Script Frenzy 2012

31 03 2012

Dear World,

In about 5 hours, many local script writers will start penning down their scripts, hoping to fill 100 pages in 30 days. I intend to join them! 100 pages, about 3-4 pages a day. It cannot be that bad right? (Note: I’ve said this before for NaNoWriMo and I haven’t completed a single novel.)

BUT THIS TIME I WILL! I will get this done! I will pour out everything on to 100 pages in hopes that something will be wonderful, for pure enjoyment!

With the same concept as NaNoWriMo, script frenzy is a non-profit organisation that functions on donations and sales of certain items to keep its organisation running. It’s aim. To encourage people to write… in this case a script. I suppose in a way, the written word needs to be remembered and people need their creative juices to flow. Not say you cannot do that alone, but you feel more comfortable and motivated to do so if you are in a group. I cannot wait to start. I have a few ideas. SHHH!

I will update you. But I encourage you guys to be involved in it too! Sign up below!

http://www.scriptfrenzy.org/

Happy scripting

Cheyenne





Forget me not

27 03 2012

Forgetfulness

The name of the author is the first to go
followed obediently by the title, the plot,
the heartbreaking conclusion, the entire novel
which suddenly becomes one you have never read,
never even heard of,

as if, one by one, the memories you used to harbor
decided to retire to the southern hemisphere of the brain,
to a little fishing village where there are no phones.

Long ago you kissed the names of the nine Muses goodbye
and watched the quadratic equation pack its bag,
and even now as you memorize the order of the planets,

something else is slipping away, a state flower perhaps,
the address of an uncle, the capital of Paraguay.

Whatever it is you are struggling to remember,
it is not poised on the tip of your tongue,
not even lurking in some obscure corner of your spleen.

It has floated away down a dark mythological river
whose name begins with an L as far as you can recall,
well on your own way to oblivion where you will join those
who have even forgotten how to swim and how to ride a bicycle.

No wonder you rise in the middle of the night
to look up the date of a famous battle in a book on war.
No wonder the moon in the window seems to have drifted
out of a love poem that you used to know by heart.

Billy Collins
Dear World,
I was watching a Ted talk by the poet Billy Collins and he was sharing how animators teamed up with him to bring visuals to his work. I was ( kind of) watching it and this poem came up while I was browsing through the rest of what the internet has to offer.
My aim, I think like many of my friends’ aims were to read more and learn more about various topics that we neglected, believing that our A levels were our priority ( and to some extent, there were but this is a different argument for another day). From reading fiction to non-fiction, from plays to teaching myself the H2 Biology syllabus which I was not allowed to take in my JC years, the biggest lesson you learn from all of this is that there is really so much that you don’t know about. The next lesson you learn is how much capacity you have in your memory to remember all the names of all the authors of all the books you have ever read.
Some may view the poem as displaying some characteristics for Absurd ttexts, where one can never be too sure of past events and the tricks the mind plays seem too much for us to try have have some control over. Others may see it as a silly little fact about human nature and move past it, forgetting the name of the poem all together (and that would truly be ironic).
Me? Its rather funny… because the last paragraph is exactly what I do sometimes. Especially when I really need to know something immediately to soothe my curiosity … so I can close my eyes and sleep!
Sure we will forget things. However, Collins fails to acknowledge that if sometime is that important, you will do your best to remember. Besides, sometimes forgetting things allows for rediscovery and that might be even better than knowing a fact or figure the first time round. That’s the silver lining, right there.
Cheyenne




Not another Statistic

25 03 2012

From TedxVancouver : Jer Thorp: Make data more human

Dear World,

I hope with Thorp’s new ideas what the term ‘just another statistic’ will be obliterated from the human vocabulary. The term has a negative conatation and is unproductive in the fields of education, family welfare, crime and many more industries will finally and hopefully be a thing of the past.

If you are unsure of what I am talking about, I am referring to when people are stereotyped into such a fixed category that one person can then ‘represent’ the entire population. For example, girl X grew up in this neighborhood and met bad people and in turn became bad and dropped out of school and is a teenage mum and blah blah blah.

At least now, there is a story behind everyone statistic, every data. Now it is a recorded story.

I like the idea because as I said, the term ‘you are just another statistic’ will hopefully be removed from the thoughts and mouths of the world. People are not statistics and they should not be down graded to a mere number. People contribute to statistics yes, but they are not the numbers and percentages they contribute to.

