Sunday, June 3, 2012

We're Going Indie-- This Includes You!

Something creative is in the wind with my indie family and friends. Something freeing, liberating.

I must pause and think about it, since I’m swept up in it, too.

My brother John is making an independent horror movie, F.U.B.A.R., in Michigan.

My nephew Will, in San Antonio, is making an independent kids movie, Fields Afire.

My friend R.K. Ryals is pumping out indie novels faster than I can edit them.

A little over a year ago, I leaped out in to the great independent blogging universe, where I’ve made friends with an incredibly inspired, intelligent, and literally award-winning group of bloggers. They’ve rocked my world.

We’re independent.  Hey, yo.

We’re taking it to the streets!

We’re not waiting for the man with the checkbook to tell us it’s okay to make movies, to write books, to blog our thoughts out to the great universe. 

We’re not waiting for the agent to call. We’re not waiting to be discovered. 

We’re discovering ourselves.

Exciting? Hell, yes.

New frontier. We’re at the beginning of a revolution in creativity and its distribution.

Where is it all leading? Who the heck knows?

Listen up y’all. It’ll be the ride of our lives.

This is getting good. Really, really good.

Polish up your crystal ball and tell me what you see coming.


  1. I see one of the above hitting it big. Really, really big.

  2. I love our blogging community. For me that is hitting it big. Thanks for the shout-out, Mel. I've always wanted to call you Mel, and now I've done it. You see where it all lead?

  3. Emily, Word Nerd, Mark-- I love you guys!
    Mark-- you can call me Mel anytime, bro. :)

  4. P.S. I agree with Mark about our community in itself is "making it big."
    But I wouldn't be surprised to see any of y'all's names up on the big screen or on the cover of a big ole bestseller.

  5. I see, in my blinged-out crystal ball, a bushel of average Jane's and Joe's finally realizing that it is not a select few, it is not the gilded and charmed and specially chosen that are endowed with wit and creativity and hutzpa to go forth and deliver unto the World entertaining and beautiful works of art (whether they be bloggy, or artsy or fartsy or crafty or what have you). No, it isn't is going to be Average You and Average Me that turn the Blogosphere, the Literary World and all forms of Entertainment on its collective ear...the future is us, y'all. ;-)

    (well, really just y'all, I merely want to watch and read...kthxbai).

  6. Artists of all kinds are cutting out the corporate middle man. We're finding new, ingenious ways to fund production of albums and movies and world tours. Start ups are finding great success in crowd funding and I do believe that is what the future will be. Record companies, labels, publishing houses, venture capitalists will become obsolete as we, the people, fund what we want to see made.

  7. "We’re discovering ourselves." Your post sounded like a great speech, and made me want to jump out of my seat and shout a loud AMEN!!! :)

    Congratulations on your family members getting into film-making. That is so very cool! And by the way, do they need any actresses? lol!

    Much love and BIG hugs, Querida!

  8. I love this post! I agree, we are making it happen for ourselves! Whatever "it" is....