Comment ça, une crise de la quarantaine? (A midlife crisis ? What are you talking about ?)

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Midlife crisis2This time, the post will be in French. (Translation in English later)

La crise de la quarantaine. 

Ah, chers lecteurs et lectrices en plein marasme quarantenaire ou autre-naire (si vous lisez ce post, c’est que cela vous chatouille, ou alors vous êtes dans un autre genre de crise, mais crise quand même ou alors vous êtes mes fidèles followers pas encore fâchés de mon silence si loooooong, d’aileurs à ce propos, sorry, been over busy)

Une crise, donc.

Vers 40 ans, a priori.

Un peu avant, ou un peu après; comme cela vous tombe dessus.

Parce qu’on ne choisit pas. Ce serait trop facile. pas fun sinon, hein.

Un adage très sage (comme tous les adages, du reste) dit que si l’on n’a pas fait 14-18 on fera 39-45. L’image est assez vraie. Pas de crise d’ado, risque de crise en milieu de vie. Car la crise doit avoir lieu, pour que la chrysalide se transforme en papillon.

Bon, c’est dit.

Après, l’avantage de se payer une bonne crise 39-45, c’est que généralement, on a établit des trucs du genre “poids lourds” dans sa vie avant, une vie conjugale-maritale-familiale bien remplie, des enfants, une profession, une maison, un emprunt sur les bras, des voitures, des traites, des fights avec le conjoints toutes les trois semaines (faut être organisé dans la vie, comme ça pas de surprise), des demandes de rangement des chambres quotidiennes et non-abouties (à ce jour), un plan retraite, une résidence secondaire dans 20 ans, une visite à la belle-famille réglée comme du papier à musique, ces vacances avec les copains par-ci ou par-là, mais deux fois par an, des programmes nutritionnels diétético-loisirs questionnables mais ludiques (pizza-night en regardant Despicable Me 2, ou Frozen pour la 36e fois….).

Et on a des preuves que le temps passe vite : des envies de revivre ses 20 ans (si l’expérience fut bonne), des pots de crèmes à tartiner sur la figure trèèèèèès chers, pour effacer les rides (meuuuh si ça marche, à 150 dollars le pot, on VEUT y croire), on ne boit plus la  piquette du copain vigneron corse mais des grands crus (estomac fragile, tu sais bien), on trouve la bière limite has been, on porte des perlouses aux raouts de la boîte de son mari, on ne peut plus faire une nuit blanche sans avoir d’un fantôme décalqué par les évènements ou par deux coupes de champ’, on a du mal avec Lana del Rey ou One Republic (euh pas mi, je suis fan des deux), on rêve encore en cathodique parfois et on se rappelle même que les biscuits Lu, à un moment on les appelait Biscuits Lefèbvre-Utile.

Voilà tous le genre de matos qu’on s’apprête à remuer de fond en comble pour trouver une réponse à ses angoisses existentielles (si si, c’est angoissant et ça touche à la raison d’être) et dans certains cas extrêmes, à fourguer à la benne de la crise de milieu de vie.

Et ça fait peur, hein?

Yup, ça fiche plus les jetons que 14-18.

Parce qu ‘on a des res-pon-sa-bi-li-tés. Bien plus qu’avant. Voooui.

Il n’y a pas un profile particulier qui serait plus catalyseur de la chose. Expat ou au pays (expat dans mon cas), homme ou femme (devinez), en couple ou solo, heureux ou non, exerçant le job de ses rêves ou pas (ben comment dire…), personne ne sait si une crise identitaire ou personnelle se fera jour dans sa vie.

Ni à quel âge, ni pourquoi (quoique, on a des idées la-dessus), ni combien de temps…

Longtemps le mythe a persisté que cette crise que l’on pense passagère (genre deux semaines et hop, partie) et inoffensive (ça ira mieux demain,darling), ne touche que la gent masculine.

Mauvaise nouvelle : le gène de la crise de la quarantaine n’existe pas et s’il existait, il serait unisexe. Ce virus angoissant frappe au hasard, sans se soucier de votre background, ni de votre sexe, ni des histoires des individus qu’il touche, ni des circonstances ou des ocnditions (économiques, familiales, maritales, professionnelles).

Les femmes sont de plus en plus sujettes à ce phénomène ou au moins osent davantage le dire, et explorer ce qui se passe dans leur vie quand cela arrive.

Ce n’est pas facile de s’avouer qu’on traverse (ou qu’on stagne dans) une crise de milieu de vie.

D’abord,ce n’est pas drôle du tout ; ensuite, c’est déstabilisant ; enfin, on n’a pas tellement de mots pour exprimer cela. Très souvent, on s’étonne de devoir faire rentrer ce mal-être dans ces mots qu’on pensait réservé aux hommes et aux clichés que cela comporte (il a plaqué sa femme pour une jeunette de 20 ans, c est le “démon de midi”, ça ne peut arriver qu’ aux hommes ça, blablabla. Mi, j’ai une cops qui a plaqué son mari pour une jeunette de 20 ans, tuvois, ça n’arrive pas qu’aux hommes). Et cela peut être tellement différent; il n’y a pas qu’une forme de symptômes pour ce mal-être. C ‘est plus complexe , tellement de choses sont connectées à ce malaise qu’oan a du mal à cerner…

Ce n’est pas toujours explicable. Doit-on faire comme si cela n’existait pas, comme si on ne subissait pas cet vertige déroutant?

Eh bien non, amie lectrice, camarade de crise, qui te poses des questions existentielles pareillement que d’autres.

Il faut se les poser les questions, sinon, cela revient; Le problème revient toujours nous exploser à la figure jusqu’à ce qu’on ai trouvé une solution satisaisante. Pas pour les autres pour les rassurer, non satisfasante en profondeur pou rsoi-même.

Le temps est court, comme la vie, et on tout à gagner à se remettre en selle et trouver sa voie.

Parce que c’est tellement irrationnel, cette peur de gâcher sa vie ou de l’avoir déjà un peu gâchée, savoir si on répond a son “true calling ” (sa vocation), il est important de se pose les bonnes questions et affronter la réalité, surtout si elle n’est pas rose. Comme dit mon amie Tracy : “if Mama ain’t happy, nobody ain’t happy”. (si la Maman n’est pas heureuse, personne n’est heureux).

