The winds are shifting and that’s ok!

How and why will I be focusing on travel content instead of writing fiction? –

800 words.

My love for writing fictional content is still here, and it will still happen, but as for right now, I will try something that was there before. Something that has been in my mind for the past 15 years. Creating traveling content to move forward to fiction in the long run.

February was a busy month.

I’m trying to keep up with the blog posts, while also managing to work full time and survive the cold Colorado winter. This year has been a hard hit for us. We have snow every week and frigid temperatures that make us not want to leave the house. Not leaving the house makes me not want to write anything. I need to find a coffee shop to get less distracted.

Two weeks ago, even in sub temp cold weather, we decided to drive to a ski area and have lunch there. We needed to check the ski resorts area and why not do that online when you can drive two hours just to have lunch and make a few videos of it?

The GoPro can work some miracles.

Photo by Jamie Fenn on Unsplash

I got a Gopro 9 for my birthday last October and that was the first time I used to film some content with it. Let me tell you, a GoPro makes an entire difference in video quality.

For someone who is a newbie like me, the Action Camera actually can work miracles. By the way, my next blog post will be about filming/editing gadgets for newbies.

One of the Youtube content creators I follow and make some awesome videos was talking about the gadgets he uses, as he has been working with photography for the past 15 years. That immediately took me back to the time I fell in love with Photography in 2004 and how different my life would be now.

What if I had followed what I wanted to work with? Would I be successful? Would I have a youtube channel talking about photography and videography? Would I be a pro at this point? It’s all in hindsight.

Life tripped me many times. I love writing fiction but I’m too insecure to write it. I’m very self-conscious and dramatic, and feeling like an outsider in this country doesn’t help me with my confidence. In my mind, I will wake up someday and write 300 pages and get published. My book will be chosen to be adapted to Netflix, Anna Delvey style.

The insecurity that comes from within.

Many times I ponder what is making me insecure? Why would I move mountains to live in the United States when I was younger and now that I’m here, I feel trapped?

When I was in Rio last year, my hometown, I felt like a winner. I could conquer the world, and as soon as I got back to America, my confidence was flushed and I was put back into my immigrant cave.

How does a person get out of this hamster wheel and get something done? That’s the reason why this blog exists, to share how I’m navigating life, as an immigrant trying to be happy, and getting things done.

Don’t be afraid to shift with the winds

By getting things done I mean, living my life to the fullest, while I do what makes me happy. I know what makes me truly happy. Traveling/Writing. That’s why I’m going to start filming some traveling content and posting it on social media. We will see what happens from that.

Don’t be afraid to shift the winds and adapt to whatever you are leaning to. Life is constantly changing and we are constantly evolving. I’m constantly in a spiral and I learn how to deal with my Brain giving me new ideas every day. I’m just happy I’m alive to try new things and make new plans.

Adapt.

This is not Toxic Positivity – It’s the positivity I have left to share.

I grew up with my mom saying “If you are not happy here, move.” We moved plenty of times and I had to adapt to different places and make new friends. So by my mom’s advice, if you are not happy, move. There is always a new day to try.

Change.

If what you are trying is not working, change the way you sail, or change where you are sailing. A couple of times in different pieces, I read that “You are not successful because you don’t stick with anything long enough.”

But what they never tell you is How long do you have to persist, before you start making some changes? It’s all so biased.

The video is a intro to the youtube channel I’m creating. I got some footage on Envato and the music I worked on Garage Band.

Like I said the word for this month is adapt. I’m going to New York for the first time in 15 years in two weeks. In summer we are going to hit the mountains with the trailer and create some content.

Let’s keep trying.

Horror Tales in a thread

Another week has gone by since my last post and not much had happened in my writing endeavors. I have been focusing on getting the writing prompts together so I could work on my project of another self-published Short Stories book. It is weird to think that Horror Genre is probably my least appealing subject for writing because I never watch horror movies or read horror stories, yet I enjoy creating those types of narratives. I like reading stories from people from different countries and watch videos about people that heard something about a neighbor, or someone they know and they swear the information is real. Twisted in some ways, but real. That’s where my imagination runs wild. I’m a writer after all.

