I’m in La La Land–Why the Movie Appeals to Creatives

Apr 25, 2017 by

I’m in La La Land–Why the Movie Appeals to Creatives

Friends and family think I am in La La Land. Perhaps I am.

Today, April 25, 2017,is La La Land Day in Los Angeles in coordination with the DVD release of the movie. When released on iTunes two weeks ago I was skeptical as I started the opening number, Another Day of Sun. But that ended fast. 

I enjoy this film though it tears me up inside to watch.

As a creative who is something like Sebastian, “shanghaied” in the past, “letting life do a classic rope a dope,” I understand the emotions Mia and Seb personify in this film.

Here’s to the ones who dream. Foolish, as they may seem, here’s to the hearts that ache, here’s to the mess we make.

Boy, do I understand those words. How many times have friends and family suggested a “real job,” in lieu of pursuing the gift God put in me?

I’ve lost count. My life isn’t about the material riches many seek. I once enjoyed the lure of a fancy job title, the fancy car, the big house, and though the money doesn’t go as far these days, I don’t need it to either. Could life be better? Certainly, but my writing is important to me.

I recognize daily my time left diminishes each day. The past year of pain and surgeries caused by an ass-hat then-unlicensed chiropractor in Mesquite, Texas reminds me of such.

And then there’s the love story between Mia (Emma Stone) and Seb (Ryan Gosling). I’ve been fortunate to know the up and downs of true love. Seeing these two go through that process in song, dance, acting and inference provided me an emotional rollercoaster when I’m reeling from the most special person in my life walking out when I could barely walk at all.

Somehow I started playing Ringo Starr singing Photograph yesterday and after four months and six days, I found the nerves in my heart still as raw as the ones damaged in my legs by the medical profession.

God moves people in and out of our lives, I get that. But the God I believe in doesn’t call on us to do to others as has been done to me. Another dishonest shanghai if you ask me.

Everything You’ve Got

I’ve taped copies of “Everything You’ve Got” around where I am reminded that pursuing my dream as a writer is my greatest goal.

I understand, however, the path that Seb and Mia take in the movie. Each has a dream they’re pursuing with everything they’ve got. Around my apartment–on my computer keyboards, mirror, fridge, light fixtures, etc.–are little notes to myself from Seb–“When you get this, you’re going to give it ‘everything you’ve got.’

So while the ending of the movie rips my emotions to new levels of pain, there is poignancy and elegance woven into the fabric of this movie that’s hard to personify in the English language–so in this case, it’s best that it’s done in film and music.

My mom and eldest daughter don’t like the movie at all. My twin daughters will buy their own DVD of it today.

It’s probably not a movie for everyone. After all, there’s a reason why Hollywood doesn’t make musicals targeted for adults these days. But it’s just that dreamy magic and hope–God don’t we all need a little of that to ease our daily pains–that makes La La Land all that more special.

I’m revising my second of three drafted novels. My goal is to submit it to the SMU Writer’s Path program in August. They’re taking up to 13 of us in the program to NYC in November to meet with agents and publishers representing the Big Five. Whether I am selected or not, I’m giving this everything I’ve got. This is my dream and without one, well, what’s the point of living like that?

Mia and Seb don’t think so either.

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Client Services–Installing A Buy Now Button From PayPal

Mar 7, 2011 by

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There are some times when clients’ needs are the equivalent in difficulty of shooting a layup in basketball.  (It is time for March Madness….)

It’s these times when rather concentrating on big picture issues, more can be accomplished in a few hours that will bring your clients endless happiness and, hopefully, the success of sales.

Adding PayPal Buy Now Buttons For WordPress

Today, we had the great opportunity to work with our client Professional Nutrition Therapists here in Dallas.  For some time, they’ve been wanting to add PayPal Buy Now buttons to some of the items they have for purchase.  Now it’s important to point out that while PayPal doesn’t charge a monthly fee etc for this, they will take a small percentage out of the total value of the transaction.

As a reference for them and others not familiar with how to add the traditional BUY NOW button from PayPal, here’s a guide.

First, after logging into PayPal, go to the Products & Services tab and drop down to Get Paid on the bottom left.  The next screen will have a ADD PAYMENT BUTTONS link.  Take that and it will take you to a Web Payments Standard page. 

Drop down to the area that says “Sell Products” and it will take you to a screen that’s entitled Creat PayPal payment button.  One simply adds the appropriate information–don’t forget shipping and local sales tax rates– and make sure you jump down to Step 3: Customize advanced features and change the setting if you want your customers to be able to order more than one of your super duper widget.


The next step is to create the button and it’s going to give a series of code.  All you do then is copy it, then go back to the place in your Website where you want to add it, and paste.  (If you’re working in WordPress, you need to click on the HTML tab and out of the Visual mode and paste.)




Once you’ve added the coding, jump back into Visual Mode and then finish the rest of your post/page and hit publish.  This should put the button in place.  For ease of mind, it’s also a good idea to load the real page and then click the button to ensure it works.


This is what we did during our meeting today at PNT.  At the end of the session, they were thrilled that they had made such a significant jump.  And now we invite you to take a look at their page and products. Pretty spiffy, isn’t it?


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