Things are going splendidly here in Wilmington. I’ve already had several epic adventures and have also gotten a lot of solid work/writing done. One of the coolest things I’ve experienced so far is getting to ride down Cape Fear with the crew at Walkerworld Organic Artist Retreat. My new friend Allen owns it, and literally built most of it by hand. It’s a little hideaway mini village about 20 minutes outside of Wilmington. I felt like I was entering a unique movie set as we drove up (down a dirt path in the middle of nowhere). The purpose of this specific trip was to take a boat ride on his newest invention down Cape Fear – four boats welded together complete with a grand piano, monster grill and bonfire. About 50 people boarded with food and drinks in-hand for several hours worth of solid floating. It was so freakin’ awesome – a once in a lifetime experience. He puts some of his structures up on AirBnb, so if you ever head this way you should check it out.

Vero came up for a visit yesterday to spend the weekend with me! I was so happy to see her face in person. Once she arrived we immediately hopped a bus to Wrightsville Beach, which is about 15 miles away. It was gorgeous outside – sunny and cool. We discovered quickly though that the bus didn’t actually take us all the way down so we had to walk a good 2 miles to where we wanted to go. That was all good until we realized that I also left the bus schedule on the bus, and that where it actually let us off wasn’t a true stop. So, we were literally stuck. Once we decided to head back we hiked the two miles to our original spot and fortunately for us made a new friend who gave us a ride back to town. Today on our way to breakfast he passed us in his car again… a small world!

Today we are going to explore the historic downtown part of Wilmington. I can’t wait to show her all of the vintage clothing stores and locally owned businesses. Tonight there is a big art walk as well, so that will be a lot of fun. My assignment today is to find an outfit to wear the Cucalorus Oscar red carpet party on Sunday. 🙂

As for a progress report, there is much to share! I have made a daily/weekly breakdown of what I need to write in order to accomplish a full feature screenplay while I am here. This week I made tremendous progress on story elements. I am excited about the direction it is going in. I am also working very hard on the secret project that is taking place in Birmingham in roughly two weeks. For most of the week I faced a pretty big obstacle but finally overcame it yesterday thanks to the kindness and generosity of others. Birmingham is full of talented and giving folks who want to see things happen.

As for our short film in April (titled Little Cabbage), we are still working on a few key things in order for that to happen. We are THRILLED that a someone who James and I both admire has agreed to be in the film as the principal character. She is fantastic… blows my mind that we will get to work with her.

That’s pretty much it right now as far as updates. I miss James a lot and our fur babies. However, I couldn’t be in a more welcoming city to temporarily call home. It is inspiring here and there is still so much to discover. I am very lucky to be in Wilmington for this time.

Exploring Wilmington

Exploring Wilmington

Boat ride with Walkerworld Organic Artist Retreat

Boat ride with Walkerworld Organic Artist Retreat

Afternoon tea.

Afternoon tea.

Portrait by Vero!

Portrait by Vero!

Dancing with the sea.

Dancing with the sea.

Happy to be on Wrightsville Beach!

Happy to be on Wrightsville Beach!

Welcome to Wilmington lunch for Vero.

Welcome to Wilmington lunch for Vero.

Walkerworld Organic Artist Retreat - four boats welded together to form one gigantic floating device.

Walkerworld Organic Artist Retreat – four boats welded together to form one gigantic floating device.

Floating down Cape Fear.

Floating down Cape Fear.

Walkerworld Organic Artist Retreat

Walkerworld Organic Artist Retreat

Walkerworld Organic Artist Retreat

Walkerworld Organic Artist Retreat

Friends at Walkerworld Organic Artist Retreat

Friends at Walkerworld Organic Artist Retreat