#WithOutaHome: First Experience (Burning Down the House)

Credit: Homeless of the World (Blog), “Rayhan Raj, Hope for the homeless children of Bangladesh”, posted on August 2, 2012 by Darryl.

“Homelessness was a positive step toward solving other problems.”
Survival Guide To Homelessness, “How To Solve Homelessness”, Saturday, May 28, 2011

Since I’ve begun reviewing my life and now clearly recognize homelessness as a pattern that began in my childhood, I have chosen to record some of what I remember in this blog for the “Sarah’s Last Words” memoir project.

I decided to research blogs written by people without homes as a way to fuel my writing, and came across the quote above that attracted to me. I’m curious to discover if it is true concerning my experiences, beginning with the first incident that occurred due to a fire on April 20, 1968 that began on Avon Avenue and Bergen Street, Newark, NJ. This is a first hand account by a firefighter who was at the scene that day (credit: “Newark NJ Conflagration 04/20/68”, youngstownfire.com forum, posted on December 1, 2o10 by Alvin201, Firefighter)

View a brief VIDEO CLIP of the fire sourced from a documentary film titled “Life of a Newark Fireman. 1960’s” on YouTube about Newark’s bravest produced by VIDDIOTS.COM PRODUCTION in the year 2000.

Story to come . . .

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Director of “Tucht”, A Feature Film Grounded In Healing Child Abuse (A Theme In This Memoir)

TUCHT Poster RevisedCOMING SUMMER, 2015

I am very happy and grateful to announce that I have been selected as the director of and a producer for the independent feature film, TUCHT, an ASAOPE Independent Filmworks production with support from the makers of the OSCAR-winning films ABOUT SCHMIDT, ALI, and A BEAUTIFUL MIND. (Visit my Internet Movie Database page).

TUCHT is a raw, gritty psycho-thriller/dark-comedy inspired by the true-story of 8 remarkable lives that depicts — unflinchingly — the exigent social-welfare issue of Child Abuse, and its related issues of Suicidal-Depression, Mental Illness, Domestic Violence, and Homicidal-Tendencies. TUCHT shares the undeniably proven POWER of UNCONDITIONAL LOVE & FORGIVENESS to heal even the most horrific of human conditions.

The writer and co-director of TUCHT, Alex Molina, is dedicated to pioneering change in cinema and using the art of ASAOPE. ASAOPE comes from the Sanskrit language and means “The Healing Power of the Performing Arts.”

Visit our Facebook page for updates.

Visit the TUCHT Internet Movie Database page for updates on cast, crew and release date info.

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First Beta Test for Adding A Soundtrack Is Complete

ImagePremiere! I’m sharing the first beta interactive multimedia test version of my short story, Gifts. I’ve integrated literary and cinematic elements (music score, ambient effects and sound effects) to this tale to expand and enhance the storytelling experience. It’s all so fresh, and we are all at the beginning of the beginning of this new frontier in self-publishing applications.

Feel free to review and leave comments regarding your experience to help fine-tune this new publishing platform made available by Booktrack™ based in New Zealand.

The next step planned for this project is to revise the content for the Dreams and Short Stories of Sarah’s Last Words and to use the Booktrack™ platform to create a new soundtrack and sound effects for them for further beta testing. Do contact me if you’re a music supervisor or composer who would like to explore collaborating with me.

Technical notes:

1) ) You can control synchronizing the reading & soundtrack speed of the story using the (+) and (- ) icons located at the bottom right of each page.

Click here to experience Gifts.
A Booktrack™-sponsored production.

Imagine, innovate, play and create without fear of failure.

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Share Your Loved One’s Last Words

OPEN CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

Become a contributor to the Sarah’s Last Words project (Read Book Description.)

You are invited to share the last words spoken to you by your loved ones.

Select COMMENTS under this post to contribute last words. Enclose it in quotes (e.g., “Always take care of your grandmother”}, or you can paraphrase what you remember to the best of your ability. If you wish, include what your relationship was to the person who spoke them to you, the circumstances, and how their final words have impacted your life.

Select quotes are planned to be included in the book or film. Perhaps, if a generous amount of stories are contributed, they may be included as a separate chapter, or at the beginning or end of each chapter, or even in a film. Please indicate the name you would like used in a credit or if you want to be credited as “Anonymous.”

Also, you can read stories people are posting on Facebook: I had my dad’s last smile . . . I will treasure that moment for the rest of my life. — Facebook Friend

Thank you in advance for sharing last words.

