We Rise

School starts on Tuesday, and I’m really broken up about that…

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Yep, so sad, so sad. Anyway, this week is get ready for school week, going through clothes, checking school supplies, and attending open houses; it’s time for fall y’all. This weeks post will be brief, because I don’t have much time to, write this post and get in work out before the open house at my daughter’s dance studio.

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As some of you may know, Hurricane Harvey hit south Texas last week, bringing wind, rain, and epic flooding. One of the areas affected was my hometown, La Grange, Texas. It’s a lovely little town, small businesses, historic houses, a state park, and a big river that runs right through it. The Colorado River reached it’s highest point since 1913, and hundreds of businesses and homes were flooded, including the event hall where the La Grange high school holds all their proms. It’s difficult to see that town that you know so well, so damaged.

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Thankfully there are no reports of deaths or major injuries, and La Grange is a place where neighbors help neighbors. That is the interesting thing about disasters, they can bring out the best in people. Humans reaching out to other humans, donating food, time, money, and boats; for water recuses. It also makes me proud to have roots in a town like that, because I know the strong and amazing people who live there. They will recover, rebuild, and band together. For the best thing anybody can do in the aftermath of disaster, is to not let it defeat them. Keep living, and help those affected most get back on their feet. Because I know that the people of Texas are stronger than Hurricane Harvey. And the human spirit is stronger than any disaster.

Thank you to the emergency crews from outside of Texas, who come to help with rescue and recovery efforts. Please consider helping if you can, because together, we rise.

Until next time,

The Texan

Questions, Questions

Well it’s still summer and I still have children in my house all day distracting me with their questions, comments, and wanting to watch Mystery Science Theater 3000; which I’ll admit is pretty awesome. But given the lack of quiet time, I figured I would check out the questions lists that I have found on Pinterest, answer a few and maybe take a little humor for a spin. **I will allow you, the reader, to determine whether said spin was successful.** Well, here we go.

1. What is the hardest thing you’ve had to deal with? Sweet potatoes. The pealing, the chopping, ugh, they are like, the hardest vegetable…for real.

2. What incredibly strong opinion/belief do you have that is completely unimportant in the grand scheme of things? That MnM’s should be eaten color order, and that order is: yellow, orange, red, green, blue, and finally brown. And don’t cross me, rules are rules.

3. What makes you different from most people? The change that I made to this picture.

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4. How comfortable are you speaking in front of a large group of people? How comfortable would you be sleeping on a bed of rusty nails?

5. What is the funniest joke you know be heart? Okay so, 2 muffins were sitting in an oven. One muffin says to the other muffin, “My goodness its hot in here!” And the other muffin says, “Oh my goodness a talking muffin!” Haha and lol!

6. Would you go skydiving?

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9. What comes to your mind when I say, “cabbage”? Uh….Poland?

10. What is the opposite of a koala?

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11. Where’s the line between soup and cereal? What the hell? Who wrote this list?! Time to look at a different list.

12. What makes your eyes roll every time you hear/see it? The gals who seem to think that Sebastian Stan is somehow ruining their life. I mean really….

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Y’all unless he emptied your bank account, and/or set your house on fire, and/or stole your cat, and/or broke your hot water heater; I really don’t see how he could possibly ruin your life.

13. What word is a lot of fun to say?

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14. What are you most likely to become famous for? Turning frowns into smiles.

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15. What are 5 facts about you?

*I go by my middle name.

*I’ve never had a broken bone.

*I hate the new car smell.

*Sophia is my favorite “Golden Girl”

*My thumb on my left hand is double jointed.

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Okay so maybe that was a little more than few. Feel free to answer any or all of these yourself, it would be fun to hear or…rather read your answers! As always thank you reading! And a very special thank you to my now 30 followers! Y’all are awesome!!

Until next time,

The Texan

 

It’s Degree Day!!

The day has finally come friends! I can do this with my bachelors degree!