Les errances personnnelles  de l’âme sont si profondes et intenses parfois, que cela peut prendre des années et un livre pour les comprendre et peut-être en les surmonter, à défaut d’en venir à bout…

Bon cheminement intérieur, si vous en êtes là…

Floreva  (pour écluser le problème, mi, j’en ai fait un bouquin, placé l’action à Londres, cela m’a prit 4 ans et demi à m’arracher les cheveux, des crises de paniques, des larmes, des angoisses, perdu 25 lb (13 kilos) dans le process, des nuits blanches et enfin, l’apaisement par l’écriture. Alors, oui ça existe, oui c’et flippant, mais oui aussi, on s’en sort. J’ai mis des mots sur mes maux) Et plein d’amies et d’amis m’ont dit : “ah, ce que vivent tes persos Alastair et Vivienne, je le vis aussi, c’est dingue!”

Ce n’est pas dingue, c’est humain, c’est plus courant qu’on le pense et pas si grave, quand on sait c’est qui arrive… Mais si on ne prend pas le temps de se comprendre, ça peut devenir très sérieux et tragique, parfois..

C’est ici :  http://goo.gl/x2zaeL

en version kindle ou paperback sur Amazon.com

http://www.amazon.com/Quarantaine-Blues-French-Florence-Valerie/dp/1511933925/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1431016271&sr=1-1&keywords=quarantaine+blues

Busy busy, London and a poetry prize

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Hi folks

well, it’s been a long pause, not only because of summertime.

The time between the last post and this one saw many changes in me, for me and those around me, long story short : all areas are impacted : friends, family, health, work, personal and less personal, adjustments and all along with me in this adventure : the emotional roller coaster (not just me, but the ones close to me too).  

To stay afloat and remain “zen” one solution >> meditation and deep breathing. Even moved houses >> paint job ongoing!

Good news is I focused more on writing and career and reached the final sentence of 2nd book (drama novel), on which I had been working for more than 3 years and a half. Sent to publisher, there will be some editing, but the baby has safely been delivered.

Secondly, personal growth (always good I should say) and greater clarity about career path, and side tracks, new ideas and new friends (kindred spirits,  who cannot like that?) and business partnership taking shape (oh Joy).

Thirdly, glorious time in London (work, research, friendships and a bit of craziness with sister >>>delightful). In LDN I met incredible people, went to incredible venues and parties and even was invited to the ceremony of lawyers being called to the bar in one of the 4 Inns, it was fantastic, saw old friends, made new ones and got to make new acquaintances, went for a drink at the Aquashard  and had dinner at the Oxo Brasserie with lil sis. Went to Chichester theater Fest, attended talks and strolled the hills of the Heath. Even went to see the last live show of the Monty Python gang! Such fun! Monty Pythoned since an early age, I could not miss it.

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Oh the glorious, glorious time!

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And lastly, my poem  “Vingt ans en Quatorze” (Twenty years old in 1914) received the 1st Prize, category French, from the David Burland Poetry Prize, based in the UK. Great honor and deep joy.

Happy? More than that!

Adios, Pharrell Williams ! You can stay in your room, because I M HAPPY and I am the one who set fire to the dancefloor  this 18th of August when the results were published!

My mind is bursting with ideas, I am finishing another story (ebook maybe?) and a set of short stories for lit comps.

Developing a certain project also,  that has nothing to do with the written word and it make me feel good too,  I am a bit tired but am bursting with energy on a creative level.

Hope you are feeling energised too, and supremely so!

So long folks! Be successful, stay safe, create and nurture well your body, spirit, and mind.

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Upcoming FF

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here are some new FF you can participate to; check the websites for additional info

enjoy and happy submitting!

UNITED
FILM FESTIVAL
Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Tulsa – USA
London – England
Year-Round Festival

PCOMING DEADLINE
Rolling Deadline, No Entry

MISSION AND OBJECTIVE
The United Film Festival aims to unite time-honored wisdom and innovative perspective in order to create, curate, and connect modern independent films with a global audience.

MORE ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
The United Film Festival began in Tulsa in 2002 and then spread to Los Angeles and New York in 2007 and next to San Francisco, Chicago and London in 2009. It was founded by producer, Jason Connell, whose credits include Strictly Background, The Rock-afire Explosion, Holy Rollers, and GLOW: The Story of the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling. The festival has a rich tradition of screening independent films and has gained a respectable reputation in just a few short years. Film Threat described UFF as “a festival you can’t miss,” and it was voted as one of the “25 Coolest Film Festivals” by MovieMaker Magazine. Don’t miss out…submit your film today!

HAMPTONS INTERNATIONAL
FILM FESTIVAL
East Hampton, New York – USA
October 9 to 13, 2014

With an incredible legacy and a host of press opportunities at the ready, HIFF is where big talents flock to be discovered, year after year. Most filmmakers in competition receive complimentary travel and accommodations in East Hampton, one of America’s most tony getaways. In just the last few years alone, HIFF has welcomed industry legends Meryl Streep, Joel and Ethan Coen, Mike Nichols, Harvey Weinstein, Jessica Chastain, James Franco, Richard Gere, Susan Sarandon, Spike Jonze, and more. For A-list talent and up-and-comers alike, HIFF offers an unbeatable backdrop for collaboration and conversation.

Resolutely committed to encouraging new filmmakers who possess extraordinary vision, HIFF provides financial grants to outstanding student filmmakers at the collegiate and graduate school levels. Previous winners in this esteemed category include James Ponsoldt (The Spectacular Now), and Academy Award-winning screenwriter Geoffrey Fletcher (Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire).

UPCOMING DEADLINE
May 5, 2014 – Regular Deadline

MISSION AND OBJECTIVE
HIFF celebrates independent film and introduces a unique and varied spectrum of international films and filmmakers to its audiences.

