Be True to your School

The Wrong Missy

First of all, the blog received a lot of views last week!! Thank you for passing by! I guess I’m doing something right, at last.

  Last week I saw the trailer of The Wrong Missy and I immediately put it on my list, so when it was out, I rushed to watch it. First let me say that if you are a film connoisseur, who likes to discuss Iranian and German cult movies, this is definitely not for you.

It’s Happy Madison Productions AKA Adam Sandler, even though his name or himself are nowhere to be found, it’s a typical kind of movie he creates and produces. Whoever enjoys goofy, entertaining movies, which their mission is literally is only to entertain, you are in for a treat. There is nothing philosophical about the movie.

Tim Morris is the most boring character ever

After a disastrous first date since being dumped by his fiancé, Tim Morris decides he is not going to date for a while, since there is too much disappointment involved, he was going to wait for the right one to show up.

During a business trip, he bumped into a lady at the airport, they get along really well and exchange numbers, so they would keep in contact. Her name is Melissa, she is gorgeous and Miss Maryland. The name of his disaster previous date was also named Melissa.

A while after getting back from his business trip, Tim is invited to go on a trip retreat for the company in Hawaii, and his friend has the genius idea of Tim inviting Melissa to join him. He texts her, she is excited and says yes. Guess who shows up? The Wrong Missy.

The chaotic Missy- on Netflix

Missy is chaotic, loud, and brutally honest. She carries a “support knife” she calls Sheila, some dog tranquilizer pills to drug people, and she drinks like there is no tomorrow. During the entire movie, we can see the character progress based on small bites of information, of who she is, because the movie is not all about her, it is about that boring cucumber, played by David Spade and the relationship they develop during the trip.

It makes me wonder, do different people really get attracted to each other? Do you believe in the opposite attraction? I certainly do. My husband is more contained than me. I’m the loudest person on his family, I was banished 5 Christmas ago.

Where Am I supposed to look, if I don’t have my glasses?

I’m a master of distraction, to quote Michael Scott, from The Office. I have always been kind of intense, and for as long as I can remember I was called crazy. I never cared, I followed my instincts, just like the wrong Missy.

I’m The Wrong Missy

I was never the type to simply fit in, I decided early on that I would do what made me happy, even if it made some people frown. My first memory of being super weird is from when I was about 6, in kindergarten. After the recess at the playground, we got back inside the class for the rest of the day, as the teacher started talking, I got up, removed my red converse and shook my shoe at the top of my table.

This was in the middle of her lecture. The sand was annoying me, even though it could have waited, every single kid had sand in their shoes, I got up and cleaned it in the middle of class. I still remember getting yelled at so loud. Another memory was crashing the Marriott hotel pool with my best friend in my early twenties, we pretended to be guests in order to swim.

Be true to your school

Applying for a Server job while having no idea of how to be a waitress, while juggling plates and dishes. The important thing here is to “stay true yourself”. You might learn things that will make you extremely fun and unique, people want to be around you, or possibly not, because some people are just hard-headed anyway, and you shouldn’t care about them. That’s why I created “Living Out Loud Too”.

The mission with “Living out loud too”, came from the idea that, me being an immigrant, also me wanting to have a chance to enjoy my life at the fullest, while having similar experiences as a born and raised American (Hello Student Loans!). Being a writer, I find it very difficult to have my voice heard.

I take baby steps and I’m careful about the content I post. For the longest time, I felt out of place. How hard is it for you to follow your dreams? For me, extremely difficult. Maybe not following my dream, but the path in order to follow my dream is difficult, I get things written and have to worry that it will not be misinterpreted or sound like someone else. I finally cracked the code a few weeks ago.

The blog is for people like me. The struggle is real.

This blog is for people who like me, who are in different stages of life, wanting to try something different, like venture themselves in a new career, illustration, short stories or many other activities. The point is, you have to try it. I’m a recent graduated in Creative Writing for the Entertainment Business, at Full Sail University, which made me proficient in writing for different outlets like Tv, Movies, Video Game, Transmedia, Prose and Comic Books. I can write out loud too!

Writing news:

On writing news, I drew another comic, this time about my co-worker, a Bartender, who chopped her finger while working at the bar. As I keep writing these short stories and dialogues, I get myself thinking. Can you believe that these things actually happen on a daily basis, like every shift?

