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Shaping Our Lives – Lessons Learned from Eyebrows & Play Scripts

 

“The first step in crafting the life you want is to get rid of everything you don’t.”

― Joshua Becker

What do eyebrows have to do with a play script…and more importantly, what do they have to do with you?

I was looking in the mirror the other day and it occurred to me (not for the first time) that I scarcely have any eyebrows left.

I’m not the only who has noticed this. In the summer, a friend (after one too many drinks, mind you) commented that I looked “rather like an egg.” With such candid friends, who need adversaries?

Anyhoo…last week I paid a visit to my hairdresser and she offered to wax my brows.

“NO!” I cried. “I have nothing left to wax. I already look like an EGG!”

“Trust me,” she said.

So I did. A few strips and several plucks later, she leaned back from her handiwork and smiled. “Voila!”

I looked in the mirror and low and behold, I had eyebrows again.

By removing the “peach fuzz” (her words not mine; 14-year-old boys have peach fuzz, not 50-year-old women) from around the actual brow, she’d given shape and clarity to my eyebrows. They were still thin but at least you could SEE them.

Maryanne in Saviour play workshop, Jan 2019

Fast forward a couple of days and I found myself in yet another workshopping of my play script, Saviour, throught the Alberta Playwrights Network. The last time my Big Fat Greek Play Script had been workshopped by professional actors, it was a whopping 143 pages. That bad boy sized script would translate to more than two and a half hours performance-time.

Ugh.

This time around, however, I was heading into the workshop with a 119-page script…better but it still needed a good trim. My goal is to get the script to about 100 pages (which would translate to approximately one hour and forty-five minutes performance time).

Thankfully, this workshop was only 3 hours – versus the 8-hour workshop I had in 2017. This meant that after the actors had read the script out loud, there was limited time left for discussion. So what little discussion we had was very focused and succinct…and therefore extremely helpful to me, the playwright.

L to R: Col Cseke, Kathryn Kerbes & Trevor Rueger in Saviour workshop at APN, Jan 2019

 

Kathryn Kerbes reading the part of Virginia Woolf

 

L to R: Trevor Rueger & Val Lieske reading Saviour at APN, Jan 2019

I left the workshop with a very clear idea of what had to be cut and what sections needed clarification. I went home and, while it was still fresh in my mind, immediately made the rough changes on the actual printed copy of the script. The next morning, I sat down at my computer and started making the changes in the word doc.

And voila! My Pleasantly Plump Play began to shrink even further…and low and behold, the essence of the play emerged.

Just like the brow trimming, it was only by removing the extraneous bits in my script (that I had been unable to see) that my play began to take shape.

My challenge to you (and me) for 2019

What extraneous bits could you trim from your life? Are there any habits, behaviours, attitudes, beliefs, thought-patterns, relationships or activities that you could delete (or at least cut back on) that might help give you more clarity about your purpose?

Just as it can be difficult to see the forest for the trees (or the eyebrows for the peach fuzz), so too can it be difficult to live up to our potential when we are being pulled in a dozen different directions…many of which are likely NOT helping get us where we want to go.

If the shape of your life is not quite as you’d like it, I challenge you to trim a component (or two) that is no longer serving you. And I shall do the same 😊

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Maryanne Pope is the author of A Widow’s Awakening, the playwright of Saviour and the screenwriter of God’s Country. Maryanne is CEO of Pink Gazelle Productions and Chair of the John Petropoulos Memorial Fund. If you would like to receive her regular weekly blog, please sign up here. As a thank you, you’ll receive a short but saucy e-book entitled, Dive into this Chicago Deep Dish – Ten Bite-Sized Steps for a Yummier Slice of Life.

published in Christmas, Creativity, Inspiration, PGP Promotions by Maryanne | December 5, 2018 | No Comment

Great Gifts for the Quote-Lovers on Your List (& Other Unique Items)

 

 

Buy 4 Quote Card Sets & Get 1 Set Free!

From Dec 5th to Dec 15th, 2018, when you buy 4 quote card sets ($30 for the 4 sets), you’ll get a 5th set free.

There are 30 cards (2.5 inches x 2.5 inches) in a set (a different quote is on each card) and come in a pretty little gauze bag with matching tag.

