The 1/2 Year Mark

Angela vs YearJuly 1st marks the year’s halfway point. Many people use this time to re-evaluate goals and fine tune their year. Much of my year so far has been focussed on running and writing.

As the year winds down the second half I would like to do much more of both. I have new opportunities ahead, but that means I have to simplify other things to make room.

One area that is being streamlined is the Panhandle Focus. Beginning next month I will move it away from the more rigid, traditional news format and bring it here to this blog. The PanhandleFocus.com address will go to a designated page here where past issues can be downloaded and new stories and news items will be listed. The archives from the first year will also be available for purchase from Amazon with proceeds going to a local, as of yet undesignated charity.

I will also be teaching two classes — Creative Writing and Social Media Basics — beginning in mid-September. will both be taught on Mondays at Northwest Florida State College.

As far as running and writing… much more of both are needed but balance is something I need to work on. Rest and time with the people I love are just as important as accomplishments.

There are 184 days left in 2016. What are your mid-year goals?

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Will teach Social Media Basics this fall…

The Student Services Center in Niceville where I will be teaching Social Media Basics this fall.

I have a quick announcement: starting this fall I will be teaching Social Media Basics at Northwest Florida State College, Niceville.

The class topics will include privacy settings, what not to display and effective use of the search function as well as an introduction to social media marketing.

Sign up will be through the college and classes will be taught in the Student Services Center on the Niceville campus on Mondays beginning mid-September. I will share more details when I have them.

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Wildflower Haiku

Wildflower Haiku

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A Solid Week Running

My goal for this week was to get back into my daily run habit and I made it. I felt so good this evening I ran a full 4 miles as a storm rolled in, washing the hot day down in cool shadow.

I also returned to my healthy eating. I’ve managed to keep sugars and processed grains to a minimum this week. As a result, my muscles and joints feel strong, my running is faster and I feel great.

Instead of my afternoon iced mocha I’ve come to love, I swapped it out for iced coffee sweetened with honey and a sprinkle of cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg and all spice. It’s refreshing and the honey doesn’t trigger my sugar addiction. I’ll show exactly how I make that drink in a future video soon.

Speaking of snacks, I’ve got another video up on my channel to answer one of the questions I’m most frequently asked… how do I resist snacking? Short answer, I don’t. I eat all the time. I just do a little planning ahead to make sure what I’m eating is good for me. You can see that video below.

My goals for this week are to continue with the daily run but to add the barefoot running back into it with just an extra mile a day on a treadmill. I plan to continue my healthy eating plan and try to get more sleep this week. Those are my plans for the coming week. What are yours?

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Off to a Time Warp!

IMG_20160625_182344Tonight we will be dancing the Time Warp at midnight at Club L.A. and I found the perfect shoes for it. I’m sure we will have plenty of video and photos posted on my Facebook page by tomorrow if you want to watch for that.

It has occurred to me that I put my passion for running in jeopardy by dancing in these shoes but it’s a risk I’m willing to take.

And just in case you aren’t familiar with the event seeing the Rocky Horror Picture Show on big screen is…

The Rocky Horror Picture Show is a 1975 British-American musical horror comedy film directed by Jim Sharman. The screenplay was written by Sharman and Richard O’Brien based on the 1973 musical stage production The Rocky Horror Show, music, book and lyrics by O’Brien. The production is a parody tribute to the science fiction and horror B movies of the 1930s through early 1970s. The film stars Tim Curry, Susan Sarandon and Barry Bostwick along with cast members from the original Royal Court Theatre, Roxy Theatre and Belasco Theatre productions.

The story centres on a young engaged couple whose car breaks down in the rain near a castle where they seek a telephone to call for help. The castle is occupied by strangers in elaborate costumes celebrating an annual convention. They discover the head of the house is Frank N. Furter, an apparent mad scientist who actually is an alien transvestite who creates a living muscle man in his laboratory. The couple is seduced separately by the mad scientist and eventually released by the servants who take control.

