Saturday, August 3, 2019

THE NEW ORLEANS 48 HOUR FILM CREW AND CAST - ENTITLEMENT AND CORPORATE CODE


August 3, 2019

Dr. Mel on the set of Entitlement
Last night was exceptionally fun as I networked with people I've know for fifteen years in the film industry and met others for the first time. It was an amazing experience having participated in the New Orleans 48  Hour Film Festival and see our finished film on the big screen. The screening was held in the Victory Theater at the World War II museum and if my memory serves me correct, the last film to hold their premiere here was Mel Gibson. So the fifty-four short films were in good company.

To be honest, some of the films were exceptionally made. The cinemetogpraphy, lighting, sound, and acting were on point and vey enjoyable to watch. There are many talented people in this area and the way I look at it, we are all winners to have participated in this amazing project. I look forward to next year and I plan on being in that number. Here are a couple of behind the scenes photographs from the planning, filming, and editing process. I could not be more proud than our to serve as your Producer.

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SOME OF OUR CAST AND CREW HARD AT WORK




















The judging has begun, may the best film win.

This brings me to Adriana & Company. Working on a film set to make things happen, it is imperative that we have strong leaders, and we did with each of our department heads. With David Kirtland at the helm, and me as producer, our team worked cohevisely and got the job done. The skills learned by those who took positions for the first time on a film set will carry them to another. If you have the slightest bit of interest in working on a film, please consider joining a 48 Hour Film Project next year.

Now back to Adriana & Company. Here book is fabulous and if you find yourself working in a corporate world, her book, “Corporate Code™” Bridging the Gap between Boss and employee is essential reading. I hope you enjoy learning about the author and her book below.





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As the founder of Adriana & Company LLC, it is Adriana's personal vision and life purpose to help transform a new generation of strong leaders through coaching, training, and mentoring.  Her certifications include the John C. Maxwell leadership curriculum and the HeartMath® institute six core tools and techniques for Heart/Brain Coherence. She also conducts her “Signature Corporate Code of Honor” seminars internationally.   
Her background as a multifaceted leader in the United States Air Force and in more than five Fortune 500 companies, coordinator and host of Women in Business Conferences, and Teen Leadership Summits has empowered individuals to aspire to higher levels of success. Her book “Corporate Code™” Bridging the Gap between Boss and employee is a key component of her executive yearlong coaching programs. Her leadership philosophy revolves around four leadership pillars
Trust, Courage, Compassion, and Service. Adriana believes that “It is not about what you do rather how you show up for people.”

She currently resides in Las Vegas, Nevada with her husband and two boys, and on her time free time she recites poetry and is also a published poet. www.Adriana.Company    info@adrianarosales.com.

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Adriana Rosales Launches “Corporate Code,” A Rising Amazon Bestseller

On Corporate Leadership and Engagement


New Orleans - August 3, 2019 - Adriana Rosales, a popular Amazon new release author, has released her latest work, “Corporate Code,” which offers readers an in-depth, bottom-up perspective on great leadership in the corporate world and revolutionizes the way businesses do business.

In “Corporate Code,” rethink how modern employers treat their employees through a “HeartCentered Approach” to leadership and executive management to better engage their employees. Learn about redefining the modern corporation and develop tools to implement “the code” to bridge the gap between bosses and employees. To do this, readers must embrace newfound knowledge, demonstrate true leadership qualities, and show employees direction both for themselves and their companies to achieve buy-in and support.


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“My intention behind writing this book was to help heal our corporate environments,” exclaimed Rosales. “Over years of navigating the corporate ladder and experiencing the American corporation complex firsthand, I thought I had much to contribute to the discussion concerning corporate leadership. I'm looking forward to hearing your thoughts on these stories and to engage in a in discussions concerning corporate leadership and employee engagement with my readers.”



The 162-page book, published by TheBookPatch, has earned a 5-star average customer rating on Amazon for its thoughtful, in-depth approach to the American corporation, corporate leadership, and modern gaps between bosses and employees.

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About The Author

Adrianna Rosales is a John Maxwell certified speaker, business coach, teacher, and entrepreneur. HeartMath® Certified and an educator of personal resilience and self-regulation, Rosales mentors business professionals on the six core HeartMath's tools and techniques. An accomplished military veteran, she brings her background and years of experience navigating the corporate ladder in the telecommunication and finance industries to the front lines in “Corporate Code.”




