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I just found out that Netflix released El Internado with subtitles.  Ahead of the pop culture curve again...  Well, it is my job to project people's interest in things and getting the audience to buy what we're selling...  One of my co-workers got drunk and said that I've made it through the mess that is now our workplace because I'm smart.  I suppose so.  What is "smart" really?  Is "smart" always taking the safe road?

Not for the first time in the last few months, I've wondered what my life would be if I had gone to Tisch, instead of Arts & Sciences.  It had come down to a choice one evening when I was seventeen years old and scared about what it would mean for my future to attend an arts program.  I wanted to be a screenwriter back then.  I chose NYU to become a screenwriter...  not a financial analyst.  If I wanted to be in business, I would have gone to Stern.  Heck, that wasn't even an option when I was deciding what to do when I didn't want to go to law school anymore.   Working in film and television was off the table once the recession hit and reality TV was the poison of choice by many networks.  Now with the rise of web based TV, scripted shows are making a comeback.  It makes me wonder if I should have been brave and gone through with the pipe dream from so long ago.  Would it have really been any worse than the jobs I've bounced between over the years?  It would have been a dream come true to be on the writing staff of a show.  Someday to have my own series.

Don't get me wrong, I like what I do.  I'm actually quite good at it, shockingly enough.  It's too late to leave everything behind and start anew in this sort of wild endeavor.  It's the other side of the country and I would need the time and energy to write at least 3 spec scripts.  I don't see that happening anytime soon.  Yesterday, I was discussing with a friend who majored in finance about how he regretted not doing liberal arts, then winging it from there.  I pointed out to him that I did what he was talking about, and it came down to ending up in pretty much the same position, except having to fight harder to get there.  Maybe it's the same thing I'm imagining...
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Emergency Faculty Meeting

Episode: 4x06

Summary: Elsa calls a faculty meeting to discuss Ivan and Julia’s escape from school, causing a panic among the teachers.


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Good Boys

Episode: 3x06

Summary: “…Just add it to our list of things that good boys do when no one’s watching.”


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Yesterday in improv class, I kept trying to figure out why I freeze when it's my scene.  I know what to say when I'm in the audience, but when I'm setting a scene, I get nervous.  I have performance anxiety.

I realized that I needed to just let go and be myself.  I needed to stop putting pressure on myself to get to something.  I needed to let go.

Then I remembered my writer's block.  I recall that I've always found that my life experiences have been the greatest inspiration for my stories.  I let myself go and just embraced my life's challenges and reset myself.  In that moment, I came up with a new story idea.  Not fanfic, not a rehash of an old idea - a new story.

Even though it's a fantasy story, I know what I'm writing about.  The struggle of taking up a challenge when no one else seems interested.  Struggling against cowardice.  I've always been the sort of person that things came to me when I wanted them to happen, and I really didn't have to fight much, though I always worked hard.  I've never had an adversarial nature, but one that naturally flowed with the world.  Things always worked out when I let go.

While writing all of the fanfics this year, all I could think was how much I regretted not pursuing screenwriting in college.  I changed my mind on the application at the last minute because I needed a 'real job' when I left school.  Funny how life takes you different places that you thought you'd end up...   Not that I don't enjoy what I do, it's what I've always said I wanted to do...  I've done everything I've wanted to do in my career, except being a writer.  Maybe this will be the year?
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Ask Me How

Episode: 4x08

Summary: During their morning jog, Marcos tries to figure out what has been going on with Ivan lately.


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One Phone Call

Episode: Post 5x09

Summary:  When the kids are forced to spend summer vacation at school, Noiret allows them each one phone call to explain it to their parents.

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What Do You Want

Episode: 4x07

Summary: Julia tries to talk to Roque after she finds out that he was the one who told Elsa about her sneaking out with Ivan.

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The Invisible Girl

Episode: 4x07

Summary: While serving out his punishment, Ivan accidentally wins over his fellow inmate – la novia cadaver.


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Get Over It

Episode: 5x01

Summary: Vicky helps Roque with his math homework and life’s other problems.


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While I've been disappointed that my inspiration has veered toward fanfic, I do know that no writing is truly done in vain.  Especially since I haven't really been writing since DA fanfic thanks to school and work.  It's good mental exercise, and people who hate on it are ridiculous.  Making fun of people writing fanfics is like making fun of people at the gym for not ending up in marathons or the Olympics.  Writers do prompts all of the time to practice, and this is more of the same.  What I've learned from writing fanfics is how to be consistent with characters' voices and plots, even when I want them to do what I want.  I've also gained experience with doing what's right for the story's plot and balancing it with what's right for an audience (EILA doesn't have a fandom I can get feedback from, but I got it from DA.)

