JUST ANNOUNCED: My TV pilot screenplay, "Finding Emmaus," is now a finalist in its THIRD film festival: the Massachusetts Independent Film Festival in Worcester, MA. I am SOOO honored -- and SO over the moon!
Bought myself a gift yesterday: a new lamp for a side table. I love its soft and soothing light. Very conducive to imagining new chapters for Lodestarre book #2 or additional episodes of the TV series.
GUESS WHAT! My screenplay, the pilot for “Finding Emmaus,” is the official selection for a SECOND film festival, this time the “Montreal Independent Film Festival.” Thank you, God!
It's hard to believe it's been eleven years since I lost my Dad. He was a great man, a war hero, a loving father and grandfather, adored and respected by so many—and I am proud to be his daughter.
Fifteen years ago today, I attended my very first Silent Lenten Retreat at Holy Cross Monastery in West Park, NY. I remember I was so nervous about going—how would I feel about no being able to speak for three whole days. As it turned out, it wasn’t difficult at all. The place actually invites the silence, the same way a library invites soft voices. There is something soothing and gentling about the monastery’s physical presence and atmosphere (Father Max used to say it was a thin place) that makes it easy to get your head and heart into that mindset of silence.
And, as I found out, the silence—which I’d feared at first—was truly a gift from God. Once all the external noise and chatter were gone, I was able to hear—and eventually, turn off—all my own INTERNAL noise and chatter. And once I was able to do that, I was able to hear and receive what God wanted to tell me.
That’s where and when “Finding Emmaus” was born.
EXCITING NEWS! I wrote a TV pilot screenplay for “Finding Emmaus” and then entered it into a few film festivals. I was just notified that my screenplay is a FINALIST in the “27th Annual Fade In Awards TV Pilot Competition” in Beverly Hills, California!!