MORE ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
HIFF is not just a thrilling festival experience; it’s a proven prognosticator for Oscar gold. Recent HIFF highlights have included Oscar-nominated shorts Get a Horse!Asad, and Head Over Heels, and long-form Academy favorites including 12 Years a Slave, The Artist, Her, Silver Linings Playbook, Argo, The King’s Speech, The Descendants, and more.

Whether you’ve created a top-tier short film or a fantastic feature-length narrative or documentary film, submit it to HIFF today, and join in on one of the best celebrations of cinema on the festival circuit!

 

 

 

Floreva

 

« And the Oscar goes to … » 2014 Edition

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(Please find hereafter the article I wrote for the French Newsletter)Image

Comme chaque année, la cérémonie des Oscars entraine un buzz médiatique qui va croissant avec les années et les dernières applications technologiques innovantes .

Avant, pendant et après . Meme si le nombre de spectateurs TV dudit évènement s’effrite au profit d’un suivi sur la TV internet.

Avant : pronostic et présentattions des films en compétition , bio des acteurs et réalisateurs ( un petit scandale est toujours le bienvenu, Scarlett Johansson cette année en a fait les -minimes et très calculés- frais.) Annonce des nominations et des présentateurs (hosts) du lieu et comparaison rétrospective de type fashion des participants des années précédentes (la décade est favorisée comme plus propice à la comparaison de l’évolution du style de telle ou telle actrice)

Pendant : pronostic de dernière minute, détail des tenues et bijoux de ces dames en direct, glose sur le style vestimentaire de ces messieurs (le smoking est il soluble dans le style plage? Le Bermuda-smoking de Pharell Williams cuvée 2014, porté sans chaussettes, laisse songeur).

Comme pour tout, certains connaissent les règles -trop subtiles apparemment- du smoking et du bon gout et d’autres… eh bien, autant n’en rien dire.

Idem pour ces dames, qui portent des tenues prêtées pour l’occasion, tout comme les bijoux. Mais le risque est plus limité, le show servant de vitrine aux createurs, établis ou montants, il y a moins de risque de dérapage.

Dernier pronostic aussi avant que le présentateur vedette n’ouvre les festivités, avec plus ou moins de bonheur, là aussi.

Dernières pauses devant les flashes sur le tapis rouge.

Après , ça continue encore: les news télévisées, les journaux -papier et online-, les magazines, les blogs, les réseaux sociaux…tous relaient les résultats, qui sont immédiatements commentés et parfois deviennent “viral” (la fameuse jambe d’Angelina Jolie en 2012 avait eu un nombre de retweets et de commentaires phénomenal). Les magazines de mode proposent alors, outre le passage à la moulinette des détails du style des actrices (maquillage, vêtements , chaussures, bijoux, etc…), des « knock-off » pour copier lesdits styles pour un prix bien plus modique, on s’en doute, piochés dans des marques plus grand public, chaussures et pochettes de soirée compris.

L’arrivée de twitter et de facebook ont boosté les interactions entre l’industrie (toutes catégories confondues) et le public . Les acteurs se pretent au jeu, postent des selfies (autoportraits) sur leur profile de résaux sociaux, commentent, indiquent leur humeur, leurs attentes , ce qu’ils ont pris au déjeuner et qui les habillera, voire , appellent aussi à soutenir quelque cause ou événement politique ou autre. Le selfie de Ellen DeGeneres a fait tourner les moulins de twitter et les commères pendant toute la nuit, presque 3 millions de tweets . Pub fantastique pour les parties concernées, not so sure pour le prestige de la cérémonie.

L’évènement , presque confidentiel et très codifié à ses débuts (15 minutes le 16 mai 1929 , host Douglas Fairbanks,  12 catégories, 270 invités) , est devenu au fil du temps un vrai show à l’americaine, de presque 4h, dont la liste des catégories s’est allongée pour atteindre 29 à ce jour , dont 5 « Special » ; les 3332 sièges du Kodak theater récemment lieu d’accueil ne sont jamais vides). Certaines catégories ont d’aileurs été éphémères ( ex. : Best Dance Direction, Best Original Musical or Comedy Score ,…). D’autres sont régulièrement proposées (ex. : Best casting). On a adjoint à cette cérémonie purement grand écran des éléments de la télévision, par les présentateurs d’abord, ou des stars du petit écran, puis des numéros comiques et enfin, des chansons. C’est, littéralement, le cirque  quand en 1992 David Letterman ( The Late Show with David Letterman) produit un numéro -pathétique- avec des chiens dansants pour remettre à Tom Hanks  -dubitatif -sa statuette pour sa prestation de Forrest Gump.

Et en 2014, on n’a pas peur d’innover dans le genre « no-limit-au-n’importe-quoi » avec un “selfie”, justement, sur scène de la part de la présentatrice et TV star Ellen DeGeneres (qui a l’air impromptu, mais en fait a été minutieusement répété) pour promouvoir la marque d’un téléphone. Cela surprend de prime abord, et puis on apprend que ladite marque a déboursé $19 millions pour s’assurer que les cameramen captureront bien le nom et la génération du téléphone en question. A ce tarif-là, on s’affranchit de ses scrupules, quitte à écorner à la fois le mythe et marcher sur les pieds de la vénérable vieille dame de 86 ans. N’est-ce pas Madame Ellen ; n’est-ce pas Monsieur le Groupe Coréen diversifié Electronique , Automobile, Constructeur Naval, Téléphone Mobile , etc…Passons sur l’épisode pizza, certes inattendu et sympathique, mais inapproprié, dans ce contexte, meme si Brad Pitt a montré une simplicité et une promptitude à distribuer les parts remarquables. Ellen est une femme généreuse, elle le rappelle devant les caméras avec le « tip » qu’elle quête auprès de ses amis les professionnels de cette industrie . Elle aurait pu lui partager son pactole téléphonique et épargner cette ridicule prestation. (Surtout quand on sait que la Vanity Fair Party qui suit traditionnellement ne propose pas que des chips aux invités : en 2014 ; il y a eu : cupcakes customisés, macarons caviar-crème fraîche, salade crabe-avocat, tourtes de volaille-champignons, lasagne à la truffe noire, donuts et café. Bref.)

