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Super Patience for the Supermoon!

I finally got one!

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I left the island by ferry boat late yesterday afternoon, then drove over to Rockport Beach to view the Supermoon.

It was a splendid blood red shade as it peeked over the horizon of the Texas Coastal Bend tonight. There were lots of “oohs & aahs” from the friendly crowd who gathered to admire the brilliant celestial globe gliding higher into the night sky.

While it was the second night of Supermoon gazing for some, it was the first time we had a chance to see it!

This past Sunday night, while everyone else was sharing beautiful photos of the Supermoon, Port Aransas was blanketed under a thick layers clouds to the east that blocked our view. But that doesn’t mean I couldn’t find beauty elsewhere in the sky!

The edge of those thick clouds made for a magnificent backdrop as the sun’s final light descended behind the western horizon.

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Later that same evening, the skies tried to clear up. Unfortunately, high-level clouds continued to obstruct my view of the Supermoon like a well-paid celebrity bodyguard.

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Several people I’ve met here on the island say that there will be one last chance to see this historic Supermoon with the moon rise tonight.

Hopefully, those pesky clouds will stay away! If not, I’m sure I’ll still find something beautiful in the sky.

Blessings to you,

AmyO.

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2nd Rounder in Austin Film Festival Screenplay Competition!

 

It’s Official! This is the good news I’ve been dying to share with you…

It’s an honor to announce that my Romantic/Comedy screenplay “ParentsMatchU.com” made it to the 2nd Round (Top 15%) of the prestigious Austin Film Festival Screenplay Competition!

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So, what does this mean?

#1) To *me*: It’s validation for hundreds of hours of work on this script – writing the original draft, the revisions, editing, scene arrangement, dialogue, character-development, etc.

#2) Festival Bonus: Admittance to private events and Round Table discussions that are only open to “2nd Rounders or Higher” during the 23rd annual Austin Film Festival.

#3) The Script: After some additional revisions, I’ll send it off to my industry contacts and other screenwriting contests, which will hopefully increase the opportunity for “ParentsMatchU.com” to be optioned by a studio or director, and eventually produced!

A huge *thank you* to my eagle-eye proofreaders Lorelei, Suzan & Patsy who gave so generously of their time to read the script and provide feedback/corrections prior to submission.

The complete list of 2nd Rounders and Semifinalists is available at this link:https://austinfilmfestival.com/…/screenp…/2016-sf-2rounders/

Write on!

AmyO.

Washing Away The Worries

06192016_RainsDuring the past few weeks, I’ve been struggling with several significant personal questions, such as whether to reconsider my RV summer travel plans, how to best assist a couple of animal welfare groups that are important to me, and to figure out why I was feeling so uninspired creatively.

After chatting with close family members and “inner circle” friends who I’m confident have my best interest at heart (as I do them), I discovered answers to most of my concerns, as well as a sense of relief that lifted my spirits!

Then, almost like a gesture of celebration, a large lone rain cloud formed overhead that same afternoon, which released a gentle but steady rain shower that lasted at least 30 minutes. As I laughed and lifted my arms to greet the cool raindrops pitter-pattering on my face, it was like they were washing away the last of my worries, and filling me with a sense of peace, purpose and gratitude.


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Austin Film Festival Submission!

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Scene-by-Scene Analysis, RV Style

With less than a half an hour to spare before the Friday, May 20th, deadline for the Austin Film Festival, I submitted my full-length Romantic/Comedy screenplay, knowing I had given my best!

This was the same script that I sent out to a few contests last year, mainly for feedback critiques and comments, so I could get the story, characters and dialogue ready for Austin Film Festival,  the “big kahuna” of screenplay contests, in my book.

Of all the screenplays (and short stories, for that matter) that I’ve written, this is the one that I’m most proud of.

Since the Austin Film Festival allows screenplays to be entered in both the Drama (Romance) and Comedy categories, I entered the script in both categories.

As you may notice by the photo, there were some unique challenges of the RV Life for hands-on scene-by-scene analysis… but where there’s a will, there’s a way. Additionally, I was lucky that plans to “move on down the road” were delayed, so I didn’t lose any time leading up to the deadline with traveling or break-down/set-up of the RV.

A big shout out to my Muse for the overtime these past two weeks – writing from 7am-3am, around my Day Job hours. Thank you!

Although I admit, by May 20th, my fridge was empty, my laundry pile was sky high, and I had not left the RV except to walk my dog Sofie-Darla… it was all consuming revisions! I’m pretty sure there are many writers who can relate to the manic frenzy of which I speak.

There have been a couple of people ask, “Do you think you’ll win?”

My reply, “My goal for this script is to at least make the 2nd Round; any higher than that will be gravy!”

Write On!

AmyO.

 

 

 

Goodbye for now, Mustang Island.

♫ TIME TO SAY GOODBYE ♫

After an amazing seven months at various locations here on gorgeous Mustang Island, it’s time to hitch up the RV and move on down the road.

One of my personal goals for 2016 is to haul the RV outside of the Texas state line, so this is a step in the right direction!

While I’m sad to leave Port Aransas, I’m equally excited about the new adventures yet to come…

Here are a few final photos from Mustang Island, 2016… See ya down the road!

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Boat Ride to St. Jo’s Island

01242016_StJo03Yesterday, my friend Michele (another solo lady RVer) and I visited St. Jo’s Island, which is right across the channel from Port Aransas on Mustang Island, Texas.

