New Stop….Seattle. I have just spent one month in a place, cut off from the United States but still part of Washington. Point Roberts. You have to go over the Canadian Border, drive a bit and then go back over the US border to get there. Then to go shopping at the nearest Safeway equivalent you have to do that all over again. The rub? Sometimes the border crossings are an hour wait.
But, Point Roberts turned out to be a haven for my writer’s soul: Pastoral, wild, rural and bordered on three sides by the Strait of Georgia. And if the solace was not wonderful enough, the place was crawling with film industry writers, producers, camera men and great interest in the screenplay I am writing. I found that as I kept aligned with my inspiration to tell a story, to care for self and find joy in the beauty around me, I continued to experience the magic of living in the flow. Wonderful people and experiences have flooded my life and led me to deeper and more meaningful expressions of myself. But time was up and I needed to head for Seattle. My next home for a month.
Seattle is where I will be attending The Film School (www.thefilmschool.com) to immerse myself in a month long intensive bootcamp for screenwriters. Working with Tom Skerritt (A River Runs Through It) will be amazing. My hope? To polish a form of writing that is not a perfect fit for wordy ole me and to create a final version of the story I am currently writing. As I will most likely be the age of most of the other participants parents, I am excited to have this opportunity to strip down to the most basic me, pull out all my writing weaknesses and build my skill as a screenwriter. Somehow, at this moment I am remembering Demi Moore in GI Jane and a shudder runs up and down my spine. Twelve hour days, six days a week with Sunday for sleep and laundry.
And, since I last wrote about my travels, my trials and my over the top excitement about the life I am living, the following things have happened: I was ultimately denied a driver’s license after five months of effort with my lawyer. I am quietly considering my options and have not a bone in my body that is having a problem with my new non-driver status. My not driving has led me to more experiences and people I would never have had or met otherwise. I am determining which radical path I will take to solve the issue. But ultimately I have found out first hand that no one really needs a car. No one.
I have met producers interested in the film I am working on and I have joined as a full partner with AOMUSIC which I count as the greatest gift from my not driving, for if I had my driver’s license way back in September I would have been off to NYC and I would never had met Richard Gannaway, who is the heart behind the music that I believe can change the world. It has certainly changed mine. (please read about AO and Richard on my new website http://www.mayalunachristobel.com)
I have a new website which has been the best therapy I have ever done with people I love helping me to create myself in the world…. anew. I have attended an Oscar Gala hosted by Tom Skerritt and won a raffle that benefits The Film School, to do something I have wanted to do all my life: Fly Fish! And fly fish with Tom and his wife for three days on the Yakima River here in Washington at the Canyon River Ranch Resort. Pinch me now. Gotta get some waders!
I have also teamed up with Todd Huston to start an independent production company, Light Show Productions, to create films with heart, soul, integrity and inspiration. Todd has been wonderful to write about, wonderful to work with and he is now headed back to Missouri to the little cabin where we had our “Deliverance” experience. I am oddly happy not to be going back again if I may say so myself and will just stay tucked in here at the Mediterranean Hotel in Queen Anne. Hotel living is pretty great. Simple, small, efficient, friendly and has a 24 hour business center and a coffee shop on the ground floor. My Leo self really likes this.
And this tiny accounting of life in the flow for a Gypsy without a car, is just scratching the surface of the amazing things that have been rushing into my life since I made this commitment to living on the road as a way to discover what makes me happy. What I have found out it that I never once had to even look for happiness. It was there all along and the Universe simply was poised, ready for me to open my heart and my arms to life in it’s fullest. Happiness has been that easy all along.