Why I Stopped Using Celtx

Notice that the title of this post is why I quit using Celtx. Not why you should, not why anyone else should, and certainly not why I think Celtx is rubbish. In fact, I loved Celtx for many, many years.

After the demise of Sophocles 2003 software in 2007, Celtx became the tool on which I cut my screenwriting teeth. I will forever be grateful to Greyfirst Corp. for the development they made on Celtx. Going from early versions to the last desktop release, version 2.9.7, there was always a great palette of tools—index cards, a scratchpad (invaluable), embedded notes. I wrote my first three features in Celtx, countless shorts, and started all of my current screenwriting WIPs on Celtx. I even won a screenwriting competition using Cetlx software. But I’ve moved on… and here’s why. [Read more...]

Commercialization or Prostitution? That is the Question.

Today someone posted this on my Facebook timeline:

I came across a quote attributed most often to Rev. Sam Pascoe. It is a short version of the history of Christianity, and it goes like this: Christianity started in Palestine as a fellowship; it moved to Greece and became a philosophy; it moved to Italy and became an institution; it moved to Europe and became a culture; it came to America and became an enterprise.

Some of the students were only 18 or 19 years old–barely out of diapers–and I wanted them to understand and appreciate the import of the last line, so I clarified it by adding, “An enterprise. That’s a business.” After a few moments Martha, the youngest student in the class, raised her hand. I could not imagine what her question might be. I thought the little vignette was self-explanatory, and that I had performed it brilliantly. Nevertheless, I acknowledged Martha’s raised hand, “Yes, Martha.” She asked such a simple question, “A business? But isn’t it supposed to be a body?” I could not envision where this line of questioning was going, and the only response I could think of was, “Yes.” She continued, “But when a body becomes a business, isn’t that a prostitute?”

Talk about one of those things that makes you sit back and go, “Whoa.” Kinda puts the whole commercialization of religion in a new light, at least for me.

The whole article is well worth reading.

And the Winner Is…

168 Film Project Write of Passage LogoThe tuesday before Thanksgiving, November 26, 2013, I clicked on Facebook and saw these words: “And the winner is…” followed by… nothing. After being named a finalist in the 168 Film Project’s Write of Passage screenwriting competition, I had dreamed of seeing those four words followed by my name. I figured it was pretty much a long-shot. This was my third year, but the first time I’d made it to the finals. After reading through the other finalists scripts, I was absolutely convinced I’d be lucky if someone picked my script out of the top 10 semifinalists to turn into a Write of Passage Spotlight Film.

So, with a defeated mindset right out of the gate, I clicked on the 168 Film Project website and read this page.

Did you read it? Did you see it? I stared at that page slack-jawed for quite a while, convinced I was hallucinating. [Read more...]

Defining the Season

Morning Latte - Random Thoughts from the Passenger SeatThere are three words that have defined fall 2013 for me: Pumpkin Spice Latte. Not the Starbucks variety, though it’s very good in its own right and I do enjoy a venti pumpkin spice latte whenever I’m near a Starbucks, but I’m talking about the homemade variety. See, the closest Starbucks is nearly fifty miles from where I live and I just can’t justify the expense or the time involved in grabbing a pumpkin spice latte every time I want one from the buck of stars. Thankfully, the wonderfully talented Rachelle Zimner has taught me how to use the espresso machine I bought sometime last decade and promptly placed in storage. That plus a few bags of Dunkin Doughnuts pumpkin spice coffee grounds has resulted in my very own kitchen countertop caffeine factory. [Read more...]