First of all I would like to thank EVERYONE who reblogged the information about my missing brother in law. As most of you know he was found safe and the police investigation is still ongoing. That’s about all I can say about that right now. However it was due to a tumblr post that he was found, so thanks to the power of social media once again, someone was rescued. YOU ROCK! My family is forever grateful for your efforts and support throughout that horrible time.
My apologies for not getting around to updating. School has been hell and the week I spent on my internet crusade trying to find Adam put me behind. Since then I’ve had a filming and/or editing project due once a week that ate up much of my time and left me without a lot of sleep. This is my last semester and so far, it has been the hardest semester of my school career. I’ve barely been able to keep up with all my pop culture addictions of late and am behind on all of my television duties. However, I will treat myself to Game of Thrones this week, because duh, it’s Game of Thrones. Ain’t no way I’m missing that.
Also, more fantastic news, I met the Goddess of Screenwriting for the second time. Melinda Snodgrass! She lives here in New Mexico (for the time being) and comes to our college, ENMU, every year for the Jack Williamson Lectureship. Our college has a proud history of science fiction and the largest collection of science fiction literature (historical, fictional and otherwise) in the United States. Yes, our little college in eastern New Mexico!
Anyway, Melinda Snodgrass is an amazing woman. She wrote the famous and award winning Star Trek: TNG screenplay ‘The Measure of a Man’ where Data is put on trial to determine whether or not he is a sentient being. It was her very first script and it was what got her on the writing staff of TNG. She’s written for George RR Martin’s Wild Cards series and is writing her own comic book series now. Seriously look her up on IMDB and try not to be impressed. She’s my own personal hero. Female screenwriters are not as rare as they used to be, but she was out there when it was tougher and she’s one of those who work in the background, making progress for all of us who strive to be in the business. Even though I don’t necessarily want to be a screenwriter, the fact that she has done just about everything, from novelist to screenwriter to comic books makes her my Superwoman. Oh and she plays video games for fun. You should read her rant on the end of Mass Effect. It pretty much echoes what we all thought, just much more eloquently.
So that is why I want to grow up to be Melinda Snodgrass. Not necessarily as a writing giant, but as a person who is passionate about everything she does, is not scared of taking risks and has a blunt honesty tempered by her magnificent heart.