Thursday, August 1, 2019

How to Make the Most of Your Day with a Coloring Journal

August 1, 2019


Whoa! Where in the world did May, June, and July go? In a blink of an eye, the summer has almost disappeared. I've watched my daughters get school supplies together for my grandchildren and summer slip away. Thank goodness I live in the south because I don't have to put up with the snow and extreme cold weather of the north. The moral of this story is that time flies; therefore, we must use it wisely. Each day I try to learn something new, give a smile to someone who needs it, lift people I love and in need up in prayer, and do one good deed. Live is simple that way without complications. This brings me to today's author interview with Dawn Witte and her book A COLORING JOURNAL PLANNER. This book can help you make the most of every day and every minute. According to the book's synopsis below, this book has all the makings to center your life with the use of journaling.

A COLORING JOURNAL BY DAWN WITTE

SYNOPSIS


Express your innermost thoughts and dreams and begin turning your plans into a beautiful reality.
It's all about who and how you choose to Be in this world.
Today has never happened before and it never will again. When we believe each day is a gift, we can live our most beautiful and happiest of lives. Here in these pages are quotes to inspire, images to color, and a place to write your heart's desires.
Through the lens of 7 powerful words--LOVE, GRATEFUL, KIND, INSPIRED, HAPPY, GENUINE, and STRONG--celebrate your wins and the wonders of each day ... AND express yourself through the joys of coloring every step of the way.

I also have another book, slightly different from the first, but the author, Julian P. Flores' book HICKS ROAD: JACOB'S STORY is written in the perspective of a journal. How cool is that? The storyline occurs in the 1800s and takes place in Almaden, San Jose, California. As mentioned before, this story is written like a journal, so as you read, you follow the character Jacob as he grows into a young man.

You can learn more about Julian and Dawn in their author interviews below.


Dawn Witte

A Coloring Journal Planner




Tell your readers a little about yourself, where you grew up, where you live now, where you went to school etc. Let them get to know the personal you.
Dawn Airhart Witte is the Founder and Director of the Desire to Inspire Foundation, the co-founder of I Give On The Givers Marketplace, a Life Mastery Consultant with the Life Mastery Institute, an international speaker, philanthropist, humanitarian, and author of the book, “Be…”
25% of the Be Tour and Be Tour Product proceeds will be donated to the Desire to Inspire Foundation. (www.desiretoinspirefoundation.org)

Being a mom is her proudest role and title. Because of the great love for children, she started the Desire to Inspire Foundation which provides children around the world with a mother’s love and care. A philanthropist from an early age, Dawn’s company I Give On, began with her passion for fundraising and the nonprofit sector while supporting businesses and artists who generously donate to worthy causes. Her steadfast resolve in eradicating hunger and extreme poverty is one of her greatest passions and driving forces.

Her lifelong appreciation for community involvement earned her the honor of the Glendal News Press’s “One of the 103 Most Influential People in the Foothills.” Dawn served two terms as Public Works Commissioner for the City of La Canada Flintridge, California, and two terms as President of the National Charity League-Los Angeles Founder Chapter (NCL-LA). Raising her daughters, Taylor and Carrington, is her proudest accomplishment.

She is currently working on her second book, “Two Be…”

What inspired you to author this book?

Thank you for the opportunity to share my work with you. Love inspires me. The love I have for my daughters, the love I have for others, and the desire to be a person of increase in the world are what drive me in all I do. The idea of creating the planner was inspired by my book, “Be…” I have always loved to read the teachings of great thinkers and thought leaders throughout history. Great minds whose words and ideas have changed the world. I wanted to share the thoughts and ideas from people like Jesus, Buddha, and the Dalai Lama to great writers and philosophers like Plato, Aristotle, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and Mark Twain to inspiring leaders like Martin Luther King, Steve Jobs, Richard Branson, Mother Teresa, and John F. Kennedy to name just a few. These people have left indelible legacies that inspire us to this day by their commitment to purpose, their vision, and their determination to make the world a better place for all. I too want to leave the world a better place and help others live their happiest and most fulfilling lives by sharing some of the insights and “aha” moments that I have had over my life.



Where did you get the inspiration for your book’s cover?

