Thursday, April 23, 2015

Holding On!

Life has been flying by these days... faster than I can keep up with. This time yesterday I was sitting in a meeting with Academy Award-winning screenwriter Geoffrey Fletcher discussing my feature screenplay Nobody's Darlings and today we are getting ready to head to Emory for a brain MRI and check up. I'm trying my very best to hold on for this crazy ride and make the most of this time, but sometimes... it all becomes very overwhelming. I am very thankful for the many opportunities that have come my way and I am praying we receive good results today. I am also looking forward to taking a break soon and getting some serious R&R!

Getting the opportunity to share Nobody's Darlings with Mr. Fletcher was an incredible honor. Having someone of his prestige read your script is very surreal and unbelievable. He gave me wonderful notes and I look forward to tackling my second draft very soon. I found myself bragging to him about two things: 1) About how my husband is so smart, owns every movie, and could hold his own in any film history conversation, even with the biggest film buffs - like Martin Scorsese. I love to brag about Jon, but y'all know that! And 2) Before I even knew what was happening, I started telling him to watch out for talent coming out of Atlanta - in particularly for female directors! I have so many friends who are on the brink of their first features and I am so excited for them! I have an upcoming date with a group of female filmmakers where we are all going to chat about our screenplays and discuss upcoming projects. I am so honored to be a part of this group and I can't wait to see all of my friends and fellow peers grow and flourish in their art. It's a very exciting time! I'm thankful to be in Atlanta and to be a part of exciting things happening at SCAD. A big thank you to all my professors who helped make this happen. I am beyond grateful and could never thank you enough!

I'm trying to keep my head on and tackle midterms and while all this is going on, so are rehearsals for Chatt Hills Community Theater's production of Our Town. I am having the best time working with my wonderful neighbors and friends in bringing this beautiful play to life! We are about one week from opening night and everyone has worked so very hard. Again, being a part of this is an absolute honor and I will post photos very soon! As I move away from theater and more into my path as a filmmaker, I feel this is the best little farewell I could give myself. I don't feel that theater is my path, but I will always hold a very special place in my heart for being on stage. With that being said, if I ever had the opportunity to play any character in a Tennessee Williams play... I'd probably still do it!

Lastly, as I mentioned before, today is a doctor day. These days are terrible and writing before heading to the hospital is definitely helpful. Jon is feeling well, but these appointments are always nerve-wracking and I always get terrified of what the scans may show. I don't want to live my life in fear. In all the chaos, I'm trying to just breathe and pray. I am thankful for the support we have from so many. I'm excited about a new campaign sponsored by LUNGevity and will post about it next. Many in our lung cancer community are thriving and more research is bringing about new clinical trials and medication. Please continue to keep all of these wonderful people in your thoughts and prayers!

I'll close out now and get back on the roller coaster! In about week, when Our Town goes up and midterms are over, I'll have a chance to breathe and take a step back. Thanks to all of our many friends and family members who keep us sane. We love you all! And just putting it out there... if anyone wants to come clean our apartment, you are absolutely welcome!!! And this is minor, but it's that time of the year again and Harper is shedding like a mad dog. She scratches like crazy night and day. If you have any home remedies for itchy pet in hot weather, please send along!

Love to you all, 

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