How to Not Become Another Dead Artist

The sad truth about life is it doesn’t matter how famous you become or what great works you offered to ...
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The Fire Within Me

Sometimes I get this burning sensation like embers of fire slowly kindling inside me. And when I feel this way, ...
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That Old Western Town

I used to be fascinated with cowboys because I grew up in Colorado. Fascinated, not because they meant much to ...
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/ american myth, i got blue, MEMOIR, memories, prose

How to Become Incorruptible

You know how things go full circle sometimes? I think my life just did it again. I grew up on ...
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/ i got blue, life lessons, MEMOIR, rewards, success

Not Bad for an Unknown

Flashbacks. Lots of them. Not just because it just turned 2018. You know that feeling of your life moving in ...
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Beauty’s Unknown Greatness

Beauty is a concept hardly understood by humans. We don’t know exactly what it is. We do not know that ...
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Bhakti past Midnight and Everyday Transcendence

It’s 2:00 am, that sweet tasting time of night where the world is asleep. This means several things: I can ...
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Indigo Child and the Myths of Self-Entitlement

People think indigos are born into this world with a sense of self-entitlement but that's only part truth. The whole ...
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Rediscovering My Soul Sister and Indigo Twin

The last time I spoke to Anna was around 2007 when I moved away from NYC to start my life ...
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I Like My Movies Al Dente

No matter how extraordinarily beautiful your work is, there will always be someone who thinks poorly of it. That’s how ...
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Coming Out as an Indigo Child

It’s 5 in the morning and I just ordered Japanese food delivery. That’s one of the perks of living in ...
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The Success Trap

A successful person never tries to achieve what they already are. Yet so many people strive to become successful by ...
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The Sad Truth About Celebrity Women Who Deny Aging

True, on a spiritual level, we are ageless. True, on a physical level, regardless of age, we are sexual beings ...
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Great Artists Don’t Copy or Steal

I’ve been reflecting a great deal on my youth, on youth and what it means to me. I am discovering ...
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Learning How to Love

My Vietnamese grandmother (Bà ngoai) passed away a couple of weeks ago, on May 20th, to be exact. She was 96 years ...
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To Die For

I normally don’t have any heroes, but tonight, I have a new hero. Even if it is just for one ...
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Good Cop

I’ve been fighting off an ugly cough and am finally back to normal. I had not worked out in almost ...
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Pure

I am learning this year many things. Many things in the New Year. I am learning that on this earth ...
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Overnight

Okay, I’m sick in bed, so I get to write for fun…finally. I was watching this TED vid called “5 ...
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Twisted Comedy

Vitamin C. 1500 mgs of it, 3x a day…that’s what, 4500 mgs a day? Liquid Golden Seal, Echinacea and yes, ...
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Just Another Mortal

After writing for 24 hours, it is difficult to walk on the earth. I feel transparent as I walk down ...
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So Much for Research

I was doing research on the way dolphins swim and watched a Youtube video of them swimming underwater with people ...
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Constant Magic

I used to feel sorry for myself for missing the boat in life. I always felt I was living in ...
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Rendezvous with Trash

In 1999 or 2000 I learned a lesson about losing touch with my soul. I was making money. I was ...
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/ #nyc, #redasblue, #sex, #soul, #writing, MEMOIR, Image

Rewriting Love

I've been writing since noon on Saturday. It is Sunday at 7:00 a.m. I couldn't stop. I was rewriting love ...
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/ #writing, love, RED AS BLUE, redasblue, rewrites

Six Days of Silence

I haven't blogged in a while. It's a luxury I can't seem to afford. I've been spending most of my ...
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Where the Party’s At

Director's Statement: ALFF I love and respect musicians and artists. They are my vicarious brothers and sisters, my unspoken tribe ...
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Importance of Mentors

In my life, I had to become my own mentor because I didn’t have one. Most of my teachers fought ...
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Game Changer

I believe that in order for the world to change: you have to change the visual image. The icons. Icons ...
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American Myth

NUNE doesn't look or behave like an "LGBT" film. And I made it this way to transcend the illusion of ...
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Model Citizen

Melissa, aka, Gypsy, my costume girl, helped me pull off the Nune look. The Nune character's entire wardrobe was found ...
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Those Balls

Daum Halliwell was my personal assistant on NUNE. I put her through a lot. I made regular excursions to her ...
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The New Adults

My feeling is, if kids don't have an outlet or media that they can identify with, they are going to ...
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Redefining Love

