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It’s normal to want to get a jump on the holidays, but at what point does it become too much?

Every year it seems Christmas is being rolled out earlier and earlier. It was September 25th when I took the photo above. Even Jason looks a bit dumbfounded by it all.

Almost every retail shop I have visited has Halloween on one aisle and Christmas on the next. With maybe an endcap or shelf of Thanksgiving/fall decorations. It seems like the holidays are becoming just one big blob.

Every kid with wide eyes on December 25th wishes that Christmas would come every day. That may soon be the case in retail. To squeeze every last dollar out of the biggest spending season shops may decide to make a permanent display of Santas, snowmen and decorated trees.

I just find it all very unsettling that we are forgetting what all of these holidays really stand for. A great holiday that could bring families together for a night of fun is being swallowed by retail greed.

I want my pumpkin shaped Reese’s to come from an aisle filled with rubber masks and bottles of fake blood. Not sitting next to Rudolph and his eight tiny pals.

I think Jason agrees, don’t you Jason. Jason? *gulp…. Hope to see you next post.

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Have you ever stood before a work of art that stunned you with its beauty? Ever heard a piece of music that made you cry? What about hearing a story and being so pulled in by it that you forget everything else going on around you?

If you’ve answered yes to any of these then you have been inspired. What is inspiration and why does it drive us? One definition for inspiration is the arousal of the mind to special unusual activity or creativity. An arousal of the mind…..

Arousal doesn’t have to be sexual. When you are aroused you are awakened. Once you’re senses have been waked this is where the magic happens. The mind is spurred to that special level of activity.

Ideas begin to form in thoughts, words, maybe even pictures in your mind. Inspiration, this mental arousal, isn’t just a passing thing. If you are truly inspired something happens. You become driven. There is an aching need to see this idea come to life.

For a writer inspiration is what drives us to weave stories. We are given the chance to create people and worlds that just might inspire someone else. Where do you get such deep inspirations you ask?

It can come from almost anywhere and sneak up on us. Our minds are aroused though music and art but also the ordinary things in life. Sometimes even the things we like the least will be of great inspiration.

Men, women and even children are inspired to great heights every day. Stephine Meyer wrote the Twilight series inspired by a dream she’d had. Stephine even has said she started with writing her dream which was the middle of the story. Then went back and added the beginning and the end.

Picasso was inspired by a circus poster, Salvador Dali once said the very air he breathed was inspiring.

Hanna at seven years old was diagnosed with stage four Burkitt’s lymphoma. After intense chemo and a Make-A-Wish trip to Disney’s Magic Kingdom this little girl was inspired. She made a necklace out of melted crayon and a black walnut shell for a mold. If you’ve ever seen a black walnut inside you know the wax came out in the shape of a heart.

Hanna made more heart necklaces and sold them with all the money going to the Make-A-Wish Foundation of America. In 2009 they presented Hanna with the Lori Shulz-Betancourt Indomitable Spirit Award. This little seven year old girl as raised over $20,000 for the Foundation.

Are you inspired yet? If not go to a museum, take a walk though the park, listen to your favorite music open your heart to it and the inspiration will find you when you least expect it too. Maybe even in the grocery store or a blog post.

Question is once you find that great awakening what are you going to do with it?

This will be the 8th Annual Museum Day sponsored by Smithsonian magazine. Participating museums nation wide will offer free admission to guests with a Museum Day card. The card is good for two free admissions to the participating museum of your choice.

Some of the featured museums include Virginia Museum of Natural History in Virginia. The Irving Arts Center in Texas, South Street Seaport Museum in New York, Memorial Hall in Massachusetts and the Seminole A-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum in Florida.

Over 60 museums are participating in the state of Florida and over 50 in Texas. Many more all over the country will accept the Museum Day card. You can get yours by filling out a short form then download for later printing at the Smithsonian web site at http://microsite.smithsonianmag.com/museumday/index.html

There is a full listing of all participating museums on the website for Museum Day. They range from art and history to cultural and science. There is some place for everyone to explore on Museum Day.

Have your box of tissues ready this is going to be a big opener! Sept. 21st at 10pm.

Bling H2O

Do you Bling? It seems a great number of people get it. The gourmet water has become the official water of the PLUGLA Magazine, as well as winning awards for the best packaging. It’s easy to see with the lovely handcrafted corked 750ml recyclable frosted bottle sparkling with Swarovski Crystals why someone would pay $39.00 to be seen with the new fashion accessory.

    Fine Waters Site calls it pop culture in a bottle and Bling H2O even has it’s own MySpace account. With all that hype the liquid within must be truly exotic. Actually it comes from a natural spring in Dandridge, Tennessee. Yes, that’s right Tennessee. They use a nine step purification process that includes ozone, ultraviolet, and micro-filtration. The source spring is NSF certified to insure the waters quality. The NSF is and international organization that helps protect consumers by certifying the products and writing standers of foods You can find out more about them at http://www.nsf.org.