Since you can only get to the little island by boat, there is very little traffic, and because of that, the beach has an abundance of shells!

It was a perfect day weather-wise, too; sunny and warm, compared the rest of the country dealing with snow, blizzards and freezing temperatures.

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This is one of the reasons I love the RV Life: If I don’t like the weather, or neighbors, or city… I simply hitch up and go somewhere else!

In all the years I visited Port Aransas, I’ve never ventured across to St. Jo’s. It was worth it!

But a word of warning, there are no bathrooms! You can BYOTP (Toilet Paper), or if you’re like me, you just don’t drink anything earlier in the day and hope you make it back across the boat before you have to go!

Life is a journey. Enjoy every minute of it.

AmyO.

Are You Still A Writer Or What? The Struggles of a Writer/Photographer

For the past month, my life has been consumed with photography – bordering addiction, I happily admit. When I’ve got a camera in hand, I find myself excited, soothed, inspired, focused and alive!

My newfound passion for photography has left little time to write fiction.

So am I still a writer?

Since childhood, I’ve enjoyed dreaming up stories about characters who cross my imagination, then putting those visions into words on paper. So why would I question whether I was still a writer?

Back in June, I completed a feature-length Romantic/Comedy screenplay that I’d been working on for about 18 months. It was a joy – and a relief – to send it off to three screenwriting contests.

My plan was to jump right in to the next major project, yet I could not seem to “commit” to any one story. I tried a variety of tactics to force myself to choose a new writing project: bribing myself with goodies, denying simple pleasures, and everything in between.

So I picked up my camera in order to redirect my frustration.

WOW! I had forgotten how much fun this could be!

Granted, my Journalism degree required several photography classes, and my job as a sports editor and reporter at newspapers and magazines usually required that I provide my own photos for the articles. However, so much has changed with the introduction of digital photography that it’s been like a whole new adventure!

With my camera in tow, I could spend hour after hour taking pictures of sea shells and sand dollars…

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…or capturing images of photos of sailboats on a sunny Saturday afternoon…

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…or dolphins as they bring a ship into the channel at dusk…

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…or a pelican on the jetty waiting for a fisherman to throw her a fish…

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…or delicate flowers radiant after an island shower…

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…nightly festivities at a popular marina hangout…

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…or slow shutter speeds to create unique “painting with lights” images.09222015_AntiqueWhiteLights_BEST

The hours spent taking photos seemed to fly by in a blink of an eye – much like when I’m writing.

Therefore, instead of fighting this passion for photography, perhaps my current project isn’t writing, but instead seeing the beauty all around me with fresh eyes and new perspective though the lens of a camera.

Artistic expression is limitless, abundant and evolving. I am and always will be a writer, but that’s only a part of my creative soul.

Where will photography take me? I have no idea, but I promise you that I’m going to enjoy the ride!

Make it happen,

AmyO.

Finding Graceful Balance

Aug. 17, 2015
While walking on the beach this evening, I pondered why so many things in my life still seem out of control. Wasn’t the beach setting supposed to bring much-anticipated balance back to my world?

As I continued to stroll along the breezy shoreline, I was softly reminded that Balance, just like Happiness & Peace, is not a destination; it’s a journey. The ups and downs in life are as natural as the sea’s ebb and flow.

The key, I heard the wind whisper, is to be gentle on one’s self during the process.

“Breathe,” said my soul. “Balance is earned, not given. Every day you will work towards it, but not because it’s a race. Now, breathe again. Do you feel better?”
“Yes,” I said.
“Good. There’s your Balance.”

Moments after having this splendid epiphany, the local sand artist Kenny walked right next to me and built this gorgeous yet simple masterpiece. Graceful balance.

08172015_Sandman01I am grateful, and blessed, and on a wonderful journey! I’m thankful to those joining me for the ride!

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Thank you NYWIFT & Meryl Streep!

As some of you may know, I was a “hermit” for the month of May to complete my Romantic/Comedy screenplay for the New York Women in Film & Television​ Writers Lab mentor program’s June 1st deadline.

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Partial storyboard for my feature-length Romantic/Comedy screenplay.

On Aug. 1st, I received an email stating that approximately 3,800 submissions were received (wow!), but unfortunately, mine was not one of the 12 selected.

Courtesy photo from a Facebook post by Final Draft regarding the New York Women In Film and Television results.

Courtesy photo from a Final Draft Facebook post re: NYWIFT; The Academy.

Yet I still have a smile as big as Meryl Streep’s at the Oscars!

Why?

That June 1st deadline inspired me to get my butt in the chair to finish a feature-length script I’d been working on for about 18-months. Better yet, I feel is my best work to date!

Thanks to this contest, I also had a completed script ready for the deadlines of Blue Cat Screenplay competition and Final Draft’s Big Break screenwriting contest.

A huge thank you to both NYWIFT & Meryl Streep (who funded the mentor program). It was worth it!

Write on,

Amy O.

Happy 1st Day of Spring 2015

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Bees can teach us a lot about living a good life…

  • Get outside and enjoy the sunshine whenever you can.
  • Work together to create something wonderful.
  • If something is not fulfilling, move along.
  • Find what you love to do, and do it every day!

Hope the 1st day of Spring has been a blessing for you.

Make it happen!

Amy O.

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