Cela donne une curieuse impression de populisme d’empereur romain mégalomane. Mais enfin, cela illustre parfaitement ce que veut le public : du pain et des jeux. On est au cirque, à cette minute-là, Panem et Circenses, cela prend toute sa dimension.

Au fil du temps, on a vu de drôle de choses, aux Awards, comme l’utilisation de l’évènement à des fins politiques ou des appels à prise de conscience . Des hiatus qui donnent souvent lieu a de nouvelles règles. Notamment , c’est à cause de Marlon Brando et Sasheen Litllefeather  (par ailleurs fausse Apache et vraie actrice) que les vainqueurs de la statuette dorée sont obligés de venir en personne chercher leur récompense, et non d’envoyer une délégation et ne sont plus qutorisés à lire un speech de critique de 15 pages en déclinant, en plus , ladite récompense (1972, pour le Parrain).

1977 avait été marqué par le discours controversé (contre le fascisme , l’anti-sémitisme et le sionisme) de Vanessa Redgrave. 

2013 avait vu déjà un fléchissement avec une cérémonie -traditionnellement et jusqu’à lors-  dénommée 85th Academy Awards rebaptisée Oscars 2013 (nom officieux). Les puristes en auraient avalé leur carton d’invitation.

Depuis 2001 et le speech de 4 minutes de Julia Roberts , nous savons que le temps de parole pour le discours d’acceptation est calibré et que le « stick man » le rappelle en coulisse.

En 2014, les résultats sont un peu décevants, pour les cinéphiles exigeants, et il est clair que souvent le succès commercial ou que les a-priori des votants sur leurs collègues pèsent davantage dans la séléction et le choix final que les qualités intrinsèques du film, qui devraient être évaluées impartialement.

Que « Gravity » remporte l’oscar Best Cinematography (Photo),  Best Editing (Montage) et Best Visual Effects (Effets Speciaux) reste un mystère (on en reparle dans 10 ans), quand le premier semblerait davantage devoir revenir à « The Secret Life of Walter Mitty » (hélas non sélectionné), le deuxième n’aurait pas déparé «Her» ou « The Secret Life of Walter Mitty » et le dernier aurait du revenir à «Her». Quant à « Nebraska », une catégorie spéciale aurait pu être créée, comme parfois cela arrive, Best Original Cinematography . Et la categorie Best Sound (bande son) devait revenir à « 12 years a slave ».

Dans un autre genre :  « Lego the  Movie » est formidable : la chute est excellente ; le scenario, parfait et l’auto-dérision, déléctable. Et « Budapest Grand Hotel » est sorti trop tard ; et c’est tant mieux pour Gravity, qui sans cette sortie tardive n’aurait pas fait le poids et aurait été balayé et remisé au placard des anecdotes de science-fiction-pseudo-thriller mal ficelées.

12 years a Slave a mérité ses récompenses; même si les pointes de complaisances de son réalisateur sont un poil irritantes et Dallas Buyers Club , comme Nebraska , apportent une vraie gravité, pour le coup (sans jeu de mot), à une industrie qui contemple trop souvent le succès facile comme un gage de qualité. On perd un peu de l’esprit fondateur de l’évènement, qui  malheureusement en cours de route, a récompensé des films a posteriori très décevants ou surévalués, et en a oubliés d’autres qui méritaient amplement leur statuette dorée.

Oscar Trivia :

*Chaque statuette pèse 6,75 pounds (3 ,61kg ) et mesure 13 ,5 inches (34 ,29cm)

*Discours le plus long : Greer Garson pour Mrs. Miniver (1943) : entre 5 et 7 minutes  selon les sources

*Seuls 5 films ont remporté , à ce jour, le « Big Five » (Best Picture , Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Screenplay : It Happened One Night (1934) ; One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest (Vol qu dessus d’un nid de coucous)(1975), The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

*Ben-Hur (1959), Titanic (1997), et The Lord of the Rings : The Return of the King (2003) sont les films les plus récompensés, remportant chacun 11 oscars. Le Seigneur des Anneaux est le seul a avoir remporté tous les oscars pour lequel il a été séléctionné.

*Acteur le plus fréquemment séléctionné: Jack Nicholson (12 nominations, 3 victoires)

*Actrice la plus fréquemment séléctionnée : Meryl Streep (18 nominations, 3 victoires)

*Actrice la plus récompensée : Katrine Hepburn (4 victoires)

*Discours les plus courts : Patty Duke 1963 pour The Miracle Worker. etAlfred Hitchcock : « Thank you »

*Temps imparti à chaque vainqueur : 45 secondes. Certains débordent et sont coupés par : le présentateur, l’orchestre, une bande-son qui démarre, un extrait du film, leur émotion incontrolable.

*La Costume Designer Edith Head a été séléctionnée 35 fois pour 8 victoires (Sabrina , All about Eve, The Heiress, Samson and Dalilah, A Place in the Sun, Roman Holiday, The Facts of Life, The Sting)

* Walt Disney a reçu 22 oscars (pour 59 nominations)

* 6000 votants sélectionnent les potentiels vainqueurs

* Depuis 1989 ; on ne dit plus « And the winner is… » mais on annonce : «  And the Oscar goes to… », par égard pour les autres nominés. Eux, ils pourront reprendre une part de pizza. Donnée par Brad Pitt.

Bon film!

Floreva

Upcoming Film Festivals deadlines, call for entries.

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Hello Fellow oddjobbers,

 

whether you’re a young or experienced director, screenwriter, DoP, sound master, cameraman, creating doc, experimental, vid, music vid, short, feat. film or just a lover of cinema for the magic produced on screen,

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please find hereafter some other FFest you might be interested in, to submit your work to or to attend, check their website for more info :

Enjoy and good luck!

