MEMORY OF DUST
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O light, LIGHT:
between fan blades it beams,
spiraling beauty over normal things;
a moment at last, of times long worn past
and premonitions taking their wings.

But dust, DUST:
levitates and careens,
chaos, collision, and firefly's gleam.
Invisible at first, consuming light with its thirst
enough to smother this dream.

The smiles, SMILES:
how we used to smile,
but moved on in youth fueled haste.
I've out worn my welcome, or ceased to affect them
'til a tin of ash take my place.


-- Nicholas La Salla
12/13/13


"Clouds" Courtesy of Createsima (http://www.freeimages.com/profile/createsima)

To read more of my poetry, check out the new "Poetry" page on this blog!

HURT ONE, BREATHE --
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Day by day we leak our lives in
distracting menial chores.
Springing leaks front to back,
the soul stiffens and implores --

HURT ONE,

if the time ought ever come
when luck yields more than most,
remember the creative spirit is not you,
you are simply its happy host.

Listen to its words, channel
ugliness into the grand, though
beauty, elation, and imagination
come not when you demand, so --

BREATHE --

and when you least expect it
whisks into your dreams, The Muse.
She brings pride, calm and cause
to heal another day's abuse.


-- Nicholas La Salla
12/10/13


"Angel" Courtesy of JMAstruc (http://www.freeimages.com/profile/jmastruc)

MR. WAKEFIELD
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Where the saltwater swallows a starry canvas of sea:
the moon's stale grin hovers thoughtfully.
Mr. Wakefield's there.

The lungs of a boy submerged in the waves,
spat to a bed of sand, stained with tears family made --
Mr. Wakefield's there.

A hotel ledge juts out from the 42nd floor --
a man who'd lost faith could not take anymore.
Mr. Wakefield's there.

The bathroom door lay askew, a man naked and bare,
once a policeman, now mere flesh and tufts of hair. --
Mr. Wakefield's there.

Outside, buildings cut sky like rectangular teeth --
shadows huddled dark with but the shoes on their feet.
Mr. Wakefield's there.

Lights upon lights, cars blare their horns.
Sailing in darkness up an alley, and into a home reborn --
Mr. Wakefield's near.

A triangle of kitchen light, a laughing shape over knives --
he slithers into the hall and prepares his goodbyes.
Mr. Wakefield's near.

A victim, "safe" behind curtains, bathed in monitor light:
gritty fingers wrap over his shoulder, bone tight --

MR. WAKEFIELD IS HERE.


-- Nicholas La Salla
10/23/13


"Mist In The City" Courtesy of Costi (http://www.freeimages.com/profile/costi)

MAN & BROTHER
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Man and brother lie together
in a paralytic state
One too soon to be gone,
losing life to fate:

There, the house in which they'd grown
o'ergrown by neglect and waste
Window lights long since dimmed,
the beds left made and chaste.

The grapes still grow, fat then old
wither softly from the vine
and drop away, souls bound as prey
to a hungry Father Time.

But memories grow distant, as
the brothers, they did too.
One departs, and with aching heart
the other followed suit.

And Here, man and brother lie together
in beds of timber make.
Dreams and wishes and indecisions
twined like rotted snakes.


-- Nicholas La Salla
10/22/13


"Skeletons in bed?" courtesy of Jackbox (http://www.freeimages.com/gallery/jackbox)


To read more of my poetry, stop by the new "Poetry" page on this blog!

An interview with me appeared a few days ago in the Rock River Times.  In it, I talk about "Dralien", the epic fantasy short film I wrote for Gutzee Geko Films that will see release this November.  We also cover the comedy short, "Dennis Mayhew's Magic Mirror" (formerly known as "Yeye Niazu's Magic Mirror", as written in the article) -- and that's what I want to talk about today!

This new short is going to be filmed over two days in Brisbane, Australia starting Tuesday.  I'm beyond excited about this project, as I was involved with it from the genesis of the idea all the way through.  Producer/director/owner of Gutzee Geko Films Linda Curry suggested we make an idea about a magic mirror that does not like liars, and I took that concept and turned it into a comedy that I believe will play really well.

No word on casting yet, but I do know the auditions are finished and the cast and crew are all set to start shooting.

Great news on future projects as well.  "Dralien" just might become a feature length film (there was talk of a web series, but I think a film will be more effective), and a romantic comedy feature is just emerging as a speck on the horizon. 

The Gutzee Geko team -- of which I am proud to call myself a member -- have a lot of great films coming your way very soon, so sit tight.

Much more is on the way . . .





I was interviewed by the Rockford Register Star a couple weeks ago about my involvement with "Dralien" (I wrote the script) and this past Sunday it appeared in print.  The article is great!  My thanks go out to Natalie Conover and Rebecca Rose for setting it up and for Linda Curry, the producer/director of "Dralien", for adding her comments and providing the cast/crew photo.

The only bummer is that the Rockford Register Star's website is made so that if you have viewed five articles, a grey box appears asking you to subscribe, neatly hiding the entire article.  If that happens to you, then check out this link instead.  It's not quite as pretty, but it's functional.

In other news, I turned in a new screenplay I wrote for Gutzee GEKO Films.  It's a 7 minute comedy with a touch of fantasy and I couldn't be happier with it.  More details on this soon!

More news on epic short fantasy film "Dralien" -- due to rainy conditions, the production will wrap on July 11th -- that's just seven days away!  Meanwhile, CGI extraordinaire Lee A. Stripp is hard at work beginning the post-production process on the scenes already in the can.

Once the post-production is finished and the CGI 100% incorporated into the final cut, the next step will be submitting "Dralien" to the Cannes Film Festival and see where we go from there.

But that's not all -- there is strong potential for "Dralien" to expand beyond the confines of a fifteen minute short film.  Perhaps it will become a web series or even a feature film!  Either way, director Linda M. Currie wants me to work on the new scripts, in addition to more features that she will see to after "Dralien" wraps.  I am very happy to continue working with Gutzee Geko Films.

In other news, two new articles of mine will see print in August's Rockford Parent magazine, one of which is very dear to my heart: A "Dad Says" article about taking your kids fishing, even if you're not particularly outdoorsy.  Work continues on the script for "Hawking the Dead" in preparation for a roundtable reading.  Very early writing has commenced on the Case Closed murder mystery series, too.

As if that wasn't enough, big interviews with horror scream queen Jessica Cameron and new Dallas actress Marlene Forte are posted on Forest City Film Review.  Reviews of Ti West's The Innkeepers and Liam Neeson action film Non-Stop are also online now.  Fun animated "Desire" and comedy "Donation" both have reviews on Forest City Short Film Review.

Last weekend, I talked to screenwriter Nancylee Myatt.  She's worked on TV shows like "Night Court" and "South of Nowhere", but what we talked about most was her "Nikki & Nora" web series, which initially was a pilot for broadcast TV ten years ago.  Due to its controversial subject matter (two lesbian protagonists), it was shelved . . . making this the first time in TV history that a major network turned down a series, only for it to re-emerge years later successfully on the Internet.

That interview is coming soon, I promise!

So much to do, and I'm loving every second of it.  Thank you for visiting and keeping up on what I'm up to. 

Have an amazing weekend!

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