The film was shot in the United Kingdom at Bray Studios and on location at an old country estate named Oakley Court, best known for its earlier use by Hammer Film Productions. A number of props and set pieces were reused from the Hammer horror films. Although the movie is both a parody and tribute to many of the kitsch science fiction and horror films, costume designer Sue Blane conducted no research for her designs. Blane stated that costumes from the film have directly impacted the development of punk music fashion trends such as ripped fishnets and dyed hair.

Although largely critically panned on initial release, it soon became known as a midnight movie when audiences began participating with the film at the Waverly Theater in New York City in 1976. Audience members returned to the cinemas frequently and talked back to the screen and began dressing as the characters, spawning similar performance groups across the United States. At almost the same time, fans in costume at the King’s Court Theater in Pittsburgh began performing alongside the film. This “shadow cast” mimed the actions on screen above and behind them, while lip-syncing their character’s lines. Still in limited release four decades after its premiere, it is the longest-running theatrical release in film history. Today, the film has a large international following. It was selected for preservation in the US National Film Registry by the Library of Congress in 2005.

The film’s creative team also produced Shock Treatment in 1981, a standalone feature using the characters of Brad and Janet and featuring some of the same cast. This second film was produced as a musical stage production for a 2015 premier on the London stage. A modern-day re-imagining of the film, directed by Kenny Ortega and tentatively titled The Rocky Horror Picture Show Event, is set to air on television in the fall of 2016. The special will feature an ensemble cast starring Laverne Cox as Dr. Frank N. Furter, Ryan McCartan and Victoria Justice as Brad and Janet, and Tim Curry as The Criminologist.

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Helene Lund Den Boer Signs Books

Helene

Helene Lund Den Boer

Helene Lund Den Boer will be signing copies of her debut children’s book, Tilda and the Tooth Fairy, at Robin’s Nest Antiques & Uniques from 2-4 p.m. in Valparaiso.

From Amazon: When Tilda looses her first tooth, her mom tells her about the tooth fairy. Tilda doesn’t know what to believe, and she can’t imagine what the tooth fairy will do with all those teeth. That night, the tooth fairy does, in fact, come for her tooth, so Tilda decides to find out, and she follows her…

You can find Helene on Facebook, on Amazon and at her website.

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Dandifluff is Six

20121212-six-years-oldCelebrating six years of this blog today without, I admit, much fanfare. I’ve been busy finishing up the the next and final issue of The Panhandle Focus, catching up on writing projects and recording footage for my new Youtube channel. In lieu of a big cake-and-candle fete tonight, I offer a historical trip through past celebrations.

2015 As a gift, my daughter made me a short film to celebrate DandiFluff’s fifth year.

2014 To celebrate four years, my husband let me video him showing off his nunchaku skills :)

2013 Year three found me tired and making hopeful predictions about the future.

2012  By the next year I was celebrating making new readers and friends.

2011 The first birthday had me making a list of all I had done in a year.

2010 The very first post was about how I sold my motorcycle to move to Australia.

Stats 2016

Dandifluff’s stats at six years old: 110,784 total views, 2,312 were the most views I received on a single post and I’ve had 605 comments left total.

 

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Flash Fiction Contest

Here’s another good submission opportunity I found this week that I plan to enter. If you know any good opportunities, please feel free to share them in the comments.

Paul Beckman

Paul Beckman

There is no entry fee for the “Special Delivery Writing Contest.” The prompt is “It Came in the Mail.” There is a 500 word limit, excluding title. Deadline is September 15, 2016.
Send submissions via email to brilliantflashfiction@gmail.com.

The prizes will be 50 euro first prize, 25 euro second prize and 15 euro third prize (or equivalent amount in your currency). The judge is Paul Beckman, one of the winners in the Queen’s Ferry 2016 Best of the Small Fictions.