Horror Art vintage found on Pinterest

Last week I read on twitter about something that happened in my home country, it was a long thread, it was highly engaging and entertained, I ended up reading it all. In the northwest part of Brazil, there are a lot of those anecdotes that people hear from someone, who told someone and it became like the tale of that small town. Here is what the locals said it happened: a lady went to a funeral, as when she was leaving, she saw a picture of the deceased guy in his tomb, who had died many years before. On the way home, she felt a presence and felt like she was being followed by someone. A few minutes after she got home, she went to the living room and saw the guy from the picture from the cemetery, seating on her couch. She didn’t get scared and they started talking. They feel in love. The rest it’s going to be on my story.

I keep reading it, I wonder if it would be a good horror story or a drama. In the horror, I feel like they would break up and he drives her insane because he doesn’t accept it. If it’s a drama, she would kill herself to be with him for eternity, in a way more dramatic than City of Angels, from 1998. I still have to come up with a complete storyline. I won’t let this one go, or keep it only in my head as I did with the others That story it’s too good to be abandoned. I also come up with other ideas I would like to write:

– The accident: After an accident, everything seems to be normal in the girl’s life, but she can’t see her reflection in the mirror. What could have possibly happened?

– Unexpected Visitor: Working in the night shift alone, the guy sees a face in the cellar staring at the security camera. Who is it and what does that thing want?

I came up with some other ideas, the little book will be about 5 short stories and I want to publish on smahwords.com, where I have the first one published, I’m a self-published author if I dare to say. The booklet is free https://liveoutloudtoo.com/e-book/ . I will try to make a post on how to self-publish soon.

This past week also, as I started the preparations to film for my husband’s chiropractic channel I also watched a video on SkilShare about writing and filming content for the web. It was a little bit overwhelming because I think this is most likely for the tik tok generation, and I’m an older millennial. I can’t seem to wrap my head around so much exposition of someone’s life. It’s too much! Post it, like it, hashtag it, watch that viral video in a loop, share it. Go back for the comments. Answer the comments. It’s exhausting. The instructor was fun and engaging, but the content of the videos was what drove me crazy. I watched it all and got my little badge of achievement, but it got me thinking about how far people would go to get some online presence.

My only online presence is boosted on Sundays, where I’m frenetically live tweeting with the 90-day fiancée show.

That’s my twitter account and no, I’m only popular on Sundays

The instructor talked about how to create meaningful content write a list, trash it, write another list until you get to the quirkiest situations to talk about. Like planes for example, what would be the weirdest thing or the most irritating remarks you could write about this type of travel? The food, the flight attendants, the screaming child, people who sleep on you without warning and so on. Or camping. We all have a crazy story about camping. Mine is: I set up everything, got super bored and left.

I finally got some silence in my house. I’m going to write my stories now! See you next week!

XX

J. Snelly

Working Girl.

There are days when self-confidence is nowhere to be found. Let’s be real, there are days when all I want to do is stare at the wall or share cat videos on my social media.

There is a certain burden of being connected all the time. I keep thinking of how much happiness and efficiency people can have in just one day. I was talking to a friend yesterday about the social paradox. People are always the happiest, their babies are the cutest and the moms are always sharing something about it, we didn’t ask for. Successful people are a whole different category. They are always shining and their life path is incredible. Can you be that happy all the time, or do you literally want me to feel like I’m not achieving anything? Aww… I’m sorry! Are you trying something new? Look how I’m successful with my first choice of career, I’m doing awesome and I’m not even 30 years old yet! Argh. It’s about time for people to start getting real.

I work in a high class five-star hotel in downtown Chicago. Like where everyone uses a radio to communicate, they wear suits and have their life together. Believe me, they don’t. Hospitality Management was my first career choice when I was 19. At that time, all I wanted to do was travel with my camera, write about it, and boy, I got that wrong. Over the years, I’ve always worked in the hospitality field and usually I get bored, because let me be real, it is boring. There is nothing fresh, ever, your creativity is busted, there is a box on the way in, that says “creativity” and you usually have to drop it there and get it on the way out. Like your keys. You are always trying to accommodate people’s needs. Sometimes you have to take a banana, at 3AM, to the room, because the guest’s kids forgot to do an experiment for the school and he needs it. They need it right now. How could you not bring the banana up here in 15 minutes?? Yeah, that kind of demanding situation. If you are a creative person like me, you cut the banana in pieces and make it into a little heart, write “good luck” on the plate, just to have the guest call back and ask for another banana, because you anticipated the guests needs wrong.

