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Archive for the month “July, 2015”

Is This Your Granny?

02162015_SweetGrandmaI met a sweet, soft-spoken lady in her late 70s/early 80s while walking on the beach at Port Aransas on Mustang Island, Texas, back in February 2015.

This gentle lady was ever-so-slowly collecting shells and we started to chat.

She told me that she was gathering the shells to make a hanging shell display for each her two teenaged grandsons. I could tell she put thought into every individual shell, to make sure it was the best of the best for her grandsons.

I didn’t realize that her reflection was in the photo of this shell at the time, but when I offered her the shell for her project, she accepted.

A second shell I offered her didn’t “make the cut” for her collection. She was very particular about the quality, color and size of shell.

As I left the beach about an hour later, this dedicated granny was still there, so I snapped these three photos from afar.

02162015_SweetGrandma3PhotosI wish I could get these photos to her grandsons so they could fully realize how much effort, work & love went into her gifts.

(c) Amy Oakley, 1027 Productions

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Fastest Little Yorkie in the West! (Based on a true story)

FASTEST LITTLE YORKIE IN THE WEST!
(Based on a true story)

Bella the little Yorkie was trotting down the middle of a busy street one Sunday morning, minding her own business, when all of a sudden, two trucks and a car started chasing her!

Bella stole a quick glance over her shoulder hoping they’d leave her alone, but the people then started yelling, “Come here!”

“No way,” barked Bella, and she fired up her Yorkie Turbo Engine, and the race was on!

Several times, people jumped out of their vehicles to chase her on foot. Ha! Nice try, humans. Up ahead, Bella spotted the perfect getaway from these crazies… oncoming traffic lanes!

Unfortunately (but luckily) for Bella, at that exact moment, one of those crazy humans following her in a big blue truck slammed on the brakes, jumped out of her truck and yelled, “STOP!” Bella had no choice but to obey.

Bella04Thanks to a HomeAgain microchip, Bella did not have to do “hard time” overnight in the Aransas Pass city animal shelter.

Knowing there are such insane humans in the world who would stalk her so persistently, Bella wisely decided that life was much better with her Mama, and retired her wanderlust for unsupervised Sunday morning strolls forever.

The End.

(c) Amy Oakley, 1027 Productions

A Name Is Power To A Character

“A Name Is Power To A Character”

For me as a writer, it’s imperative that my characters have names that represent their energy, personality, faults and dreams, especially the main characters.

Some of you may remember a blog post last year when I FIRED a main character from my Romantic/Comedy screenplay because her name (and all that she represented) wasn’t a good fit for the role. It just wasn’t working, and I had to let her go.

(But not to worry – that character will turn up in another one of my stories, to be sure.)

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Selznick & Leigh (Courtesy Photo)

Enter “Brandy.”

Brandy embodied exactly the traits I was looking for in that main female character. Once I cast Brandy – well, her name, that is – in that coveted role, everything worked! All I had to do was transcribe her actions, interactions, reactions and dialogue.

I think I have an idea now of how David O. Selznick felt when he was introduced to Vivian Leigh on the set of the Burning of Atlanta scene in the filming of “Gone With The Wind.” His year-long search to find the perfect “Scarlett O’Hara” was a bust, and he’d filmed just about every scene he could around her. However, the instant he met Ms. Leigh, he instantly knew he’d found “Scarlett.”

Yes, Brandy made it work. She gelled perfectly with the other characters – brought out their worst, and brought out their best, all the while growing up herself during the process.

Good job, Brandy, and thank you!

Let’s hope the screenplay contest judges feel the same way.

Write on,

AmyO.

Screenplay Possibilities!

June 2015 was a busy & wonderful month for my creative writing endeavors.

06012015_ScriptSubmitted2I completed, polished and submitted my Romantic/Comedy screenplay to three national Screenwriting Contests:

► NYWIFT, WritersLab
► Bluecat Screenplay Competition
► Final Draft Big Break Contest

If it doesn’t place in any of these contests, it’ll be ready for the Austin Film Festival & The Academy’s Nichols Fellowships in 2016.

Fellow Screenwriters, I’m curious to know what your favorite screenwriting contests are for feature-length scripts. Your comments and suggestions are most appreciated.

If the first half of the year is any indication, 2015 is well on its way of being “The Year of Triumphant Success!”

Write on,

AmyO.

So Tina’s Death Is Not In Vain…

I lost a sweet friend named Tina almost a month ago to the day.

06252015_TinaThis was a little tribute I wrote as a way to express my grief and shock. Please take heed of the warning about mixing prescription drugs, and knowing how much you took, and when.

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June 21, 2015 – My friend Tina passed away this morning in a hospital near Houston.

On Wed., June 17th, Tina made the tragic mistake of mixing prescription drugs and too much. Sadly, she was scheduled to start her new job in a few days, and was very excited but nervous, so she took the meds to calm her nerves. Whether she forgot she took a round, or felt that the dose she took wasn’t working, we’ll never know, but she took that fatal 2nd dose. Because she was so sedated, she was not breathing correctly that night, which led to carbon dioxide poisoning of the brain.

She was unresponsive early the next morning, and went into cardiac arrest on the way to the hospital. Her body also took a toll from two heart attacks in less than 48 hours, and doctors confirmed there was no hope of recovery. Tina passed peacefully surrounded by family & friends. She was only 52.

Tina always had a smile for everyone, never met a stranger, and she will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

Reminder to please know the appropriate dosage of prescription drugs, do not exceed the maximum you’re allowed to take, and keep track of when you’re taking it (write it down!).

As Tina’s story proves, making a mistake with prescription drugs can be deadly.

Love & miss you, Tina.

Hugs,

AmyO.

Little Wren Family

Little family of wrens nesting in my late Grandma’s ivy plant.

07192015_BabyWrensMy Grandma loved birds, and I can imagine the happiness it would bring to know her plant was a tiny bird nursery.

According to my research, these little ones should be taking flight two weeks after they hatch, which will be around July 24th.

Unfortunately, I also learned these seemingly sweet, vocal birds can be the worst of neighbors to other species of birds by destroying their eggs and ransacking their nests.

(I certainly wouldn’t be telling Grandma about their dark side!)

Nonetheless, I wish this little feathery family the best of luck as they take to the skies in a few days. I’ll post photos if I’m lucky enough to catch the moment.

Fly high & enjoy the view,

AmyO.

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