In honor of the 10th anniversary of Shaun of the Dead…
For my screenwriting class, I needed to analyze the first 10 minutes of a movie. I was going to go with something traditional, like say When Harry Met Sally, which has a well-known solid beginning, but after a friend suggested it, perhaps jokingly, my brain kept returning to Shaun of the Dead—a perhaps lesser known movie but one that I love. As a zombie flick, it technically falls in the genres of Horror (though, while violent, it’s honestly not a bit scary) and Comedy. At its core, it’s a love story and quite a hilarious one at that. Not your traditional RomCom, it’s more of a Zom-Rom-Com.
Shaun of the Dead is a great movie from start to finish and all of the promises which the movie sets out to fulfill are set up perfectly in its first 10 minutes. What makes the beginning…
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This blog goes out to all the non-winners and the people who’ve judged them…
I recently entered a writing contest and lost. No big deal. That happens… a lot. I don’t feel bad about it, considering the majority of people who enter contests lose and I’m sure I’m in good, if not great, company.
The thing is I wasn’t expecting to win. Although winning would have been awesome, that’s actually not why I entered. I entered because contests are a great way to share work and get nonbiased feedback, constructive criticism and helpful comments. For the most part, I’ve found contests to be a useful tool in improving my writing. That is my primary goal.
But recently I entered a contest and one judge in particular was pretty nasty.
It was a simple 3-page contest. How nasty can someone be judging just three pages? Well, this judge’s comments read like…
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Light and Love
Dry out less
It’s been 2 years since we celebrated a decade together. So, tonight, we’ll be celebrating 12 years together! Time flies!
At precisely 10 seconds to midnight tonight, my husband and I will not-only be puckering up, like many of you, with a plan to kiss in the New Year like we do every year, but we’ll also be celebrating our 10 year anniversary!
That’s 10 years together as a couple and a whole decade of happy New Years!!
Wow?! Yay us!
At the culmination of 2001, we were with friends on the dance floor of a packed club in New York City, and just as the deejay started the 10 second countdown clock and the whole place and everyone in it got revved up and ready to ring in 2002, that’s the moment when Jason, the sweet, funny, smart, sexy (and at the time, soon-to-be) love of my life who I’d been seeing on and off for a little over a month (but who I knew for a little over…
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Shortly after I posted this, Tiziano Thomas Dossena emailed me to say he’d read it and liked it. Fun! While, at first, I assumed it was someone playing a joke on me, once I realized it was in fact him, I was stoked. Still am… apparently… 😉 -Val
Note: This short short story was inspired by an exercise in the book “3AM Epiphany.”
The instructions of the exercise were to combine an original poem of my own with a poem previously written by a professional poet, and use them to create a new 700 word short story.
For the professional poem, I chose one called Sleepless Night written by Tiziano Thomas Dossena and made a few tense changes for the sake of consistency in my story. This is what I came up with…
Another Sleepless Night:
A sleepless night spent struggling through the meanders of my mind in endless explorations, I laid there staring at the ceiling wondering and worrying about nothing important while waiting for the Sandman to come.
Instead of counting sheep, an exercise that never made much sense to me, I counted nonessential items I’d lost and random things I’d forgotten to do. In fact, it wasn’t…
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Someone knocked on my door last night and asked me if I’d seen her cow. That reminded me of this day/post. Apparently the cow escaped and I should call the sheriff if I happen upon it. Oh, Iowa, you always know how to make me smile. 🙂