Happy last day of April, 2013!  This month held a lot of action, that’s for sure: a movie was made, trips were taken, conferences attended and spring events galore.  Looks like May will be just as active on similar fronts, but I am taking the time to make sure some duty-free days are built in.  This girl loves to rest just as much as she loves to do.  Give me a day to sleep in, a morning of TV and an afternoon in the park and I am as good as recharged.  If I don’t get my days of rest, then I become stretched too thin.

This past weekend I had the opportunity to visit my sister and her family in Columbus, GA, which is always a nice retreat.  Sunday we did Twelve in ATL… a wonderful event for a rainy night.  We opened our windows so we could hear the rain and occasional thunder roll while enjoying some delicious food.  Each Twelve never fails to disappoint… even when we only have eleven! 😀  We knew eventually the magic number of attendees would be broken, sometimes things happen last minute that you can’t help.  That just meant one extra portion of each dish, so someone got a lucky helping each time.

This month we will be working on pick-up shots as well for Bubble, scheduled for the 19th.  It will be so much fun to see everyone again, and to also get everything we need in the can.  I can’t wait to see it all put together in the first cut!

James and I are back on the weight-loss bus for the month of May… we are so close to our goals that I can taste it!  The goal is to be at our dream weights by Bonnaroo, something we both really look forward to every year.  I have increased what I want to lose by a few pounds, so I’d like to do 10 more in the next 5 weeks.  James has about the same amount as well.  Luckily, we’ve both been really good about keeping off what we already lost earlier in the year.  It’s so awesome to have a partner to share successes with, as well as to understand when hangry (hungry + angry) hits.  It will be so nice to be DONE.

Today I submit my screenplay for the competition I’ve been telling you guys about.  I don’t want to say what it is b/c of jinxing factors, but keep your fingers crossed for me!  I won’t know until later in the year, I’m sure.  Even if I don’t win a slot to work with established writers, it was still good to get me refocused on my future goals.  I was talking to James this weekend about my book, and whether or not it is even necessary.  My umbrella goal is to hopefully make a feature, and adding a book into that process seems arbitrary.  My thoughts were that it would help finance production, but honestly I think I can find a way to make it happen without having to take that route.  Plus, there is no guarantee that my book would sell enough to have been worth the effort.  So it isn’t set in stone, but my idea is to just tackle the screenplay and bypass the rest.  That way if I do get selected for this competition, I will have something ready to work on come January.  And even if I don’t get to make this specific feature myself, I will still pursue other ways to have the story made (by another director or studio, etc.).  Lesson learned is this: I can only focus on one thing at a time to give it true justice.  Putting unrealistic timetables on things doesn’t help at all with momentum.  As long as I’m creatively fulfilled by a project in front of me, then that’s what matters!

Weekend with the girls

Weekend with the girls

Vero with two of her paintings at Magic City Art Connection!

Vero with two of her paintings at Magic City Art Connection!

Magic City Art Connection opening night party!

Magic City Art Connection opening night party!

Twelve prep with Mr. Martin

Twelve prep with Mr. Martin

Some goodies from the ATL Twelve

Some goodies from the ATL Twelve