My co-creator and dear friend, Deborah Louise Brown, and I wanted to create something that looked and felt ethereal and transformational. She did the creative work and together we came up with a cover that we hope will inspire others.
Who has been the most significant influence on you personally and as a writer?
There have been so many significant influences in my life that choosing only one is impossible for me. I will say that the people of Africa have been hugely influential to me in my life. Their warmth, their joy, and their tremendous love, despite their difficult challenges, inspires my heart and enriches my soul. I have always been grateful for the many blessings in my life, but after my first trip to Africa, I realized just how very blessed I am. To have easy access to food, clean water, and basic medical treatment is a luxury, not everyone is afforded in this world. The profound gratitude I now have because of the African people I know and love has enabled me to have a much greater perspective on absolutely everything in my life.
What were your struggles or obstacles you had to overcome to get this book written?
What were your struggles or obstacles you had to overcome to get this book written? Deborah and I created this book quickly and virtually effortlessly. I always love working with her because we inspire one another to be our best selves, and we share a passion to share that with others. When we collaborate, magic happens.
Tell your readers about your book.

The Be…Coloring Planner and Journal is something I hope inspires others to live their happiest and most fulfilling lives. My co-creator, Deborah, and I wanted to create a book that we would love to have and use. A place to write hopes and dreams, a place to plan, and a place to celebrate living a life of purpose by design.
Who is your target audience, and why?

I am a little biased, but I think that anyone could enjoy this book. We created this journal to help people intentionally design, discover, and record their desires so they can cultivate their own gifts and live into their own unique purpose. We wanted it to be a reminder for everyone that whomever they choose to "BE" in the world will come back to them; that everyone's life has challenges and being strong will help them persevere. We wanted them to understand the importance of being grateful for the life they have, to be inspired so that they can share their great passions with the world, and to realize that kindness and love are currencies more valuable than money. We hope it is a reminder to always be true to who you are and genuine about who that is in the world. And we wanted people to choose to be happy because it puts a special energy into the world that brings about even more joy as it spreads.
What do you consider your greatest success in life?

I hope that my greatest success is still ahead of me, but up until now, I would say it is being a mother. Watching whom my two beautiful daughters choose to be in the world makes me so very proud. They embody all of my seven words. They understand that we don’t always get to choose our circumstance or condition, but we do get to choose whom we want to BE in the world. My greatest hope is to be able to inspire my daughters and others to “BE the change they wish to see.”

What one unique thing sets you apart from other writers in your genre?

I think what makes the “Be…” Coloring Planner/Journal unique is that it contains several different elements to help people discover all of those parts of themselves that make them uniquely themselves. Through journaling, doodling, coloring, planning, and inspiration, we can start tapping into our inner voices. No one knows us the way we know ourselves. Many philosophies throughout history believe that we all come into this world with a calling or purpose The way to live into that calling is by paying attention to the things that bring us to life, things that make us happy, things that excite, inspire and attract us. All of those parts of us that make us uniquely us are like puzzle pieces that when all put together create the whole beautiful picture. Our hope is that The Be…Coloring Journal and Planner will help others to start tapping into their own inner voice to help them start putting their own beautiful puzzles together.

Contact the Author


desiretoinspirefoundation.org


Julian P. Flores

Hicks Road: Jacob's Story


Tell your readers a little about yourself, where you grew up, where you live now, where you went to school etc. Let them get to know the personal you.

My name is Julian P. Flores; I grew up in San Jose, California, in a formerly small town called “Willow Glen.” I live now in Boulder Creek, California, in the Santa Cruz mountains less than an hour away from where I grew up. I completed the majority of my schooling in Willow Glen: Willow Glen Elementary, this was the epicenter of when I started to story tell and made my first picture book; Willow Glen High; and college not too far away in Saratoga, a place called West Valley College, where I took every art class you could think of and Graphic Design as well.

What inspired you to author this book?

Willow Glen is very close to Almaden, where the urban legend of Hicks Road thrives to this very day. The thrill and mystery of Hicks Road really sparked my interests. Knowing the history of the region, including Almaden Valley and Mount Umunhum, and the more and more I learned of other people’s experiences on that road (I had a few personal experiences there as well, giving my imagination an extra boost), I naturally started creating in my head. This book wouldn’t have come out of there (my head that is) if it wasn’t for one person in particular - my wife. I like to say, if it wasn't for her telling me, “you should write a story about this, you have something here,” I may not have written this story at all. She made me realize that I should and that I could. I told myself, “wait a minute; I used to story tell when I was a kid. I’m an artist with a vast imagination. Why did I not think about this earlier?”

