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The Machinima Blues

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As you know I am working like a crazy woman trying to finish up Libertaria: The Virtual Operathis summer. Like any overly ambitious project by someone that clearly has no concept about her human limits, I am down to the wire, dispensing with sleep, spending hours upon hours editing tiny frames that will pass by your eye in less than a second, and wondering why in the world did I decide over two years ago that I wanted to make a film AND I wanted to make an opera...and that my hair-brained solution as a fairly new mom at the time was to go for it and make a feature-length animated opera. 

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The process has been amazing. I've collaborated with people that I have never met (the entire production has been done online through the Internet, Skype and social networking). I've gone through the proverbial struggles that any large scale creative endeavor has encountered from cast emergencies, technical difficulties, financial constraints…

On Writing, Faith, and Tragedy

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As you may or may not know, I started to attend a writer's group here in Buffalo, New York. Part of my reason for going was to acquaint myself with fellow artists in the area, part of my reason was to learn better writing skills as I take Libertaria and transform the screenplay into a fully fleshed out novel. 

I enjoy sitting with other creative individuals, all of us diverse in our talents, writing, and beliefs. We discuss so many intriguing topics. Last night was no different. We enjoyed a touching story about the love between an old woman an her maimed dog. It may sound like a trite story, but the words written by the young writer enveloped us in its beautiful imagery, the loneliness of the woman hung in the air and we each held on to each word, mentally cheering for the three-legged beast and its equally crippled master.

Our discussions always teeter on the brink between the mundane and the sublime, the philosophical and the carnal, the emotional and the syntax.
A young man s…

Going Bald for Gray: Family and Friends Support Young Leukemia Patient

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You always get those e-mails about kids getting cancer, but usually it happens to some random friend of a friend's cousin's sister's boyfriend's brother, and it's not someone that's close to the family. The Hand family has been my husband's second family all of his life. Nate Hand was the best man at our wedding, practically a blood brother to my husband (coincidentally ALSO named Nathan), and Pat Hand was a father figure to my hubby growing up. 

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After what they thought was just a flu, Nate and Lauren Hand found out that their precious 3-yr-old Grayson has leukemia. It's only been weeks, but Gray has gone through intense chemo and already started losing his hair. In solidarity, family and friends started going Bald for Gray  and started a Facebook page called Pray for Gray that already has over 1000 followers and is growing.

The costs emotionally, physically, and financially are incredible. Gray will have to go through th…