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I have been telling anyone within ear shouting distance that 2023 is gonna be my year. With this declaration ringing in my own ears, and feeling emboldened post-pandemic, I decided to plan a few outings that I may never have dreamed possible. For instance, my daughter and I went to the Supernatural Convention in Atlanta this past March. There, we met our TV show heroes, Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, and Misha Collins, my daughters' personal fave. I swear I wouldn't be surprised if her eventual fiancé looked a lot like Misha. Just saying.

The fam and I also snagged tickets to see my favorite of all-time rocker Ville Valo on May 3, 2023. He is sans former HIM band members, which is bittersweet, yes. Even so, I am happy I get to share my kiddos first live concert event experience with a musician whose creativity I appreciate and adore so deeply.

Yuh, I plan to dance up a storm and embarrass my progeny--bonus!

What? It's payback for my daughter's recent call to go hiking up the Silver Comet Trail a few weeks back. It was lovely but Mama is too old for such shenanigans--give me an elliptical and an iPod with Neon Noir blaring in my ears any day of the week.

All things told; those were three outings that I would have never considered pre-Covid, however, the fear of inescapable death changes one's perspectives. For instance, I wrote a couple of screenplays I may have shied away from 7 years ago just to see where they may have gone. One is a tongue in cheek horror pilot entitled "Vampire Chix" the other, a dark romantic fantasy entitled "Honey Drop." The latter tale is based on my old, animated film "The Heart of Death" which is based on the Persephone and Hades myth.

Now, I haven't shied away from dark topics in the past, far from it. I love vampire tales and dark erotic romance; still, I book shelved those themes for a host of reasons, concentrating instead on esoteric and elevated horror. As the years crept by, I found myself desiring to do something more "fun", stuff that didn't take itself too seriously. I feared that a world that gravitated towards action and superhero flicks would not be open to these concepts.

Welp, turns out both screenplays had market potential if 13 Horror and the Wiki Contest are any indications. "Honey Drop" placed in the top 20 percentile of the lauded 13 horror competition while it made the quarterfinals of the super fun Wiki contest. I wasn't sure what the response would be, and I was glad to receive at least a nod that my work may be well recieved after all.

What will come of these contest wins I cannot say, but one thing is for sure--2023 is gonna be my year!

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