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On a Shameless Plug…..

So while reading and writing consume my life, I just want to take a few moments, as well as a few words, to put in a shameless plug for a friend’s podcast.  Why not? We creative types need to stick together and help promote each other’s works!

I will admit that the most shameless part is that I take part a few episodes.  But what is the podcast you ask? It’s called Van Damme That’s Good.  I have also attached the official website which includes my friend’s fantastic posters for each episode.

But what are these episodes for?  Well, are you familiar with Mystery Science Theater 3000 or MST3K? If are not, either click the link to a short YouTube video or just know that essentially has a man, a robot, and an alien who sit in a theatre watching terrible movies and make fun of them.  I use to do this sort game in college.  We called it Bad Movie Night.  Netflix has a goldmine of these kinds of movies.  I highly recommend if you do this sort of thing with a group of friends because doing it alone is just kind of sad.  However, if you really must try this and find yourself alone…well, that’s what this podcast is for.  Each episode consists of our hosts: Zach and Chris as well as a third guest host who picks a well loved but terrible movie for them to make fun of.  The episode I am in is for the movie Legend.  I just finished another episode this last Monday for Ninja III: The Domination

How the podcast works is simple, simply start the podcost and listen for the introductions as well as an anecdote about why this movie was chosen.  Then start the movie as the hosts do (you’ll hear the movie) and just listen to the hilarity.  It’s fun, I promise.

Did I also mention that these episodes are free?

Give it a shot when you have a chance.  I enjoy partaking in Bad Movie because it involves being witty on your feet.  It’s not writing, but it is a creative outlet.

To all you writers out there…..do you have other creative outlets besides writing that help fulfill your creative needs?


On Writing While Having a Full-Time Job…

Right now, I am flooded with ideas. So many ideas that there is not enough time in the day to get it all down in writing.  Trouble is: I currently make my living at a pharmaceutical company where I work a normal 9-5.  That’s 40 hours a week that I don’t get to write.  ARGH!

Aye, there’s the rub.

I’ve known since I was young that writing was my passion.  However, I’ve always known that the chances of making a living off of writing was slim to none which was why I went for my second passion: science.

Yes, I make good money, but I do have to work.  I am not the only one who works to live and spends the rest of her time living her dream.  One of my co-workers spends his free-time on his productions.

I know this is a shameless plug, but go and check out his skits: http://www.youtube.com/user/PlusKewlFilms

Anyway, with this influx of ideas and a full-time job…how do I manage?  You have to do what you can.  Me, I always carry a notebook.  If I get an idea, I jot it down (even if I have to take a quick restroom break to do it).  Obviously, I have to be serious about my job, so I try to take advantage during a tea break (yes, I take tea breaks as I don’t drink coffee) or lunch break.  That way when I get home my ideas are written down and not forgotten.  It’s hard but you have to do what you have to do.

One of my besties is a playwright in New York.  She’s getting her masters at Queens and is getting so much exposure.  I am so happy and slightly jealous.  I want that kind of exposure but I have my job.  Ugh.  She deserves great things, she is such a wonderful writer.

I will get there.  I know I will, it will just take longer.

But I know that I am not the only one going through this.  I know there are people out there working for the man while trying to live the dream.  It’s hard.  But never stop.  The important thing to remember is this: when it comes to art, you have to do it for yourself.  Honestly, don’t do it for the fame or the glory or for anyone else.  You have to do it for you. You. You. You.

I know this is quick, but I had to mention it.

That’s all for now.

MLT


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