Floreva

 

MANHATTAN
FILM FESTIVAL
New York, New York – USA
June 19 to July 3, 2014

DL for entries : 18 March 2014 (late DL)

CATALINA
FILM FESTIVAL
Avalon , California – USA
September 24 to 28, 2014

Reg DL : 20 March 2014

The Good Story Competition: Change the World in Four Minutes
Filmmakers everywhere: The Good Story Competition is challenging you to tell the stories of everyday people in Asia doing good to improve the lives of others, and tell it in the most compelling and engaging way possible. All in under four minutes. It’s also a chance to snag cash prizes not just for yourself but for the people you feature in your video. You get to show off your creativity and help make a difference, all at the same time. Register now and submit your video by March 21, 2104 directly at http://www.ourbetterworld.org/goodstoryasia
Final Extended Deadlines – Exclusive to Withoutabox:
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CineStory Foundation Screenwriting Awards, Los Angeles, California, USA
March 5, 2014 – WAB Extended Deadline

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Derby Film Festival, Derby, United Kingdom
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VISIONFEST, Brooklyn, New York, USA
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Albuquerque Film & Media Experience, Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA
March 7, 2014 – WAB Extended Deadline

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Milledgeville Film Festival, Milledgville, Georgia, USA
March 7, 2014 – WAB Extended Deadline

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On Screen/In Person, Baltimore, Maryland, USA
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American Pavilion Emerging Filmmaker Showcase at Cannes, Cannes, France
March 8, 2014 – WAB Extended Deadline

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The Classic City International Film Festival, Snellville, Georgia, USA
March 9, 2014 – WAB Extended Deadline

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The Los Angeles International Student Film Festival, Pasadena, California, USA
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International Moustache Film Festival, Portland, Maine, USA
March 10, 2014 – WAB Extended Deadline

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The Los Angeles New Wave International Film Festival, Sherman Oaks, California, USA
March 11, 2014 – WAB Extended Deadline

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Rainier Independent Film Festival, Ashford, Washington, USA
March 12, 2014 – WAB Extended Deadline

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Brooklyn Film Festival, Brooklyn, New York, USA
March 14, 2014 – WAB Extended Deadline

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Hill Country Film Festival, Fredericksburg, Texas, USA
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London Independent Film Festival, London, United Kingdom
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SAFILM – San Antonio Film Festival, San Antonio, Texas, USA
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Film Festivals call for entries

Hi fellow oddjobbers,

 

please find hereafter some interesting FF to submit your work to (vid, script, feature, short, sound). Click on links below

The Good Story Competition: Change the World in Four Minutes
Filmmakers everywhere: The Good Story Competition is challenging you to tell the stories of everyday people in Asia doing good to improve the lives of others, and tell it in the most compelling and engaging way possible. All in under four minutes. It’s also a chance to snag cash prizes not just for yourself but for the people you feature in your video. You get to show off your creativity and help make a difference, all at the same time. Register now and submit your video by March 21, 2104 directly at http://www.ourbetterworld.org/goodstoryasia

 

 

ZERO FILM
FESTIVAL – LONDON
London, England – United Kingdom 
July 11 to 13, 2014

Reg DL : March 15, 2014

COMMFFEST GLOBAL
COMMUNITY FILM FESTIVAL
Toronto, Ontario – Canada 
September 11 to 20, 2014

Reg DL March 15, 2014

International Film AWARDS BERLIN 
Berlin – Germany 
September 3 to 7, 2014
 
Upcoming Deadline: March 15, 2014 
Name Film Festival   Name Film Festival   Name Film Festival   Name Film Festival
 
OREGON INDEPENDENT 
FILM FESTIVAL 
Portland, Oregon – USA 
September 9 to 29, 2014
 
Upcoming Deadline: March 14, 2014 

HELL’S HALF-MILE 
FILM & MUSIC FESTIVAL 
Bay City, Michigan – USA 
September 25 to 28, 2014
 
Upcoming Deadline: March 15, 2014 

First-time submitters get reimbursed their submission fee and become alumni, which allows them fee waivers for life. A $1,000 USD cash prize awaits the winner of the HHM Jury Award, and numerous other prizes are on hand to ensure an unforgettable (and potentially lucrative) four days of networking, partying, and increased industry visibility. Some HHM filmmakers will even be granted complimentary travel and accommodations. 

Good luck everyone.

       

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Book Signing

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Hi Folks

It’s been a while, working on the translation of the book and submitting to contests.

I wanted to share with you the exhilarating journey of the signing, in pix.

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All copies of The ‘Balding Club’ have gone in the blink of an eye, ebook/kindle version soon available on amazon and FNAC.fr

2nd printing has been launched.

Please find hereafter  an excerpt , enjoy!

” The Balding Club

My best friend Gary and I were like butter and toast, chips and vinegar, Saturday night and hangover… We shared the same humour, a candid philosophy of life, simple pleasures, a passionate yet doomed love for Mrs. Atkinson (Kindergarten time) and, later, a flat. At school, we started the first Star Trek club, went to all possible conventions together (and met our girlfriends there). He knew when I had a bad day at work; I could tell when he and his associate had a row. He had set me up with this fantastic redheaded “Tomb raider” player, after I parted with Cassie. (Well, actually, after she had dumped me like an old sock…) He did so to prevent me from a potentially too sugary- and-potato-chips-loaded painful aftermath, and it worked. Equally to return the favor, when his soul became swollen with grief, due to a continuous series of heartbreaks with Tracy, I dragged him to a vintage fair. Even if he was reluctant in the first place, he quickly became his old self. We’d almost collapsed with laughter and joy in an unprecedented orgy of candy floss and popcorn (and believe me, we know how to orgy with food).

You know, I even replaced him for his annual medical visit he had to undergo. He was so sick he could barely stick a foot out of bed. The night prior he had unsuccessfully tried to drown his sorrow in an unreasonably amount of alcohol to get over the definitive break-up with Tracy, witnessed by me and Mr. “TeddyBeer”. Tracy loved to nickname herself “Tastylips”. But eventually, since none of her features were even close to the adjective “gorgeous”, except maybe her way of making sandwiches, it only made her ridiculous. Well, from my point of view and Mr. TeddyBeer’s, that is.

She had left Gary (for good, this time) for Nigel Wart, a Star Wars nerd, thereby “transgeeking” herself into a Star Wars fruitcake. Weird. (FYI, Nigel Star Wart, nothing beats Star Trek, you freak!). So I had to fill in for him that morning for the medical thing. I had a blast, that day, while he was a wreck, poor sod.