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Yay!! Woohoo!! And alright!! I mean I can’t physically do that with my degree just yet because it hasn’t…uh…come in the mail yet. But! I can, and am, wearing my epic t-shirt of victory! To other people it just says, hey she must have gone to American Public University. To me however, it says, I wrote my butt off for this degree, and it was hard, I had my doubts, and I almost cried a few times; but I decided to overcome myself, and achieve something awesome. Now I can do historian type things, you know, should the screenplay writing plan not pan out. Because, you know, I need be realistic. I can’t get to far ahead of myself. That doesn’t mean that there isn’t a part of me that is 115% confident that one fine day a movie written by me that will be coming to a theater near you, I just need to keep her in check; and stay focused on/respect the process. And wait for school to start so I can actually hear my own thoughts, and not be interrupted with questions about batteries, snacks, or the classic “what’s for dinner tonight?”.

Anyway. It has been quite the long road, an eleven year long road to be exact, and much has changed since I began my first class back in June of 2006. I have moved 4 times, gone from active duty Air Force member to veteran, had 2 babies, adopted 2 cats and 1 dog, traveled to 11 European countries, taken classes at 3 different schools, started 2 blogs, honed my cooking skills, gone from married for 1 month to married for 11 years, gotten into fitness, discovered and loved Once Upon a Time, The Young Victoria, and James Buchanan Barnes. The student me is no more. She is in the past like, Air Force me, and mom who changes diapers..uh me. This transition has been more difficult than I had expected, each phase becomes apart of ones identity, and moving to the next is more challenging than most people care to admit.

The next phase is screenplay writer me, and it won’t be easy, I know that. But I can use this time to build my confidence, branch out, and not give up on a dream; and of course meet this guy.

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I’m just kidding.

No I’m not.

For now, I can enjoy the fact that I am a member of the American Public University’s….

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Yippee!!

Until next time,

The Texan

A Certain Amount of Magic

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.

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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.

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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,

The Texan

 

 

Home Sweet Home

On Friday, after 19 days of being gone, my family and I returned home from our epic road trip; which included driving approximately 4,200 miles and visiting/driving through 15 states, plus Washington D.C.! My last post was written from my brother’s house in Illinois, our road trip had only just begun. From there we headed for Texas, the state of my birth, to visit family, and enjoy lovely Texas things like heat and bug bites; but also awesome things like Tex-Mex. And yes the heat did have us like…

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We still had a great time visiting family, and hanging out with one friend that we hadn’t seen in 5 years, and another that we hadn’t seen in 3 years. From there we began the long drive back to almost Canada, and that friends, was were our highway endurance, fortitude, and digestive systems (we eat mainly organic at home and rarely eat out) were really tested. Not to mention our ability to “carpe diem” every single freaking day, and for this family of introverted homebodies; it was no easy feat. However, we made some great memories and saw some amazing things, and are truly thankful that we decided to take such an epic road trip. I suppose that, it was what really matters.

Pictured here is: the San Jacinto Monument, the Lincoln Memorial, the Gulf Coast, Monticello, a neat flower from the Mobile Botanical Gardens, the White House, the Civil Rights Memorial, the World of Coca-Cola, Montpelier (the home of James Madison), the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and a historical marker in Lynchburg, Virginia.

I also have some great, small, locally owned restaurant recommendations:

*Simply Falafel, Edmond, Oklahoma (Mediterranean)

*Hot and Cold Cafe, Lynchburg, Virginia (Indian)

*Al Carbon, Charlottesville, Virginia (Peruvian, mainly chicken)

*Pearl’s Bake Shop, Charlottesville, Virginia (Gluten free and vegan options)

*Real Food, Orange, Virginia (soups, salads, and sandwiches; lunch only)

*Abe’s Kosher Deli, Scranton, Pennsylvania

Now that everyone is rested and tummies are back in order, we can now bask in the glow of the awesome experiences that we got to enjoy. And look forward to crossing more places off of the “have been to list” in the future.

Until next time,

The Texan

 

P.S. To all the crazy drivers we encountered, this look is for you.

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An Epic Road Trip

On Monday my family and I began our most epic road trip ever! It by far surpasses the time we drove to Pompeii, and the time we drove to Denmark; combined. We will be away from home for nearly 3 weeks, will visit family, friends, museums, and plenty of rest stops! Our first stop was Canton, Ohio to visit the Pro Football Hall of Fame. I recommend it if you’re a football fan. I stood in awe in front of Dallas Cowboys exhibits like Dak Prescott’s jersey, Troy Aikman’s helmet, and the video of Emmitt  Smith breaking the rushing record like this…

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But the Super Bowl movie were we had to watch the dumb Patriots win yet again had me like…

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It was a great experience and we had a nice guy take a picture of all of us in front of the building; who, as we found out the next morning, was staying at the same hotel. He saw us at breakfast and was like, “Hey. Didn’t I take a picture of y’all yesterday?”

