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Screenwriter Atheria…it’s time!

Filmmaker Desperate Screenwriter YoutuberYes, this is what I look like when trying to write.  LOL!

If you’ve ever noticed, my blog is called “On Angels’ Wings Productions”.  I named it that for a reason.  My unseen friends gave me the “On Angels’ Wings” part LONG ago, but the entertainment industry loving me added the film/TV production company part back in the 1990s.  My dream for a long time has been to own and run a metaphysical/spiritual film production company, but I didn’t do much to make that dream a reality.  Well, it’s time I got off my butt.

I recently joined a group based in Santa Fe, NM called Filmmakers of New Mexico.  I knew I missed Hollywood terribly (lived in Los Angeles for decades and worked at Sony Pictures) but didn’t realize just how much I missed it until even attending script reading meetings infused me with energy and life again.  Being around writers, actors, directors, producers, etc. has reenergized this depleted and wasting away person.  Although I am a SAG-AFTRA member, I’ve not pursued acting in years, and it has been fun to take part in the script readings as an actor.  As much as I do love acting, I really need to start writing…which I’ve done lately.  A new friend is instigating me to do the writing I was supposed to be doing decades ago…including giving me books to read about screenwriting.

But writing is painful…not like childbirth painful…but close.  Ha!  I love this quote as it’s pretty accurate.  “There is nothing to writing.  All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.” ~ Ernest Hemingway I have been a writer my entire life, but when pressured to create, especially when in screenwriting you have to follow a lot of rules for proper formatting, it’s HARD.  The book I’m reading right now about the tons of stuff you have to include in a good screenplay is overwhelming.  I’m stressed just reading about it!

I had started working on a dramedy TV show idea (wrote one scene and now realize it is not usable for an opening scene and much too wordy), but this dramatic film idea that first popped into my head totally out-of-the-blue (spirit?) back around 1992-1994ish is suddenly nagging at my consciousness.  So, I think I need to shift my scattered focus to the film.  (It is possible I have ADHD.)  My neighbor back then was a woman named Rosemary, who had lived for 20 years in Italy and worked for Franco Zeffirelli (or Zeff as she called him).  In the early 1990s she worked for Ronald Shusett and some other respected writers.  (I loved Ron.  He was great.)  Rosemary knew her stuff, so I trusted her opinions and feedback.  She was not one to mince words.  If she thought something was crap, she said it…sometimes in Italian.  Ha!  (I learned to curse in Italian from her.)

Anyway, back then when I mentioned my very spiritually metaphysical film idea to her, Rosemary said to me, “Do you know you just described a perfect something-or-other (blanking on the term)?  You instinctively correctly formatted a film concept.”  Since I’m home sick today, I’ve got time to think, and when the film once again popped into my head while attempting to focus on the TV show, I thought to myself, “I think I need to set the show aside for now and work on the movie.”  In seconds, I clairvoyantly saw Rosemary in spirit walk into view and give me a thumbs up sign with huge grin on her face!  She came to me in spirit years ago unexpectedly too one afternoon, so she seems to be active over there on the Other Side.  So, with Rosemary’s seal of approval…I’m going to write an Academy Award winning film.  I do not aim low. 🙂 It’s time I made “On Angels’ Wings Productions” actually a production company here in Tamalewood.

Writer – Producerly yours,

Atheria

 

 

 

I suspect my new guide is a teleplay/screenplay writer.

northernexposureI need to start this post by saying that I think “Northern Exposure” was the best TV show EVER.  I mean, right up there with “MASH” and “The West Wing” kind of ever!  I have never recovered from “Northern Exposure” (NE) going off the air in 1995.  Years later I wrote to Joshua Brand and John Falsey begging them to somehow bring the show back on the air.  NE was quirky and weird and deep and spiritual and silly and CREATIVE.  I discovered Enya because of the show.  At the end of one episode, this otherworldly music started playing that filled me with chills and made me cry, “What is that heavenly music?!”  (It was Enya’s Caribbean Blue.  Click the link for breathtaking footage set to the song that will make you feel God.)

I’ve had this vague TV show idea in the back of my head for a while based on my beloved Taos, New Mexico.  In some ways, Taos reminds me of the fictitious town of Cicely, Alaska featured in NE.  Well, I got some notifications today from YouTube regarding replies people posted after a comment I made on a NE scene many months ago.  It triggered some back and forth chatting, and suddenly, WHACK!  I started tingling as someone in spirit moved into my energy field to tell me, “Write the show!”  I didn’t realize just how much NE had affected other people like it had affected me years ago.  But, it did.  There’s a whole contingent of people hungry for entertaining and inspirational programming.  Quality…and I stress QUALITY…films and TV shows can really make a difference in people’s lives.  Certain films have changed my life forever due to their power.

I’m suspecting that I’m in the middle of nowhere for a reason.  I can’t even get regular TV reception here.  I have Netflix and Amazon for one month for free because of my SAG-AFTRA membership (via my Roku TV) but I just decided that as much as I’m enjoying “Orange is the New Black” and “Goliath” I will not subscribe to these streaming TV services.  It’s far too easy to get home from work and plop in front of the TV for hours accomplishing nothing.  I need to have nothing to do so that I can go within and create.  I need to have no distractions.  (Of course, with active cats, there will be some distractions….haha)  I need to CREATE television, not watch it.  And yes, I apologize to my fellow TV writers/producers out there.  This is just temporary. 🙂 Once I can quit my day job and focus only on writing/producing, I’ll have more free time…in theory…to watch others’ creativity on screen.

Long ago I heard this theory about New Mexico that I do feel could be true.  Someone told me that New Mexico is where people come to heal…mostly emotionally and at a soul level…but sometimes physically too.  The desolation here, the lack of glitzy distractions, the wide open space–seriously, you can see for a hundred miles–and the lack of people (the entire state of New Mexico, with its 121,697 square miles of land, only has 2.09 million people as of 2015) forces one to go within…to not look outside for who they are, but to explore the inner workings of their being.  It may not be an accident that I ended up on pueblo land with no real TV and not much to do other than my nightly yoga.  If I was back in Los Angeles, I could VERY easily distract myself with things to waste time and never accomplish a damn thing.  Of course, this WILL take discipline.  It’ll also take studying since I don’t know how to write a teleplay in the proper format, etc.  I do know I’m really, really good with dialogue.  I’m quite confident regarding that.  I just get lost in the plot part.  HA!

I do suspect that the new guide a fellow psychic mentioned was coming soon is a writer guide.  I have attracted writers in spirit before, like the awesome Henry Miller.  I will never forgive myself for being too shy years ago to take wonderful Neil Simon up on his offer of mentorship.  UGH!  I can be a moron!

If I can mesh my love of writing with TV/film (I have a metaphysical film idea too but it’s got a major plot problem.) and spirituality/metaphysics, that would be freaking fabulous!  I’d finally be doing what I’m supposed to be doing on this planet!  I can’t help but think of J.K. Rowling’s story where she was a single mother not knowing how she’d support herself and her kids when the entire first “Harry Potter” book just popped into her head.  Um…hello!  Divine intervention!  She channeled the book, for lack of another way to say it.  And I think things turned out pretty darn well for her! 🙂

Well, it’s late and I’m tired, so I need to sign off.  But, I think I’m onto something.  I am in Tamalewood after all!

In light,

Atheria