Monday, August 30, 2010

"Her Room" -- The Result Of A Writing Exercise

Two summers ago, I went to a writer's conference at Harding University in Searcy, Arkansas. The conference was called "Teachers as Writers" and my father had stumbled upon it while looking at the school's website. At the time, my youngest brother was considering going to school there, so my dad had been researching it. (By the way, my brother was accepted into the university at the beginning of his senior year of high school. He just started his freshman year of college there. It's a good school and perfect for him, so he is very happy with his choice. Anyways, I digress...)

The conference featured several published children and young adult writers, each giving a day-long lesson about a different topic of the writing process. Each of these workshop sessions, we did writing exercises and had discussion with the authors, along with their presentation. I loved every minute of it and meet several wonderful people! I even bought one book from each author-presenter! But other part of the conference was each evening we meet in our designated groups to have a writing critique session. (We were given several "writing breaks" throughout the day, the longest being the 2-hour period after dinner before group time.) We were expected to turn in at least one writing piece every night and after reading it aloud to the group, would receive a critique by our peers. For me, this is the most terrifying part of the writing process: having to read your work aloud to others for them "judge" it. O.O (I have a slight reading problem, so I tend to stumble with the words by misreading or mispronouncing them. I hate reading aloud! And yes, I’m in theatre…figure out that one!)

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Adventures in Babysitting...and Apron Making!

First...does anyone remember that movie? Adventures in Babysitting? I love that movie and hadn't seen it in a while. Hmm...I must add it to my Netflix list. Sorry, got lost in my own thoughts for a moment. Anywho...

Last night I babysat for two of the world's cutest little girls! They are so adorable and smart. I know the family though the preschool I used to work at. I helped in the younger girl's class when I first started at the school, but then became the older girl's teacher in the Pre-K class. Both girls formed a quick attachment to me and when I left the school to pursue other things, their mom asked for my contact info so I could babysit for them. A few weeks ago, the mom called and was so thrilled that I said I'd love to babysit for them!

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Creative Craftiness

Despite feeling very busy and working on various things today, I feel like I haven't accomplished much. *sigh* I think its because most of my day was spent in front of my computer. I was working on paperwork for costumes for Ruth's Locket, emailing the production team and whatnot, checking all my internet addictions (facebook, twitter, etc), and attempting to make ribbon flowers. 

My friend (the lovely artist who drew my profile image) showed me a youtube video that shows you how to make several different ribbon or fabric flowers for craft projects. (We had spent part of Monday at Hobby Lobby looking at craft stuff and she mentioned the video to me while we were looking at ribbon.) Anyways, I was determined to try out these "flowers"...the girl on the video made them sound pretty easy. And I do have a costuming degree (or a "making sh*t degree" as my artist friend so delicately worded), so I thought "how hard could it be?" O.o Needless to say, it was harder than I thought. I think I just need more practice, but I'm starting to get one of the flowers called the "3-D rose". Here are my latest two attempts (and the most successful though not by much):

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Sometimes I Wondered If I Should Have My "Nerd Card" Revoked...

So...I finally starting watching "The Guild" today...and I love it! *squeals* I finished season 1 and am halfway through season 2. (My computer kept freezing up and having issues, so I stopped watching for today.) It's such a hilarious show that makes my nerdy self so very happy!

Back-story time!

Friday, August 13, 2010

Happy Friday the 13th!

Despite the usual “bad” connotation this day can have, I have always had very good days on the “Friday-the-13ths” in my life. And the number 13 happens to be my lucky number…not that I really believe in the whole concept of luck. But I digress…

Anywho, I wanted to do a little promoting during this blog-post for various projects I’m working on and people I know are working on. First, thanks to various friends I made while working on another show, I have the opportunity to work as Wardrobe Supervisor for a small non-profit film titled “Ruth’s Locket,” produced by a newly founded production company called Dedicated Works Productions. The film tells the beautifully tragic story of love lost as a heart-wrenching tribute to the victims of Alzheimer’s disease and their loved ones. The film is just getting off the ground in its production progress, but I’m already working on finding costumes for it! For more information about this film, please visit our website:

Monday, August 9, 2010

Why, Hello Strange New World!

Welcome to "May-Day's Daze," my blog to record the imaginative ideas and zany happenings that spark from the insanity of my life. My intent for this blog to be a place where I can share my thoughts and life experiences, exhibit some of my creative writings and crafts, and promote the various theatrical projects I’m working on. I’m still relatively new to the “blogging scene,” although this is my second attempt at this particular blog. However, I hope this online venture to a fun albeit unique journey into my creativity chaotic world.

~Namárië (it means "farewell" in Quenya, an elvish language created by Tolkein)