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April 1st, though a joke playing day for most marks the beginning of National Poetry Month, a month near and dear to yours truly! It also is the month set aside for the 30-day writing challenge known as “Script Frenzy.” As you no doubt already figured out I am not a one genre writer! It keeps life interesting and I am fortunate enough to so far have been published in 3 out of the 5 genres that I enjoy. I am awaiting word on the fate of my children’s picture book and hopefully at the end of this month I will have a saleable screenplay to shop around to the highest bidder! I thrive on these kind of challenges and I can’t wait to get started on the screenplay. I will be doing an adapted screenplay, which in plain english, is a screenplay I am writing from a book that has already been written. Think “Harry Potter,” “Lord of the Rings,” and “Twilight” movies. An original screenplay would be one that you came up with all on your own, for example, the Oscar winning “Good Will Hunting” penned by Matt Damon and Ben Affleck. I love the book I am adapting and it is a story I felt very connected to the first time I read it. It is an important story and concept and when the script is finished I will set about the task of optioning the rights to the book so that I may “sell” the screenplay to a studio/producer, etc.

I am very excited about this and it is a break from my poetry and I just finished a short story submission for an anthology so now is the perfect time to dive in to the frenzy! April is proving to be a busy month as I am submitting a grant application for my poetry as well. Grants and fellowships are a great way to raise a bit of money for yourself and it’s a tedious application process however it can be very rewarding. Grants are given out based on merit. How good is your body of work, how focused is your vision, and does your artist statement show your talent and drive in a way which showcases the heart of you as an artist? In my case, we shall see!

When you are a writer that has not boxed yourself into one category, your possibilities are endless and honestly it’s a great way to wake up every morning, knowing you get to create your World YOUR way and that your passion not only can sustain you and your family, but your journey can inspire others as well.

Triumphing over the past and creating the future you wish one happy day at a time is a great feeling. As they say, “Living well is the Best Revenge” and “they” would be right!

On another note, my husband will be celebrating a milestone birthday this month and no, he hasn’t taken up crane folding, but it’s nice to see some of his dreams coming true as well. Sometimes all you need is a positive influence, support, and a bit of help. I love to see how happy he gets simply from playing with our grandchild. Those are moments you can’t put a price on and I hope this birthday and this next year are even better than before!

As for my “List”

#14 – to drive a Prowler – could be a step closer to a reality! A member of the gym where Mike works actually has one and he knows the owner! So we shall see if we can’t make a connection there and I can cross another item off the list!

#29 – “Book 5 speaking engagements” – I have done 2 so far and I have been asked back to a class of 2nd graders to assist them when they do a “writing unit” and I have also been invited to read the poem I created for the re-dedication of Steven’s Hall at the ceremony in May! I am very honored and getting closer to checking that off as well!

Spring is here and all things in our life are moving forward in a positive direction and I hope they are for you as well.

Again, if you need help with your goals or need a speaker for your event, visit my “services” page and “put my creativity to work for you!”

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“Story Times Good enough to Eat!” by Melissa Rossetti Folini released 1/30/10

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In the last few days we have had enough rain where it can be measured in inches. Roads and backyards are flooded, School has been cancelled and front lawns resemble  Medieval moats! If this nor’easter had been snow we’d be in hibernation until June, but at least you can plow and shovel snow. How do you get the Exeter River off the road? How do you keep mother nature from dripping down your ceiling and puddling on you floor? The World has had a lot of weather challenges lately and I’m not sure what kind of test we are taking but I sure hope we pass!

Wet weather however, inspires a lot of creativity in myself personally as the house feels cozy, the rhythmic beat of rain is calming, and it’s too gross outside to do much else. So I sit in front of my big picture window and write! As writing is now my profession this really helps productivity, as I have said before you actually have to put your butt in the seat at your desk and write or paint or whatever it is you do. Just wishing and hoping it were so won’t make it materialize on paper or canvas. This is where the perspiration part of “genius” comes in to play.

Speaking of writing and being “chained” to one’s desk. For the month of April I will be participating for the first time in “Script Frenzy” this is a sister to “NaNoWriMo” in November which I started but had to abandon as the manuscript I was getting paid to write came in with a short deadline, so clearly that took precedence. I will attempt it again next November and in a few weeks I will try to commit one of my screenplay ideas to paper. 30 days=100pages! Now, as I write or research some part of everyday, obviously I am always working on one or twelve projects at a time. However, I do like the advantage of challenges and short deadlines and pushing yourself to see if you can block out all distractions and put the pedal to the metal and get it done. I wrote a novel in 3 days I sincerely believe I can write a script in 30!

Now April is also National Poetry month and as poetry has become the major breadwinner for me lately this month is dear to my heart. Last April, the month before my wedding, I participated in the Writer’s Digest Poem-a-day challenge. I managed to complete one poem every day using the prompts provided and some really good work cam out of it. When the challenge started there were a lot of promises made about the results and outcome and due to an overwhelmingly large response, the administrator wasn’t able to follow through and as a result it felt that our poems were being help hostage while we awaited results. There was finally some closure a week ago. Yes, s weeks before the next challenge starts. After 11 months I am now free to take those poems and do what I wish with them. Some have already been polished and added to my chapbook manuscript-in-progress and some will be shopped out to magazines. I won’t be participating this year, but for the simple reason that I am putting my energies into the Script Frenzy. But I do love a challenge and you never know, I could find myself participating in both at the last minute!