We have 4 quote card sets to choose from (feel free to mix & match):

#1) Wise Owl Wisdom Inspirational Quote Cards
A delightful collection of daily reminders about purpose, creativity & gratitude

For further details on Wise Owl Wisdom, please click here.

 #2. Life After Loss Daily Quote Cards 
A collection of thoughtful & inspiring quotes designed to help with healing after a loss

 

Please click here for further details on the Life After Loss quotes.

#3) Potent Prosperity Principles

Powerful reminders about abundance, prosperity & prudent money management

For further details on the Potent Prosperity Principles quotes, here is the link.

#4. Intuitive Insights for Soul-Inspired Living

A collection of thought-provoking quotes about quieting the mind so the soul can be heard

 

 

And here is the link to further info about the Intuitive Insights quote sets.

To order your quote card sets

Please visit our on-line store and place your order for two quote card 2-packs ($14.95 for a 2-pack, so $30 for two 2-packs). When we receive your order, we will e-mail you to find out the exact 5 sets you would like to receive. In other words, you can mix & match!

Or if you prefer, you can e-mail us directly with your order 🙂

And we do still have just a few sand dollar ornaments available in these 2 sizes:

Medium ($7 each)

Small ($5): 

The sand dollars are not available in the PGP on-line store (as there are very few left after the Christmas market!) but if you would like to purchase one, please e-mail us.

Are there any owl lovers on your list?

We still have a few owl wax & tissue prints (4 inches x 3 inches) by Melanie Pope (gone are all the goldfish, poppies & bluebirds!). To view more of the owl images & find out more about the Wax & Tissue prints, here is the link.

The prints are $8 each (not in the PGP store), so please e-mail us.

About Pink Gazelle Productions

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published in Achieving Your Dreams, Beauty, Creativity, Inspiration, Travel, Writing by Maryanne | October 10, 2018 | 2 Comments

Showing Up & Tuning In to Sedona Magic

 

“You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.”

– Maya Angelou

You don’t need to be surrounded by beauty in order to tap into your creativity…but it doesn’t hurt.

This past week, I was very fortunate to be able to return to Sedona, Arizona to focus on a single writing project for an entire week. No e-mail, no social media, no internet, no cell phone service. No people…not even a dog 🙁

All I did was write, hike, think, reflect, eat, sleep and write some more. It was a powerful and productive week…but not for the faint of heart. Sedona is a sacred center known for it’s vortexes – swirling centers of energy conducive to healing, meditation and self-exploration.

In my experience, Sedona doesn’t just inspire creativity, it also seems to open up a pathway to…some sort of source, if you will.

Whether I’m sitting quietly with my morning coffee, in the midst of writing a scene, mindfully putting one foot in the front of the other on the trail, or listening to music in the evening, the answers and insights – personal and professional – bubble to the surface, slowly but surely.

The key word, I suspect, is SLOW. Regardless of where we are (geographically or our stage of life) I think we need to slow down enough to be able to interpret what the universe – and/or the soft voice of our own soul – may be trying to tell us. And we may not always like what we hear.

When I was in Sedona (for the first time) seven months ago, I made a promise to myself to return again soon to work on a specific project…a very spiritual one, to say the least.

So this past week, I did just that and boy oh boy, did the magic happen!

“Show up, show up, show up, and after awhile, the muse shows up too.”

– Isabel Allende

Here are some more shots of stunning Sedona:

Check out that massive sink hole!

Evening light on the mountains behind my casita

 

MA & Serena in Flagstaff

On my last night, I went to Flagstaff (an hour north of Sedona) to have dinner with Serena, a student at Northern Arizona University. Serena is the great great granddaughter of Nell Shipman, the silent screen star featured in my God’s Country screenplay. (Hint: this is also a clue to the geographical location I will be blogging about next!)

Take care and have a magically mindful week 🙂

Maryanne Pope is the author of A Widow’s Awakening, the playwright of Saviour and the screenwriter of God’s Country. Maryanne is CEO of Pink Gazelle Productions and Chair of the John Petropoulos Memorial Fund. If you would like to receive her regular weekly blog, please sign up here. As a thank you, you’ll receive a short but saucy e-book entitled, Dive into this Chicago Deep Dish – Ten Bite-Sized Steps for a Yummier Slice of Life.