Screenwriting tips 2

Spring semester is starting, my screenwriting class in January is over — and things are still settling into place. But let’s talk about how to format scenes in a screenplay.

My professor for my screenwriting class had us download a free trial copy of Final Draft, which is a screenwriting program that will format your screenplay correctly for you. (You can learn more about this at

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Screenwriting tips 1

Hello! Hope your new year is going well, so far. This January, I’m taking an intro to screenwriting class, and I thought I’d share some of what I’ve learned!

The three act story. While I’m not actually going to write a full three-act screenplay, the structure of one is actually rather important. It looks something like this:

My rough rendition of what the professor drew for us in class

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“Into the Drowning Deep” review

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It’s winter break and I’ve been spending a lot of time with my nose in a book. This is the latest one I’ve finished: Into the Drowning Deep by Mira Grant. If you like scary science fiction… then you’ll probably like this one. Continue reading ““Into the Drowning Deep” review”

“The Book that Matters Most” review

Trying to get back in the swing of things with another post! Anyway, here’s one of the books I read over Thanksgiving break (as mentioned previously):

The Book that Matters Most by Ann Hood

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I don’t think I want to give this book a rating… I think I’m going to move away from that. But I really enjoyed this book, especially considering how I plowed through it in a few hours.


Ava’s twenty-five year marriage has just fallen apart, and her kids are both grown and out of the country, pursuing their own lives. Searching for companionship and a way out of her grief, Ava joins a book club. The book club’s goal for this year is to read one book chosen by each member – and the theme is “the book that matters most”. Ava chooses a book from her childhood – one she’s almost forgotten – that had helped her through the deaths of her mother and sister.

At the same time, Ava’s daughter Maggie is in Paris, entering into a destructive relationship with an older man and with drugs. As Ava searches for the author of her book that matters most, the secrets surrounding Ava’s past are unraveled and offer Ava and Maggie a chance to start over. Continue reading ““The Book that Matters Most” review”

Life bubble 3

Sunset over Loon Cove, as seen during my Thanksgiving break.

Apologies for not posting recently! So many things happened, and are still happening, it’s hard to remember what occurred when. I’ll do my best to give a broad overview. Let’s see…

Almost a month ago, there was a giant storm that knocked out a lot of power in the areas surrounding my college – fortunately, the college didn’t lose power, but the lights flickered quite a bit. A lot of professors brought their kids to campus, because their kids’ schools were closed due to power outages, and quite a few people who didn’t have power came to eat in the dining halls – which were open to them for free.

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Thoughts on productivity

A picture of the tent that a couple of dances have been held in the past two weeks – most recently, homecoming last night. Though this is from that first dance two weeks ago, the setup is the same.

Time management is not something I’m especially good at. In fact, I have a tendency to push myself too hard and too far, without taking a break, and then things aren’t pretty.

Of course, sometimes outside circumstances create the need to push oneself too hard and too far – without even being able to take the time for a break.

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“Hidden Monster” review

I don’t have a picture of this book, since this is another one I read on kindle! So here’s a picture of one of the trails around my college campus. Learn more about this book here.

Another kindle book (that I actually read over the summer): Hidden Monster, by Amanda Strong. It’s a young adult novel, which I usually shy away from (because of the obscene amounts of romance that tend to characterize this genre), but I thought I’d give it a try.

I give it a 3.9 out of 5 stars. Surprisingly.


Seventeen-year-old Samantha Campbell loves to run, as an escape from her life. At least, until she’s abducted one morning and wakes up bound to a mattress. Her masked captor repeatedly injects her and promises that one day, she’ll love him.

Unexpectedly freed, Samantha returns home, intent on guarding her heart – especially since her captor is still out there. This becomes more difficult when she meets her new neighbor, eighteen-year-old Blake Knightley. When she starts to experience strange changes, she realizes her captor may have left her more damaged than she originally thought. Ending up turning to Blake for help, Samantha must discover who the monster really is and what he’s done to her. Continue reading ““Hidden Monster” review”

Comfort reading

Hey! Let’s discuss books. More specifically, those books you always come back to and read over and over and over again. The ones that bring you joy and happiness and leave you with a lovely sense of contentment.

Those books make up my comfort reading.

Earlier I posted a short list of books that fall in this category for me (maybe not so short – some of those were series. Actually, I think most of them were series… I guess that just means I like to read series?). You can find that (relatively short) post here.

And, naturally, there are a couple of simple guidelines for how I choose my comfort books:

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Life bubble 2

Hello! It’s been about four weeks’ worth of classes (and I’ve been on campus for a week longer than that, yikes…). And I still have yet to come up with a consistent posting schedule! I really should get on that.

Anyway, as I continue settling in and adjusting to classes, I’ve gotten better at balancing work and play. That’s partly because I have to – most days I spend a good amount of time not in my room, either in class or at work.

I don’t think I’ve talked about my campus job yet! I’m working in the library – the actual title of my position is “stacks maintenance clerk”. My name-tag says “student library assistant”, which is a more accurate description. I spend most of my time processing books (which has slowed down a lot since it’s no longer the start of the semester). Working with books is hard sometimes, since I’m easily distracted by interesting titles and covers.

This is the outside of the main library on campus, where I work:

Miller Library

There are three libraries – there’s a music library and a science library, and then the main one. I still haven’t actually been inside the music or science libraries… I should go check them out sometime.

Aside from work, classes are going well! I had a couple of midterms this past week that went fairly well (especially for first actual tests in college) and I’ve joined a philosophy club run by my philosophy professor (or at least, I went to the first meeting. It was a lot of fun!).

This weekend, the college has arranged for students to go apple picking at a nearby apple farm – my friends and I are going to go. It should be lots of fun, especially since I love apples.

I don’t really have much to say this week – so I hope your week went well! Have a great weekend!

Inventing stories

Apologies for not posting this past week! Life’s been pretty hectic, as I adjust to classes and working (I have a campus job!). As I settle in, I’m hoping to have a more regular schedule.

Anyway, here are some thoughts on inventing stories.

When it comes to writing story lines, I seem to work a little differently every time. Sometimes, I invent the world first, and characters who fit in that world simply come to me (or I work at developing them). Other times, I create characters first, and they world they live in evolves as I figure out what their story is. Generally, the character comes first, with a snippet of their world as backstory, and I go from there.

The hard part is actually coming up with an idea. There isn’t really a good way to do it – and there isn’t a good way to regularly come up with ideas. Continue reading “Inventing stories”