Preparing for the new year; 2014

Ontario Food Storage on the cheap

So, looking back over 2013 I see a lot of good things, but they are almost outweighed (in my mind) by my demons; Distraction and Procrastination. 

Let’s start with the demons.

They are powerful, my demons.  I set up to write, and nothing gets done.  They sit on my keyboard, or legs dangling over the edge of my monitor.  They mutter and whimper and tempt me to do other things… any other things, than write.

And yet, I have other voices, clamouring to be written down.  Stories, ideas, visuals, scenes, plots, characters…..

So why in bloody blue hell don’t I write?!  My demons know every single weak point.  And they are loud!

So, I have been trying to set myself up for better in 2014.  I took a 30 day writing challenge to improve my understanding of why I’m procrastinating.  I spent much of it telling my inner critic to…

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Some time off preproduction for… other work.

So September vanished under under helping a close friend finish up 5 years worth of back taxes, canning 40-60lbs of tomatoes, harvesting the garden, and filling out endless reams of paper for a Canada Arts Council grant application.

During September, I also started a new business; Laurie’s Ultimate Goods, selling spices, creams and salves.  All handmade by me, using all natural ingredients.  I had my field test at Music in the Pines where I sold $100 or 1/3 of my stock by just setting up a table outside my tent.

I guess there’s a market for spices made without fillers, preservatives and dyes.  And for face creams so clean you could eat them.

Then came October, more back taxes and HST reports, the Ontario Arts Council grant application, (which of course was different than the one from last month), and the realization that I had booked myself for 2 days of craft fairs on Nov 2nd.  The day after the OAC application was due.  And I have very little stock, no business cards or pamphlets, two craft fairs wanted free samples (in a gift bag or basket) to give away…

AND  NaNoWriMo starts Nov 1st.  I am hoping to use Nano to force me to write a detailed (50,000 words of detail) outline for my Avalon film.  Or novel.  A novel may be much easier than all the wardrobe and makeup and location and crew and actors and food…

Oh shit.  I forgot to send out the deal memo for Reliving Marilyn to our DOP.

So much for time off, maybe in December?

33 Of The Most Hilariously Terrible First Sentences In Literature History

I actually love most of these. They may not be Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, but they would make for fun reading.

Thought Catalog

Every year, the announcement of Bulwer-Lytton Prize is a gift from bad writing heaven. Inspired by novelist and playwright Edward George Bulwer-Lytton’s famous “it was a dark and stormy night” opener, the contest asks writers to submit an opening sentence for the “worst of all possible novels” — although Fifty Shades of Grey has already been written. The results are perennially astounding, with entries in every genre from Children’s Literature to Spy Novels, and one sentence awarded the dubious honor of the worst sentence of the year. It’s like the Razzies, but better.

Here are some of the best entries from the past decade of the contest, each of them just as wonderfully atrocious as the next. Think you can write a sentence that’s worse? Leave your (unofficial) submission in the comments.

1. Sue Fondrie

Cheryl’s mind turned like the vanes of a wind-powered turbine, chopping her sparrow-like thoughts into…

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Principal photography has started!


Nadine Banville as “Marilyn”.


We have now filmed three scenes for our epic film: Reliving Marilyn.

We all journeyed to Niagara Falls on the August long weekend, and (with the help of our  dear supporters at indiegogo) we shot some amazing scenes with both the Cdn and US falls in the background!

And it’s not too late to get involved.  You can donate via using the email address.

What we’re up to; a NEW film!

Starting the August 1st Long weekend, we are filming (in association with Reliving Marilyn Ltd) a previously unknown story about Marilyn Monroe.  Backed with painstaking research, Reliving Marilyn is a look at a fragile icon, recognized worldwide for her beauty, she struggled with self-doubt, depression, and loneliness.

But this is a story of loyalty and hope, set against a background of Hollywood expectations, and Marilyn’s personal demons. It’s a love letter across time, to a departed friend, Marilyn as her fans would want to see her; classy, teasing, and shining, a light against the darkness of her own demons.

Reliving Marilyn will feature Craig Lauzon (Royal Canadian Air Farce) as Dean Martin, and Norm MacQueen (The Prime Radicals) as Billy Wilder.  It stars Nadine as Marilyn Monroe, and introduces Morgan Blackbyrne to a feature film audience.  You’ll recognize him from Morrighan Films’ A Civil War.

On June 8th, we are hosting a fundraiser at the Royal Ottawa Golf Club, 1405 Aylmer Rd in Gatineau, PQ.  Doors open at 7:30, and at 8:30 a live show featuring Nadine as Marilyn Monroe starts.  We have special surprises, free nibble,  gift draws, and maybe a special guest or two.

The fundraiser also benefits Ovarian Cancer Canada in their fight against the MOST fatal women’s cancer.

Tickets are $75, and are available HERE.

If you want to help, but can’t make it to the gala, we take donations HERE.

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