A couple of weeks ago, when I was working as a temporary surveyor, I interviewed two elderly men and all they wanted me to rely back to the Community Centers (CC) and Residents Committees (RC) was that they would like more programs to find senior citizens jobs. They were retired men and they were looking for work. I wish I was more understanding at that point of time but I had a job to do too. When I was asked to put in the data for the survey, I realised… all my boss really wanted were the numbers. I worked $6/hr to collect and then organise the data, feeling almost numb.

Being a surveyor was.. enlightening, you realise that you can do more work on the ground than in the office and I would love to have that opportunity to know I am doing something productive and enriching for everyone without having go through ‘procedures’. I think Thorp’s technology and interest, if given the chance to collect more data in various situations, numbers on a page will then gain an organic quality.

Everyone involved in collecting, organising and distributing data needs to remember you eventually do not help the numbers. You help the people that made up the numbers. We needed Thorp’s to come up with the technology and the means of sing that. We can only rely on ourselves to do the rest.

Cheyenne

P.S. Anyone in Singapore ( or not) know how we can assist the senior citizens I mentioned in the post? I would like to get involved if possible (and if time permits). And do not mention ‘skills upgrading’ because I am pretty sure they would have done that first before giving feedback on my survey. Thanks

 





Elements to making me/you

25 03 2012

Palm Tree and Bare Feet: Why are you, you?

Dear World,

Why are you, you?  Kalie… in a philosophical mood are we? Your answer was even slightly philosophical in nature.

Why am I, me? Well I could go for the simple answer and say that there is only one me in the world. Only one body that has my DNA and all that ( I apologise, I love Biology) or I could say the same thing school tell kids, I am one special unique person that has my own strengths and weaknesses and etc. etc. etc.

But I guess the actually answer would be, who else am I suppose to be? I know it is really annoying when people answer a question with another question but  really who else did you except me to be?

Ok, I know I am not really answering the question, I know. OK… I SHALL TRY!

Drive. Passion. Thirst for experience/knowledge. That is why I am me. I think that it probably my definition, it is probably is my defining quality.  I believe ( I have always believed) if you want something bad enough, everything else really doesn’t matter. Go for it. There is no valid argument not to, especially if you know it is something you really are passionate about. Irritate people with the idea. Just never give it up. I sure haven’t. Neither should you.

So…What makes you, you?

Cheyenne





Stairs can say a lot

23 03 2012

Dear World,

I know this is a massive photo but trust me, if it was not this big then you might not be able to see the wording… hmmm Actually I think it is not very clear so I will tell you the words.From bottom to top: truth, courage, faith, peace.

I was at Singapore Esplanade and I saw this before I walked up the stairs of the main lobby. I giggled to myself just a little because of all places for there to be such a remarkable coincidence, it had to be at the Theaters by the Bay.

I felt it was a coincidence ( or may be fate/God had a say in this), because it was almost the same way me and my friends practiced Theatre in JC, we kind of followed the same stair case up. We found truth in our pieces, we built up the courage to challenge conventions, we had faith in our work and finally when we were on stage, we were at peace.

I think these 4 words should not be restricted to theater. If you find truth in a cause or an issue, you should be courageous to stand up for it and have faith that your voice will be heard and be patient and wait, because it will be all worth it and you will be at peace.

How do you see these stair? Let me know. 🙂

Happy Climbing,

Cheyenne





You shouldn’t make excuses for….

21 03 2012

From Palm Trees and Bare Feet: No Excuses

Dear World,

So There is no excuse for_________?

Hmm. There is no excuse for not trying. If you want something, and you want something really bad, you have to try and go all out for your dreams. If you don’t do it, it is simply because you don’t want to.. or you don’t have a strong enough desire to do it.

So get off your lazy butt and go out there! I’m surprised you needed to read this to get that!

Cheyenne





My future in 3 words

21 03 2012

From Palm Tress and Bare Feet : 3 Word Future

Dear world,

Come and take on the challenge of describing your future in 3 words.

hmmm 3 words.

First thing that came to mind if ‘FULL OF FUN’.

It might seem naive to you. I can’t be simply playing around all the time now can I? Hehe, well actually I have a range of interest like many of you and in the event I am … required… to do something I do now wish to participate in, I simply try (very hard at times) to find some fun. Every cloud has a silver lining!

Cheyenne