THE SUNSHINE, WARM TEMPS, give me all of it!! While I love a floor heater, white powdery snow (that never came this year), and warm beverages…the spring-like weather this week has been very welcome.  I just couldn’t take another cold, wet, overcast day. I’ve never been a sun bunny (transparent skin to prove it), but I dared to venture out in a summer dress today, soaking up the rays. It was heaven-sent.

James and I are over halfway to our weight goals! At this rate, we will still be finished by the end of April/beginning of May. All we’ve really done is calorie count, cook at home more, and incorporate foods that are more filling (while still enjoying things that we love). We are adding in exercise to our weekly routines (I’ve been doing a good job at strength exercises, hopefully allowing me to run longer distances in the near future). I feel really good about my health and well-being right now.

I finished the first presentable version of Electric Bleau and passed off to James a couple weeks back. Since then I’ve completed a newer draft, and I’m about to start on the next. James is a great sounding board. Just when I think I have all of my elements together, he presents ways that it can be even better. Right now I am really focusing on the structure. Electric Bleau is a complex and complicated story… much like the short films that I’ve done in the past. One thing that I want to do this time around is be clearer, while not spoon-feeding my audience. There is a fine line. I want to be less abstract and more forceful with my intention, while retaining the magic and mystery that I love. My next goal is to get the green light from James by the end of March to start showing it to other people for notes. I am working really hard to get to that point!

The coming weeks are going to be a lot of fun, and mark the beginnings of festival appearances for Little Cabbage. First on the docket is the Atlanta Film Festival where we open for the World Premiere of Rosehill (3/28, 4:30p at the Plaza Theatre). Then in rapid fire we head to Chattanooga, Ozark and Indie Grits. We hope there is even more good news to share soon.

One thing that I live for is the possibility of opportunity. This year I’ve put my name & work in the hat for a few select things that I hope come back around. I am starting to realize that this feature might take a little longer than expected to be completed (but faster than I anticipate, I’m sure), so in the meantime I want to continue creating.  One of those projects is producing Vero’s first animated short film, called Bottomless. We first talked about doing this last year in Wilmington over Creme Brulee. Next thing we know, Vero’s created a fantastic storyboard and Joe Walker has signed on to help. Complete with an original score on the accordion by Carrie Hill, this little film is going to be pure joy.

Before I go – I have a few shout-outs! First – check out my friend Stacey Davis’ Seed&Spark campaign for her upcoming short called The Sibling Code. I’ve known Stacey for many, many years. Not only has she served on the Sidewalk Film Festival board for as long as I can remember, but she also helped me on my first short (Piece of Cake) in 2006 as our entertainment lawyer. She’s as legit as they come. I know this film will be absolutely brilliant. Second – I am working with a couple of talented female filmmakers in Atlanta to expand a supportive/creative collective called New Mavericks (as a branch of the Atlanta Film Festival). If you are interested in learning more or taking part – find us here. Third – we were on NPR, y’all! Listen to our segment talking about Little Cabbage in Harmonicas and House Fires.

We have a new baby - meet Dorito!! She hails from a bush in Midland, Georgia.

We have a new baby – meet Dorito!! She hails from a bush in Midland, Georgia.

ATL NPR!

ATL NPR!

Cilantro smiling in the sunshine.

Cilantro smiling in the sunshine.

Check out James' new website housing all of his beautiful design work: iamjamesmartin.com

Check out James’ new website housing all of his beautiful design work: iamjamesmartin.com

Electric Bleau pass-off!

Electric Bleau pass-off!

Art from Bottomless, written & directed by Vero.

Art from Bottomless, written & directed by Vero.

Art from Bottomless, written & directed by Vero.

Art from Bottomless, written & directed by Vero.

Spring cartwheels.

Spring cartwheels.

BK is a Birmingham baby.

BK is a Birmingham baby.

3 year anniversary ferris wheel ride!

3 year anniversary ferris wheel ride!

New Mavericks supports women involved in various aspects of the Atlanta film community to achieve a strong voice in the local industry.

New Mavericks supports women involved in various aspects of the Atlanta film community to achieve a strong voice in the local industry.