pWdumaNjA-6CEEBhRoD5euxNETs When All This Actual Life Played Out: February 2015

27 February 2015

BTS - night shoot

Orange County, California
27 February 2015

20 February 2015

It's official

Beautiful girl
12 January 2008

As of today, I am the proud mother of adult children. Both of them. Eighteen and 21. I can't even begin to think what that means--besides meaning that I am old.

Tech stuff: Taken with my Nikon D40. Not that they ever stop being your children. So far, anyway.

17 February 2015

Location scout

Santiago Oaks Park
Orange, California
16 February 2015

We're down to the final night of filming, but are still looking for a location to do it. This bit requires real location and real permits. And real costs.

Maybe coyotes, snakes, and mountain lions. But I'm trying to avoid that. I kept telling the daughter, I'm leaving this to her, but today, I made calls, made pleas, made deals.


But yesterday required that I hike.

(Five floors, according to my phone).

And today, I know what that cost.

I am having a large ginger and tequila to kill the pain.

I've got three months.

Not nearly long enough.

She's got a couple of weeks.

Not nearly long enough.

Tech stuff: Taken with my iPhone6. Ball of destruction.

06 February 2015

The things we do out of love

Ball gown
6 February 2015

That mess on my lap? That is the approximately 5,000 yards of blue fake satin and 6,000 yards of black net and lace that I am altering for my daughter. Because I love my daughter. Who was in no hurry to buy a dress. And the formal is tomorrow night.

Of course.


For what it's worth, she was accepted to a third film school yesterday. I am unashamedly delighted. I am equally unashamedly pleased to share the news with the world.


In other news:

Austin. Dallas. Houston. New Orleans. Irvine.

For now.

Tech stuff: Taken with my iPhone6. It's actually royal blue.

03 February 2015

Weird rainbows

Orange County, California
29 January 2015

I was sitting in the car this afternoon in one of my numerous parking places, waiting for the daughter to emerge. Suddenly, my phone rang, and it was, of course, the daughter. I could tell from her tone of voice what it was that she wanted to tell me, despite her hemming and hawing and beating around the bush.

I wasn't feeling especially patient, so said, "Good, you got in."

And she confirmed, with glee, that she'd been accepted to a second film school.

Thus far, the score, if you're keeping up, is acceptance to one science school and two of the top 10 film schools in the country. She's still waiting to hear from 4 schools. One we know will not accept her--snowballs in hell and all that--but she stands a good chance with the other 3.

This should explain 4 years of posting photos from my parking place(s). This is why I do it. My kid wants to be the next Kathryn Bigelow/Christopher Nolan/Gore Verbinski/Fill In Your Favorite Director, Female or Male.

She doesn't need a pot of gold. She's doing what she wants to do.

No parent can ask for more.

Tech stuff: Taken with my iPhone6. Blogger is misbehaving, so I had to email the photo to the blog in order to get it to post. Naturally, this degrades the photo. But that rainbow was wickedly odd.

02 February 2015

Darkness into light

Santa Ana, California
2 February 2015

I have no idea if the poor groundhog saw his shadow today, but the important thing here is that at 4:45 pm, I can see MY shadow again.

Four years. You probably have no idea how important it is to me that I got to the other side of the winter solstice.

Last semester.

Tech stuff: Taken with my iPhone6.