So many things to share. First and foremost, we officially launched The New Orleans Sazerac campaign yesterday… and reached 11% in the first day! Many thanks to our first responders, there’s nothing more comforting than having that immediate love shown. However, as you progress through a crowdfunding campaign, you learn quickly that any sort of contribution at any point is equally as valuable. 30 days is a long time to watch that meter move! Until we reach 100% we will be trying our very best to spread the word. Each cent goes towards our talented crew and critical production elements. Also, my heart could not be more full for the individuals who came on before we even launched, making all of this possible. BIG LOVE to Bret Pippen, Rachael Pippen, Kristian Niemi, Greg Haygood, and Steve Rodia. You are our heroes.

James is directing this project, as many of you know. I will be producing. I think it’s critical for indie filmmakers to be familiar and fluid in more than one role on a production. While my passion will always be writing and directing, I find great joy in orchestrating all the talents necessary to make something fantastic. I believe in James, and I believe in this film. I hope you will too!

Yesterday was a pivotal day in another regard too. I was so mentally washed out after the day’s events, but somehow I found the motivation to revisit Electric Bleau (my feature script). I’m sure that had a lot to do with the fact that I knew I was only hours away from finalizing my next draft…which has been over a month in the making. This revision has taken it to a whole new level. I haven’t had many of these in my life, but I had a real-life break through about an hour in! A key part that I’ve been struggling with from the very beginning came to me like a strike of lightning. It was one of the most natural things I’ve ever experienced. As I was saying to my dear friend Beth yesterday, I have a really hard time with endings. “They say” that if you write a solid beginning and middle, the ending should come naturally. For me that hasn’t been the case. However, as someone who knows what a bad ending looks like, I can damn well recognize a good one! I finally have that. Many silly celebratory dances were done, too.

Electric Bleau is about New Orleans, punk music pioneers, and a family curse. It’s a thriller through and through, sometimes borderlining on true horror. But it’s so much more than a category – as it has depth, character, and a unique energy. I can’t wait to make it.

In other news we’ve been all over the place, as usual. I traveled down to South Georgia with my parents to visit my sister Rachel and her family. We met up at a really fun RV campground complete with a water slide and beautiful live oaks. The weekend before that James’ parents came down to Atlanta to help with some house stuff, then we traveled up to Asheville (about 4 hours away) for a few days of relaxation. I love that town. Probably because I adore all things hippie, hipster, food, and art. To top it off it comes wrapped up in a beautiful mountainous landscape and cooler temps.

Next week we have our annual Bonnaroo trip! We save all year for this special time together. This will be year #5 for me, and #4 for James. Bonnaroo marks an important moment in the year for me… it’s an anniversary of a time where a lot of big things changed in my life. It’s also a reminder that this blog is a little over 5 years old as well! I am sure I’m creeping closer and closer to my 1,000th post.

What else is going on? James has basically hit his weight-loss goal! I am still about 10 pounds away. However, I am so very happy with the work I’ve done. I’m down to a size that’s manageable and healthy for me. I’m so proud of us and our hard work.

A little wildflower pickin'.

A little wildflower pickin’.

My mom, the Bean, & Jack the pup.

My mom, the Bean, & Jack the pup.

James & Dan discussing shots at Kimball House.

James & Dan discussing shots at Kimball House.

Thanks to Miles and the Kimball House for letting us film our crowdfunding video in their beautiful space!

Thanks to Miles and the Kimball House for letting us film our crowdfunding video in their beautiful space!

Dorito kitty love.

Dorito kitty love.

Abi-Do & the Bean!

Abi-Do & the Bean!

I've been killin' it with the awesome writing spots lately.

I’ve been killin’ it with the awesome writing spots lately.

I got my first

I got my first “you look like Katy Perry” comment from a stranger in quite some time! Even without the wig.

Cilantro in our Asheville AirBnb.

Cilantro in our Asheville AirBnb.

Asheville is a beautiful place.

Asheville is a beautiful place.

Our housewarming party! Pictured here with Jonathan Duke as part of his happy in 365.

Our housewarming party! Pictured here with Jonathan Duke as part of his happy in 365.

The Bean and my bro on Marta heading to Decatur for dinner.

The Bean and my bro on Marta heading to Decatur for dinner.

Dave, the Bean, and James. <3

Dave, the Bean, and James. ❤

Three little kitty piggies.

Three little kitty piggies.

Writing in our backyard.

Writing in our backyard.

With James' parents at the Biltmore Estate!

With James’ parents at the Biltmore Estate!

Man and dog.

Man and dog.

RVing in South Georgia with my family!

RVing in South Georgia with my family!

Fun in Asheville.

Fun in Asheville.

Our Top of the Monk temp tattoos!

Our Top of the Monk temp tattoos!

Top of the Monk - a Speakeasy in Asheville.

Top of the Monk – a Speakeasy in Asheville.

James and his parents walking back to our AirBnb in Asheville.

James and his parents walking back to our AirBnb in Asheville.