I just saw another post about how demonic and awful Wonder Woman was and I got fired up.
The commercials say she is a 'god' created by Zeus. So why wouldn't you expect mythological gods and demons?
It's a movie about a warrior so why wouldn't you expect war and fighting?
I am so sick and tired of people promoting movies that say Godda** and other horrible words that defame and curse OUR GOD and bash movies that have a message about loving one another, fighting evil, and never giving up.
"Oh I loved La La Land," said many Christian friends of mine.
La La Land graced the screen with uses of Godda** and used the Son of God's name as an exclamation of frustration.
But it was so great, right?
"Wonder Woman was so mythological and anti-God and so full of violence," said many of the same Christians.
Yes, Wonder Woman was about a god created by Zeus. But it was also about a WARRIOR ordained to save and change the world by showing love and compassion to all and defeating the god of war. The demons.
A woman who didn't want to fight the normal "bad guys", the Germans. She wanted to get to the root. To the one who causes the war. Can you say, Satan?
She LOVED people unconditionally even when they wronged her.
She fought for what she believed in.
How awful of her. I cannot believe she would ever fight for something so rich in truth. Can't believe what our world is coming to.
I am not saying I'm void of guilt in the hypocrisy area of life, but I surround myself with people who I hope check me when I drift off the path of righteousness.
So here's your check. Do with it what you will.
I missed day one... shocking.
But I just saw something so incredibly beautiful that I HAD to share...
A woman, maybe in her mid to late fifties just came running into the auditorium during individual appointments. She ran to her friend/editor/publisher (don't really know) and started bawling, weeping saying "Thank you for [what I overheard] taking my book." The two embraced and now are chatting away, the woman still wiping tears from her eyes.
That's what writer's conferences are all about. They're about making and creating friendships and about cultivating your passions and stories. They can be magical in so many different ways.
Two years ago I came to Write-to-Publish as a writer who thought she had it all figured out and was ready to run into the arms of a traditional publisher. Now I own my own publishing house, make films, write screenplays, and help other authors succeed. I'm not the same person I was two years ago and it's a brilliant thing.
Is Write-to-Publish responsible for that change? Maybe and maybe not. But the people I met here (what seems like a lifetime ago) have changed my life and I would not be who I am today without them. Positive Note Network would not EXIST in its capacity without them. These people, this conference, is a Godsend.
If you take away one thing from this blog post let it be this... the best people you ever meet at WTP or other conferences may not come in the form of a publisher who wants to publish your book. They may be the people who believe in your work but even more than that... they believe in YOU.
It's 11:49pm. Tomorrow we leave for IA and we can't just turn around and come back this time. At least not for two weeks.
How do I feel?
Sad. Really sad. Like it's 12 years ago all over again.
I keep telling myself it's only two weeks. I'll be back. But my brain keeps repeating that moment when I was eight years old, saying goodbye to my Momo and Granddad and boarding the flight that changed my life forever.
For the better. But sometimes for the worse.
Do you know what it feels like to miss home? To long for it and mourn for it? To be away for more than half your life, but still step foot on your hometown turf just to have your heart beg your head never to leave.
Yeah. It kind of sucks.
Here's to hometowns and memories and all of that sappy stuff.
I swore I would never come back to this place, but in two weeks I don't know if I'll ever leave.
Well, it's almost midnight and Joanie B. and I have an incredibly long trip ahead of us for the next two days.
Thanks for reading (if you made it this far) and I'll write to you soon.
Since graduating college my life has been quite unbalanced. My grandmother died, I missed my actual graduation, I had to say goodbye to my second family at KMEG, I have to say goodbye to my church family, and lots of STUFF is happening. You'd think I would be crushed and defeated and bleh.
I'm typing this post while sitting at my grandparents' dining room table. The table they've had for as long as I can remember. The one that only fits four, but you could squeeze in three or four more with some mix-matched chairs.
For the first time in twelve years...
I am home.
It's hard to put into words how it feels. But let me give it a try...
It's that feeling when you finally sink into your own bed after weeks away, sleeping in hotels. That feeling of pure comfort and peace knowing this bed waited for you and you longed for it.
Maybe it's more like that feeling you get when you've been away at college and you finally get to sink your teeth into your favorite home cooked meal. That moment when nothing else could satisfy your hunger except that one thing and you actually have it.
That moment when you only have one puzzle piece left and it fits perfectly in the one hole left in your beautiful puzzle.
Fort Walton Beach is my missing puzzle piece.
It's the beach and the bay.
Sand in between my toes.
It's courage I don't have anywhere else.
Creativity and the desire to try new things.
Dreams and passions and memories.
It's everything I've missed for twelve years.
And now it's mine.
Why should you choose PNN for your publishing, videography, promotional, or positivity needs? Let's see...
