my travels 

Writer, Actor, World Traveler

Vancouver, B.C.

Those who know me, know I love to travel.  Thus far, I have visited 44 states and 12 foreign countries on two continents.  Much of my travel in the states has been during my six cross country treks.  I highly recommend seeing the USA first hand - from the powerful Niagara Falls, to the original pony express, to the colorful La La Land, there is always something around the corner that will take your breath away.  

But this week I left the country.  For good reason.

vancouver, b.c.

I was honored to have had my script MY OLD MAN chosen as a finalist for the screenwriting competition in the Vancouver International Women in Film Festival.  #VIWFF  So I decided to go.  

When I got there I checked into my hotel, and immediately felt like a celebrity.  A room with a view!  At night the lights were spectacular and in the afternoon I could see the cruise ships on the water.  There was also a great restaurant in the hotel with desserts to die for.  Next time you're in Vancouver, you might want to stay at the Century Plaza Hotel.

The #VIWIFF festival took place at Vancity Theatre, a modern facility with lots of places to meet and meet up.  Not only did I find an enormous wealth of smart, supportive women, but also an abundance of remarkable films.  I attended dozens of screenings and sat in on the panels afterwards.  I also participated in a panel on writers, then went to brunch afterwards with a few new friends: Joan MacBeth, writer and screenplay competition organizer; Maja Aro, filmmaker, stunt coordinator and all-round badass; Michelle Muldoon, writer and producer at Paisley Productions; and Leslie Mapstone, writer and documentarian.  I was happy just to be part of the festival, so when I won, it was an embarrassment of riches. 

And did I mention that the city was beautiful?  Vancouver is full of the kind of architecture and history I seek.  I took a short tour, visiting some of the historic homes in the area, (see the birdhouses in the tree?), and then walked to the water.  Even through the rain I could see the beauty of this city.  

oh, the places I will go

This is where I am planning to go for my next adventure. 

Can you guess where that will be?