Well, now it's starting to pay off.  I have a lot of high school based stories from my more prolific teen years that I want to work on again.  Doing fanfic has put me back on my writing stride, that is the important part.  Writing a long form story takes a lot of mental focus, and I haven't had that in a long time.
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Things That Go Bump in the Night

Episode: 4x06

Summary: When Roque can’t get to sleep one night, he discovers that he can’t keep his eyes closed anymore when it comes to Ivan and Julia.

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Entreaty
Part II of II

Episode: Post 4x11

Summary: Apologies are not in Ivan’s list of skills.  Can Marcos help him mend things with Roque?

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Everything Has Changed
"Everything Has Changed" -- Taylor Swift ft. Ed Sheeran
"Broken" -- Seether featuring Amy Lee
"Little Do You Know" -- Alex & Sierra
"Sledgehammer" -- Fifth Harmony

The Diplomat
"Who I Am Hates Who I've Been" -- Relient K
"I So Hate Consequences" -- Relient K

Things That Go Bump in the Night
"Last to Know" -- Three Days Grace
"You Didn't Tell Me" -- Lawson
"Over My Head" -- The Fray

Get Over It
"When the Heartache Ends" -- Rob Thomas

The Invisible Girl
"Invisible" -- Taylor Swift
"Misery Business" -- Paramore

What Do You Want
"Everything You Want" -- Vertical Horizon
"Honest" -- Kodaline

The Summer of Our Discontent
"One Phone Call"-- Backstreet Boys
"Lead the Fight On" -- He Is We

Ask Me How
"Monster" -- Imagine Dragons

Good Boys
"Team" -- Lorde

Emergency Faculty Meeting
"Crashed" -- Daughtry

Alter the Ending
"Alter the Ending" -- Dashboard Confessional
"We Remain" -- Christina Aguilera
"Grow Up and Be Kids" --- The Cab

This Is How A Heart Breaks
"Unraveling" -- Tyler Kyte
"You Don't See Me" -- Safetysuit

When the Morning Comes
"Point of No Return" -- Starset



Upcoming...
Rumour Has It
"Rumour Has It" -- Adele
"Girlfriend" -- Avril Lavigne
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No Sleep Tonight
Part II of II

Episode: 4x11

Summary: The students return to the school after the events in La noche de las dos lunas.


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The Diplomat
Part I of II

Episode: Post 4x11

Summary: Roque still hasn’t forgiven Ivan for being with Julia, and Marcos decides to intervene.

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The Long Road Home
Part I of II

Episode: 4x11

Summary: The students return to the school after the events in La noche de las dos lunas.

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Back in December, I wasn't in the office much because of the way the holidays occurred this year.  I was also missing my best friend who was in China for the break, and I had just finished all the classic movies on my Netflix queue when the site recommended the show Gran Hotel (which is infinitely awesome and I highly recommend), a pre-WWI mystery set in Spain.   I studied Spanish on and off from 6th grade through college, and while I've never been fully fluent, I know enough to get by and I can gauge some of the regional accents, so the subtitles helped when I couldn't recall.  The show was so amazing that I powered through all 3 seasons (considering that 1 episode is about 70 minutes long, that wasn't easy), and I wanted more.  But the show ended neatly after Season 3, so I went through the IMDb pages of the lead actors Amaia Salmanca and Yon Gonzalez hoping to find something else.

Under Yon Gonzalez's page was the listing for 'The Boarding School', and it reminded me of 'Strange Days at Blake Holsey High', which gobsmacked me with nostalgia.  A quick YouTube search showed that someone was translating the series into English for fun.  I needed the subtitles for this one terribly, because it was full of modern slang and a less formal way of speaking, plus Spanish from Spain is quite different than Latin American Spanish that we typically get in NYC.  The show was like Lost, if it took place at a boarding school.  It ran from 2007 to 2010, while the story only moved from 2007 to 2008 (two big years for me, so I'm completely in tune with the time that it takes place).  Right now I'm up to the tail end of Season 6, and while the show has taken a turn for the worse (it seems to have gotten renewed more than expected, so it dragged out a lot of the plot lines), I really enjoyed Seasons 1-4.

