Come on in...have a seat... take a spill here with me and just listen. It's my birthday actually and boy do I have the best birthdays- cookie cake, delicious food, great people, vodka, laughs...and the best stories. Some are true. Some are just fairy talk- a description I've used since the second grade. Fairy talk is about dreams and wants, hopes and feels'. Not a tale actually because tales' seem old and forgotten and I'm a believer in the darkest and most endless kinda' love. Unforgettable love- I have a romantic heart mixed with impossible realism. It makes having the guts to find happily ever after that much more real. See that face? I'm not hiding behind just words anymore.
A short time ago (writing has been a slow whirlwind for me) I never posted my face. My first interview with a genius agent (she is writing her own stuff now) became an eye opener. From the first few months after a friend leaked the girl behind Elle Moon, I was flooded with messages. Most pleasant but some not. I had messages that invaded my personal life in ways I would not tolerate and made me feel unsafe. Putting myself out there became a bit difficult. So I hesitated. Such a journey to be a writer...one I wouldn't change for the world... but I had to learn that this too is just part of the road. I am still severely private and posting my face is more of a job entitlement now...but at least you know. I'm the girl that learned to grow in her own skin- I took back the privacy and opened up at the same time. Readers' responded better and after being just the ghost of a girl in the beginning...I discovered that even the wrong places lead to the right ones. And doesn't that make for the best stories too? Always scraping your life to find where you fit and knowing all along that perhaps, none of us are ever meant to fit in the first place. Isn't that the truest selfie ever taken?
Now enough reflection. I'm a writer- always a book in my words. I have embarked on a new path, though still so much the same. Film is the most satisfying outlet. I made my first book trailer! I am in love with it even if I fight to change it a hundred times (it's the writer in me). No longer just the ghost of a girl, "The River Knew" is a hell of a story and it's all mine. A dark conception with a dark soul and an even darker portrayal of humanity- I am becoming real to myself in my work.
To be the best version of yourself no matter what road you are on, is to always keep the real you. No matter what it may turn.
I can't wait to hear what you guys' think about my tiny film. I do love a good conversation and insight into the minds' that are willing to share. I'm a giver, so you never know what you might get in return. I hope each of you have a perfect day. If you're bored, come on out...those birthday celebrations are something else. We can make a story together...
Until then, have happy reads and keep those hearts' real. "The River Knew", cause' every old town and every dark-hearted woman has secrets. xoxo...Elle Moon
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