The Writers Strike that Never Was

It was the year 2008 and the Oscars were pushed back, TV was in a slump and reality shows were at their peek!! That was the first writers strike. It was far too long and very unnerving. Hollywood took a turn and I’m glad the past few years has brought more scripted TV shows. There has been more than enough quality shows not only on network stations but add in streaming and cable, who has the time. 
When it comes to my shows, well I am a little overboard you can say. I love to organize and so I do that even with my TV watching. You might say buy a TV guide or just look online, but I have a system that works. That system includes an excel with a master list of show names, channel, time, day of week and season they come on. Taking it one step farther, I have tabs for each day of the week with the show name and each episode, date aired, and title. I highlight to know when I’ve watched an episode to make sure I don’t miss anything. I watch a lot of shows and I cut the cable cord so it is how I get by. 

Well, last week the news started to gossip about another potential writers strike. What is this? Could it be? For a moment, not that a strike is good, but is that a break I see possibly on the horizon?! The demands, more pay, the typical, but writers have good reason. Good for them, make sure you get what you should be getting for the hard work you aren’t appreciated for. I say from one writer to another. 

Earlier today, the news broke that no strike would occur even after the guild voted for it. An agreement was reached. I am glad, really I am, can you read it in my words, I am. So let’s leave it at that. 

Honestly, a strike would have been bad and I am glad it was avoided, but a little break would have been nice. My excel could have used it. Summer is coming but that means more time to find and watch the shows I have had yet to have time for then fall will be here before you know it and the madness begins again. I hear you, just stop watching. It is simple right? 

TV, movies, and books have always meant something to me. These are the things that have never left me. It might sound simple and childish, but growing up my “friends” always left. They would move away or transfer, it happened so much it became a running family joke. So where did I turn? Hollywood. The place with the best friends in the world. They wouldn’t leave or go anywhere. They entertained and I could watch them always, over and over again. 

I think that feeling stayed with me. That feeling of connection and safety. I still turn to my shows as a means of connecting and escaping. These shows are like a friendship in a way. When I need a lunch date, turn one on or a way to make it through a boring afternoon, push a button. Just like friendship though it is also work. I just wanted a slight break, is that too much to ask? 

The writers didn’t go on strike. There is no 2017 strike to write or care about, but the possibility made me think. Where would I be without my shows? Where would we all be? Maybe this can remind us to appreciate the things and people we love just a little more. It all goes by too quickly so we have to remember the work just means we are doing something we care about and we should try and find the joy in it somewhere. Happy uninterrupted channel surfing!

When Movies Say It Best: “The Shawshank Redemption”

Welcome to week one, blog post one for my newest category “When Movies Say It Best”. I have always been an avid movie watcher and movies have been my main means of escaping. They have brought me joy and pain throughout the years, often times the most memorable quotes for me come from the saddest of movies. Every Friday I will be posting a single quote from a movie and explaining just why it means so much to me. Please come with me on this journey as I remember all the movies that have shaped my life and the quotes that still inspire, invoke thought or simply provide pleasure for me.

My favorite quote to date comes from the ever famous and beloved movie “The Shawshank Redemption” from the lead character Andy.

Remember Red, hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies.

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Take Two: Starting New

It has been a while since I’ve posted anything. I am not sure what I was building this into before but I definitely want to try and build something. 

Time goes by so quickly. I have loved and made changes and lived life. I recently got married and it has been good. Really good. We were together quite a while before and it was just the logical next step. We both work well together and though I know at times we drive each other crazy, we love each other. 

I have always believed in love. I don’t know if I’ve really had a grasp of it, not really until now. I think love means something different to us all. Love is elusive and ever changing but true love lasts. I think this is true and I’d bet my life we make it. I can’t imagine not having him with me. 

Anyway, I’ve been in a more thoughtful mood lately as well. So much has gone on in the world as well as my small portion of the grand production. There is so much hate and mistrust in the world and it is frightening. At times of uncertainty I retreat into books, movies, and tv shows. I escape the uncertainty of life with the craziness of Hollywood. It is a good escape. 

I want to write and share again. I still have things to say, my story is far from over and I feel just getting started so this is still me. A story in my heart and flowing through my finger tips onto the screen. I believe writing and artistic expression is the best way to release your feelings, it at least works for me. I am here again on my mission, no pursuit, to find the creativity in the world and share pieces of me with each blog post I share. I look forward to this journey with you all. Let’s be creative and give even the ugliest of emotions beauty through the expression. 

Waiting for Me to Wake (Poem)

These words just flow out of me for fear, doubt or shame. My thoughts race as I try to keep them clear but I can’t stop my mind from questioning and I can’t keep my heart from breaking. These are the thoughts that swirl in my head tonight.

I can’t form the words, through any vocal trying,
I reach out to a world behind the screen,
For they can’t see or judge me,
You are here beside me and if I fall down,
Will you pick me back up again?
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Take My Hand Again (Poem)

Some days, words just seem to flow from you. This is one of those days. Memories that knock on doors, long left closed and locked tight, then suddenly you hear a knocking and can’t seem to ignore the thoughts any longer. Sometimes we push things away to keep from feeling or dealing, but eventually we have to find a way to make peace with it, one way or another….

Tightening in my chest, for the words I long to say,
Stifled like a cry in my throat, refusing to escape,
Why can’t I just release them, remove them from my head,
So finally, for this one moment in time, I will be free at last.
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