Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Letting Go, Moving Forward

I'm not ready for summer to be over. I know we still have til' September 21, but with evenings in the 40s I have to accept the fact that the summer season is slowly slipping away. My body sure let me know this weekend. All the rain on Saturday, sent my allergies on attack and my body is currently battling a sinus affection. The fact that I'm also fasting makes it a little tougher, but I'm hanging in there.

As we approach the fall, I'm reminded that there is a little over four months left to this year. I start to think about all the good and bad things that have taken place within the year. I'm in that reflective phase. So far I feel like I've made some good strides in 09, especially as a screenwriter. I finished After the Headline (still working on packaging the film for cast & crew), achieved my first film festival win at the 2009 Action on Film (AOF) International Film Festival, attended a Script Writer's Review Sponsored by Nickelodeon, graduated Western Connecticut State University (West Conn)with my MFA in Professional Writing, and am engaged. Not, bad, but then again I try to be an over achiever.

On a sadder note, I did lose some people in my life this year. My grandmother passed and although we weren't close, it's sad to lose the last living matriarch between both my parents. That generation is gone and I only have photos and stories to refer to. I also lost a close friend this year. I won't get into the details, because that can take a blog in itself. It's hard for me to accept that I'm no longer a part of this person's life, considering we were friends since high school .

Letting go of things, people, and places, has always been hard for me. The fact that I'm an emotional junkie makes it that much harder, however, if I'm going to continue to make progress in my personal and personal goals, some people fade out of the picture that is my life. It's never an easy transition, but a must if I'm going to continue to move forward.

My work continues, I'm looking forward to forging a new relationship with a female student in West Conn's MFA program as I mentor her in the Reading in the Primary Genre course this semester. I see the work as an opportunity for both of us to grow as screenwriters. In helping others, I help myself. I also have a few scripts that I need to start cranking out, and maybe if the stars are aligned, I'll get into one of the festivals I submitted to.

Letting go, to move forward is easier said than done, but at the end of the day, it is the move I need to make.

2 comments:

ChaChanna said...

Always good to move forward. And, in case you were wondering, I'm not going anywhere. Can't wait to see one of your pieces of work on Broadway and the Big Screen, or do they call it The Silver Screen.

Keep up the stellar work Aaliyah,
ChaChanna

Aaliyah said...

I'm a little late, but thanks for the comment:)