Wow. I didn’t realize I let nearly four months fly by without a post. This is going to be a weird post of a billion updates.

Hugo House’s 30/30

Hugo House is a non-profit in Seattle that offers classes for writers (young and old!) and is also a literary hub for events and whatnot. It is an amazing place where you can feel creativity enter you as soon as you walk inside. I recently volunteered my time with them and sat in on a lecture by the poet, Ellen Bass. I loved what she had to say about just letting the chaos flow out of you while you are writing and then deal with it later. Back in August, I photographed one of their Scribes classes (a program for young writers), and seeing kids learn about storytelling in comics was also pretty cool. They loved the comics they created and laughed as they showed each other their work. It was a nice display of camaraderie in writing, which is generally a very solitary craft. If I had a program for writing outside of school when I was growing up, who knows where I would be in the craft now. Anyway, Hugo House offers a lot of programs and they bring in many different writers across all genres and forms. They are also undergoing renovations (but the programs are still running!), and as any nonprofit, they rely on donations and fundraisers to keep things going. Every October, they hold the 30/30, in which writers pledge to write for at least 30 minutes a day to help raise money for Hugo House. It is a challenge to help push writers into making the time for writing (which so often gets set aside). If you would like to contribute to my fundraiser, you can do so at this website.

My goal is $200 as I have never been a part of this program before and we’ll see how it goes this year. My plan is to write a number of things, but I want to at least finish writing a 90 page screenplay that I started awhile back. It is currently at 15 pages. Ideally, I will write for 8 hours a day, but that isn’t always a possibility because of my schedule. Today, I wrote for 30 minutes and began a short story that has a deadline in January. It is about Seattle and is something that I have been prepping for the past week or so. I still need to do a little bit more research for parts of it. My goal with that is to have it max out at 4,000 words. I write best initially on paper, so I do not know the current word count. It is approximately four pages in an odd-shaped medium-sized notebook.

Other Projects

I have a lot of other projects that I am working on that aren’t really in the talking stage yet, other than my short film Declawed. I am editing the film myself and I have decided that I want to experiment a little bit more with digital effects to enhance the practical effects, so my goal of having it released by Halloween is not going to happen. I am also shooting another 48 Hour Horror Film October 23-25. So far this year, the pre-production for it is not going as smoothly as it has in the past, which is disappointing, but I’ll keep trying. I have a number of other short films that I will be creating, but they are all solo projects as of right now. The Neato Kino website will be undergoing some changes and it will be hosting film reviews and essays in addition to my films and that work. This website will remain my main blog, but will also host more writing projects than media projects. There may be some overlap between the two websites.

Crypticon tickets are on sale!!!

Crypticon is the best horror convention in the Pacific Northwest. Yes, I am biased because I am a Crypticon Ghoul Girl, but that doesn’t mean that it’s not the best. Tickets went on sale and if you want to hang out with me and a bunch of horror celebs, you should buy tickets now… because it’s awesome. Buy tickets at Stranger Tickets!

As a Crypticon Ghoul Girl, I’m having a blast promoting the event and participating in the photo shoots. This past weekend was the absolute best and I can’t wait for those photos to be shared.

Here are a few photos from the previous shoot. All photos by Decayed Pixels.