    Kevin G. Boyd a Hollywood writer/producer noticed he could tell about a person’s personality by the bottled water they carried. Bling H2O was designed to make a fashion statement as well as taste good.  Initially the “Cristal” of bottled water was introduced to hand selected customers. Now the company has branched out expanding it’s availability. The fashionable drink was featured at events like the MTV Video Music Awards as well as the Emmy’s. Even their web site http://www.blingh2o.com screams sex appeal. The product has won gold medals for best tasting water at the Berkely Springs International Water Tasting Festival and many more awards for taste and visual appeal. Bling was featured on Entertainment Tonight and seen in the hands of many celebs like Jamie Foxx.

    While $39.00 seems a little steep for the average joe we do tend to follow the trends. We have been known to pay more than that for a pair of jeans just because someone famous wears them. Bling H2O has made water a fashion statement, an accessory to add to our already overflowing closets. If you’re on a tight budget and can’t buy a case maybe you can get one bottle and refill it. No one but you and your sink will know. Everyone else will think you got Bling.

 

A breath of new life to this franchise. This film succeeds in the satisfaction of both long time fans and new audience members. The action starts from the first from and only gives you a few pauses in between to catch your breath. The cast does a fantastic job of keeping the spirit of the characters we have come to adore as they give them a touch of their own freshness.

The original series first aired in 1966 with William Shatner at the helm of the USS Enterprise as Captain James T. Kirk. This ground breaking series went where no man had dared go before. With an international, intergalactic crew, the first interracial kiss on film, and discovering the Trouble With Tribbles. In the process capturing the heart of a nation giving birth to a new kind of science fiction and fandom.

Five films followed continuing the adventures of Kirk, his Vulcan first officer Spock, and crew. In the eighties the franchise gave us The Next Generation. A couple hundred years further into the future aboard the Enterprise 1701-D. A new crew with Patrick Stewart in the captain’s chair as Jean Luc Picard. Where the original series brought us new worlds filled with alien cultures, The Next Generation gives us androids. Commander Data, played by Brent Spiner found new way to capture the viewers as we watched his journey to be more human.

A few films and series later we had begun the Star Trek universe had no more Undiscovered Country left the franchise has gone back to its roots. As a fan of the original series I was leery going in. New faces and ideals added to tried and true characters usually don’t work. With this new Star Trek, I left the theater with a smile and looking forward to more from this new chapter in the saga of the USS Enterprise 1701 and her young crew.

It’s almost April when thousands of writers with be in a frenzy…. Script Frenzy that is. 

Script Frenzy is an annual writing event that begins April first and ends on April 30th.  The goal is to write a one hundred page screen or stage play in those thirty days. Not a polished finished product mind you, just a rough uncut diamond. After the contest is over you begin to turn that jumble of thrown together scenes into a workable, maybe even saleable piece of work.

Now I did say this was a contest. What is the prize you ask? A lovely downloadable certificate and web icons that say you accomplished what most would say is the impossible. There is no one winner and no great compensation for making yourself insane trying to meet what would seem to be unreasonable  deadlines. If you complete your rough draft by midnight of April 30th, you are a winner.

It’s a contest with out being a contest. The goal is to push your creative limits with the genre and platform of your choice. You can write a short or full feature film, stage play, television script, even a comic or graphic novel.  Script Frenzy is FREE to join and participate.

Their sight gives you a place for your Frenzy, where you can showcase your ideas. There are resources for the beginning writer or for the skilled scribe. They have a group for young writers as well. I’ve seen kids as young as kindergarten jump in and write. They have a different goal setting of course but it’s wonderful to see these youngsters excited about writing.

I myself and joining in the Frenzy starting on April first. I’ll be writing a screen play, a western. My son has decided to join in also he’ll be doing a graphic novel using an interesting technique. He’s eleven in case you’re wondering. It will be great fun and experience to share. Who knows maybe you’ll see my film on the big screen staring Rusell Crowe or Adrian Paul. Yeah I know how to dream BIG.

Oh now don’t say no way I’m not as crazy as you are. This will be my second Script Frenzy. I won (completed) in 2007. I missed the fun last year but I’m back this year excited and ready to go.

Before you say absolutely NO, here are a few links for you to check out more about this great feat of penmanship.

http://www.scriptfrenzy.org/
The home of the event Script Frenzy. The plot machine on the homepage is at least worth the look.

http://www.zhura.com/
Zhura- Online Screenwriting Software. You don’t have to buy expensive software or become intimidated by formatting. This is a wonderful tool for those of us beginning in this field.

http://www.script-o-rama.com/snazzy/dircut.html
Drew’s Script-o-rama has hundreds of television and film scripts to read. The best way to learn something is by reading and using examples. This is a fabulous source.

Well until next time Happy Scribbles!