Oct 262010

Acceptance. In simple terms, accept who you are. If you are an artist, let yourself be an artist. People try to force you to “grow up,” to give up your dreams, to do whatever it is they think you should be doing while your inner artist is screaming. Don’t let people tell you that your dreams are wrong, bad, not worth pursuing. In the end, it’s your life and your happiness that’s at stake. Do, be, create and surround yourself with supportive people.

I’ve had to walk away from more than one situation and friendship because I was being told what to do with my life, but there’s another aspect to this. I’ve often tried to be what I’m not. Writing what I thought people wanted to read, forcing myself to start projects for the sole purpose of approval when it wasn’t what I wanted to be doing. Doing things with my life that other people wanted me to do. It’s important to write and write what you’re itching to write. Placate the artist and it will let you write other things, like blog entries for example.

Back to simple. Write because you want to and what you want to. Allow yourself to suck. Don’t base your success on approval from others. Don’t base your success on a paycheck, size of a paycheck, or lack of a paycheck. Create and be rewarded by creating. If you’re in this to get rich, turn back now.

Lots of talk about movement and exercise. I agree that movement, getting out there and walking, running, horseback riding, and the like can help to break those blocks, solve plot problems, and be inspirational. I’ve come up with a storyline or two and solved a plot problem while walking, but I hadn’t thought much about it. The weather here doesn’t always lend to walking and being comfortable enough to free the mind. Sweating profusely and shivering uncontrollably do not do much for thinking anything other than, “Hot, hot, hot!” or “I’m turning into a momcicle!” I have to look for other ways to exercise or other places to walk. Maybe I’ll become a mall walker, but only if I can convince myself I have the self-control to not spend money while I’m there.

 Posted by at 9:16 am
Oct 262010

Nightmare on Elm Street 1-4Freddy Krueger has always been a favorite movie monster. The ability to terrorize people in their dreams is one of the scariest concepts out there. A Nightmare on Elm Street has plagued a few generations with nightmares of Freddy.

Wes Craven creates something in the Freddy series that is rare and exactly what I look for in a horror movie. Actual fear and scares instead of a gore fest. Sure, there’s blood and guts and gore, but many movies today forget about fear and go for the disgusting. I think maybe A Nightmare on Elm Street is one of the reasons movies don’t scare me anymore. Nothing tops the bastard child of 1000 manics.

I haven’t been able to bring myself to watch the remake yet. To me, Robert Englund is Freddy. Remakes can be fun and different takes on a movie are interesting to me, so I’ll watch it someday.

Nightmare on Elm Street 5-8Unlike most people, I enjoyed the entire A Nightmare on Elm Street series. Sure, I liked some better than others, but I couldn’t get enough of Freddy. If they were still making A Nightmare on Elm Street‘s with Robert Englund as Freddy, I’m sure I would still be watching them. I might be wondering why, but I’d still be watching.

You could make an entire marathon out of just A Nightmare on Elm Street movies.

If anyone watches the remake, let me know what you thought of it. I’m interested to see something other than critic reviews since I seem to rarely agree with the critics.

Here’s A Nightmare on Elm Street 1-4 and A Nightmare on Elm Street 5-8 for the full Freddy experience.

 Posted by at 8:10 am
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