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Chatter – Killer Social Media

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I just started a new account on Vimeo.  Now, I’ll give you the info for my account as soon as I actually get some videos updated.  For now, though, I’d like to share a video I found while browsing the site.

It’s a horror film entitled Chatter. You can check it out here:

http://player.vimeo.com/video/16487049

Let me know what you think.

– Paul Scott

 
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Posted by on November 29, 2010 in Inspirational

 

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Passion isn’t Always Enough

240/365 National Novel Writing Month begins

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The end of November is closing in on me and I can’t help but look back and ponder on the events of this month and its importance to me.  As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, November is National Novel Writing Month.  I can’t tell you how hard it has been to stay on track with a project of this magnitude – writing a novel in 30 days.

It’s made me question myself and the way I view my life.  If you were to ask anyone who has had even one conversation with me, you would know that I am extremely passionate about writing.  I eat, sleep and breathe the written word.  Regardless of all that, this month has been more challenging and exhausting than any month I’ve ever had in my life.  Sticking to something that should come so easily to me (after all, I love doing it) was harder than I ever could have imagined and begged me to ask the question

Is passion enough?

I’ve learned that no matter how much I enjoy a job or work of any kind, including writing, I seem to approach it with a half-ass attitude.  There are so many other things that I could be doing right now instead of hammering away at my keyboard at 80-some odd words per minute.  I have over 300 movies in my movie collection as well as a subscription to Netflix, I have several video games that I still haven’t completed and about 20 or so unfinished books to read.

I have literally wanted to be a writer since I was able to pick up a pencil.  Why is it just as difficult to force myself to write as it is to get myself up early every morning for work?  After 9 hours of work, how can I expect myself to sit down and write for another few hours?  The answer is simple really:

I don’t have a clue!

My passion, writing.  And if only I had the time to do it every day.  That’s the excuse I make after my Weeds marathon with my wife.  Did I really need to watch so many episodes?  Probably not.  Was it more important than my writing?  Every day that I gave in to that urge, it was.  I treat the opportunity to veg out and let my brain retard itself into a stupor with equal or more respect than my passion for writing.

How embarrassing to think that I once thought like that.  The rewarding and euphoric feeling I have every night when I turn out the light knowing I’ve written my 1,667 words for the day (sometimes more) is 1000-fold the relaxation I feel while I drool at a digital video.

The more blogs I read that are written by true writers, the more I see that I’m not alone in my struggle.

– Paul Scott

P.S.  Special thanks to Cordelia, whom I pretty much stole the idea of this blog post from.

 
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Posted by on November 27, 2010 in Inspirational

 

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Winnie the Pooh Goes Old School

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Winnie the Pooh has always been the “rumbly in the tumblyteddy bear that we all know and love.  However, over the years, the way he has been animated has changed immensely.  With technology changing constantly, Winnie the Pooh’s appearance has transformed with the times.

Peter Del Vecho, producer of the newest Pooh bear film due mid-July 2011, says that they “wanted to create a movie for the big screen that had the charm and wit of [the] original shorts” so Winnie-the-Pooh is returning to his old school appearance.

The new film will be based on several of A.A. Milne‘s stories about the friendly honey eating bear including the hunt for a mysterious creature that was mentioned in The House at Pooh Corner.

Another group of fun tidbits: John Cleese of the Monty Python troupe will be the narrator of the film.  Jim Cummings who has been the voice of Pooh and Tigger in the past will be returning for the role.

I’m thrilled that they’re bringing back the gang at the Hundred Acre Wood in a new updated way while bringing back the old school look that we all fell in love with.

– Paul Scott

 
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Posted by on November 22, 2010 in Inspirational

 

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A Case of the Mondays

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I’ve detected a pattern in my new blog thus far.  The previous two Mondays I have shared quotes with you!  It seems only right that I continue that tradition until the time when this blog comes to an end, which I hope will never be.  The quote I’d like to share with you today is actually a poem by William Ernest Henley.  Thanks to a recent film sharing the poem’s title its meaning has been reborn:

Invictus

Out of the night that covers me,

Black as the pit from pole to pole,

I thank whatever Gods may be

For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance

I have not winced nor cried aloud.

Under the bludgeoning of chance

My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears

Looms but the horror of the shade,

And yet the menace of the years

Finds, and shall find, me unafraid.

I matters not how strait the gate,

How charged with punishment the scroll.

I am the master of my fate:

I am the captain of my soul.

– Paul Scott

 
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Posted by on November 15, 2010 in Inspirational

 

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Hero to the Creative Mind, Issue 1: Gary Buslik

Today has been quite an inspirational day for one reason or another and I wanted to share an article I read back in May of this year that inspired me to follow my childhood dreams and passion…damn the price!

The article talks about Gary Buslik, a passionate and creative man, who graduated from college with an English degree, though he’d been telling his parents he was pursuing a degree in law.  According to http://www.arottenperson.com, “his mother cried for weeks and his father strode around the house ranting, ‘Big man!  He knows the parts of speech!'”

He later began an alarm company in Chicago that excelled so high as to make him around half a million dollars a year.  It sounds like the success story that we all dram of…but Gary hadn’t reached his success yet.  Gary decided that he wasn’t happy with that life and sold his business to return to school.  He attended the University of Illinois where he graduated with a Ph.D. in English.

Gary now works at the University of Illinois in Chicago as a professor and writes books on the side making a simple $13,500 a year.  Now that is true success!  Money isn’t everything and sometimes we get caught up in “keeping up with the Joneses” and forget what our dreams and passions are.

Read the full article on CNN MoneyDitching a $500,000 Salary to Teach Lit

I thank God that there are men as brave and courageous as Gary Buslik who chose to do what he loved instead of making a fortune, which he was obviously very capable of making.  Thank you, Gary Buslik.  You have inspired me to follow my dreams to the end – wherever that may be!

– Paul Scott

 
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Posted by on November 2, 2010 in Inspirational

 

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