Director's Statement: NUNE Kids that have a normal high school experiences would prefer to live in high school forever. For ...
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Twice

The other day I met with Jessica. We're both hermits. She claimed to be more of a loner than me ...
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Death to Mediocrity

"Death to Mediocrity" one of my favorite sketches from the RED AS BLUE project, and is one of the last ...
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Lessons on Greatness

I learned hard lessons while I was making NUNE. You have no idea how many high schools I had to ...
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Dirty Roughs

We are near wrapping up on the artwork for the RED AS BLUE graphic novel. Juan (the artist) sent me ...
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Uprooted

I wrote about how an extroverted character in my graphic novel becomes an introvert. That character is Beverly. Of all ...
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Unimportant

My life is unfolding in the most mysterious ways. Things were happening to me during my teens that I didn't ...
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Introverting

I think one of the hardest scenes I had to write in RED AS BLUE is when I had to ...
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Beverly Bug

The day was filled with creativity and inspiration. I went to see some plays put together by a bunch of ...
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On Channeling Darkness

I’m spending a lot of time in Pasadena (CA) these days. That’s where I’ve been meeting an illustrator for my ...
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My Gibborims

The first time I met Jessica at her house, she answered the door in a wife beater and pajamas. I ...
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American Woman

The 1980s was socially and consciously a very closed-off dark time for gay youth and for gays in general. It ...
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Workflow

Rian and I worked until midnight last night on re-mastering the NUNE sound mix. He almost gave up on me ...
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Writers are Weak

I am finally working with a great illustrator for my book RED AS BLUE. But it didn’t come easily. This ...
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June

Juan just delivered this great sketch to me. I’m debating about whether or not I want a Band-Aid on her ...
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Kimberly

These are work in progress notes for RED AS BLUE. I love Kimberly, beautiful resilience. :) From: Ji Strangeway To: ...
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Mad Scientist

“My job is to write.” That is what Michael (my book editor for RED AS BLUE) told me. When asked ...
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Mud

Strength and conviction are major tenets ruling my body right now. Silent strength and conviction, just like June Lusparian. I’m ...
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Lion’s Den

For three days in one week, I was having incredible nightmares. They were the kind of nightmares that comedians would ...
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Brain Growth

My time is squeezed very thin. I ain’t gonna lie, blogging has become difficult. I enjoy it very much but ...
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Gravity

Juan, my artist, is the sweetest. Unlike many artists, he’ll do revision without any complaints. He never gets defensive. The ...
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Potential

Today I was at Trader Joe’s doing my grocery shopping and the entire place sounded like a gay disco in ...
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Pain

"Sick of Pain, Who's to Blame? All I see is Red" - June Lusparian Rebelling hardcore. Another great rough sketch ...
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Beverly

Some fat religious men, calling my beautiful Beverly a whore. LOL The illustrator for the novel is doing fantastic work ...
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Hunger

My goal with RED AS BLUE is to give the “four course” meal on NUNE. NUNE (the short film) is ...
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Real

At this time there are only two things that give me pleasure: listening to the music Edoardo (composer) made me ...
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Aesthetics

Why everyone in NUNE is drop-dead gorgeous! Ji Strangeway Interview/ Aesthetics & Beauty from NUNE The Movie on Vimeo ...
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Calm

During the past few years, I’ve felt like a desperate filmmaker—like all filmmakers—chasing an ambition. And now, that ambition has ...
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Synchronicities

I’ve been living with a story in my head for over five years and it’s sort of taken on its ...
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Music

What is the best part of RED AS BLUE? For me, it’s the music. Music is a big part of ...
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Directing

Last “night” at four in the morning, I was sitting in a restaurant eating with a female friend and a ...
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Illusion

I met a doctor the other day who told me that the movie industry sounds like “tough business.” I told ...
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Awake

I want to live my life to be the envy of angels. I’m not sure how it’s done. I suppose ...
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That Glove

Roger (the post sound mixer) will probably kill me if he knew what I was doing. After mixing down three ...
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Lovesickness

Santa Monica is a beautiful city, but the parking situation is cruel. Last night, I was sitting in the modern ...
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The Other Half

When I first met my tai chi teacher in Denver we went to lunch together in the Vietnamese slum on ...
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Idol Worship

During my first year living in LA, I met an older woman whom I’d occasionally run into and we’d have ...
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On Columbine

I got a piece of oral tradition when I returned to my home town Denver in 2009. I did research ...
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Inseparable