Not necessarily cutting your finger, that would be too much, but the adrenaline that it takes to work on a restaurant on a Friday or Saturday night. My Apple Watch would explode from so much walking, it would go alert me because my heart would be racing so fast from moving and all the talking that I have to do.

I would like to measure when Karen shows up, with her entire family and bug me for two hours nonstop. Right after she prayed to Jesus on Sunday Church. It feels like the cross that I have to bare, at least once every shift.

To my dear Jen and Tori.

Last, but not least, I finally figured out how to add the subscribe box as a pop-up, with MailChimp, so now, if you’d like, you can subscribe to receive emails and check out the progress with the writing projects.

Stay Safe!

J.G. Snell

Raising the Bar and The Comic Book Obsession.

A couple of days ago, I printed a weekly planner to start using it on Monday. Today is Wednesday and I’m already behind. I don’t know about you, but it feels extremely hard to get productive on quarantine. Getting less productive doesn’t mean you are getting less creative. Finding ways to cope and getting yourself entertained during this time is essential not to go crazy. I entertain myself learning how to draw on Procreate. I only have the iPad for about 6 months, but I have been drawing on paper for about 3 years. It’s something that keeps my mind away, I don’t get to focus on anything else but my drawing. Yesterday on my Facebook memories, it showed me the comic strip I created based on my years as a waitress.

I grew up reading comics. My cousin was a collector of Marvel Comics and he used to take a lot of pride in the way he took care of his books. I remember the pile all organized, some of the books still wrapped on plastic and the fascination I had on the unreachable only grew stronger. I also remember being yelled at when I flip the pages of the new ones without permission. I never had permission anyway. Me and my other cousin, same age, used to read it when the owner of the comics was not around, it was a fun, sneaky thing to do as a child. I used to read my own kid’s comics and the English translation for those would be “Monica’s Gang”.

“Monica’s Gang” is a child comic series from Brazil, also translated to English and Spanish, about a group of children living in the same neighborhood having fun, while dealing with different adventures. The cartoonist/creator also implied many different values to the stories and that was the most captivating thing to read, to be able to put yourself in the character’s shoes. Like instead of Rogue and Wolverine with superpowers, you would have a character that is from the countryside having to deal with cousins from the big city, while being a kid, with all the prejudice behind that situation. Another point that wanted me to become a writer, I wanted to be able to create the same kind of story.

A few years ago, while working at the bar in Georgia, I started observing my coworkers. It was a good away to keep the stress levels down and laugh about the situations we were having to deal with. Everyone who has ever worked in a restaurant knows that we have to handle the same type of people over and over, the only difference is on the reactions to certain conditions. From that point, I began to compare all the other restaurants I have worked before and the characters were born into my mind like magic. At home, I started drawing those people and to give them a personality, based on the position they had in the restaurant, like for example, the chef is portrayed like the Wolf. Mean, powerful and loud. The hostess is usually a 20 something naive type of person, I only worked with a mean hostess once. To clarify she was mean to me, not the guests. Another very admirable position at the restaurant is the busboy. Snarky, funny and can cause disaster at the entire dining room in no time. There are multiple characters you can create with this environment, so I started creating comic strips about the restaurant industry. I had all the characters and personality types written and drawn, but I can’t find the piece of paper anywhere. I found the strips, but not the character’s sheet.

Here is one of the first ones:

Bartenders are ruthless. Don’t you dare waste their time with stupid questions

For now, drawing these comics strip its what’s bringing me joy right now. It is indeed a bit hurtful to think about what I’m going to write next because they mostly about situations I had to deal with a lot of pressure. Some of them were funny at the moment, and some of them are just funny now.

Last month, read a graphic novel by Robin Ha, called “Almost American girl”. It’s a memoir of Robin and the struggles she encountered, while moving to the United States from Korea, at 14 years old, with her single mom. As an immigrant, I got emotional while reading the book, because the situation she went through are very similar to what we have to face when we move here from another country.

Thats all I have for this week my writer friends! By the way, I got 9th grade level writing on my WritersWorkers app today. I feel smart!

J. Snell

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