My FIRST BLOG

The purpose of this site is to find a larger audience for the ridiculous amount of writing I do. How ridiculous, you ask? In just one year I wrote four novels, nearly completed a sequel to the second novel and collaborated with my friend Laura Hall (best known for her piano skills on Whose Line Is It Anyway?) on a musical “Room to Grow” that is, quite frankly, brilliant.  I have since written a screenplay, a sitcom pilot and a few more novels. I am nothing if not prolific. All the while, I have been raising my two daughters and Laura and I continue work towards mounting a professional production of the aforementioned musical.I also like to draw and/or paint.

My immediate future needs to be about marketing, while continuing to do what I love, and what better way to go about it than to write? The fact that pen and paper is my favorite medium may serve as a hindrance to my computer-impaired brain, but I am determined to get past that, and lets face it, if this has been posted then I am well on my way.

All of my novels, Searching for My Wand, On a Hot August AfternoonThe Salacious Marny Ottwiler and Crashing Into Us, are all available for purchase on Amazon. http://www.amazon.com/Bridget-Straub/e/B006KEG0KE/ref=ntt_dp_epwbk_0 Go check them out!

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My Summer In Pictures

photo (5) photo 2 (30)IMG_1724It wasn’t all smooth sailing but fortunately it all worked out.

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Fantasy Fail

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As a struggling writer I have to choose carefully when it comes to submitting my work to contests, classes or workshops. I decided to take a chance with NYWIFT (New York Women in Film & Television) because this opportunity was geared specifically to women over forty, and sounded like a fun experience. It offered the following:

The only program of its kind, The Writers Lab evolved in recognition of the absence of the female voice in narrative film, along with the dearth of support for script development. The lab offers 8 promising films by women over 40 a springboard to production.

The Lab will take place September 18-20, 2015, at Wiawaka Center for Women, on Lake George. Caroline Kaplan (Time Out of Mind, Personal Velocity), Kirsten Smith (Legally Blonde, Ten Things I Hate About You), Jessica Bendinger (Bring It On, Aquamarine), Mary Jane Skalski (Win Win, The Station Agent), Gina Prince-Bythewood (Secret Life of Bees, Beyond the Lights), Lydia Dean-Pilcher (The Lunchbox, The Reluctant Fundamentalist), Meg LeFauve (Inside Out, The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys) will be serving as mentors, pending scheduling. Mentors advise in one-on-one meetings with additional events to inspire artists to hone their creative vision. 

Fabulous, right? Well guess what, there were 3800 applicants, and the $55 I paid to get in will be funding someone else, because my script was not chosen. I hate getting my hopes up for these things, and yet if you don’t believe in your work than there is no reason to submit it. I thought (and still do) my script, Going on a Bear Hunt had something for everyone. By including a family of three generations, all going on an annual camping trip together, there are relatable characters for every age group. This movie truly could appeal to an audience of all ages. It would be a film the whole family could go to (assuming they refinanced their house to pay for movie tickets, but then that’s a whole other story) and have a good time. Thus the reason I was hopeful it would be chosen.

I knew it was a long shot as all contests are, but I allowed myself to imagine how great it would be to get a “springboard into production.” I hoped that this would finally be the break I have been looking for, but alas, I guess it wasn’t meant to be. It’s frustrating, but I will continue to work and hope that something even better is just around the corner. In the meantime, if you know of a producer looking for a light, entertaining movie that will appeal to the masses, hook a girl up!

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Wouldn’t It Be Nice?

photo (1)This showed up in my mail this morning and I couldn’t help but think, wouldn’t it be nice if this were showing up in mailboxes all over the world? Now admittedly, I can’t say with certain that this didn’t show up in mailboxes all over the world. Perhaps it has, and the response has just been slow. Incredibly, frustratingly slow.

What I really wonder is this; what is Amazon doing? Why are they advertising my books to me? Do they think I don’t know the stories? Do they think seeing them listed there, so reasonably priced, will encourage me to buy my own books? How does that saying go? “You’re preaching to the choir”? I know how good these books are. It’s the rest  of the world who has so far been a little slow to the party.

I am crossing everything I have to cross, that the party is soon to get underway. If you are looking for something to read this summer, or need an entertaining gift for someone, look no further. I have written you hours and hours worth of interesting, entertaining stories. Come to the party! It’ll be delicious in every way!