The hardest thing about this show is that while it was quite a popular series, it was still quite a few years ago.  Also, Spanish fandoms aren't as hardcore as English and Asian fandoms (that means that there aren't as many wikis, fan sites, etc. that Americans are used to), and I haven't been able to locate any decent fanfics because all of the main hosting sites folded and took the stories with them (and it seems that FF.net may not have been hosting the show at the time).  I don't really expect any sort of reaction to the fics that will go into this fandom, since 1) I'm writing them in English since writing them in Spanish would take too long, 2) the fandom is mostly outdated and dead, and 3) they're mostly one-shots or two-shots.  I'm posting them because I ended up with so many sketches that it would be a waste not to share them.

Not sure how or why, but the show took me back to a place where I could write again. When some tumultuous things happened this year, I threw myself into the story and wrote a couple of short fics for it.  I'm going to post them on here and under my FF.net account.
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A/N: I happened to find this on an old flash drive and decided to post it.

UMBRELLA

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I've gotten into another show, El Internado Laguna Negra, (Black Lagoon Boarding School), which is the Spanish boarding school version of Lost, and fits as a muse for a few older YA stories I have.   Max/Alec fans might enjoy it since Julia/Ivan have a similar dynamic.  Personally, Fermin is my favorite character.  Since I might be posting some El Internado fics in the future, I wanted to close the curtain for Dark Angel. The reason I decided to put the writing version of training wheels back on is because I really need to rebuild my ability to write. While I don't think it's going to be as prolific as Dark Angel for my writing, I don't want it to be. I stumbled upon El Internado because I was watching Gran Hotel on Netflix, and went through the IMDb list of previous shows the lead characters starred it.  For some reason, EILN caught my eye and reminded me of a show I loved when I was younger, and I happened to find someone posting the series subbed in English (oddly fortuitous timing? how can I say no?).  Since then, Julia and Ivan have replaced Max and Alec as my muses for scribbling.  The show has its faults, but for some reason it's got my imagination in gear because it needs so much "fixing" that I can work with it.

I've always had a thing for TV shows with glaring logistical errors that I could fix through writing, and so I've spent more time writing for myself and making sure I kept up the momentum to write with this new gust of minor inspiration.  DA fanfic a few years ago was to keep my writing limber, but I need to feel confident in my writing again.  I once read that if a writer restarts too much, it means that she doesn't have faith in the story and lacks the confidence to see it through.  Based on what I've lived through, I think this is true.  I haven't been able to see my stories clearly, and I keep circling the writing drain of too many cold openings that go nowhere.

In my experience writing, it's clarity of vision that comes through in writing.  Scenes that I wrote clearest were always the ones that I could see the clearest.  It was obvious when I got stuck writing, the words dragged or got tangled.  But clarity comes with confidence.  If I can't confidently see what's in front of me, then there's no hope for writing.  If I don't believe in what I see, then I can't write it.  Watching the show kicked off my muse again, and I had started writing original plots again.  I was about to hit a stride when I got some disruptive news that almost stopped my writing again.  Instead of giving in, I pushed through to keep writing since my day to day activities hadn't changed.  This incident also gave some insight into why I had problems writing over the last few years, which had to do with bouncing around between jobs and going to grad school.  My mental energy was getting sucked into finding and learning new jobs so often, my brain couldn't find space for writing.

I'm using the scenes coming to me from the show I'm watching to rebuild my ability to see a scene from start to finish.  The first one I wrote, I wrote 3 different versions with different set ups and dialog and events.  At first, I felt like I had failed because the first one didn't come out the way I had wanted, but I realized that I could rewrite it as many times as I wanted.  I keep small notebooks with me for short scenes and ideas, and I've almost filled up one I bought last November.  Usually, it takes 2 years to fill a small notebook, because I'm not supposed to write stories with multiple scenes in them since they can eat an entire small notebook.  I changed the rules a bit to keep my writing momentum going and to vent about how things were going.  I've made some progress.  I'm crossing my fingers for more and bought an extra notebook.
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I always said that I would post the endings to the fics if I didn't think that I would end up finishing them. I've decided that now is a good of a time as any to post this.  So here is the abridged version of what was supposed to happen:


The XYZ Affair
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After Life
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Between the Lines

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Against Time
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And that ladies and gentlemen, is how the story was supposed to unfold.  Perhaps someday I'll go back to finish them, because I went back to the show years after for inspiration back in 2008.  I'm grateful for everyone I've met in the fandom, who've read, reviewed or revised with me.  Thank you.  Until I return, good night and good luck!

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