While away at Bethany Beach on a family vacation, it took a day or two for me to unwind from the project. I was still obsessing over it, when I should have been enjoying myself.
Obsess is defined as, “reoccupy or fill the mind of (someone) continually, intrusively, and to a troubling extent.” I like the definition – intrusive(ly). It is defined as, “causing disruption or annoyance through being unwelcome or uninvited.” Even when I wanted to, I couldn’t shake the project from my mind. I had been so used to the extreme that when it was time to unwind, I couldn’t. Then somewhere around the third day, I didn’t think of Summer Ray much at all. It wasn’t until the quiet of the ride home that all these new thoughts about the project started to pop into my head, almost out of nowhere. But I know it was God speaking to me because I was finally at peace. Before I left on the trip, I submitted the script to two film festivals. I was pretty ecstatic because I finally felt peace within myself that it was ready. I was also super excited that I was actually at a point that I could submit the script in the first place. It’s exceptionally cool!
Summer Ray has had its share of ups and downs for sure. We have been loved, hated, jaded, rejected, accepted and thanked. But the heart of the story is that it is relatable. People are able to connect to the story in some way shape or form and I think that is pretty awesome. It is our goal to “Light the World” through this project and when I read reviews that people have found something in Summer that they can link themselves to, I feel that we are doing our job. When people know they are not alone in their suffering; when they see how people have overcome the odds, it brings them hope that they can as well! The great late Stan Lee at one point felt embarrassed that he just wrote comic books. I was once told that I was, “just the writer.” I have to admit, I was pretty angry when that was told to me. Like, it was something bad to be, “just the writer.” But without the writer there is no story. If there isn’t a story there isn’t a film or entertainment. But even Stan Lee knew the importance of entertainment. He realized that if we are entertained, life isn’t so stressful. We can detach from the daily life struggles and routines, and get immersed in a story that we can become a part of. People do not feel so alone when they have entertainment as an outlet. When they do not feel alone, they do not lean toward suicide.
One of Summer Ray’s storylines is Suicide Prevention. I wrote a book several years ago titled: “I Defied…Suicide!” To view the book or order it for possibly someone you know who is struggling with these dangerous thoughts, just click on the book cover. I also wrote, “Summer Ray No Matter What!” Do not give up on your dreams! EVER! This book will help you stay the course. In the book, “Summer Ray No Matter What,” my projected release date for the film was 2017. HA! It is now 2021. But we are not giving up. We are still going strong. We are staying the course and will see this project through to: The End!
If the release date was in 2017, I wouldn’t have gone on to write several more volumes and the story wouldn’t be what it is today. I am still in the process of writing the 7th volume…”Rising From the Ashes!” To view volumes 1-6, please visit the home page of the website: www.thememoirsofsummerray.com!
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