His 200+ stories are widely published in print and online in the following magazines amongst others: Connecticut Review, Raleigh Review, Litro, Playboy, Pank, Blue Fifth Review, Flash Frontier, Matter Press, Metazen, Boston Literary Magazine, Thrice Fiction and Literary Orphans. His latest collection, Peek, weighed in at 65 stories and 120 pages. His website: www.paulbeckmanstories.com.

Submission details can be found here.

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Rocky Horror THIS Saturday!

13307327_1314188391944608_1803727750615033726_nHave you seen the Rocky Horror Picture Show on the big screen with audience participation and a shadow cast? There are a few tickets left to participate in the midnight screening at Club LA this Saturday. There WILL be dancing in the aisles!

Recently I was able to ask Nikki Hedrick from 850 Music and Entertainment a few questions about what we can expect from this screening (beyond Frank-N-Furter in larger-than-life-technicolor!).

Angela: When did you first experience Rocky Horror Picture Show?

Nikki: Somehow I recorded it onto a video tape from VH1 when I was about 14.  I loved it – even though I’m not sure how well I understood the subtext.  It propelled me to love it into my adult years attending screenings as often as possible with my mom who co-owns 850ME with me. I was so kind of small, and mousey – that these larger than live characters just pulled me in.  I watched the movie over and over until I knew every word by heart – and could even mimic a lot of it. There is something just fantastic about the world that the movie resides in.

Angela: How did the idea to have a local showing of the RHPS come about?

Nikki: It’s something that we are super happy to be a part of  – but it didn’t quite come about in a traditional way.  Club LA has been amazing to us, and it is an honor to be their house photographer.  I’ve been able to photograph and hang out with people I’ve idolized.   They just installed a giant theater-grade movie screen, projector, and the whole nine.

On a lot of weekend nights when they don’t have bands through, they will be showing movies, TV shows, or sporting events.  We started talking to them about the possibility of us as 850ME helping to produce events – we hope to do some indie movie premiers and a few other ideas up our sleeves.  But Rocky was always at the tip of our tongue. Club LA and its booking arm Rock Destin was able to secure the rights to show Rocky Horror and we jumped at being involved.

Angela: Please tell us about some of the things we can expect at this show.

Nikki: Hopefully a really good time.  We want everyone to feel welcome and enjoy themselves. A lot of times even Rocky can feel a little rigid because of venue limitations.  But here, we are clearer out a section of the floor so people can move around.  The sound in this space also beats any theater I’ve stepped into – hands down.  We also should have a light show going to give a lot of extra energy to it. We also have an onsite photo company setting up, so for anyone who wants a high quality snap to commemorate their costumes they can do so for $20 and walk away with a print. A few treats will be given out to the best dressed as things get rolling.  We want this to be a fun, interactive night.

Angela: What will be allowed and what will be off limits?

Nikki: We want to be respective to the space – the more respectful we are the more likely we can make this happen again.  But we are suggesting no water and no buttered toast – everything else is game.  We just ask that everyone be mindful of their surroundings and avoid the screen or the sound equipment.

Angela: Can you tell us a little about picking the shadow cast?

Nikki: Right now we don’t have a full cast.  We are focused on finding a wonderful Frank to really make the night special.  We have a couple that we are in talks with – including one that might actually sing some of the songs.  It just is a matter of working out the scheduling.  When we have someone officially locked in will will announce it on the 850ME facebook page. I hope that if we can gain some momentum a full shadow cast is possible for future shows.

Angela: Can we expect more RHPS events like this in the future?

Nikki: I hope so!  It all depends on how many people turn up.  The more people that come out to this first event, the better odds we have that it could happen again in the near future.

Angela: Can you give us all the important details in a nutshell?

Nikki: Rocky Horror Picture Show is at Midnight June 25th – doors open at 11:30 p.m.  Tickets are $10 and can be purchased online at rockdestin.com. The venue is Club LA, in Destin.

Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/226755451042452/

Updates for the event will be on the 850ME facebook as well: https://www.facebook.com/Florida850Music/

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Haiku: Sunset Embers

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