1. God set this business into motion and ordains everything we do.
2. We're easy and fun to work with.
3. We don't settle for anything but our best.
4. We're storytellers, and we're ready to share your story with the world.
5. We're not in it for ourselves and will do anything to help you succeed.
6. Our prices are competitive.
7. We want your genuine feedback and won't stop until you like the work.
8. We can work in a creative and/or analytical headspace.
9. We can be a one-stop shop for your branding, publishing, videography, and
10. We don't just want your money. We want your friendship.
So... there it is. Ten reasons why PNN is the place for you to do business!
As you can probably tell, we just updated our website. We took a more relaxed, modern, and a very US approach. It's beachy and light and airy. It's positive and uplifting.
We've also added a lot more in terms of our services and our offerings. Things like Positively Perfect Productions where we're filming weddings, baby showers and other special events.
The Positive Publishing page is now complete with all of our services and prices for the work we'll be doing.
We're pretty stoked about all of it!
So, to end this pretty short post, I want to say thank you... thank you to everyone who has supported us and will support us in the future. Positive Note Network has always been our dream and it's becoming a very big reality now.
Here's to the end of an era... school. And the beginning of the rest of my life... PNN.
P.S. don't forget to book us for your special event... we're pretty legit.
Red - The shirt my granddad's had since my childhood. The one with the stripes that clashes with his red plaid jacket (but he'll still wear them together). The one that still smells like my grandmother's lotion.
Orange - The sunset that follows me wherever I go. Florida, Guam, California, North Dakota, and Iowa. The sunset is constant, never-changing, and always breathtaking. But it's always a million times better when seen at home.
Yellow - The sun, sunflowers. The color of pure and unhindered beauty. Happiness and joy in all things. Positivity in the worst of situations.
Green - The blur of trees by my window as I embark on another adventure. From town to town, city to city, or state to state. The nature out my window will never cease to amazing and captivate me.
Blue - The sky in my rearview mirror filled with puffy white clouds and joy. I'm a girl who loves looking up. I see the elephants in the cotton candy clouds and the glow of the sunny skies.
Pink - My mom. My best friend. A breast cancer survivor. The most positive and uplifting person I have ever known.
Purple - Worship. The color that screams JESUS and church and faith. The lights that shine in my eyes during 'Good, Good, Father'. Love and hope and the goodness of the God I know.
So you saw the title, huh?
I'm moving to Florida.
At the end of this year my family will be moving down to Fort Walton Beach, FL (my hometown) to live with my grandfather. Positive Note Network is coming with us, which is absolutely incredible. That's a perk of owning a business... you take it everywhere! That also means YOU get to come with me!
This past weekend I graduated Summa Cum Laude and with honors from Morningside College. I'm pretty pumped about it, so thank you to everyone who helped me make it this far!
Everything was going so smoothly with my movie but then we lost a main character. That's terrifying. But we're making it work. I'm making it work. I'm not stressing... jk I am. But I'll survive.
We're headed back to IA on Monday. Shooting the movie through the end of May to June. Write-to-Publish is in June. We're coming back to FL in July. London is Sept. The Viking Cruise is in Oct. Then Nov. and Dec. is moving time for the fam.
We've got a busy year.
Thanks for everything, guys.
I want to blog every day until graduation, so one day I can look back on what crazy emotions I was feeling during these last few days of college!
Today marks 9 days until the BIG DAY! What am I doing? Let's see...
Just finished the May/June issue of Positive Note Magazine. It's going to the printer quite late because of hectic life stuff.
Today is my first official shooting day for 'Human', my NBC Universal Film Fest entry. Shoutout to my boyfriend, Zach for being so willing to help me with the project. He's going to be walking, falling, screaming, and all kinds of other stuff no one else wanted to do.
I'm about a week and a half (or is it two weeks?) out from the first filming day of 'Mar & Me' which is pretty INSANE! I can't believe I'm filming my first feature. This is the start of something incredible.
I am also working on an application for the Disney ABC writing program. It requires a spec script (I'm doing Blue Bloods!) and an original pilot script (Case Files of Rebecca Dalton TV show) plus a bunch of qualification stuff. I'm really excited, but there's one catch. You have to be 21 to apply. Am I cheating the system? I guess I kind of am, but for a good cause. I'm 20 and have a serious passion for this stuff. If they like me, age shouldn't matter, right? Let's hope.
I'm also drinking coffee, which is kind of the most important thing, right?
The picture attached to this post is what I look like today. No make-up (per usual), red face (because I'm sitting next to a heater and am quite warm), and the half-up-half-down style I've been rocking for about five weeks now plus a Disney World shirt from the early 2000s. America's Next Top Model, I'm waiting for your call.
Hope you're all having a FABULOUS DAY and I'll talk to you tomorrow!