Hi again, Dear Reader.
As you know, actor-director Juan Carlos Hernandez, his wife Adria, their son Anthony, and Yours Truly collaborated on a short film – “about today,” Juan likes to say – titled Ronnie and the Pursuit of the Elusive Bliss. The Hernandez family did most of the heavy lifting (acting, revising, editing, mixing the sound, producing, and directing), so by no means is Ronnie just my movie. It’s a team effort, as are all of our collaborations.
Ronnie is a project that is close to our hearts. I call the movie “my baby” – even though the finished product is the fruit of everyone’s work – because I conceived the characters and situations and wrote the first draft of the screenplay solo. So I find it rewarding when I see that the movie, for all its brevity, touches viewers (hopefully in a positive way).
We haven’t gotten many reviews; so far, only a few viewers have written their opinions about it. But I do know that it has elicited its fair share of laughs and overall positive reactions. (On YouTube, we have gotten two dislikes, but considering the story and setting, I consider that a positive development.)
Imagine my surprise when one of my writer friends from Twitter, @TheLadyMagic, asked if she could link Ronnie and the Pursuit of the Elusive Bliss to a poem she wrote. I, of course, said, “Sure.”
Here’s @TheLadyMagic’s poem in its entirety:
can quickly change-
happy to angry
Glib and sarcastic
leading to fights
Good intentions fly
out the window:
falling disagreements- splat
alight from this
leading to bliss