Keep Calm and Carry On

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THEME: Inspiration

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by Sharon

Last summer, I got an email from a student in the television writing class for which I was a teaching assistant. He had reached a brick wall in progress and I loved his analogy. “What I’m doing wrong with my pilot, by the way, is that writing scripts is a lot like playing golf.”

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Sharon’s Top 10 Goals for 2016

THEME: GMGM 2016!

Editor’s Note: Each writer submitted a list of her Top 10 Anything. These lists will be published over the next few days as we usher in the New Year. We hope 2016 is the year that shakes your snow globe – in the best way possible.

These are just a few of Sharon’s Top Goals for 2016. Editor’s suggestion: learn to underachieve, just a little bit.

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by Sharon

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The Best Education

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THEME: Travel

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by Sharon

Rather appropriately for a travel post, I write this in a hotel in Mumbai where I’ve stopped for a few hours on the penultimate leg of my trip. Oh, how I love to travel. It’s in my blood. Really.

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Bridging the Gap

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THEME: Rearview Review

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by Sharon

Recently, I’ve found myself at a career crossroads. Having transitioned four years ago to the entertainment world, in pursuit of a more creative career, I’ve found I’ve been missing my previous life working in humanitarian aid. The challenge now is to find a way to combine the two. If Angelina and George can, so can I.

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Making It Up As We Go Along – Fin

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Theme: Yes, AND…

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by Sharon

From the sedan window, Drucilla gazed up at the Roman monuments, uplit at night. They paused in the Via del Corso traffic. Lesley beside her, squeezed her hand.

“He’ll be OK. He’ll remember you.”

Dru wasn’t so sure. Her head still fuzzy, she noticed the driver looking back at her in the rearview mirror. He looked away. Then looked back. Dru whispered to Lesley.

“Lesley – why didn’t we take your car?”

“Oh, you know – we don’t know how long we’re going to be there. Plus, hospital parking. We talked about this, Dru.”

Her tone was gentle, but Dru honestly couldn’t remember how they ended up in that town car with blacked out windows. Yet that wasn’t surprising. What she did remember was she was worried for Dante.

She looked up at the wedding cake of the Palazzo Venezia. “57: INGIUSTIZIA” was stretched across a huge banner advert alongside.

“What the hell – a TV show?”

Lesley glanced over, but they’d whooshed past. Across the Tiber, up the winding Gianicolo hill, they at last stopped outside Salvator Mundi International Hospital. Lesley nodded to the driver, slammed the door and they made their way indoors. Dru hesitated.

“I’m scared – what if he’s different since the accident?”

Lesley searched her eyes.

“So you remember?”

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The Five Characters Of Money

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Theme: Money

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by Sharon

You know ’em.

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More Than Passing Fancies

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Theme: Obsession.

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by Sharon

A friend asked me once, “If you had to choose, would you rather be someone who is easily interested, or easily bored?” I almost blurted out, “Easily bored!” but then stopped myself. Since I was a kid, I’ve found it hard to stick with things, always naturally curious about the new. But, I realized, that means I’m easily interested, too.

As I’ve gotten older, my brain flits (a bit) less and some fancies have stuck, which has come as a relief. Also, I’ve discovered that by doing what it takes to re-invent, re-discover and stay enthusiastic, I’m able to stick with things. It feels great, even better than the buzz of the new. It’s like training myself to specialize: attending seminars and events; reminding myself of past experiences (to keep viewing a show beyond episode five); reading up on everything about an interest to learn and stay current.

The good news is: it’s possible to train yourself to stick at it. Constantly flitting is no good for anyone. But I now have an obsession with a small, blue, cartoon koala.

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