…to my talented best friend, Danielle Herron, who deserves recognition not only for her artistic talent, but her amazing talent at being a friend. This is the kind of friend you want to have in your life time, and I’m so lucky to have her! Last week, I approached her in a panic…”D, I gotta pitch my screenplay this weekend and I’m freaking out about the visual aids!” She, in turn, based on a very limited portion of my screenplay, produced this wonderful interpretation. The best part? She goes out of her way to Fed-Ex it to me, a day before the speech. Is she priceless, or what? My best friend, the girl who went out of her way to talk to me in Junior High chorus about 15 years ago. A girl, who like myself had some problems at home, and a lot of amazing things to give this world. I hope she realizes her talent matters. I hope she soon realizes that she matters. Love you, D!
I must admit that I’m also rather proud of myself lately. I have been moving right along this semester. I’ve produced a number of projects, one of which was a pitch presentation for Professional Speech, which included the above storyboard as a visual aid. I’ve got three speeches down, and two more to gut through before I am free from public speaking courses forever. I’ve prepared a portfolio with a body of my work for presentation to my Capstone committee in two weeks, and also a 23 page proposal to create my senior project. This is the book of poetry I talked about previously. It took a lot of work, but I impressed the small number of people who have seen this proposal, including the COMM Division Chair, who told me it was the “best proposal she’d read.” (This semester, obviously. I’d never assume to be the best ever) Anyway, I’ve been accomplishing a lot, in addition to my everyday duties of diapers, parenting, and advocating for my two boys.
I sent out my application to Penn State University, in the hopes of getting accepted to their highly competitive graduate Creative Writing program. I’ve got my fingers crossed, as I did well on my GRE’s and sent them a writing sample that I’m proud of. Whether I am accepted or not, I am really impressed with myself for trying. I never used to put myself out there, but I’ve learned lately that you will never succeed if you don’t try. I’ve missed out on a lot that way. My words of wisdom for the day: life might continually suck, but if you don’t do anything about it, I guess you’d better get used to it.