Now, this brings me to my 40 after 40 list:

#’s 1,2, & 4 have to do with being in better shape and I can proudly say I have ridden my exercise bike for 40 days in a row (& counting) yes, in a row, not one day off, Even my Personal Trainer husband can’t say that!!! Although he can burn more calories in a 2-hour gym session than I probably burned all month, but I have stuck with it and they say 3 weeks makes (or breaks) a habit. The jury is still out on that but thanks to some large books and “The Time-Travler’s Wife (thank you, Emily) and Lady Gaga I am still pedaling strong!

# 9 has to do with a screenplay so I ‘m hoping to check that off May 1st

# 36 is in process thanks to my freed poems!

# 40 has to do with attending a conference or workshop and thanks to two leads yesterday and a grant application I am hopeful I can check that off before October!

In other “Life’s Lists” news “Story Times Good Enough to Eat!” Found its way to #1 on Amazon.comx Children’s Services list on March 11th! Thanks to all that purchased a copy. I have actually written as a goal on my Master list to have a #1 bestseller, I never though this would be the book that would do it but I am proud and very excited to see tangible realization of my dreams! This goes to show as well to be open-minded about your goals and they may not happen exactly as you wrote them down but there are many variations on a theme. For instance, I did not have a novel on the New York Times Bestseller list but a book I wrote and created made it number on the most popular online book website there is. I’m calling it a dream fulfilled!

I also had a nice article on my poetry, writing, and my book in lasy Thursday’s Tri-Town Times.

How are you doing on your dreams?

Have you taken the first step and made a list? You can’t go for what you want, until you know what it is! identify your dreams, give them a sense of reality by writing them down, then give them wings by identifying the steps you need to take to make them come true. If this seems overwhelming and unattainable to you. Let me first say that, 1. I have done and it is working..read the blog posts!! 2. Let me help you! Contact me and we’ll make you happy and on your way! I have been very fortunate, some is luck and other is all me and determination and I want to help you achieve your dreams too!

A very happy birthday today to my son (step) Michael. May you have many, many more!

make the best of it!

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If you’re having trouble reaching or defining your goals visit my “Services” page.

Put my creativity to work for you!

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“Story Times Good enough to Eat!” by Melissa Rossetti Folini released 1/30/10

Get your copy today! Makes a great gift for teachers, day-care workers, Librarians, etc.

http://www.amazon.com/Story-Times-Good-Enough-Eat/dp/1591588987/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1263853494&sr=8-2

http://search.barnesandnoble.com/Story-Times-Good-Enough-to-Eat/Melissa-Rossetti-Folini/e/9781591588986/?itm=1

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The sun is shining, I can see bare ground and hear birds calling. When I took Max outside the ground tried to appropriate my boot from my foot. These are sure and clear signs that a new season is coming. You may be thinking “spring” but you would be incorrect, for here in New England we have a fifth season, known as “Mud” season. When our dirt driveways turn to quicksand and you could lose a small child in the ruts, you know “Mud” season is upon us.

With the wind storm and power outage we all here, experienced last week I would say that not only did March come in like a lion, but that lion was stomping his feet and swinging a sledgehammer! Downed trees, flooded roads, wires draped across the road gave everyone horrible flashbacks to the ice storm of 2008. I’d like to think though that due to the ice storm, residents, towns, and cities were more prepared this time for response and prolonged outages by having generators, water on hand, etc. It is ok if you make a mistake on something the first time around, that is human. The lesson comes from learning and preparing so the next time is not paralyzing just inconvenient but manageable. It reminds of the saying “fool me once shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me.” In tough situations whether man-made or by nature to be caught by surprise can be frightening and extremely stressful but when the dust settles and you reevaluate your response to the situation you can them clearly and objectively “plan” your response should it ever happen again. Foolish are those that say things are a “fluke” or it won’t, can’t happen again. That is ignorant thinking and it is not doomsday thinking to have a plan in place for difficult situation. As long as you don’t dwell on doom and gloom. Make your plan, be confident that you will know how you will handle things and then move on with your life. As they say, hope for the best , but prepare for the worst. You will relax once you have a response at the ready and if you never need you “plan” well that’s just great but give yourself some peace of mind, just in case.

It’s difficult sometimes to get back to a normal routine after something like that happens, especially if you happen to be displaced or without power for several days. This is where it is important to have a plan BUT what is also important is that in your daily life, don’t be so rigid in your routines that any deviation or annoyance throws you so far off-balance you become paralyzed by in action and insecurity. Life and weather “happen” and just because you didn’t pencil it into your day planner or add it to your blackberry doesn’t mean it won’t happen. Allow yourself some bumps in the road and veer from your routine every once in a while so that you won’t become obsessed and irrational when you find you have no water to brush your teeth & no electricity to make your morning coffee. You can get out the door without it, it’s OK.

Having a routine is important to keep you grounded and focused, varying that routine periodically will energize you and give you a different perspective and it will also calm you with the knowing that a “disaster” won’t derail your WHOLE life. You can handle a routine disruption and come out unscathed! This is true for life, work, family, and disasters. Don’t make your life any harder or more difficult than it has to be and by all means don’t take power outages and floods personally. Get angry then get over it and help your neighbors and yourself make the best of it!

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If you’re having trouble reaching or defining your goals visit my “Services” page.

Put my creativity to work for you!

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“Story Times Good enough to Eat!” by Melissa Rossetti Folini released 1/30/10

Get your copy today! Makes a great gift for teachers, day-care workers, Librarians, etc.

http://www.greenwood.com/catalog/A2235P.aspx

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http://www.amazon.com/Story-Times-Good-Enough-Eat/dp/1591588987/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1263853494&sr=8-2

http://search.barnesandnoble.com/Story-Times-Good-Enough-to-Eat/Melissa-Rossetti-Folini/e/9781591588986/?itm=1

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