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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She’s Leaving Home!

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It’s almost time and I could not be prouder, but oh how I will miss her!

Tomorrow night Tessa will be acknowledged in a special ceremony for the accomplishments she has achieved throughout high school. Among them, maintaining straight As the entire time. On Thursday she will pick up her cap and gown, and on Monday she will graduate. On Tuesday she will travel to Northern Calif. where she will start her first real job. And, in late August she’ll begin college.

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Life is moving fast, full steam ahead, and it’s exciting. I know this child is going to succeed beyond her wildest dreams. I’ve always known it. She is truly special, and I’m not just saying that because I’m her mom.

As much as I am going to miss her, I can’t wait to see all that her future holds.

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Four For Four

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Here’s the deal, four books for under four dollars, for forty eight hours! That’s a good deal, right? From 8:00a.m. on Weds., May 20th, until 8:00a.m. on Friday, May 22nd, each of these books will be only .99 cents. Download one, or better still all four! It’ll cost you less than a cup of coffee. http://www.amazon.com/Bridget-Straub/e/B006KEG0KE/ref=ntt_dp_epwbk_0

Once again I ask that you share this info with everyone you know. Shout, share, tweet, etc.

And as always, thank you!

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Is It All For Naught?

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I have a film script, Going On a Bear Hunt, that I have been working on, and which I have considered submitting to the NYWIFT (New York women in film & television) for a workshop they are sponsoring in September. Presented by NYWIFT and IRIS, The Writers Lab is funded with the generous support of Meryl Streep. The Lab brings 8 women screenwriters over the age of 40 together with established mentors from the film industry for an intimate gathering and intensive workshop at Wiawaka Center for Women on Lake George, NY from September 18-20, 2015. The Lab is presented in collaboration with the Writers Guild of America, East. Sounds cool, right?

There is a small fee to submit as is always the case, but it could be great…or a big fat waste of time. I mean let’s be honest, I suspect a whole lot of people will be submitting and so the probability of my getting in is pretty slim. My script is for a family film, and that too could or could not limit my chances. On the one hand it has a little something for everyone. It is centered around a family camping trip that includes grown kids, their children, and of course the grandparents, who have something to tell, but are hesitant to do so. It’s both funny and heartwarming. It is not however, an action/adventure film, or a remake, or a sequel, which is all that ever gets made these days.

On the plus side I have the story exactly where and how I want it, but I do not have the proper formatting down. That would require purchasing the (rather expensive) software for Final Draft, which is not in my budget. Now maybe they would overlook the formatting issues in favor of a good story. Who knows?

The thing is, I was on my way to Del Mar this weekend, when the opening line for a new novel popped into my head, and now I want to write that. I have yet to get a single review for my last novel, Hanging From the High Wire despite contacting more sites than ever before. I am at my wits end as to how to promote the novels I do have published, so why on earth would I start another?

There is also the entire first season of a show with the working title, On Thin Ice about a new hockey team and it’s owners, that I have written. What the hell am I doing people? And more to the point, what should I be doing? I love Going On a Bear Hunt, & On Thin Ice, and yet writing novels is kind of my thing. Do I submit the script, or do I write the novel? And while I’m asking questions, how on earth am I going to get some reviews for Hanging From the High Wire? I need to be bringing in a salary here and I can’t stop writing long enough to figure this out, even though in truth, I have spent a ridiculous amount of time trying. I guess all I’m saying is, woe is me! Please fix this for me immediately and thank you in advance!

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I’ll Tell You What I Want…

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What I really, really want… Coffee and adventure, mixed with millions of book sales of course, but a large vanilla blended form Coffee Bean, HEAVEN! Couple that with a road trip, and who could ask for more?

I’m tired of my surroundings, as nice as they are. I mean let’s face it, there are worse places to live than in L.A. , particularly when you consider the neighborhood I am in. I am lucky and I know it, but that does not keep me from craving blendeds and some new scenery. I want the wind in my hair, and the sun on my back. I want a quaint town with an old fashioned main street, or better yet, the cobblestone streets of a European village.

I want to go up to San Francisco where my daughter will be starting college in the fall, and really get to know the streets she’ll be living near. I want to people watch and come up with new characters and locations for future novels and projects.

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That’s what I want, what I really, really want! In case you were wondering. By the way, have you bought Hanging From the High Wire yet? http://www.amazon.com/Hanging-From-High-Bridget-Straub-ebook/dp/B00VY7FFGC/ref=pd_rhf_dp_p_img_3

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I wish…

my space 016It’s Mother’s Day and although it is a day I celebrate with my kids, I can’t help but miss my own mom. She has been gone for over twenty years and it seems as though with each passing year, I have more questions I wish she could answer. Whenever I see those posts about who, dead or alive, you would most like to have dinner with, my mom is always at the top of my list.

I wonder how scared she was when she first had to go to work, left alone after my dad died. After all, she was left to raise five small kids on her own, minus a man she referred to as the love of her life. I wonder how she survived the trouble my brother got into as a teenager, and if she could have helped ward off some of the trouble my own son got into during his teen years. I wonder what difference her presence in his life could have made. He was only five when she passed but they loved each other.

I wish she’d gotten to know my daughters and that they’d gotten to know her. I watch my sister, now a new grandmother to two baby girls, and I think how lucky her grandkids are to have her. She gives them the unconditional love that I know my mom would have given to our kids. I see how she delights in everything they do, and can’t help but feel my mom was cheated.

photo 1 (3)Mother’s Day is filled with love, hope for the future, and memories of the past, but it is also a little bittersweet. I wish my mom had been allowed to stick around longer.

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Good Things Can Happen

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Sometimes, even on a dark and gloomy day, when all that can go wrong seems to be doing just that, something nice can happen. Something that reminds me that despite those who break promises, or cancel at the last minute, there are still nice people in the world. People who are supportive and generous.

Jacqui Brown is one of those people. A fellow author, whom I have only met once, but with whom I have become Facebook friends, has just released a book of no nonsense advice, The Art of Giving a Fuck. http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_i_1_12?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=jacqui%20brown&sprefix=jacqui+brown%2Cstripbooks%2C268 Don’t let the title offend you because this is someone who may be able to help you. She takes the mess that life sometimes throws our way and she finds a way to not only make it bearable, but funny.

Today has had some disappointments, but she has cheered me up and who knows, she might be able to do the same for you! Check her out.

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