Review: Strong Heart, by Charlie Sheldon

On the Olympic Peninsula, the Haida Nation is struggling to preserve its collective history.  However, it seems only Myra, William and Tom are willing to publicly challenge the disruption and possible destruction of ancient artifacts and land: until Sarah, William’s estranged granddaughter is dropped on their doorstep. Against their better judgment, they decide to take this disagreeable teen on a conservationist trek into the woods.  Little do they know that Sarah’s personal journey will become the glue which holds together their community’s past, present, and future.

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Strong Heart“This is a land of magic, history, and legend. A place of myth, ancient stories, ancient people.”

Charlie Sheldon’s Strong Heart is a unique and adventurous story about finding acceptance.  Though we are reading a through a fiction/fantasy lens, we come to learn about and connect to the differing cultures in our physical world.  I would categorize Strong Heart as a Young Adult novel that all genders can enjoy. However, I think young women, especially those looking to satisfy their independent spirit, would benefit most from adding this book to their reading list.  [Trigger warning: discussion of domestic abuse is contained in this novel.]

On the Olympic Peninsula, the Haida Nation is struggling to preserve its collective history.  However, it seems only Myra, William and Tom are willing to publicly challenge the disruption and possible destruction of ancient artifacts and land: until Sarah, William’s estranged granddaughter is dropped on their doorstep. Against their better judgment, they decide to take this disagreeable teen on a conservationist trek into the woods.  Little do they know that Sarah’s personal journey will become the glue which holds together their community’s past, present, and future.

Sheldon sets an adventurous tone to the novel by beginning with a quote by Carl Jung, founder of analytical psychology: “Your vision will become clear only when you look into your heart … Who looks outside, dreams. Who looks inside, awakens.” This works brilliantly alongside Sarah’s experience as she learns how to become one with her people. As she begins her trek through the woods her personality is not exactly admirable. She’s disrespectful to her family and insists on being miserable. However, her true colors breakthrough when she travels to The Place People Were. She transforms from a stubborn teen into a self-reliant young woman with a purpose. At the same time, learns how to work as part of a team, and how to cope with the pain of her past.

This point brings me to why I think young women should read Strong Heart. It was refreshing to follow the story of two differently-aged women who actually have personalities relatable to young women. Sarah is able to grow without losing her independent spirit. She reminds me of “Katniss Everdeen” because of her efforts to be heard and to remain strong through her journey. And the good news is- she has a great role model in her aunt, Myra. Myra is argumentative, but also kind. She is knowledgeable of her history and determined to share that knowledge with Sarah.

The only suggestion I have for this text would be to complete one more quick round of editing. There are a few sections with a lot of “back and forth” dialogue that could be quoted more clearly and 1 or 2 sentences missing a word; but otherwise, Strong Heart was a great read. I give it 3 out of 4 stars.

See Labyrinth for FREE!

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This special viewing of Jim Henson’s “Labyrinth” serves as a fundraiser for Green Buffalo Productions’ second feature of the season. 

This time, we’re back with In Crazy Love, a mostly comedic series of one-act plays written by local Buffalo playwright, John Snodgrass. What better way to celebrate his goofy humor than at The Screening Room with muppets, mazes, and David Bowie?

May 11th
1pm – 4pm

The Screening Room
880 Alberta Drive 
Amherst, New York 14226

Continue reading “See Labyrinth for FREE!”

CALL FOR ACTORS!

Seeking actors who can play many different types of roles between the ages of about 20-50! Women: think anything from “ingenue” to “Lady Macbeth.” Men: think anything from “stoner burnout” to “vengeful husband.” Experience with Shakespeare is a plus! 

Green Buffalo Productions’ next feature production, “In Crazy Love” is a series of One Act plays written by Buffalo playwright, J. Snodgrass. If cast in this series of six 10-minute plays, you’ll pull back the curtain on all kinds of relationships, while teaching a course in the absurdity of romantic love.

Auditions will take place on April 5th from 6 pm – 9 pm and April 6th from 3 pm – 6 pm.

Rehearsals will be 2-3 times a week from April 2019 – June 2019.

The production is slated for production in early to mid-June of 2019.

To audition or not to audition... (1)EMAIL GREEN BUFFALO PRODUCTIONS WITH YOUR HEAD-SHOT AND RESUME SECURE YOUR TIME SLOT.

Play Synopses

True Loretta: Having just lost his wife, Loretta, Kerwin stops into the funeral home to make final arrangements. Enthusiastic undertaker, Christina, jumps to the occasion.

Our Girl Izzy: Don, an undercover vice cop, seeks to reconnect with his estranged long-term boyfriend Stephen and his daughter. But after years of lies and danger, Stephen is wary of allowing Don back into their lives.

You Know the Drill: Valleria is an enthusiastic amateur dentist who wants to go pro, now she just needs a few unsuspecting patients to practice on.

The Hunter Returns: Stumbling through a forest, looking for cell phone reception, Action meets a mysterious stranger chained to a tree. He has unwittingly entered the realm of a hunter-goddess, from which no man escapes alive.

