One More Chapter
A twenty two year-old's view on life, death,
and Taylor Swift conspiracy theories
and Taylor Swift conspiracy theories
I have decided to give my blog a makeover for multiple reasons.
First, I had created this blog as a sort of year-long project, which I entitled "Project365". I had intended to post once a day for an entire year in order to get myself writing. Instead, I absolutely did not post once a day. At first I was doing great, for the first several months. But then life got in the way as it often does.
Towards the end, I was posting once a month instead.
But, looking back, I think that it went great. When I did post, it wasn't forced nor was it just meaningless babble. It was something that I actually wanted to say.
Like right now.
I didn't force it upon myself and, because of this, I loved writing in my blog, and it seemed that many people loved reading it.
So, I have decided to keep going with it. I thought about maybe starting over, making an entirely new blog that isn't called Project365, since it doesn't really have any relevance anymore. But then I thought that I would keep writing on this page. Project365 is what got me started blogging, and I think that it's a nice way to honor what I had started out doing.
Secondly: Why have a called it "One More Chapter"?
This small sentence is a cherished one.
I used to spend every night laying in my father's large, soft bed, enjoying the comforting embrace of the expensive, white comforter with my younger sister as he lay next to us, reading.
The tradition started out with my brother, with whom, my father read such books as Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter. I used to sit during these sometimes, wishing that I could read such "advanced" and "challenging" books since I was usually read Amelia Bedelia and Honey Bunny Funny Bunny. Which were great, don't get me wrong, but I was read them in my own bed, and we could read the entire book in one sitting. My brother's took several nights, or at times several weeks, to finish.
Soon it came my turn. We would lay in bed and listen to my father do the voices of all the characters, and it was heaven. Finally I was reading the big kid books. We read all the Harry Potter books (which meant my father had to re-read the first few since he'd already done so with my brother), the Eragon books, and my favorite, A Series of Unfortunate Events.
My father would read for what am assuming was about an hour, maybe a bit less (my sense of time as a child was pretty pathetic) and then say something along the lines of "Alright, that seems like a good place to stop." Immediately he would receive please from my sister and I (and at times, my brother, if he hadn't read the book already). After enough whining he would always give in, scan to check how many pages were in the next section and say, "Alright, one more chapter."
These nighttime readings with my father are the reason for my love of reading, the reason for my love of story-telling and the reason I am writing at this very moment. So, hence the name of this blog: One More Chapter.
Here's to a year of exciting and inspiring things to write about!
Thank you for reading,
Song of the Day
Riding to New York by Passenger
So, as I mentioned in a post recently, I started this blog on December 31st last year with my 14 goals for 2014. I think that I did a fair job considering what I aimed to do and where I ended up. This year I want to do the same thing, giving myself 15 goals for 2015. Hopefully this year I will return more frequently to this as a reminder of what I set out to do so that I can make even more of my goals.
So here it is:
1. Write a full screenplay - this is something I have been kind of tinkering with for a while. I have been writing more and more complete stories lately. Some a absolute rubbish (another word that I always say with a British accent in my mind) and others have some potential to be something with a little time and effort. I have been writing down many of ideas for SPEC scripts and even original shorts, but I really want to bunker down and write a feature length script that I am really proud of so that I have something tucked away for that perfect moment.
2. Create more videos - I am a film student, and this should be a no-brainer. No matter whether it is a small project for a friend or family matter or something scripted to keep for my portfolio, I want to be working and creating. It's not something that should actually need to be on this list since, in my opinion, I don't really have a choice in the matter.
3. Take a risk - I put this on my list for last year and I can't really think of any time where I really did this. I want to do it and I want to do it right, not just taking an overwhelming class load. I want to take a risks that adds to my life experience, that has the potential to lead to something great. That is worth the risk. And I think that this year will provide many of these opportunities.
4. Get back to the healthy person I was - as most know, I have been letting the healthy-eating priority start to slip a bit and I think it is one of the main causes of any present unhappiness in my life. When I was eating right, I just felt right. I felt better and happier and my skin was like a baby's bottom. Now I'v got my muffin top back and my face is covered in acne.
5. Have an affair with a European boy - Sorry Dad, but I'm not sure when the next time is that i will be living in Europe. So this one is just something for me. Plus, I'm sure it will enhance the quality of my writing...right?
6. Finish a full-length novel - Ok, even I know that this is a stretch. But I figured that putting it on my list might give me a bit of motivation to get back to it. Though, we'll see what happens once I'm overseas and using all my free time to experience the world. Part of me pictures myself spending Sunday mornings at a local cafe typing away and sipping on one of the greatest (and daintiest) coffees I've ever had. The other part of me is saying, shut up, your a fucking idiot and your life isn't an Audrey Hepburn movie.
7. Build my network/continue to stay in touch with those who are already a part of it - This is a big part of what I will be doing at the Cannes Film Festival, but I also need to work with those that I made in LA and I hope to expand even more when I move to New York. Boring for you, but important to me.
8. Meet someone I admire - This one doesn't seem completely in my control, but I think that there might be times this year where I can initiate it's potential. And I mean more than just hello. I mean a full-on conversation with said person. Whether it be Ed Sheeran, Ellen DeGeneres, M. Night Shyamalan, Jennifer Lawrence or the people that own the mansion down the street, it doesn't really matter to me.
9.Make a difference in someone's life - this is open-ended and similar to my "pay it forward" goal of last year. But I think that if I spend an entire year without reaching out to help those around me, then what was the point? Aren't we all on this planet together? We might as well help each other out now and then, right?
10. Stop waiting for someone else to make the first move - this might be a bit personal, and it's pretty self explanatory, so I'll leave it at that.
11. Come back home - By this I mean not to forget where I came from. To come back and visit the people who have gotten me to the point that I am at in my life. To visit my grandparents, whom have been a huge support of my recent life choices, Chickee's Dance World, which has made me into the woman I am today, Camp Harrington and the people I met there, which might not be in operation anymore, but will always be my home.
12. Take a minute to breathe - this is something I always have had trouble with. I tend to be go, go, go until I just break suddenly and spend a day crying and eating ice cream or just make myself sick (which has actually happened and I was sent home from work early because I kept claiming that I was dying...). This year, I need to start making more time for myself, my physical health, and most importantly my emotional health.
13. Stop caring so much what everyone thinks of me - this is always going to be a work in progress. Not I nor anyone else in the world will ever completely stop caring what others think of us. That is actually the Oxford Dictionary Definition for the word "Chaos". We'd be picking our noses in public and dying in fiery car accidents. But hopefully I can find a good place where I care just enough, and not in the rather debilitating amount of care I seem to be dealing with currently.
14. Tell someone I love them - I never been in love before. I might have thought so when I was younger and even the slightest bit of feeling toward someone was all-consuming and life-altering. But looking back I know that I have never and still don't love anyone (excluding family and friends, of course) and I think it's about time that this changes. Though there are many other factors that come into play, most of which I don't have time to discuss currently, I think that such a goal is definitely possible.
15. Live a life worth writing about - If I can't fill five books with things to say about what happens in 2015, I haven't done it right.
So...What's your 15 for 2015?
Thanks for reading,
Song of the day
Love Rage On by Nizlopi
a awesome little British band, Check 'em out!
About This Blog:
I started this blog as a way to challenge myself to write more over the 2014 year, but it has blossomed into so much more than that. I use it to let people in on what's happening in my life, talk about things I find important and to spread the news about amazing people, places and art.