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I Have Been Thinking…

photo 2 (12)I am in Northern California again, staying with my sister, and loving on her two grand-babies, while spending some one on one time with my daughter Tessa, before she heads off to college. It’s a strange time of letting go and connecting all at once. There are certainly similarities between the grand babies and my own two girls, who are close in age, (although not nearly as close as the grand babies). Still, the toddler and baby scenario remains fresh in my mind, and is a time I cherish. It’s fun to relive the old days while proudly watching the beautiful women my girls are becoming.

Yesterday we went over to San Francisco just to walk the neighborhood of where Tessa will spend the next four years, and it was beautiful. You couldn’t have asked for a better day weather wise. Everyone was out walking, brunching, or taking a run through the park. I can picture Tessa there so easily, and I think it served to reaffirm for both of us, that she has chosen the best school for her future.

While Tessa and I are up here, Tori is home with my sister, working at a performing arts summer camp. I miss her, and yet I am so proud of how she is handling herself. Both girls have really matured this year and they are fun to be with. I am very lucky

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I Tend to Obsess!

photo (5)Sometimes obsession can be a good thing. It tends to lead to follow through, but lately I have been obsessing on aging. Even more to the point, on how I look as I age. I don’t want to have that pudgy middle that so many women have at my age, and I detest brown spots. For Christmas I received a Face rejuvenator. It’s laser light is supposed to lessen fine lines and brown spots. Does it work? Maybe a little, at least when I can remember to use it, but I certainly don’t think I look years younger as promised.

Weight has always been an issue. After all, I’m a girl, and right or wrong, most of us tend to fixate on our figures. Lately I find myself looking for miracle cures. Sure I know eating well and exercising are in order, but I want a boost. Something that will give me quick results and thereby keep me going. It’s too frustrating to work your ass off for minimal results. I want to look like the beautiful people. Is that really so much to ask?

Yesterday I was flipping through a magazine and saw an ad for SeroVital-hgh. I have often made fun of various celebrities and their obsessive quest for youth. I would never inject myself with anything just to look younger. That’s going too far, right? Now it comes in pill form though, and the ad claims it can reduce body fat, increase muscle mass, boost mood, heighten your sex drive, get rid of wrinkles and tighten saggy skin. Why aren’t we all taking this? It says I could look and feel DECADES! younger!!

I know what you are saying; It’s too good to be true. I think that too, and yet I’d be lying if I said I’m not really tempted to give it a try. You know, just to see if maybe it could do even a fraction of what they claim. Perhaps they’d like to provide me with a free sample and I could document my findings. Let you guys know if I grow a second head, or dial it back so far that I look like a child. That kind of thing.

Sure it would be great to love myself as I am, and I know I shouldn’t be so shallow, but I like pretty things and I just really, really want to be one of them. What do you think? Are you completely satisfied with everything about yourself? Would you be tempted?

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Who Is Right

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I have been writing this new novel, Fighting Forty, but 97 pages into it, one of my sisters printed out the story so far. Last night that sister, as well as another of my sister’s and I were having a reading. We came to this passage; At home the house was rockin’. Mantha was listening to the same Christina Aguilera song she had been blasting for the past three days. It was from that God awful movie, Burlesque, and having memorized all of the words, she was dramatically belting along as she sang about first love. A subject I had noticed she was kind of obsessed with.

One of my sisters accused me of being so strongly opinionated and of never editing myself. I laughed and said I was not the character, and that it wasn’t my opinion, but that of the character herself. I was then told I can’t take criticism.

In fairness I have never even seen Burlesque. For all I know it’s a great movie. I know my 15 year old certainly loved this one song which is what inspired this scene. So I as you, who is right? Are characters with strong opinions offensive? Does the fact that I just find it funny mean I can’t take criticism? Did you see Burlesque and like it? And if you did, would it bother you if a character in a book said it stunk? I am genuinely curious. It certainly not my intention to offend my readers. I’m just trying to create strong characters.

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Never Cause a Scene?

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I was on Facebook and someone had posted a list of advice a teacher had given to his students before graduation. Among other words of wisdom, were the words, Never Cause a Scene. Wrong! At least in my book, anyway. I would advise, Know When to Cause a Scene.

Obviously you don’t want to make a spectacle of yourself, nor do you want to gain the reputation of being an hysteric, but there are times when it’s important to stand up. Times when your beliefs are being challenged, or when you, or someone else might actually be in danger. Life throws all kinds of twists and turns our way, and I think it’s vital that we not stand idly by when we witness injustice or fear for our safety. Sometimes you have to risk causing a scene.

I think my advice would be to breathe deep, remain calm, be brave, and make a scene only when necessary.

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