I keep one of my favorite illustrations of June Lusparian on my wall. June is the prototype for Nune Lusparian ...
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B.F.E. (Bum Fucked Egypt)

I kind of regret throwing away everything once we wrapped with filming NUNE. I stayed late that night at the ...
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Faux Pas

There’s a price to fame that many may not want. It’s a price that you rarely notice but I do ...
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Nune High

I just wrote Roger, my post-production mixer, some sound notes after he did the first pass. One of the notes ...
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Stoned

Rodin indicated that his approach to sculpting women was of homage to them and their bodies, not just submitting to ...
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Garage

So far, I’ve been living in my own world and doing my own thing. But today, I didn’t have that ...
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Darkly

Each day, I feel strangely happier knowing that NUNE is becoming less and less of “my” project and more and ...
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Nune’s Trailer Music

I’ve been cutting the official NUNE trailer. It’s been a bit of a process—cos I had to get the color ...
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Those Eyes

A while ago, I made a film where I ended the movie with the protagonist, a 15-year-old girl, who walks ...
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Standards

Eighty percent of success is showing up. - Woody Allen I had to ditch my Production Sound Mixer because he ...
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Mastership

My Tai Chi teacher is a master. He lives in Denver. He’s one of those rare people that other masters ...
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Zen, like…

This morning was a bit brisk, more than I expected…running out the door to my early morning yoga class—in a ...
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Watching Your Mind Die

Lovemaking lasts 20 minutes to an hour. Film Editing lasts over 24 hours. I’ve been cutting non-stop from 4am to ...
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Basement Tapes

Recently someone told me they were trying to “break into” Hollywood. I kind of looked at them funny like, “You ...
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Film is War

I was not kidding when I told the cast months before that, “Film is war.” This is not a matter ...
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The Look

It had been raining continuously like a moody New York spring. Very unusual for LA, but the gray days and ...
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In the Deep

See this video with the dude running with the football? That’s what film producing is like. I have never liked ...
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Message in a Bottle

Well, I’m actually disturbed by the Leelah Alcorn suicide note. Unlike the many stories I’d come across every year about ...
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Something to Love

Editing gives me succor. It makes me feel alive. If I can sit in my little cave for many years ...
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The Good Alchemist

I hole myself up about two days a week and shut out the world. I work for 20 hours, in ...
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Eulogy to the Incorruptible

Prelude: This is a picture my film buddy Jack took when we were in film school. He and his crazy ...
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Transference

It’s a lone beautiful night in LA. One of those grayer days that makes me so happy. It hasn’t rained ...
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True Trash

Sondi Ramaker, our set dresser, had to clean out high school lockers to decorate them for the set of NUNE ...
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It’s Open.

Recently, I’ve been spread very thin: between post-production of NUNE and working on a completion of a graphic novel, RED ...
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Casting Nune

RED AS BLUE takes place in the 1980s. When I made NUNE, which is an adaptation of RB, I updated ...
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First Person

I fought kinda hard for “Dino.” Although a minor character in NUNE, I felt it was important for me to ...
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The Golden Hour

Brianna (Nune) texted me one day and said she was falling in love with the character Nune. I had fallen ...
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Dreams Travel Far

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, 2011. That was the year I thought I would quit making films forever and live ...
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The Long Short

I’ve been thinking about a beach in Mexico. I don’t know which beach it is, but I want to be ...
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Rockin’ My Nune Desktop

I'm rockin' my desktop image of Brianna Chomer as "Nune!" She's a giant! ...
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I Do My Best

Call me a Production Geek but I love my relationship to the 1st AD (First Assistant Director). The 1st AD ...
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Vegas

I was trying to reach Jessica over the past couple of days but couldn’t get a hold of her. Her ...
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Creating the Un-Creatable

One of my greatest pleasures in making films is collaborating with actors and techies. I often hear bad stereotypes about ...
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The Story with Three Eyes

NUNE has a history. It’s based on a graphic novel and feature-length screenplay called, RED AS BLUE. For the past ...
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Ji Strangeway is a filmmaker, writer, and poet specializing in female-centric LGBTQ. She is also a fierce blogger aiming for a new level of indigoness and bad assery. Find out more: www.jistrangeway.com | Follow FB: jistrangeway.official  #jistrangeway

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Executant of the Ineffable

The Three Gates of Speech stipulates that you ask these questions before putting your foot in your mouth: Is it True? Is it Necessary? Is it Kind? Since this doesn't fit the purpose for every occassion, the criteria for my path is: Is it True? Is it Necessary? Is it Indigo?

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