When I am old, I will remember 2010 as one of those years that defined who I am. Years of hard work finally paid off with the release of my first feature film. The March premiere of Bloodwood was one of the best days of my life, and the movie’s wide distribution as “Bloodwood Cannibals” meant that I was no longer an aspiring filmmaker. I am a filmmaker.

The friendships that developed while making Bloodwood thrived. I made new friends and reconnected with childhood pals while promoting the movie online and at film festivals. A friendship turned to romance, then returned to friendship. I learned a lot about myself in the process.

I learned that father and son are more alike than I thought, in ego and temper. I’ve behaved poorly because of it, but I’ve learned to accept my failings and start on the path to correcting my mistakes. These are but small setbacks in life. My momentum continues forward.

2010 also saw the resurrection of “A Midsummer Nightmare”, a Shakespeare inspired horror script that I wrote in 2005. Midsummer was optioned but never produced, and the rights reverted to me while I was making Bloodwood. My friends and fellow filmmakers Steve Everson and L. Jeffrey Moore offered to produce Midsummer as the next feature. I jumped on the opportunity, and we started planning for a 2011 production.

I’ve continued working at the Butte College Foundation and consider myself blessed to have steady employment in such a difficult economy. I’ve also been blessed with good health. No major illnesses or injuries this year, and I’ve gained almost 20 pounds of muscle in the past 12 months thanks to a more methodical workout/recovery system and lots of whey protein.

Mom wasn’t so lucky, suffering a broken arm after a fall in the garden. Luckily she’s tough as stone and recovered quickly. Padme and Darth are both in good health, but more spoiled than ever. I’m thankful that my 1999 Honda has survived another year with only a few more dents and dings.

All in all, it’s been a pretty good year. I have much to be thankful for and a lot to look forward to in 2011. Thank you, friends, for being a part of it all!

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