June 14, 2013 1 Comment
Que Sera Sera
Or as Doris Day (back in my day!) sang it, “Whatever will be, will be.”
I’m not sure that’s theologically sound, but that’s not the point of this anyway. What I’m getting at is, some things just seem meant to be…even if it seems we sometimes are waiting…forever.
That’s how my daughter, Lori Marett, felt through the years as she dabbled in writing while working and raising a family. A few of her articles were published in Focus on the Family but her interest lay in screenwriting. She said, “Mom, I’m going to write a script adapted from your novel, In Shady Groves.”
My eyes were stuck on her and my voice choked my throat and I couldn’t say what I was thinking, which was, “That’s impossible. You don’t know anything about scriptwriting.”
Fortunately, I couldn’t get the words out and she began to read books, teach herself, and wrote the script which placed and then won in contests, but was told it would be too expensive to produce. That just wasn’t meant to be.
Daunted but not defeated, she continued. She met faculty at writers conferences who were involved in movies. Then she began to think somebody should start a conference to bring all those in the arts together—writers, scriptwriters, producers, actors, musicians, etc.
But who? Well, after much praying and pondering and encouragement it seemed meant to be that she and her husband, Rodney should give it a try. I didn’t tell them how difficult it is to be founder and director of a conference. After all, I had started the Blue Ridge Writers Conference over 25 years ago and God showed how he could use a willing person, who didn’t have enough sense to know they couldn’t do it, and make it a success.
Her and Rodney’s efforts seem meant to be since they’re now in their sixth year of directing the Gideon Media Arts and Film Festival, held in Orlando, FL this year. http://www.gideonfilmfestival.com.
After years and years of trying, maybe it just wasn’t meant to be that she’d ever get a movie produced. But she continued learning, writing, networking, entering contests, and lo and behold, this year her first DVD was produced.
This is what Dove Worldwide had to say about it: If you want to see a powerful drama about abortion and one which features compassion for the young girls making life-changing decisions, this is the one to see. … The viewer will experience a few surprises along the way. … Due to the sophisticated theme, we are recommending this movie for ages twelve plus. This one entertains and makes one think, a pretty rare combination.”
Viewers have said this is not like most movies about abortion, but has that twist and difference which makes it unique. It’s now being used as a ministry in organizations and churches.
After years of trying and seemingly no results, it’s beginning to look like Meant to Be was…meant to be.
Yvonne latest novels are three Harlequin Heartsongs set in Savannah, GA. The Caretaker’s Son (April 2013), Lessons in Love (August) and Seeking Mr. Perfect (November).