February 2, 2016
January 30, 2016
The January Stage 32 webinar went well. If you could not catch it live, never fear, you can still watch it online on Stage 32: :::CRASH COURSE: WRITING DYNAMIC SCENES:::
Also, if you missed the December Stage 32 webinar, that is still available to watch too: :::CRASH COURSE: HIGH CONCEPT WRITING:::
There is an open seat in the online screenwriting workshop 5150. For more info, hit :::5150 THE WORKSHOP:::
Also, The Screenwriter’s Survival Guide has some fun new reviews over on Amazon. :::CHECK OUT THE NEW AMAZON REVIEWS:::
I am working too hard this month and am sorry I am neglecting you. But —
February is Max Mas yay!
I will for sure be back and posting then.
January 12, 2016
January 10, 2016
I just got a “don’t be so hard on yourself” comment on Facebook —
It was in response to the Duck Girl post. Which is supposed to be funny and IS tagged #humor btw. Jeez.
It’s a weird and totally aberrant response to a humorous post about a photo.
It’s been my job to objectively evaluate images of myself since I was a model in my teens. That hasn’t changed during acting, writing, or being in some odd way minimally a public figure.
[Yes that image above is me in my teens doing the modeling thing. Check out the goth hair. Yay!]
I don’t remember a photographer or agent ever, when we were evaluating shots and I said, “The lighting is amazing,” or, “It’s a terrible angle,” saying, “Don’t be so hard on yourself.”
Who would say that, evaluating a photo? We weren’t talking about me. We were talking about photos.
Two kinds of people say “Don’t be so hard on yourself” when you’re talking about a photo.
Female “friends” who for some reason feel compelled to take horrible ugly photos of you and post them online. And if you object, say, “Oh don’t be so hard on yourself.”
[I wasn’t being on hard on myself, I was telling you that photo sucks don’t put it online.]
And men who think you could be an easy female mark and a little reverse bolstering might get them in.
[You’re not in, you’re weird and predatory and transparent and scary go away.]
Being hard on myself is me saying to myself, “Look at those marbled thighs for the love of Christ, Go to yoga!”
Saying, “The lighting and angles in that photo suck”?
That has nothing to do with me. That’s about a photo.
PS: I can kick bullshit “something is wrong with you” reverse psychology sash to the curb. I know I am beautiful on film — there’s a portfolio in a closet to prove it. I worry about the girls that don’t have that portfolio in the closet though. So know this:
Photographs are the way someone wants or chooses to see you. Not you. And —
Don’t spend time with people who take ugly photos of you and post them online and when you object? Say, “Don’t be so hard on yourself.”
January 10, 2016
*On the up side, though Duck Girl Max looks like she’s ready for a session with the What Not to Wear folks, she looks smarter than better lighting slightly fuzzy iPhone Max. So maybe it works out.
*Okay, it is not entirely the computer camera’s fault. I take the iPhone test photos before the first computer take. Ten takes later, I have stepped outside into Texas weather at least ten times for smokes, been distracted by stray dishes, decided one eyebrow is off, taken vitamins I forgot to take this morning, realized I forgot to pick up mail today, taken out the trash, decided I have to change shirts the collar is so wrong, erm, five or more times — there are reasons by the tenth take hair and lipstick are a little frazzled. But still!
January 10, 2016
January 6, 2016
The forum is not, technically, all that neglected. There is a lot that goes on behind the scenes in private workshop and classroom forums. But the public forum is terribly neglected.
I blame this on the great forum explosion of 2010. There was so much mad scrambling to do damage control and retrieval for the workshop and classes during that melt down, the public forum just got completely left in the scrambled tatters and never picked up again.
But there is a public forum.
It is a bit tragic is is so under utilized.
It exists pretty much entirely in one forum:
You can check out some of the topics if you’re inclined:
January 6, 2016
I cannot believe I could not find this Person of Interest clip on Youtube without foreign subtitles. What is wrong with Americans? This is the BEST DOG SCENE EVER!
January 4, 2016
Every time I create a new class and have blocked it all out, I think I’m incredibly smart planning it out and writing and titling lectures and thinking up assignments and putting together study material and clips. By the time I have the class and lectures and materials outlined and put together I think I’m the cat’s meow, all that figured out and done and done!
But that never works. Not right up front.
It’s just like a script.
I figure it out. I lay it out. I plot it out. I think, THIS TIME, it’s all figured out, THERE WILL BE NO REWRITES!
After it’s all put together the way I thought it would work, I see ways to make it better. And start tearing things out and switching things out and rewriting and reorganizing…
All of which means I just spent the entire weekend rearranging, rewriting, and reorganizing the new January class The First 30 Pages.
What the Hell, Max?
What’s really annoying is it is better.
Dammit! That is not incentive to not do this again!
I wonder if this happens to architects.
It’s easy — okay it is a royal pain but still easier — for me to rip about changing the order of information and words than it is for someone who has just had a cement mixer pour a foundation.
It’s got to be trickier when someone has poured concrete.
Thank you for making me a writer and not an architect.
Those jackhammers and chisels would be the end of me.
Love and Kisses,
Your Favorite No Concrete Adams Girl
January 4, 2016
I have been doing IQ posts a long time and people even really close friends [who you would think would have been there from the beginning but no, thank you demon from hell Facebook algorithms] keep asking me what “IQ!” by cute animal photos means so, for everyone who missed it, the “IQ!” story:
Studies [scientific studies including big research by the Japanese and the Japanese do not dick around with productivity studies] indicate looking at cute cat and dog and animal photos increases work productivity and attention spans AND IQ. So —
You have total IQ every time you visit or view or like a cute animal photo. You get more productive and smarter. Yay! Also possibly more Japanese but the Japanese have better hair and fashion across the board than anyone in the US anyway so that is not a con.
Expect more cute animal photos soon.
That is my contribution to society and science dammit!