Happy New Year 2019

Wishing everyone a prosperous and healthy New Year! 2018 may have sucked but I was busy and the first week of January brought forth some fruitful surprises. My other 2 short screenplays, Hand of Me and 26 Stabs, won five awards from various screenwriting contests and festivals. It’s a great feeling to be getting my work out there. Hand of Me is a psychological, paranormal suspense, and 26 Stabs is a steamy, murder thriller. Thank you to Aaron Murtagh for shepherding this process.

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26. achievement in screenwriting short 3rd place winner

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Independent Horror Movie Awards

I  just got this for my script Rusalka Revenge. 

Rusalka Revenge is a supernatural thriller that plays out like a dark, erotic fairy tale. Olena’s story is rooted in Ukrainian history, culture and myth that twists with family secrets, loss and the supernatural. With the help of Baba and Aunt Margaret, Olena realizes she has “the sight” which allows her to see the dead, and hear them. Olena has returned to make peace with her father’s suicide and face her own demons, when she is overcome with the mystery of the young women who have died violently at the lake, who the locals call Rusalkas. Now, they are calling to Olena for some unfinished, karmic business, and her new lover may be a ghost.

Let’s make a movie! We will be launching our crowdfunding campaign in the New Year 2019! Stay tuned.

 

Find the juice!

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Photo by Faye Maddox Photography.

The Spring Montana Writer’s Retreat is in Bozeman this April 27, 28, 29, 2018. This 3 day workshop rekindles a fresh beginning with your creativity and focuses on new techniques for “fleshing” out passages. Finding your core message will be explored. Beginners welcome.

For more information visit Montana Writer’s Retreat.

Here are some testimonials from the 3rd Annual Virginia City Winter Writer’s Retreat this February 2018 at the Elling House Arts and Humanities Center in Virginia City, Montana. A magical time was had by all!

“Once again you’ve outdone yourself with the Montana Writer’s Retreat. You juggled multiple genres—non-fiction essays, memoir, poetry, fiction—as well as diverse writing levels and project goals. You’re also sensitive to where each writer is at personally and any external pressures in their lives.

With all those factors in mind, while providing unified instruction for the group, you also customize writing exercises for each participant. You allow the group to chat and bond and then gently bring us back to the page. All beautifully balanced, well done.

Oh, and the food—nourishment of the body and brain! I’d need to write another post devoted solely to that!”

My Heartfelt Thanks,
Anika

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Anika Hanisch working on novel outline. Photo by Allyson Adams

“In my in-between art project times, I’m building bridges between current skills & experience to…where I want to go.

The amount of wisdom, engagement, and encouragement from these amazing writers was priceless. Thank you Allyson for leading and nurturing the way ❤️Keep pushing your limits of what you believe is possible for you to accomplish and in growing… both as an artist and an amazing human

Mary Riitano

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Mary Riitano.

 

“For one who has always found excuses to put off a dream, I am so glad I finally did not! This retreat was nourishing to my body (artful, creative, body pleasing food); soul (mentoring, encouragement, direction and such deep knowledge shared from a true professional); and heart (Allyson gave us permission to be selfish, make it about “us”, so “we were not there to make friends”,
but WE DID)❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

Karen McMullin

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Karen McMullin

 

“This was a true learning experience for me, with so many bottled up ideas just running over my already full glass of wine….apple, grape, red and white!!! Just can’t wait for the next one!!! Thanks Allyson, and so nice to be able to share in a group that was warm, welcoming and easy. Much Love, when outside it was 0 degrees, inside was warm and purring. A motor running on all cylinders.”

Donna Jones

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Donna Jones

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The Writer’s Table

Thank you to all the ladies who joined me at the Writer’s Retreat this winter!

 

See you next time,

Allyson

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Posing with my old chum, Kuan Yin, who was probably a vegetarian.

The Road South

I was lucky enough to get out of town for 12 days and head south to Sedona Arizona with my compadre Leslie and her dachshund, Louie. Seasoned travelers, all of us, we took Leslie’s car because it’s a Toyota Highlander, has Sirius radio and drives like a dream. There’s a lot of wide open spaces between Virginia City Montana and Arizona. Yeah, like Utah. America the beautiful never rang so true as it did along Highway 89.

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Flowers and grey clouds.

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Louie our mascot.

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Mystic Hot Springs, Utah

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Monument Valley Tribal National Park.

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West Mitten with Tribal flags.

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Enchantment Village in Sedona.

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From the Mariposa Restaurant (exquisite) at sunset in Sedona.

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More magic with an early morning buck in the front yard.

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Stunning Kuan Yin.

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Sleeping orange Buddha.

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Serene

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Merlin in front of Whole Foods, Sedona.

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Prickly Pear Margaritas from the cactus I picked in the yard. True to its name, the little needles were everywhere and I made syrup from the juice. Hurts so good.

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On the red road again.

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Love the wide open spaces.

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Our friends, friend, made this. Happy Trails!

 

Duck Ugly at The Mother Lode

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Duck Ugly is a new musical by Allyson Adams, based on the well known Hans Christian Andersen story The Ugly Duckling. Duck Ugly travels as a misfit in a strange land meeting all sorts of magical and not so magical birds and animals of the forest while trying to find his true home. It’s an honor to have the play presented by The Orphan Girl Children’s Theatre at The Mother Lode in Butte, Montana on March 30 – April 2 for 5 performances.

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Directed by Elizabeth Mangham Crase and choreographed by the playwright Allyson Adams, the cast of 40 children light up the stage with lively characters: Duck Ugly, Fairy God Dude Man (Elvis), Mama, Crazy Dee, Sly Cat, Chickie Low Legs and more. Songs include old favorites like Summertime, Sugar Sugar, Perfect by Alainis Morrisette, Don’t Be Shy, Trouble, Ain’t No Mountain and The Way That We Are by Montana songwriter, Judy Fjell.

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Mother Lode Theatre is located at 316 W Park Street in Uptown Butte.Tickets for the show are available at Visit The Orphan Girl website  Showtimes are Thurs. Friday Saturday at 7pm, and Saturday and Sunday at 2pm. $15 for Adults, $10 for Children 10 and under.

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For Reservations Call 406-782-5657

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