Love, light and peace,

Valerie

DEADLINE: T0-be-determined

NOTES

  • Entries selected for publication in SARAH’S LAST WORDS will require expressed permission by you to use the story content for the book in any format, including audio, electronic or print publication, and documentary film. Selected entries will be posted on the SARAH’S LAST WORDS BOOK blog and we will contact you via email to secure your permission.
  • Be sure to enter your email address when posting your entry to receive permission requests and notification when the audio, e-book and print versions are published and available.
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Follow “Sarah’s Last Words” Vision Board on Pinterest

The title for the Sarah’s Last Words project was partly inspired by the last words spoken to a main character in The Crying Heart Tatoo by David Martin

The Creative Muse and Vision Board for the Sarah’s Last Words Project is up and available for you to follow on Pinterest.

It includes images of the people and other resources visioned as the perfect team members to make Sarah’s Last Words a success, those who become attached, and are inspiration.

Some current images include Whoopi Goldberg (Executive Producer for the film); Dyanna Taylor (Producer and Cinematographer for the film) who is the granddaughter of the photographer, Dorothea Lange; and eight time Grammy-nominated Peter Kater (Composer for the book soundtrack and/or film). Peter has asked to be kept in the loop about this project.

If you can suggest a literary agent or an editor who may be interested in this project, please let me know so I can add them to my vision board.

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Submissions Open For 2012 | Please Do Share!

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OPEN CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS (2012) | You are invited to share the last words spoken to you by your loved ones to become a contributor to the Sarah’s Last Words project (Read Book Description). Select COMMENTS under this post to contribute last words. Enclose it in quotes (e.g., “Always take care of your grandmother”}, or you can paraphrase what you remember to the best of your ability. If you wish, include what your relationship was to the person who spoke them to you, the circumstances, and how their final words have impacted your life.

Select quotes are planned to be included in the book or film. Perhaps, if a generous amount of stories are contributed, they may be included as a separate chapter, or at the beginning or end of each chapter, or even in a film. Please indicate the name you would like used in a credit or if you want to be credited as “Anonymous.”

Also, you can read stories people are posting on Facebook: I had my dad’s last smile . . . I will treasure that moment for the rest of my life. — Facebook Friend

Thank you in advance for sharing last words.

Love, light and peace,

Valerie

NOTES

  • Entries selected for publication in SARAH’S LAST WORDS will require expressed permission by you to use the story content in any format and distribution medium, including literary, audio, electronic or print publication, television, and documentary film. Selected entries will be posted on the SARAH’S LAST WORDS BOOK blog and we will contact you via email to secure your permission.
  • Be sure to enter your email address when posting your entry to receive permission requests and notification when versions are published and available.
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“Sarah’s Last Words” Project Update: Hard to Believe It’s Been Over a Year!

It’s incredible to me that a year has passed since my last post here. The truth is that I’ve been going through changes that have had an impact on moving forward on this project. I’m certain my discoveries and experiences will impact this project. Most of my attention has been on my other two blogs: The Healing Artist Studio and the Reach 4 Freedom: Heal Child Abuse Music Project. Plus, I became a partner in a new film production company in the U.K. (Media Classics) in October 2011. Also, I broadcast on The Healing Artist Studio internet radio channel.

In June 2012, I connected with a writer/actress who suggested that I join forces with her to create “Sarah’s Last Words” as a low budget short film. In this way, it could serve as a calling card, a marketing tool for the creative nonfiction book project. I’ve also been in touch with an independent agent/producer in LA, who may be interested in it as a reality-docudrama. So, you see my dilemma? Which way to go with it and in what order?

Well, I am in need of an agent or manager for guidance; one who has had success in the literary, film and TV areas (a transmedia approach). Any suggestions? I’m open to them. Honestly, my intuitive guidance says the right person for me is so very close. It’s also possible I may become connected to a good agent through my relationship with Media Classics.

Meanwhile it’s . . . 2012 Open Submissions time to share your loved one’s last words for this project so I’m ready to shift into high gear at the green light – Click Here.

Also, feel free to listen to Kokopelli’s Lounge: “What Do We Believe About Love?” It’s the most recent program event on The Healing Artist Studio channel, and has the distinction of having the largest listening audience of all my radio programs. I was thinking about the effects of PTSD I developed as a child. I needed to answer the call to go deeper into my own experiences with love as reflected in and inspired by music.

I hope you enjoy it and it gets you to thinking about your own relationship with love.

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