I am a writer. I have to remind myself of that quite often, mainly because before anyone else can see me as one, I need see me as one. It can difficult because while I am a writer, I’m also a wife, a mother, and a pet parent. The summer especially can challenging due to kids being home, and the lack of quiet time. But Rome was not built in a day and I need to let things take the time that they will take, good things usually do….you know..uh…take time. Anyway. I, of course, have my day dreams and my lofty hopes, I think everybody does. One involves the People’s Choice Awards and my husband is holding one hand, while Sebastian Stan holds the other as we wait to hear if my story, my screenplay, my movie, will win the the best comedy movie award.
I then remind myself to be patient, and realistic, and stay focused on the present, which is tricky for me because I am very future oriented. I know that writing anything takes a certain amount of magic, mixed with talent, determination, luck, and just a touch of crazy. I know that the movie business might just chew me up and spit me out, and I’ll limp home proud of myself for trying, and try to devise a different plan for meeting Sebastian Stan…I kid, I kid. To loosely quote a song from My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, “If I’m going to put my heart out on the line, then I need to let the magic in my heart stay true.” If I do that, then the right person will find me at the right time.
Today I thought I would share with you a little scene from one of my movie ideas currently under the working title of “Brooklyn”. The main character is a writer who having a hard time getting published, her name is Samantha (Sam) York. In the meantime, to pay rent and such, she works part time for an event planning company that does charity events and things like that all over New York City. The scene is one of the first in the movie, as it opens Sam is talking with her brother and sister-in-law about a “Feed America” event she is going to that evening, in attendance will be some celebrities who live in New York. It is there that she will meet the male lead, a young actor named Carter Logan, but that’s for a later post. Sam’s brother, is a character I wrote with a certain actor in mind, I know that’s a big no-no but hey, you never know. His name is Stanley (Stan) York, and he is 12 years older than Sam. Stan seems to think that he looks like well…Sebastian Stan, but Sam and his wife Katy don’t see it.
Sam: “Sebastian Stan might be there too.” (trying to hide her smile)
Katy gives Sam a “why did you say that” look.
Stan: “Sebastian Stan? I love that guy!”
Katy rolls her eyes like she knows what he’s thinking.
Stan: (looking at Katy) “What?”
Katy gives Stan a be serious face and Sam starts to laugh.
Stan: “Come on, it’s true and both of you know it.”
Katy: “Oh my goodness Stan, you don’t look like him.”
Stan: “What?! Same eyes. Same hair. We’re like brothers from another mother.”
Katy and Sam look at each other trying not to laugh.
Stan: “You can’t deny that there are striking similarities.”
Katy: “Stan, I love you but honey, you don’t look like Sebastian Stan.”
Stan looks at Sam.
Sam: (puts her hands up) “Leave me out of this one.”
Stan: “Okay. Here’s what we’ll do. When you see him tonight, show him a picture of me and see what he thinks.”
Sam: “He’ll think I’m a crazy person.”
Katy: “No, he’ll think Stan’s the crazy person.”
Stan: (looks at Katy) “Alright hot shot. You say I don’t look like Sebastian Stan. I say that I do. We’ll let Mr. Stan decide who is right. And who ever loses has to…(thinks for a moment)…organize that closet upstairs.”
Katy: “Ugh, that closet is a disaster.”
Stan: “Are you scared you might lose?”
Katy: “Never. (sticks her hand out) Deal.”
Stan and Katy shake hands then bump fists.
Stan: (to Sam) “Just pick out a good one.”
Sam: “I will.”
Later on at the event Mr. Stan believes that they both right, because while he thinks they do favor each other, its not a straight up look-a-like situation. I figured he would be a good choice because A: he is nice enough to take something like that seriously and B: depending on his hair length, whether or not he has facial hair, or if he’s carrying a little extra weight, he can look quite different. Observe..
Maybe next week I’ll share more of “Brooklyn” with you, the Sam and Carter relationship has been a fun one to work out. I kind of modeled them after Prince Albert and Queen Victoria. I know that sounds weird but, I heard in interview that was included in the special features of The Young Victoria, that Albert and Victoria where far better together than they ever could have been apart. They could be good on their own, but needed each other to be great. Sam and Carter are the same in that, they are each other’s missing piece.
Thank you to all my readers and followers! You all help to give me a little more confidence in myself, and help to make my lofty dreams feel more possible! Thank you for reading!!
Until next time,