After that, everything organically fell into place. Even with my editor, now co-writer, Megan Sheridan. When she came into the picture, I knew she was the right fit. She was born and raised in Almaden, knew a lot about the urban legend - it was meant to be. 

Where did you get the inspiration for your book’s cover?

I wanted to give the audience the look and feel of an old discovered book. Partially because the writing style is a memoir, it’s a found journal, plus the story was based in the 1800s. The way the design is, the cover being worn and barring very little writing, it gives a sense of mystery and makes you think a little of what this could be. I didn’t even want the title on there, I wanted to intrigue readers to discover that old book for themselves. 



For true fans, I will also note that there is a hidden picture on the cover of the book. This is an early social media throwback, one that I will be posting in the near future. To whoever identifies the picture correctly, I have a giveaway for you. Be sure to follow and like us on social media pages to enter :)

Who has been the most significant influence on you personally and as a writer?

I would say my family: my parents, my grandparents, and friends growing up. They all saw the creative potential within me and fully supported me to explore it. For this book, most of the writing was inspired by real-life experiences I’ve had that I wanted to share with Jacob. For example, Jacob’s mother is actually my mother, even some of her (Mary Smith’s) experiences growing up. I think as an author when you add that in your book in some way, that becomes the fuel that lights the fire. 

What were your struggles or obstacles you had to overcome to get this book written?

I had a lot of writer's block when I first started; that and the pressure of being a debut writer with my first book. So many things kept going through my mind. I questioned how I wanted to approach the storytelling, how I wanted to order the events in the book, so I started writing outlines for the drafts (outlines are my friends). Once I finally had everything set, I took off running, well writing. I would type like 2-4,000 words a day. It was such a great experience, everything flowed, and I had these moments of creative clarity. Moments though. Other times I didn’t flow, and I’d have to stop and regroup. Sometimes I’d worry, I was always afraid I would lose something in my mind, but in reality, I did not. I’d let myself get in the way too. Even after publishing, I’d look back on the process and my work, especially after reading some reviews, but they’re just that - views. I’ve received good and not so good, but mainly good. It took me a while to get back rolling, but I always found the zone again. I try to let my imagination propel me as I go through, ignoring the other influences around me. Once you’re in it, your creative mind keeps sparking, and you can continue. 

Tell your readers about your book.

“Hicks Road: Jacob’s Story” occurs in the 1800s and takes place in Almaden, San Jose, California. As mentioned before, this story is written like a journal, so as you read, you follow the character Jacob as he grows into a young man. Early on, you learn that Jacob is not like the other boys in Almaden, and the reader begins to learn about some rather inexplicable, mystical experiences that Jacob encounters. Throughout the journal, there are elements of action, suspense, spirituality, even a bit of romance. As Jacob ages, the land is changing, along with the California Gold Rush, and a fracture develops between him and his community, forcing him to take on some very heavy choices for both him and his family. A lot of the story is inspired by historical landmarks of the time; even the Native American influences are drawn from a local tribe called the Ohlone. There are also familiar landmarks if you’re a local, including the now historical Mount Umunhum, which is the epicenter of much of Jacob’s life. If you like something different in writing styles, this would be right up your alley. If you like storytelling in a unique approach, then give my book a shot. It is availble in eBook, paperback and audible on Amazon.



Who is your target audience, and why?

Twelve and all the way up. A lot of situations Jacob faces in this book will resonate with young adults, as well as older folks who may have had similar struggles to Jacob growing up with the changing of times. We have received comments from young kids saying how “awesome” Jacob’s story is, while a few older folks say how it “touched them.” Even moviegoers have reported on the book, or at least the story. In addition to writing stories, I’ve directed and produced movies, one of which being “Hicks Road” the film. It is not out in public yet… to be continued…but, in regards to that the writing style in my novel reflects that of a movie. 



What do you consider your greatest success in life?

Doing what I love doing, which is storytelling, and showing the world what I can do. It is a great feeling in which I thrive.

What one unique thing sets you apart from other writers in your genre?

My unique approach to storytelling, which reflects real life, is like a movie. I put everything into this, small details to large action sequences, it’s all out on the table. I don't have a degree in writing, I just love stories, reading other authors and their craft, so I draw inspiration from them, but I don’t mimic their writing styles. I am just a guy who, from childhood, has had this huge imagination. I have a story to tell, and readers are welcome to witness my vision... to be continued (part 2)...

