Friday, September 21, 2007

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Really Quick

Went to the rehearsal for the Spark Storytelling 6th Anniversary Event yesterday, and I was blown away by the level of storytelling. The other six stories were either as good as or better than mine -- and even I have to admit that my story is pretty damn good.

But even more important than the guaranteed quality of the evening is that the Spark folks will be providing FREE food afterwards courtesy of the Border Grill. So free entrance AND free food. You can't beat that. Here's the info again, in case you can make it tonight:

Spark Storytelling - 6 year anniversary

When: September 20th : 7 p.m.
Price: Free
Where: Santa Monica Public Library
Martin Luther King Auditorium
601 Santa Monica Boulevard
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Event Phone Number: 310-396-3680 ext 5#

Celebrating six years of storytelling, the Spark holds an evening of yarn-spinning at the Santa Monica Public Library. Originating at the Powerhouse Theatre, seven people are invited to write and perform personal narratives *sparked* by a particular theme. Featuring Grant Albrecht, Joel Alpers, Tamar Brott, Ernessa Carter, Mike Lambert, Cheyenne Rothman, and Ed Spielman.

Seven storytellers. Seven true stories. This one-night only event celebrates SPARK's esteemed series with seven personal stories, culled from the best stories performed over the last six years. The performance will be recorded for SPARK's debut CD, the first in a collection, and is followed by a reception with the cast and producers.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007


By Kyle -- even though I never got around to answering my last Meme. Sorry Zack!

But a week of being seen with 2 onstage performances, a rehearsal, and a silent film shoot means a black girl has got to do her hair. I'm currently under a hard pink dryer with large purple foam curlers in my hair, so as long as I'm stuck here...

Here's the meme, originated by Patrick at The Writing Life x3:

"Make a list of five strengths that you possess as a writer/artist. It's not really bragging, it's an honest assessment (forced upon you by this darn meme). Please resist the urge to enumerate your weaknesses, or even mention them in contrast to each strong point you list. Tag four other writers or artists whom you'd like to see share their strengths."

Here goes:

1. I'm bold. Totally willing to go THERE. If I'm really scared to write about something, if it makes me uncomfortable or nervous. Then I write about it anyway.

2. I'm a hell of a rewriter.

3. My writing has a lot of energy in it. Even when it's not fast-paced, it seems like it is.

4. I respect and embrace pop culture.

5. I have an abject fear of boring people (on paper), and this is why I think my writing is rarely boring.

OMG... 5 whole reasons without a word of self-deprecation. SO hard. As P.E. might say "Harder Than You Think." Had to rewrite several times. But luckily #2.

Nate B, Cybele, Nicole S, and Sincere -- this is me tagging you, suckas!

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

I'm SO excited! (Updates and other stuff)

Patti LaBelle's got my back on these two items:

Last April, I performed on stage for the first time since I graduated from undergrad at a Spark! Storytelling Event. And apparently, the producers have a thing for nervous, stuttering black chicks, b/c they've asked me to tell the story again for their 6 Year Anniversary event, NEXT THURSDAY ON SEPT. 20TH at the Santa Monica Public Library, which I hear is a really nice venue. And check this out: It's FREE! So go here for more info about NOT buying tickets. Nice!

Also, if you're a filmmaker in Los Angeles and want to take part in The Filly Film Cult's next event the "Silent Night Film Festival" as a participant, go here to fill out an entry form. For the rest of you who would just like to attend the festival on October 13, 2007, keep your eyes on this blog.

Am also excited about 21 MORE days of rewriting, one year on the jobby-job, The Southern California Writers Conference and the new Fall TV season. Have gone from missing TV during my self-enforced summer hiatus to becoming zen about it to just wanting a decent TV show to watch again. CH and I got rid of HBO and Showtime in a fit TV ennui, and it's been a ridiculously productive -- but lame for any kind of TV watching summer. Though we did finally get though the last season of Soul Food. Yea, B.E.T. Jazz!Link
Most looking forward to: Dirty Sexy Money (well-written and has the fellow Fillie, Sallie Patrick connect!), Carpoolers (saw the pilot and it was funny!), Gossip Girl (catty!), and Reaper (I don't know why!).

Also, have seen the original "Cavemen" pilot. Please see the picture above for my thoughts on that trifling-ass show.

Also, a few of you know that I've been taking "The Finishing School" class at The Writing Pad in Silverlake. This place offer classes for people who are too laid back/far away for UCLA extenstion, but too disciplined to just drift along by themselves. This week is my last class, but I've already signed up for the October session. It's made me realize the fun of writing again, and they serve you food during class -- hello! Plus, I LOVE that it's a mixed-medium class, so you never know if you're going to workshop a novel chapter, a short story, a screenplay, or poems from week-to-week. Go here for more info.

Alright, that's all for now... sorry, the simpsonizer wasn't working.

110% Love,