Ah, yes, my dear friend Gary…He always showed great enthusiasm for new ideas, such as when we decided to become Sunday fishing aficionados, or when we tried to invent the no-fuss-portable-kitchen-BBQ-grill with the toaster. We were the best flatmates too. I notice those little things, you know, a jacket button in need of mending, no more navy shoe polish, broken padlock for his bike, hair disappearing from his forehead…I had bought the polish, a new padlock and a revolutionary hair-loss lotion. He used to notice little things, too: my changing weight because of too-much midnight snacking or how one day I ran out of metallic paint for my little lead soldiers. He had me enrolled on a weight-loss program and offered me an assortment of new paints.

It was a brotherly friendship, in a way.

You see: since pre-K, there’s been no secret between us.

No secret, until that October. It occurred two years ago. Suddenly, every 3 weeks, our Wednesday activity became impossible for him to practice.

Now, Wednesdays were sacred. Always have been. Since 1983, we’ve been playing the Star Trek Game with the boys. Doug even refused a promotion abroad to remain in town. We wear Dr Spock’s ears, Star Trek t-shirt adorned with our Starfleet command badges, and we eat pizza cut with the Starfleet command pizza cutter. At some point, Gary joined us a little later than usual. But I have to admit that his disinterest grew alarmingly rapidly. Various suggestions emerged to hide his lack of interest: he asked to postpone, to reschedule, and then, offered to quit. He even stopped wearing his Captain Kirk t-shirt on Saturdays (birthday present from me). As he was reluctant to tell the reason, I investigated.

Anonymously, and discreetly.

I found out (because I followed him) that he had been to dinners on the London Eye, had danced in a private bus touring around the town all night long (cost me a fortune in taxi fares!), had attended a chocolate-body-painting party at the British Museum (Egyptian section), had cycled through Whitechapel dressed as the Ripper (at a point, I got a flat tire), and had enjoyed a White Candlelit Supper on a roof (for that, I was pissed when he recognised me in the crowd watching him).

I know, because I also downloaded photographs from his laptop.

And he had done many other things. Oddly enough, it was always with the same group of people. Some were anonymous, and some were minor celebrities or life coach gurus, mind you.

A woman stood out prominently, with stunning hairdos. Strangely, as I scrolled down in his pictures folder labeled “Top secret, for my eyes only”, I noticed that they were all bald, or at various stages of baldness. Or what we called mockingly, “eggheads”. But the worse is that they seemed to enjoy themselves tremendously, from what I sneaked in his photo album hidden under his bed. I also found, neatly tucked in his wallet, pictures of him and the wigged lady, very close to one another, apparently. The wallet concealed pictures taken in some customised photo booth at one of those fancy parties.

The earth opened under my feet. This discovery shook my beliefs and my faith in our friendship.

I felt jealous, and betrayed, and left behind.

And the lady was incredinsanely pretty. So, I decided to confront him. I waited for the right moment. I wanted to take him by surprise, unprepared. I did so while he was fixing the no-fuss-toaster-turned-kitchen-BBQ-grill, ready to make “minute- mayonaised” T-bones.

I crossed my arms, frowning.

– I know what you do.

He jolted and dropped the screwdriver. The shadow of fear froze his features. His eyes became perfect round shapes.

– You do?

– Yes. And I want to do it too.

His eyeballs almost jumped out of their orbits. He bit his lip.

– You can’t!

I frowned harder, and crossed my arms tighter.

– Why?

– Because…I can’t tell. It’s a secret. Cross my heart.

He crossed the screwdriver on his chest. Now, I know how to handle things like that, I am subtle.

– Cross mine! A secret? You keep secrets from me, your best friend? BTW, we signed up for a joint grave, remember?

The post-mortem deal. Who can resist this? It weakened his defense.

[…]

‘The Balding Club and other short stories’, © 2013 Editions Ramses 6

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Floreva

The secret life of Walter Mitty and Her – Sundance FF

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With the academy awards ceremony just around the corner, it’s the right time to hit the theaters and enjoy the inventive movies on offer. Rather that rushing to see “The Wolf of Wall Street” (Scorcese with DiCaprio, based on a true story, what could possibly go wrong? I’ll watch that later), I’ve chosen “Walter Mitty and his secret life”, because the storyline sounded appealing, and there was no dissatisfaction .

The film is based on a 1939 short story by James Thurber.  While some changes have been made in regard of the original story, namely since the action in the book is wrapped tightly around Walter Mitty and a single event as trivial and unremarkable as accompanying his wife to the drugstore. He stays for a smoke outside the shop while she proceeds with the groceries’ list. The essence of Walter Mitty’s rich inner life and  feats is pretty much interestingly translated onto the screen. Ben Stiller does a remarkable composition, a pleasant mixture for a contemplative character made of grace and reserve, the plot is maybe not fantastically inventive, but it flows nicely and the ties are well tied together, interwoven with clues we grabbed along the road to his own journey into the real world. Haven’t we all day-dreamt of delivering punching line to people who are as annoying as a dickhead, or to rude people or haven’t we fought that with a bit of increased audacity we would have done or said something bound to lead to a better situation, and kept for ourselves for various reasons? Sometimes, though, the only alternative is to harness that audacity and just…. well, dive into the unknown, because it feels right.

It is also a refreshing film for three reasons ; firstly in the sense that the filming locations are not somewhere in the States, pretending to be that particular area in the world where the action is supposed to be taking place. The crew did film in several part of Iceland (but they did not film the Himalayan part in real Himalaya though but in Iceland too, namely in Longufjorur on the Snaefellsnes peninsula, still, the magic works).

It’s refreshing too because the crush he has for his colleague finds a quiet and gentle materialization when he firmly holds her hand, and we are spare the too-often -seen lip-crashing kiss plastered all over the screen since Top Gun (1986), in big scale, which since then made every kissing moment look like its always raw desire on steroids that both the protagonists seem to be able to either perform or want. So a little change is very welcome, and here the apparent shyness makes it for a gentle breeze without losing its powerful implication. Out of Africa (1985) was the embodiment of that elliptically shown strong desire, and it never felt less powerful that a close-up on naked bodies rummaging together on a bed, against a wall, on the floor, warlike, and seldom necessary in such length or numerous occurrence.