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IN THE NEWS

Tomorrow night the 48 Hour Film, ENTITLEMENT, screens in New Orleans. As the producer, I am extremely proud of the cast and crew for putting together a remarkable film we all can be proud to say we worked on. I want to especially thank our director, David Kirtland, for bringing a powerful team together. If you live in the New Orleans area, please join us for a fun night of watching films.

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Party in the Sky by Keisha Sheronia Campbell


July 30. 2019

Last weeked was a whirlwind as I was involved in writing, shooting, and editing a short film during the 48 Hour Film Festival in New Orleans. Wow! Talk about fast paced fun in the movie industry, I will cherish the time spent with the cast and crew. Our team leader, David Kirtland, of New Guy Films did a remarkable job in assembling a cast and crew that worked extremely well together. It was one of he smoothest sets I've been on. Did you have situations that we had to conquer? I'd say. Before the competition began, one of our lead actors, slipped and fell on his hip. He insisted he was all right and wouldn't go to a doctor. He worked through the pain for two days. Once we chose our category, our writing team wrote in his character as handicapped and ill. Finally after filming, he went to the emergency room where he learned he had broken his hip. I've heard breaking a leg before, but breaking a hip. his dedication to his craft, is unsurpassed, "The show must go on!" Get well Jerry.

We also encountered a flat tire on our main vehicle that was established. Luckily for us, our Director of Photography was also a former race car driver so a pit crew went into action and changed the tire in no time as we shot another scene.

If you ever get a chance to work on a 48 Hour Film Project, I highly recommend it.


Today old and young alike are in for a real treat learning about a children's book that addresses a scary subject -- rain and lightning. Now that we are in the midlle of a full blown Hurricane season, I completely understand the need for a book. Bad weather can be frightning for children. Author Keisha Sheronia Campell worte a wonderful book, PARTY IN THE SKY, that addresses this issue in a very cute book for children. Here is her author interview.

Keisha Sheronia Campbell

Party In The Sky






Tell your readers a little about yourself, where you grew up, where you live now, where you went to school etc. Let them get to know the personal you.

I was born on the beautiful island of Jamaica. As a young girl I remember being known as a story teller in school lol, I would ask the kids what they wanted to hear and I would belt out stories after stories, this went on from a young child to a young girl in high school. Eventually I moved to the US and attended high school in the Bronx, New York and now reside in Florida, the home of Mickey Mouse. 


What inspired you to author this book?


My niece and nephew are my inspiration. They are ten, but at a young age about four or five when it rained, they were scared. My niece has autism, and it scared her quite a bit. I just imaged a story in my head to calm them down, and it worked.


Where did you get the inspiration for your book’s cover?

It's a children's book about the weather and what better way to show what the book is about than to have kids on the cover enjoying the rain. I wanted a cover to engage the kids to read and even though the  weather can be frightening, its also wonderful. Who doesn't love playing in the rain.


Who has been the most significant influence on you personally and as a writer?
I would say myself because I love telling stories and with the addition of my niece and nephew to the family, I found my creative juice flowing. Kids are fun to watch and they give great ideas on what kids do, like, not like, etc. They are my judges.


What were your struggles or obstacles you had to overcome to get this book written?

I had to believe in myself, to know I was capable of getting it done. The cost to get a publisher was an eye-opening feat, but through research, I found Fiverr, and the rest is history.

Tell your readers about your book.

The book is about Jeffy a young boy who's afraid of nature's wonder and the journey he goes on with the help of his aunt Stacey to realize that nature's wonder can be scary but fun at times. The lightning and thunder is scary for kids of all ages and some adults, but with the illustrations of music, pool, pictures, etc., creates more of a magical understanding for kids.


Who is your target audience, and why?

Daycare to grade three and beyond. Kids are innocent and not aware of what nature is as far as the weather goes, they just see and hear frightening sounds and sights of the weather which they are too young to understand.

Take a peek at one of the illustrations for the book. It is so cute.






What do you consider your greatest success in life?
My greatest success in life is continuing to work hard and achieving goals I have set for myself. There's many more for me to tackle and succeed at. Also being the best Aunt.


What one unique thing sets you apart from other writers in your genre?

Hmm. I just love creating and telling stories.