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Production Designer: High School Tough Guys

It was a great pleasure to work on this project. The tasks were varied, the cast and crew were fantastic, and I got to try something new! But as it always does, it really came together in the editing suite. It was so exciting to see the final product:

I literally jumped around and couldn’t stop smiling when I found my name in the credits. That’s me, for real, right there in the credits. Production designer. I designed stuff. For the production. Because I was the production designer. Truly exciting.

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7 tips to a better year

I posted an article last week, and would love to hear what you think. Here’s how it begins:

7 tips to a better year

This isn’t a list of the resolutions you should make for the new year. I’m not telling you to exercise more, stop smoking, or get out into nature. Instead, I’m giving you seven filters. Look through them and see how they will help change your year for the better.

1. Reflect. Take a bit of time alone, maybe with a pen and paper (and a glass of wine if you’d like) to think about the past year. What stands out? Good and bad, what is clear in your memory? Consider why these memories are the highlights and lowlights. Are there any trends or lessons for you? What should you do more of this year? What should you avoid?

2. Decrease guilt. What dampens your emotional mood? How can you decrease its recurrence? If you regularly forget to pay your bills, set up an automatic credit card payment or e-transfer. If you want to cook at home more often, do a bit of research on easy-to-freeze meals and make a big batch of something so you have a plan to fall back on when time runs short.

There are five more points in the full article here.

Enjoy and Happy New Year!

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Portfolio: A Ride In an Army Truck

I wrote this piece on contract for the army in 2012, between my first and second years of school. I was hired as an embedded journalist for an exercise in Shilo.

A ride in an army truck

Riding in an army truck is an experience I never expected to have, but this morning I add it to my list of accomplishments.

To get into the truck I climb the metal rungs of a ladder to the platform, which is higher than my head. There’s nothing inside but a long bench along each side. The floor is the same green as the rest of the truck and is covered with an uneven layer of dirt. Like the roads, the dirt is so dry it’s almost dust. There’s a bit of a chill this morning, but the predicted rain is holding off so I’m thankful.

We start moving. The first thing I notice is the rattling. It’s mostly noise, but it shakes the truck to. It works its way from the back of the truck, where it’s a loud clattering, through the seats and up your body. I tighten my teeth so they don’t knock against each other.

After a while, the chill seeps into the truck. It creeps down my neck and wraps around my legs, which have fewer layers than the rest of me.

It’s dark, too; light sneaking in past the edges of the canvas covering the end of the truck illuminates the edges of faces closest to it. The rest of the soldiers, those closer to the front of the truck, receive only shadows – a faint hint of light here or there on faces, boots, and weapons.

The truck coming to a stop sways everyone forward, and when it starts again we all lean the other way.

The canvas begins flapping in the wind, and I understand why it’s used: we’re moving pretty fast. Probably better not to watch the ground sliding away.

The truck’s clatter is so loud it’s hard to think of anything else, but some of the soldiers raise their voices above it in a friendly banter. I listen to their conversation until we arrive.