In the Air Tomorrow Night: Karen’s husband finally joins her in the afterlife, but she disapproves of the vengeful vigilante rampage he undertook in her name.

Death and Dunkin: Mack has been working at Dunkin Donuts for years and what does he have to show for it? Beth has a few ideas to get him out of his post-graduate slump.

New Poetry Workshop Series in Buffalo, NY

Green Buffalo Productions is bringing poetry back in a fun and accessible way with Poetry 101. This series has everything you could want from a writing workshop! Whether you are new to creative writing or a recent graduate and need to bulk up your resume.

Emily Green, a co-founder of GBP and experienced high school and collegiate instructor, will be leading workshops at The Daily Planet Coffee Co. on the topics below from April – June 2019:

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Check out the Emerald Package for only $25

  • 1 Poetry Class of your choice
  • 1 30-minute workshop of poems created in class
  • Writing Supplies & Course Materials (notebook, pencils, packets, & worksheets)
  • 1 Free Submission to GBP COLLECTIVE MAGAZINE
  • 1 Free Copy of GBP COLLECTIVE MAGAZINE ($10 value!)
  • 1 2-minute slot for a guest reader performance
  • *Emerald Members are ineligible for Publishing Workshop

But wait… there’s more!

If you want to take advantage of all 3 courses, choose the Viridian Package for $60

  • Total of 4 30-minute workshops of poems created in class
  • Writing Supplies & Course Materials (notebook, pencils, packets, & worksheets)
  • 3 Free Submissions to GBP COLLECTIVE MAGAZINE
  • Free Copy of GBP COLLECTIVE MAGAZINE ($10 value!)
  • 3 2-minute slots for a guest reader performance
  • Exclusive access to a publishing workshop, where you plan and design the GBP COLLECTIVE MAGAZINE with our Co-Founders

Questions? Email us!

Get your tickets today!

Calling all WNY writers!

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Green Buffalo Productions is looking for submissions for our first Publisher’s Mic Night!

This is a public event in which authors have the opportunity to perform or read your works in front of local publishers.

Our goal for this event is to introduce local authors to the various publishers in the area, and for those authors to have an opportunity to perform their pieces in front of the various publisher representatives. You are encouraged to mingle and discuss your work with publishers and audience members alike!

Accepted Works:
Poetry
Fiction
Essays
Monologues

Location:
Caffeology
23 Allen Street
Buffalo NY 14202

Date: 
August 18, 2018
6-9pm

Pre-Registration Requirements: E-mail greenbuffaloproductions@gmail.com with

~Your name

~The title of your work

~Genre

~A copy of your work in a readable format

 

Preferred performance time (5 min increments). Time slots will be allotted on a first come, first serve basis. Please note that if you sign up at the door to perform, you are not guaranteed a spot. 

Cost:
Authors:
Pre-Registration: $3
At the Door: $5

**Cash and Venmo accepted.**
If paying through Venmo, please label your payment “Poetry Submission” and send to:
Ellen Scherer GBP
@Marketing-Comm-Specialist

 

Click here to learn more!

Buffalo Creators: We Want You!

Green Buffalo Productions is looking to expand our services, but we need your input!

Please complete this survey to the best of your ability so we can help you reach your writing, performance and other creative goals.


Green Buffalo Productions strives to function as a pragmatic bridge between creators and the community of Buffalo, New York. We aim to inspire, uplift, and empower underrepresented voices in theater and performance art. Our three main objectives are: to foster the creation and production of original works of theater, to increase accessibility for local creators, particularly those with silenced voices, and to enrich and educate our community.


Can You Turn Your Hobby Into a Successful Business?

In a world of company-sponsored makeup tutorials, Instagram influencers and twitch streamers, generations Y and Z are proving they can thrive in the business world by doing just about anything!

Sounds great, right? If you are anything like me, your dream is to make millions by writing book reviews and poems, while guzzling down pots of strong coffee and belting out show tunes. (Oh… Just me? Ok.) Anyway, whatever your favorite hobbies might be, there may be a way to transform them into a source of income.  But before you take the leap, I suggest you ask yourself the following questions:

  • Can others benefit from your work?
  • Can you find a way to make a profit?
  • What sets you apart?

You’re going to have to think about how other people can utilize your hobby as a product or service. Let’s say you want to start a business based on your crochet hobby. Will you produce a product that other people can buy? If so, what kind of products will you make?  How much will you charge for these products, and what makes them different from other products you’ve seen in the past? Why is this so complicated all of a sudden?!

Multitasking WomanEasy as it may seem from the outside, the decision to start making money doing what love can be a big risk. Within each of the three major questions above, there are hundreds of follow up and related questions.  You have to think about your decision to monetize your hobby as an investment in yourself. You have to be willing to put in the work and remain dedicated to your goals. You have to be flexible because there will be several unanticipated issues that you will need to solve. My suggestion? Do a lot of research and ask for help. Other people have been where you are right now and are willing to help you succeed.

Here some great resources to get you started. Good Luck!