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Want to see your story at the movies?

Have a book or story your would like to see on the movies screen?  WOW (Women on Writing) has a good article on this topic at:


This issue speaks to screenwriters, directors, producers, filmmakers, script consultants, literary managers, film rights agents, and authors to cover every angle of the adaptation process. It also cover book trailer basics and how to format a screenplay.

Includes the following and more:

•         An interview with Robin Swicord. Robin is best known for her incredible screenplay adaptations of novels and short stories, including Little Women, Matilda, The Jane Austen Book Club, Memoirs of a Geisha, and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.

•            John Robert Marlow and Jacqueline Radley –  Make Your Book a Movie: Adapting Your Book or Story for Hollywood

•            Freelancer Mary Castillo – Coming to a TV Near You: Telefilms from Books.

•            Freelancer Tara Lynne Brown and thank her for her interview with Alexandra Sokoloff, a writer of all trades

•            Annette Fix, Book Trailer Basics: Bring Your Story to Life!

•            WOW!instructor Christina Hamlett – How To Format a Screenplay 101: Putting Your Best Script Forward.

•            WOW! columnist LuAnn Schindler – Interview with Liliana Greenfield-Sanders—a filmmaker, screenwriter, director, and editor of short films that focus on women.

Stupid Decisions in Higher Places

The Shuttle Atlantis last launch occurred today at Cape Canaveral. Turning manning the Space Station over to Russia? China?  I would sit here and try to find fancy words but stupid says it all.

Go and read Rick’s post at


Quotes from  http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20100514/us_nm/us_space_shuttle_16

After Atlantis returns, NASA plans just two more trips to the space station with its shuttles.

“It’s a shame to be seeing it going away, but after 30 years it’s probably time to move on,” said Atlantis astronaut Stephen Bowen.

What will follow the shuttles is not yet known. Former President George W. Bush proposed a return to the moon under a program known as Constellation but shorted its funding. Congress approved the plan, but did not allocate enough money for the $110 billion project.


And then what? Indeed. There is (was?) supposed to be a new design in the making.  But everyone keeps under funding it. NASA is really a very small portion of the budget, but it is one area that pays back for dollars spent, unlike other areas of government spending. Like wars, etc.  )

I will have to go and compile some data on what NASA contributes  to our society (over and above good jobs, that is.)

Stupid, stupid, stupid.

Get the latest Arts Insider News from California Arts Council

Want to know what’s going on in the Arts in California? This is a good resource.

Arts Insider News, from California Arts Council.


They also have a Facebook page under California Arts Council.  I don’t know about Twitter.

Teach ONLY the Arts in the early grades!

Re: Don’t cut music from the schools.

I am going to say it again.  Don’t cut music, art, etc. in the schools, the pleas is going out to everyone. Music Works on Facebook is encouraging everyone to consider the ramifications of having no exposure to the arts in the public schools.

How about going a step further? Teach only the Arts, at least in the early grades. I think you chould teach All early grade subjects through the Arts. Teach children to read with drama, to write in art class, to count in music and dance. Social studies through art, drama music and dance, etc. and so forth. Teach ONLY the Arts.!!
I am being a little facetious here, but the more I think about it, the more I begin to believe it could actually work.

Studies prove that studying music enhances the brain’s ability to read better, succeed in math and science at a higher level, and more.  As a musician myself, I personally have known many scientists, computer personnel, research and medical, and so on, who were/are also musicians.  There is a definite correlation.

Training in art can enhance the ability to see and experience nuances that were not visible before. Drama can help children understand the world around them and themselves.

Rea and math are technical skills. Necessary, yes. But teaching these skills through a filter of the Arts can enhance the spirit as well as the logic processing parts of the brain. Isn’t that better?

Time for Bold Action to Save Teachers’ Jobs.

Time for Bold Action to Save Teachers’ Jobs.

Support Congress’s request to include education jobs funding in the supplemental appropriations bills soon to be considered in the House and Senate.