I have to make ends meet until I’m done with Creative Writing School, in September. I’m still not sure of what path I will take after it, I didn’t even call my career advisor yet, because I won’t have the answers she needs to help me out. Last month, I had Writing for Comics Workshop and it was a terrible month. My assignments were piling up, in a crunched timeline. We had to learn Adobe Illustrate in two days in order to make the assigned comic page. Who learns an entirely new piece of software in two days? Yeah sure, if you have nothing else to do in your life, but I work at the Demanding Hotel, my hours are crazy. That’s probably the reason why when I have days off, I stare at the wall. Before this class, I was really into writing for comics, the teacher hit me with a cold bucket of water in my face and I have to find something else to do. Apparently, you have to get connections, you have to be so good, and you have to shine in order to get a job in the field. I’m running out of options here. Help!

The lettering project gone wrong.

She’s all that.

“During those days I was looking for inspiration for my story, I decided to look on Netflix for some of this Young Adult Genre, and for my surprise, I loved all of them. Well except one, that you will probably know from my following list”

I’m a 90’s kid.
I loved everything about the ’90s especially the movies. Rom-com to exact. I never understood much of the scenario, because in Brazil we don’t have the same High-school we have there. High School in Brazil, at least for me, was a bummer and the only joy was those movies, like “Never Been Kissed” or “She is all that”, “Boys and Girls”, Down to you” and so many others. I always had a dream that I didn’t need to be rescued, but down inside, I would love to.
I recently had to write a Young Adult story, and for inspiration, I dived in head first, to those “Coming of age” movies and books. I believe that there was a time, between 2005 and 2017 (too Long!) that those movies were forgotten. All it was seen was Super Heroes, Explosions, Maze Running and other genres, but not “Coming of Age” and nothing particular to Young Adult. Yeah sure, we did have some like The Fault in our StarsThe perks of being a Wallflower, Spectacular Now, etc.
During those days I was looking for inspiration for my story, I decided to look on Netflix for some of this Young Adult Genre, and for my surprise, I loved all of them. Well except one, that you will probably know from my following list.

“To All the Boys I Loved Before”
This movie is by far the cutest on the short list. Lara Jean and all the mess she put herself into is a pleasure to watch. We all have been there before, not specifically with letters, but I’m pretty sure the teenager you did some still cringes you to this day. I have plenty, ask me later. The movie shows Lara Jean, her cute family, that includes her dad and her two sisters. A younger and and older sister, that’s is moving away to college. In the movie it’s just state that her mother died, in the book, they wrote what happened. But the story is about Lara Jean writing letters to her boys she once loved and after a fight with her little sister, the letters are sent (in the book, the movie has a different reason). Once the letters are sent, we start seeing who were the boys. First Josh, her ex-boyfriend’s sister. She met him before and was in love with him before until Margot decides to date him. The second one is a kid who is gay and the 3rd one is Noah Centineo aka Peter. Peter goes along with faking a relationship with Lara Jean, to make his ex-girlfriend jealous. It works, the story develops beautifully, we fall in love with their fake romance and cheer for them to end up together. It’s just a cute and lovely movie, the teenage rom-com at its best.

 

“The Kissing Booth”
California, mansions, rich kids. Another kid that has lost her mom and it is trying to give her life some sense and purpose. Yeah, you are sixteen, you have a best friend since the day you were born and you guys have a list of rules to follow. One of the items of this list is “don’t hook up with my brother”. So far it works fine until you miraculously notice his older brother and realize you have a huge crush on him. Where was that hunk before? In the basement the whole time? After defending Elle from a fight, out of nowhere, they start having feelings for each other. Suddenly he is all over, when she creates the  Kissing Booth for the school project, guess who is there? The hunk. He kisses her and it is all downhill from there. They kept it a secret from his brother/her best friend, and go to live that romance wildly. The hunk is a few years older, but she is 16. It was so savage that she would go out on his motorcycle, lose her virginity under the Hollywood sign, have tones of sex in her bedroom, so much that when her best friend came by surprise, she told him she was watching porn.  Far too advanced for a 16-year-old. Maybe this is an American thing? Please let me know. When I was 16 all I wanted was to be the backstreet boy girlfriend or at least get someone interested in me. The movie is cute, but its also more grown up.

