Monday, December 30, 2013

Life Update

Our cousins the Carrico’s had another tragedy within their family. Last month I had asked prayer for them because they lost Mark (brother and son), who was a Capuchin friar. Well, on December 19, the Carrico girls’ mother, Bettie, passed away. Our cousins have been through too much this year: from losing their father in February, to their brother in November and finally their mother right before Christmas. They have their faith in Christ to see them through. I am asking for prayers for their comfort and peace of mind but also that next year will be better for them. I thank you in advance.

Thanksgiving and Christmas went well. It will never be like it once was, when Dad was alive or even when our grandparents were living. We didn’t exchange gifts this year, nor did we decorate, and we spent it with friends. Maybe it’s for the best that we are changing our holiday routines. Change is inevitable, right?

Far too often, I forget about this blog. Just can’t think of what to post, other than life updates or an article I stumble on. I know I need to get creative, but I am terrible at this. I am playing around with an idea for a different blog, inspired by my YA WIP that I am working on. We’ll see. It will have to be more than something dedicated to the story; maybe it can be a place to learn about WWII Poland and life during that era. Food for thought.

I am trying to come up with a writing project for this next year. Just when I think I’ve figured it out, I get bored with the idea and want to do something else. It will have to be something far less emotionally demanding then the Holocaust. It will probably end up being another story set in Indiana, those are the easiest to write. I submitted a novel to Steeple Hill before Thanksgiving; I hope to hear back sometime soon. ::Fingers crossed::

Today is my 27th birthday. Don’t really feel different or older. Can’t say that I want anything specific other than for my dream to come true. Maybe 2014 is the year. Birthday wish: that I may hear something positive from Steeple Hill and may secure a literary agent.

Until next time. 

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Anne Frank’s Diary To Be Turned Into An Animated Film

It’s been some time since we’ve seen a film based on Anne Frank’s diary, but it looks like we’ll be seeing a new one very soon. This time around the adaptation of The Diary of Anne Frank will be turned into an animated film.
Director Ari Folman, is heading up the production and surprisingly the adaptation is said to be a “family-friendly” film. Of the animated adaptation Folman said, “Bringing the Anne Frank Diary to all screens is a fantastic opportunity and challenge. There is a real need for new artistic material to keep the memory alive for younger generations.”

Anne Frank is one of the most widely discussed and studied victims of the Holocaust. Frank died at the young age of 15-years-old at the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in 1945. Before she died, Frank wrote journal entries during World War II. She had received the diary as a gift on her thirteenth birthday.

This new adaptation isn’t the only film based on Anne Frank, but as an animated film that’s geared towards “family” this is the first film on Anne Frank’s tragic life of its kind. In the past TV adaptations and film adaptations have been made and were very successful. So far the feature that has received most attention is the Oscar-winning 1959 film The Diary of Anne Frank. The film went on to win three Academy Awards in 1960 including Best Supporting Actress (Shelly Winters).
Decades later, The Diary of Anne Frank film was ranked on AFI’s 100 Years…100 Cheers list. Millie Perkins played Anne Frank, while Joseph Schildkraut reprised his stage role as Otto Frank. Winters played Petronella van Daan.
The only known survivor of the Frank family was Otto Frank, who was Anne’s father. In the end he wound up with Anne’s diary, and since then it has been published in over sixty languages or more.
Back in June of this year, video footage of Anne Frank had been revealed and released by the Anne Frank House. It is known as the only footage to survive. Frank would have been 84-years-old.