog mostly centers around the contemplative/philosophical aspects of the creative life.

Objective

This is probably the easiest element for me to nail down.  I’ve always intended to use this blog  as a way to have open dialogues with other writers.  Being a writer these days tends to be a lonely venture for me so I started this blog so that I can meet and chat with others about issues and topics we are passionate about.

 

What about you?  Do you have any ideas about what your blog is about (in regards to subject, theme and objective)?