“Siera Burges is a Loser”
Sierra is the definition of insecurity. Different from the first ones, she has both parents, lives in a structured house, her dad is a writer and she dreams to go Stanford. She has her nemesis, a best friend and apparently, she doesn’t care for what she looks like. Until she gets a text message that it was supposed to be for Veronica, her archenemy.
Sierra tags along and the guy thinks, the guy is Noah again by the way, that she is the other girl. Meaning, Sierra basically catfish the poor guy and used Veronica to get to him, with the intent of helping with her grades. Poor Veronica lives in a messy environment, her mom is quite abusive and her looks don’t define who she is in the inside. Sierra then decided to befriend her and start to realize her attitude is more a cover-up than anything else. At this point, I’m cheering for Veronica. I don’t care about Sierra anymore. They become good friends until something happens and Sierra blames on her friend furiously. When it was not Veronica’s fault at all. In the end, after a reality check, and abusing people she loves and trusts the most, she comes to the realization she is what she is. Accepting herself it would be the best for her. Netflix should work on a sequel. with either one of the characters, maybe with Noah? “Catfished by Sierra Loser”

“SPF 15”
I still don’t know what this movie is about. I had to literally take notes while watching. Forgive me if you love this movie, you probably have a reason for it. The main character is Penny, she is a daughter of a famous actress, and she thinks her mom is a bit all over the place. Her mom is played by Molly Ringwald, mrs Sixteen Candles and The breakfast Club (also play the boys mom on “The Kissing Booth). Penny is boring from the 30 second mark. She always has a camera, constantly filming for whatever it is she is filming, we don’t know. The cousin shows up at her door and she is much more up going than  Penny. Camila asks about the guy Penny is seeing, she convinces her to lose her virginity in a crazy sequence. Oh, I almost forgot. Noah is taking care of Keanu Reeves Mansion, like they are besties. Its a gorgeous place in front of the ocean. Quick remarks to not extend this too much : 

  • Johnny/Noah  back story is not very well explained
  • There is a Musician that comes from Nashville and no one knows why. Maybe he didn’t like the South or Country music.
  • After losing her virginity, Penny meets the musician outside in a kombi van, lost in space, like he came from a different planet. Well, Nashville is different than California .
  • Johnny doesn’t have fun with anything. I thought he was actually a ghost . 
  • Ash, the Musician, gets so mad when Penny upload a video of him playing at the pier, for no apparent reason. Like he gets irate. 
  • There is a unnecessary sequence of Animation, with Camila and Johnny, because Camila decided to give him a Lucid Dream. Yeah that also happen. 
  • Camila just met him and asks him  if he would take her serious. Now they kiss and they are together. Where is Penny?Pissing off the musician.   
  • So Penny get all the images and make a video music and everyone is happy in the California sun. 

Spf 15 on Imdb

You might like it. I was confused. 

See you next week 

JS

   

Am I here?

I don’t think anyone reads this and I’m probably right. So every six months I came by, write some random stuff and disappear for another six months. The only thing keeping me away from writing more often is the number of assignments  I have to work on every week for my Creative Writing for the Entertainment BachelorsDegree. I truly enjoy it, but my energy and focus go to that.

I have one class per month. This month I had Lit Genre of Fantasy/ Sci-Fi and Lit Genre of Horror/Mystery. For the last one, I had to watch some horror movies, for an article I should be working on right now. I really don’t like or watch this type of movies, but I enjoy writing the short script more than I ever imagine. It’s like my own piece of art.

The script for the short movie is about three friends, who decided to investigate a ghost that lives in the girls’ bathroom, and comes out to scare every once in while. That might not be too scary for some; but my teacher told me to write something that scares me, something that frightens me and that certainly do. Let me tell you why.

Growing up in Brasil, in the ’90s, we had to deal with all kind of tales. Every other school had one, but The Blond in the bathroom was kind of Union of all schools tales. I heard about this one in 1995, and girls from my school, older kids, used to talk about this during recess. A few times I almost pee myself, because I was too scared to use the bathroom. One of those days, we were lining up to go outside, for Gym classes, I couldn’t hold myself and HAD to go use the restroom.

Frightened to my core, I went in. As soon as I walked in, the kids outside started to knock on the door yelling “The blond in the Bathroom, Blond in the Bathroom”, we all knew once you called her 3 times, she would come out.  Oh jeez, I finished so fast and almost came out with the short in my hands. Terrified. Even my teacher laughed. I was about to cry. Time passed and 7 grade they started with that again. I was not that scared, but still a bit conscious about it.

So as soon as my teacher gave us the assignment, I brought back this crazy childhood memory. I would love to make it into a short movie. Who knows, maybe at some near future. I might submit to the Film School department, at my school.

JS

 

 

 

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