Thirdly, ( no offence, please) it felt refreshing to have locals playing the characters of locals, and not some American again playing the foreigners, much to the weariness of the (European, shall I write?) audience. Ólafur Darri Ólafsson as a Greenlandic pilot is just perfect and he feels right too, just as the Chilean ship crew and the Icelandic/Greenlandic ship crew or the ticket agent (Rosamund Gundmundsdottir).

“The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” is a very pleasant film, which provides an enduring feeling of lightness and happiness and a sense of joy, The photography is fantastic and that alone should have the movie being qualified for the Academy Awards, along with a  perfect script. Ben Stiller proves again that he is a real creative bloke, he acts in and directs here a great film, whose qualities will better with age. (Unlike the absurd “Arthur Newman” , 2012, in which Colin Firth and Emily Blunt unconvincingly play 2 American con artists, lost in their own identity and tediously trying to escape their miserably boring lives, 2 appealing British actors along with the somewhat inconsistent Anne Heche. Result : greatly annoying film full of wearisome cliches ).

“Her”

“Her” is a surprise, emphasing on the loneliness experienced by humans  dwelling in this modern techie urban habitat. We follow the life of Theodore Twombly whose job is to write love letters for people who lack either the ability, or the  time to do so. Theodore is a loner, still grieving over his lost relationship to his childhood sweetheart. He enrolls on a program providing humans with a personal OS, a virtual companion, able to learn and grow human like feelings. What ensues id crystal clear : he falls in love with the witty software, which improves so rapidly in the field of emotions and psychological understanding that their relationship becomes (strangely) intimate and emotionally accurate. Of course, what underlines the script is that no such relationship can exist, since we are humans, and no machine, as much sophistication it can get/operate/create/develop/have , can rival another human being because there is a moment when feelings and closeness need to find their physical expression and materialization through those trivial things but unbeaten yet : the skin, fingers, lips and eye locking into another step of intimacy, different and yet complementary to the closeness of soul, mind and spirit.

Here, Spike Jonze signs a question-raising film regarding our human condition, the loneliness we can experiment even when surrounded by fantastic tools of communications and technology enhancing or facilitating our everyday life. In the end, the moral of the story looks like : to experiment human contact and togetherness, joy in being reunited and this sense of “belonging”, the simplest thing to do is to ring a friend, drag them out of their flat, and together, closely seated in the warmth of human bond (love, friendship), contemplate the sunrise, rekindling with our human capacity to marvel at the simple joys Nature has to offer, and that can never be replaced, even by sophisticated machine. Steel can never have goose pimple, whereas the human body can  express inner emotions through various changes, in temperature, blood pressure, heart rate, change in color of the skin, breath and fluids exuding its pores or tear canals.

A modern tale, sometimes funny, sometimes sad, with a mustached Joaquin Phoenix.

Everybody’s gathering to Sundance FF!

I heard the other day over the radio Matt Damon and Glenn Close… I think this once alternative and indie-prone Film Fest seems to be gradually getting transplants and defectors  from Hollywood and getting to be contaminated by Hollywood stars and spirit…..Or is it? Anyway, I recommend RAINDANCE film Fest, and other Indie Film Fest, less known and yest more innovative and out of the big machine circuits…

So fellow film lovers, oddjobbers, check those FF and let us keep cinema ALSO indie.

So long,

Floreva

VISIONFEST
FILM FESTIVAL
New York, New York – USA
May 14 to 18, 2014

The 5th Annual New Media Film Festival
Based in Los Angeles, the New Media Film Festival celebrates the ever-changing world of new media. Declared “worth the entry fee” by MovieMaker Magazine and hailed for making “the cutting edge accessible” by Huffington Post, the festival accepts Web Series, 3D, Apps, Digital Comics, Machinima, Made on Mobile/Tablet, Music Videos, New Media, Scripts, Shorts, Shot on RED, 30-second pitches, Socially Responsible Content, and Trailers among other formats. The jury includes reps from Pixar, Fox, and The Caucus, among others. A total of $45K USD in awards will be presented at the festival this June. Join filmmakers from around the world, hear industry leaders, and network…submit today!

Being a writer is more than what you think…

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Being a writer, apart from being a lonely job, seldom immediately rewarding or even bringing daily satisfaction is also about being able to reach out to get your work noticed, remarked, chosen, published, and ultimately, read. Because, we , oddjobbers, do not write just for ourselves, to answer our true nature or to find answers, or maybe because we want to temporarily dwell into a better place than the one we actually have to deal with,(or have had to deal with in the past), or to entertain others and ourselves, we must also tackle the task of putting that handkie on the shyness or unwillingness to get out of the study, and deal with the world outside and the readership that awaits us. It’s about becoming bolder, more self-confident and proudly starting to  talk about what we do, what we write and sometimes, (when asked) explain why we write and how our stories enter others’ mind, soul or thoughts, and how they mingle with their own life. Because it’s all about feeling that what happens or has happened was once experienced by others, thus allowing closure, joy, sadness, anger, a sense of empowerment in a way, to come to the surface of our souls underneath the polishing of society  (and how to behave in any circumstance). Then you find yourself talking to a friend or a stranger and sharing personal facts, and beyond the emotion that suddenly resurfaces, a bond emerges, and at that point, you know that your lonely hours of writing, fighting with yourself not to censor yourself too harshly, or precisely because it’s painful to revisit some memories, are not vain. You put words on situations and emotions and you allow others to speak up their soul because you gave them the words they were searching for. They can own those emotions because they can express them, because you gave them words, be it poetry, fiction, a song, an ode, a line in a play, a dialogue between characters in a script…

It’s a lonely task, to write, but you’re not alone.

And the next stop now is : marketing your talent, getting that readership that craves for your words. It’s time to have those bookmarks printed and the flyers and postcards too, to include in any correspondence (even bills, why not?) .