Yeah. Good times! Now we’re hanging out with my brother before heading South to Texas, where I’m sure the heat will have us like…

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It’s gonna a good trip, and we’ll be able to check more states off of our states we have visited list. And finally see Monticello!! Woohoo!

I hope everyone is having a great summer so far!

Until next time,

The Texan

Rachel Buchanan

Last week I wrote about the first character I created, a young aspiring historian named Mae Forester, who finds more than she was expecting while attending Cambridge University over the summer. I look forward to polishing up this character and the story that surrounds her, hopefully being able to share it with the world. I finished reading Screenplay by Sid Field the other day. While I was mildly terrified by the idea that out of 75,000 or so screenplays that get submitted every year only about 450 get made into movies; I also knew that I could not give up. Because as Mr. Field wrote, people break into the movie business all the time. I can’t allow myself to think that it is something that only “other people” do.

This week I thought I would share with you a character that will never see the light of day. I know you may be thinking, now come on don’t say that. Or how do you know that for sure? Well because I do not have the pull that can influence the powers that be at Marvel Studios. Nor can I change the comic book story lines which have been around for decades, and govern the plots of the current movies. And I’m fine that. It’s cool. ‘Cause the thing about being a writer is when you get a idea, its important to write it down, or you’ll lose it. Even the stuff that won’t go beyond your IPad/computer/notepad can still make you smile when you read it, and encourage character creation in the future.

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After watching all 3 Captain America movies, on a long flight from Germany to Texas this past November, I came to absolutely adore Bucky Barnes. He’s such a perfect character, beautifully written, and brilliantly acted by the crazy talented Sebastian Stan. When we first arrived in Upstate New York, I had plenty of free time, and started thinking about the kind of person that I felt Bucky should be with. Sebastian has said in interviews that Bucky is not the Winter Solider anymore nor is he just Bucky Barnes, he is somewhere in between. While he ends up with Natasha in the comic books, and some people feel he should be with Steve. I felt it best that he be with someone who has no connection to either the Winter Solider or before Hydra Bucky. Someone who would know his past and understand that his past is just that. Someone who could help him focus on the future; that’s when Rachel Buchanan came to life.

Her grandfather was a SHIELD agent, and was friends with Howard Stark. Her father was in the Army, and spent some time stationed in Europe which exposed Rachel to history and different languages. She worked for SHIELD as a research assistant, also helped with foreign languages and logistics. After SHIELD fell, Tony Stark asked her to continue her work with the Avengers, due to her skill and her ability to keep a low profile. She has an appreciation for the classics, helps Bucky catch up on historical events, and loves to hear Bucky talk about what New York was like in the 30s and 40s. She first “encounters” Bucky at the Captain America exhibit at the Smithsonian, a few years before she meets him person. She feels a connection to him, and gets an unshakeable feeling that he is sad, or that something is wrong. When they meet, Bucky must feel the connection as well because he says to her, “This is going to sound crazy but…have we met before?” Below is one of the conversations that they have.

Bucky: “So technically your grandfather is younger than me?”

Rachel: “You were born in 1917, right?”

Bucky: “Yes.”

Rachel: “Only…eighteen years.”

They smile at each other and laugh.

Bucky: “Would you maybe be interested in going out….with me, sometime. I mean, I can understand if you wouldn-“

Rachel: “Yes.”

Bucky: “What would you want to do? Assuming we have time?”

Rachel: “Doesn’t matter.”

They smile at each other.

It’s not much I know, and there is more to the character and the mini story that I wrote, which I can share more of at later date should the interest exist. He’ll probably end up with Natasha, and I’m okay with that, anything that will make Bucky smile more. Because his smile is the world, observe.

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I’m learning that being a writer means, writing. Writing everything, not just the best stuff, or the stuff that will work, or sell, or actually become a reality. First efforts can always be polished, but once an idea is lost, because you never wrote it down, its pretty much gone for good. Besides maybe I can incorporate some of Rachel’s characteristics into a future character. I just need to keep writing. And not give up. Ever.

Until next time,

The Texan