Do a Good Deed by Committing to Original Sins

October 16, 2012 :: Posted by - simplyjen :: Category - Uncategorized

It was just over two years ago when I was beginning to get bored being an editor at OK! and (with added persuasion by my friend Amber), decided to take a class at UCLA to counter my restlessness. I also hungered to get back in touch with some of the creativity that was sucked out of me writing extended captions staff at a magazine for so long.

While perusing the UCLA class guide I saw a creative writing class called, “Finding Your Inner Muse,” that sounded amazing. When I saw that it was taught by Kim Krizan, I thought it sounded perfect.

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If you don’t know her by name, you likely know Kim’s work. Kim played the role of a teacher in Richard Linklater’s Dazed & Confused and had parts in his films Slacker and Waking Life before he took her behind the camera to work with him as a writer!

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While working on a script for Before Sunrise, a film that follows a man and a women, played by Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy, over the course of one night, Linklater reportedly realized he needed a woman to help him write the dialogue-heavy script and sought out Kim because he’s said he, “loved the way her mind worked – a constant stream of confident and intelligent ideas.” The decision led to the sequel Before Sunset nine years later and Kim being nominated for an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay.

The films are among my favorites for their dialogue so engrossing you hardly notice the whole film is one conversation – without speaking parts by anyone other than Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy!

To say the least, I was looking forward to trying to tap back into to my long neglected creativity with the help of a writer I respected…And I wasn’t disappointed.

It was via one of Kim’s assignments that I decided to quit my job and take my energy in a different direction, working on projects that fulfilled me the way weekly magazines once did and work on a book.  While ‘my book’ is still a work in progress, I’ve never regretted the decision to start a new chapter.

Original SinsStarting her own next chapter, Kim, who’s also written the critically-acclaimed graphic novel Zombie Tales: 2061, has finished her own first novel, Original Sins: Trade Secrets of the Femme Fatale, and is taking the progressive step of plunging into the world of self-publishing and funding it via a Kickstarter!

Read excerpts and get involved in getting a page (or many) published by donating here! Just $1 garners you good karma, $10 a PDF of the book, $25 a paper copy of the book, $150 enough signed copies for a book club and $500 or more will get you recognition on the Thank You page in the book AND lunch or a cocktail with Kim!

If you’re a fan of her writing like I am, like the excerpts (that I’m sure you’ve read by now) or want to help someone get their book published for only the price you’d pay for a book anyway, help a femme fatale out.

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