Funny what a difference four days make. Ah the agony and the ecstasy. Just as January second had me down for the count I dragged my ass up off the ground and got back up on my feet again. You see, my best friend (and screenwriting and producing partner of 18 years) and I had just opened up a small press featuring 4 authors who we feel passionately about creatively.
We opened our doors January 1st. To much acclaim and fanfare. We have our editors and cover artists in place. Yes, as of January 1, 2018 3 Bitches Press is open for business. Then January 2nd I have the negative experience at the drugstore where my medication is concerned.
So I wrote the blog to raise awareness and to release the powerlessness that I felt at the situation. As much as I wanted to lay down and die I got up and started working on a new screenplay, Gemini Rising. And on January 4th I spied a pitching opportunity.
I’ve always dreamed of being a mental health advocate on a larger scale. When the opportunity presented itself to pitch a cable network development VP mine and Missy’s mental health advocacy reality tv series I went in and jumped on it.
January 6th was a crazy day. I got my hair cut and styled so that I would look great on Skype for my pitch. And then Skype wouldn’t work on their end leading me to believe I had missed the pitch altogether on my end. However, they called me and I put my best foot forward and this network executive called my project amazing and then reiterated that note by calling ME amazing.
If you’ve been in this business for any extended amount of time you know network executives just say stuff like that at all really. It was a positive experience with a positive result. I have to say the mimosas tasted especially sweet that night as we toasted this part of the process. And it made watching the Golden Globes especially fun.
Finally, just when I thought January couldn’t get better this weekend I got word that my documentary “All In the Family” that me and Missy co-produced with my cousin Rebekah about mine and Rebekah’s families struggle with the genetic nature of bipolar disorder won for Best Writing In A Documentary 3rd Quarter at the Enginuity Film Festival. Not only that but me and Missy are pitching Bounty Hunter to a well known L.A. based production company on the 26th.
January took a U-turn of the greatest kind. It’s okay to feel angry or sad. It is not a crime or your fault when your disease gets a hold of you when triggered by experiences you get caught off guard by. Or sometime when your disease has got you by the tail. But please know, there are moments like these to be had and to be joyous about on the other side of it. Getting into a one day at a time recovery is possible.
January is off to an amazing start. Here’s hoping your recovery is on an upswing and your dreams are starting to come true.
Amy Leigh McCorkle