Thursday, June 12, 2014

The Artisan Soul: Crafting Your Life into a Work of Art

Edwin Raphael McManus, who has a Master of Divinity Degree and a Doctorate of Humane Letters, is the founder of MOSAIC, a Christian Church that holds nurturing creativity to be one of its main tenets. Reading "The Artisan Soul," I kept thinking that I wanted to send him a copy of Saint Pope John Paul II's Letter to Artists, and ask him to come home to the Catholic Church because our faith truly does respect and value creativity.

That fact aside, I did enjoy this book and McManus makes some wonderful observations. Here are a few of my favorite quotes.

Creating should be as common as breathing. We breathe, therefore we create. 

The only art we can create is that which authentically reflects who we are.

The more clearly we reflect the divine, the more we reflect that which is good and beautiful and true.

For our lives to be works of art, we need to allow a lifetime of work. We must give God the time to make works of art. 

When we choose to create as an act of love, we join forces with the Creator of the universe and become givers of life.

We understand that with creative freedom comes creative responsibility.

If God created us to be successful at something, then he has called us to work hard at it. 

Monday, June 9, 2014

Script House Screenplay Contest and Coverage

A couple months ago, I entered my screenplay of The Rose Ring into the Script House Screenplay Contest. One of the unique features of this contest is that it provides you with coverage - basically a critique of your screenplay for a mere $2 extra. For the most part, I view entering contests as flushing money down the toilet, but at least this one had something to offer. I've seen lots of other coverage services out there that charge a great deal more. I had no idea what to expect or even if they would actually do what they said that they would, but today I received an email with that coverage! They provided an overall score, synopsis and critique.

Overall, I was pleased. They scored my script with the following:

Story: 7 / 10
Concept / Premise: 8 / 10
Structure: 6 / 10
Character / Character Development: 8 / 10
 Dialogue: 8 / 10
Grammar and Spelling: 6 / 10
Originality: 7 / 10
Average Score: 7.14 / 10

For my first screenplay ever, that isn't too bad. I just went back on the website and realized that the winners would be notified in May, so obviously I didn't win and it seems a given that my dreams of seeing The Rose Ring in movie form aren't going to happen, but I still enjoyed writing the screenplay. It was a creative challenge. If anyone ever wants to read the screenplay version, please send me an email at - I'd be happy to send it to you. If you want to read the novel version, please visit
The Rose Ring.

As for the Script House Screenplay Contest - if you are interested in having professionals give feedback on your script for a reasonable price, this is certainly one way to do it.