So Proudly We Hailed – Opportunity

 

I received an email from the Executive Director of New Musicals Inc. yesterday. He asked me if I could help get the word out to veterans who have stories to tell, or writers and composers who might want to be involved in adapting stories for a musical webseries. The So Proudly We Hailed event’s tagline is “a musical webseries honoring veterans in their own words.” I wanted to share this unique opportunity with you. I also found the New Musicals Inc. organization interesting and would have never known about them had they not reached out to me.

Here are the details on their Call for Submissions from their website’s submissions page at www.nmi.org/veterans.

Call for Submissions

We are looking for:

  • Veterans with compelling personal stories to tell. This will be a devised writing process, so no pressure. If you can tell it, we can write it.
  • Scriptwriters/lyricists to adapt the stories into musical episodes.
  • Composers to create songs and tracks for the episodes.

Honorees

Twelve finalists will be announced. Four to six honorees’ stories will be workshopped and filmed as musical video shorts. Each honoree will receive $1,000.

Each composer/lyricist/book writer will receive a one time royalty of $250. Composers will receive a one time arranging fee of $150.  Copyright will remain with the authors; you will own your work.

Each story will be no more than 10 minutes long. These will be filmed as singular, one person, pieces.

We will register the piece through the Screen Actors Guild New Media Agreement. New Musicals Inc. will develop and produce each episode.

This project is hosted by New Musicals Inc., This activity is supported in part by the California Arts Council, a state agency. Learn more at www.arts.ca.gov.

What to submit

Composers/lyricists/book writers, please submit:

  1. Brief bio (50-100 words)
  2. Links to at least two samples of your writing
  3. Vision statement (100-300 words): Tell us why this project appeals to you. Do you have a history or affinity with veterans? What’s your background in writing internet scripts/songs?
  4. We will ask composers about their ability to create a track for the episode (optional).

Veterans, please submit:

  1. Brief description of your story (100-200 words). This can be fairly casual prose…a synopsis or an outline would work. You can be from any section of the armed forces, in any nation.
  2. A video or audio telling of the story. Don’t worry about the quality of recording. A phone is fine.
  3. Brief biography of your personal history (100-200 words).
  4. Vision statement. (100-200 words) Why do you want to tell this story? Who should hear your story?
  5. We’ll also ask you whether you would like us to consider you to be your own script writer or composer.

Good luck!

 

Actively Learn with “Believing In Horses, Too”

Educators from Actively Learn discovered the Believing In Horses series after the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) test featured an excerpt of the first book in its 2015 annual test. Following discussions, Actively Learn decided to feature two excerpts from Believing In Horses, Too in their creative curriculum. Actively Learn uses a new approach to learning by providing free English Language Arts (ELA) and other content embedded with standards-aligned assignments to help students learn.

Actively Learn’s Senior Manager of Product & Content, Tessa Polizzi, identified the following assignment from Believing In Horses, Too, which thrilled me because it was one of my favorite chapters. She said:

“I started reading Believing in Horses, Too thinking that I’d look for an excerpt connected to Sadie and her dad, but then I came across the chapter “New Kid on the Block.” I love this one. It stands alone as a story pretty well on its own, connects to an experience that kids are familiar with (making a new friend), and touches on some of the hard situations that kids face in their lives.”

See the “New Kid on the Block” assignment to engage your learners!

Tessa also asked if she could develop a curriculum based on an excerpt from the “Bullies Don’t Rule” chapter, another one of my favorites. I think they did a great job on this lesson, too.

I hope these might be additional help for those homeschooling or introducing young readers to a new and fun way of learning. And thank you to Actively Learning and Tessa for bringing the Believing In Horses stories to more readers!

 

Help for Homeschoolers!

I want to offer help to parents struggling to homeschool their children, a job most parents are not trained to do. My solution also helps parents fill a void for their horse crazy kids missing their horse activities due to the current COVID19 shutdowns.

Teacher’s Tack for Believing In Horses is available for free here as a PDF file. This teacher’s guide accompanies my book, Believing In Horses, an inspirational story about a strong-willed girl in a military family who commits to saving unwanted horses. My brother, Eddy Ormond, developed learning plans and fun activities, complete with a full homeschooling module to accompany the book. [Read more…]

In the Moment

Pileated Woodpecker

For many us, our worlds have turned upside down in a matter of weeks. COVID-19 has put us in situations we are not used to. Last week, I took a moment to write a poem that came to me, inspired by a pileated woodpecker.

“In the Moment”

Out the window I spy, [Read more…]

How Horses Sleep

To recognize Sleep Awareness Week® on March 8 -14, 2020, I bring you a guest blog from Tuck. Tuck is a community devoted to promoting sleep health awareness. As part of their mission, they’ve created a resource debunking common myths about how horses sleep.

How Horses Sleep

By Jay Summer

Whether you ride horses or just admire the majestic animals from afar, at some point you might have wondered how horses sleep. Maybe you saw a horse lying in a field and wondered if horses sleep lying down or standing up. If you have pets, you probably already know that the sleep habits of dogs and cats differ quite a bit from that of humans. Just like other animals, horses have their own unique sleep requirements and patterns that differ from ours. [Read more…]

Your Amazon Author Central Page

I’m surprised by the number of authors who do NOT have or do not know about Amazon Author Central Pages. And as a reader, I enjoy these pages finding out more about the people who have penned the books I’m about to invest hours of my life in.

Authors benefit from an Amazon Author Central Page in many ways:
1. It’s free
2. You reach your target audience because Amazon is a place readers shop
3. The page allows you to showcase all your published work across genres in one place, including books to which you have been a contributing author
4. You have an opportunity to promote your blog
5. It is very easy to set up and update [Read more…]