Sunday, April 3, 2011

Living with Crash & Mars - the movie (and the end)

Last week I took my adventure story Living with Crash and Mars to Edmonton Public Library writer-in-residence Marty Chan for a short critique. I was wearing my Genius Mode cap, certain the celebrity author would praise my efforts.

Apparently my characters were nothing more than cardboard cut-outs.

My plot was flat.

And my dialogue - emotionless.

Harsh words for an aspiring writer.

I spent a few days wallowing in self pity. But on Friday, after I'd returned Crash and Mars to the 102.3 Now Radio studios, and I'd gobbled up the final spoonful of Rolo ice cream, I had an epiphany. Living with Crash and Mars wasn't a short story.

It should be a movie.

So, this weekend, handsome hubby and I shot the trailer - I know, go big or go home, right? It was absolutely worth the fighting gentle disagreements. In fact, I think even Marty Chan will agree, Living with Crash and Mars is destined to be a blockbuster.

What do you think?

- Dawn

A special thanks to the many Alberta authors / storytellers / poets / illustrators who participated in this event, but for also dedicating their lives to the promotion of literacy through a love of reading and writing. I am so lucky to be surrounded by their greatness every day.

PS - A huge thank-you also to all of the people who called or e-mailed the Young Alberta Book Society over the past two weeks to volunteer for programs, to donate in support of youth literacy, or to register for the upcoming summer youth writing camps.

PPS - I promise, MUSE AVATAR MONDAY will return next week.


  1. Excellent!!! Hope you win.

  2. OMG! I love your trailer! The edge of your seat music, awesome graphics and cliffhanger sneak peek moments equal a massive need to see the film!

    Nice work!

  3. Whoot! It's a must see. ;) What an epic adventure. Great work, my friend.

  4. What do I think? I think you are brilliant, and I'm so glad we've connected. Please forgive my tardiness.