Time also to try that fancy cafe and propose and schedule a signing… They will be more than willing to host your signing event, trust me. I’m organising mine already  ;-)

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Good day to you, fellow oddjobbers, keep up the good work!

Floreva

Sante Fe Film Festival and upcoming film fest deadlines

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Hello oddjobbers

new year means new set of resolutions and goals, excellence to strive for and schedules to be followed.

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Last year, I had the great opportunity (I worked  wisely to make it happen, though) to go to the Santa Fe film fest and I met several people, and discussed various topics related to filming, low/zero budget short films planning, production and so forth. I was invited to the wrap-up party and to date, this event is one of the most memorable events I’ve been too since I’m a US resident. Like many fellow harmony seekers, I have decided to set out a bunch of new resolutions (because health, work, achievements, personal bliss and family and friend  happiness are obvious resolutions to stick to, I don’t even mention that), and keep them in mind everyday during 2014 to follow through.

Since I’ve submitted script material to film fests, as a member, I happen to receive an update on every forthcoming film related events, fest, contests, etc. I’d like to post more about the subject, and I want to submit more material that I did last year.

I’ve gathered also information on a nearby Community Center to possibly enter a film-making program, whose founder and lead teacher  had his students qualify for Cannes film fest in 202 (and win!). I need my transcript and then I can proceed with the enrollment.

Ok ,so now that I’ve shared that with you there’s no turning back…

Here some film fest some of you might interested in, either to submit a doc, a short, a feature, a script.

Enjoy and best wishes!

ATHENS INTERNATIONAL (oscar qualifying)
FILM + VIDEO FESTIVAL
Athens, Ohio – USA
April 11 to 17, 2014

THE IRON MULE SHORT
COMEDY SCREENING SERIES
New York, New York – USA
Monthly Screening Series
Please click on each link to land on the film fest website.
Enjoy and good work!
F; inspired.

I think I do not like Christmas…

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…the way it is.

Picture this : it’s cold outside, baby, and you’ve got the perfect country cottage-like house to overwinter the short daylight months, you’ve got a roaring fire to roast plump chestnuts and crabapples on a twig (from the garden), family harmony and incommensurable happiness sneak surreptitiously in the last night of November to fill the air with scent of gorgeous richly moist sponge cakes, cookies and delicacies, gentle music dwells in every corner of this castle of yours and you’re about to set out to fetch the tree and some gifts. You’ll maybe bring home the ingredients (rare and exotic) to build the perfect meal, to feed your loved ones with both delicate food and love. Your home resembles a Hobbit’s sanctum, where concord gently gives precedence to the joy of the forthcoming family gatherings.You can even have spent hours crafting DIY presents, putting all your heart, your talent, your creativity in that activity. You might have sewn, glued, knitted, glittered, painted, drawn, quilted,decoupaged,photoshopped, printed, framed, designed, baked, cooked, cut, for your loved ones, in the hope that they would acknowledge your efforts and be frantically happy. You may have even thought of those glorious moments months before it was Yuletide. You may have created the picture perfect home decor, worth a double page in a posh home decor magazine. The house is filled with beauty and music and your soul is ready for an immortal bliss…

That’s the fantasy.

Reality is different. You think you can readjust to the fantasy, but eventually, everything is ruined, piece by piece, bit by bit, in slow motion. The fantastic idea of Christmas gets wrecked by those tiny bitsy little nothings : the mandatory enthusiasm, the exaggerated expectations and the secret hope that Auntie Margo ( or Daddy’s new wife) will FOR ONCE be able to behave, rushing to shut up and not speak inconsequentially and thus cause embarrassment.

Firstly, you’re supposed to be happy ALL THE TIME (rejoice, it’s Christmas!). Secondly, you can’t escape “Rudolf” and his army of performers (Rejoice, it’s Christmas!) nor can  you skip the modern take on oldies goldies ( I do not know for you, but a teenage boysband style or ragga variation of “I’ll be home for Christmas” throws me into a retch state of stomach), blasting in every store, no matter the time. Thirdly, you nearly get a seizure each time you want to buy anything inconsequential such as socks or flour, because everyone else rushes into last-minute frenzy shopping (and sometimes, that’s what you do too, when you inadvertently discover that the gifts you intend to present your beloved ones might not meet their level of expectations).

Why does the Western world consciousness rush into a mandatory joy that has nothing to do with inner well being? I wondered, while I went to exchange a gift, do we have to do this in order to please one another? It would be so much easier to just share simplicity and a reflection about this time that flies so easily and brings us so rapidly to the end of (what I hope for everyone to have been)  a good year. Wouldn’t it be better to share our experiences and what we’ve learned and how we’ve grown on our personal path, seekers of harmony within so that it resonates outside? How come we still need to glue our eyes on a calendar to begin to recognize that we need to be more generous with our beloved ones and strangers? Why do we need reminders to acknowledge that we must send our cards to express our love, our care, our thoughts to those around or far away?

I prefer to express my gratitude to life every day, I try to share a bit of my grocery with the lady emaciated whose pride she has pocketed long ago when she had to extend her arm to ask for a little something that can improve her life in the street, or I give to the disheveled man standing at the lamp the change I always keep in my car instead of my pocket, or I pay for an extra coffee at the coffee shop for a less fortunate and I ask the cashier to give it to someone who could find a little solace/ peace in this hot beverage. I do that often, I do not have Xmas songs to remind me that I am not alone, and that I love my family members all year long, not just during Christmas time.

Maybe it was the rebellious inside me talking, maybe I am really fed up with Xmas lights all around and this profligacy of food and Rudolf songs….

Christmas spirit, thou shallt not vanish the 26th….

F.

My Book : ISBN + Being Printed…

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Hi Folks!

 

Can I jump for sheer joy?

Yes.

Why?

Because several days ago, my book has received its official ID : the ISBN. The first copy has arrived.

“The Balding Club and other short stories” is born.

 

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(picture : Copyright FVF 2013)

And the control copy has passed the exam.

So now, it’s being printed…

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(source : pinterest)

 

Ah, yeah!

I suppose I have to put a bottle of Champagne in the fridge…

More later.

 

F.

 

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