Procrastination is Enemy #1

Distraction no.1 Moses da Pooch

Distraction no.1 Moses da Pooch

I have two weeks and two days left until the school year begins again. Approximately six months until my first draft of ‘the project’ should be done. And finally, eleven months until Christmas. Procrastination is the enemy, my friends. Now, if only my head would listen.

The beauty of having regular holidays in my profession is the stack of work to go on with and the countless ‘to do’ lists written on whatever legible surface around the house – I should mention I once wrote a skeleton lesson plan on a table. Thankfully, my housemate at the time didn’t notice before the magic eraser removed any trace.

The next two weeks should be spent preparing for the term ahead. I am one of the lucky few who actually gets to teach a subject I love, so movie marathons and deconstructing camera technique, acting, lighting, sound, editing and mise-en-scene is not a bad a gig if you ask anyone at all interested in cinema. Mise-en-scene, what a sexy word. (I’ll get back to that later).

The problem I face is the mere fact that it’s actually, ‘work’ or paid work. Not to be bogged down in semantics (which I love, by the way) but the devil in my head asks why I should spend my holidays ‘working’. The conscience on the other hand, tells me it’s for the best. From experience, I know the conscience is right. The more prepared you are, I tell myself, the better the outcomes will be.

Given that I am averse to failure, I’m certain I’ll ‘work’ through the next fortnight without too much distraction, even if sleeping (napping) and dealing with a hyperactive pooch could potentially  disrupt my (work) flow. Not to mention my need to check Twitter and Facebook every half hour, you would think the notifications system would be enough. Did I mention eBay, running, gym? Actually, distractions are a-plenty. As you’ve just read.

So the solution, I write more ‘to do’ lists on multi-coloured post-it notes, stick post-it notes around the house (there’s plenty already), carry my laptop around (or maybe a notepad) and have social media on drip. In all seriousness, I need a holiday work schedule. Sounds like a plan. I’ll do that after I post this.

Finally, the mise-en-scene mentioned earlier. If I could describe the mise-en-scene of my flat right this very minute, it would be a LS of a cluttered open living space with laptops, hard drives, books, white Ikea furniture and a futon with a basket full of laundry (clean, of course) with naturalistic lighting. The person in the shot is hunched over one of the laptops typing vigorously, drinking Cherry Coke and doing quick head turns to check for notices on her iPhone. She has a rather disappointed, ‘no one loves me’ expression on her face. For such a sensual word, the current mise-en-scene doesn’t do the word justice.

Since I’ve just assigned myself a job to do: create a holiday work schedule, I’d best be going. I’d hate to put off planning a productive fortnight.

MF 🙂


Buzzing mosquitoes

poppies will not be cropped

poppies will not be cropped

I’m watching Poirot trying to catch a mosquito and the moment he catches it, slaps it, kills it – he’s come very close to solving the murder mystery.

That’s it. The buzzing mosquito is like that itch you want to scratch but can’t for the time being. It’s the feeling of holding your breath for something you’ve always wanted but can’t seem to get.

I am hoping 2013 will be the year. The year I catch, slap and kill that buzzing mosquito. The one that won’t let me sleep without spraying myself with tropical strength Aerogard in my own home. That buzzing mosquito keeps me up at night, just in case it feasts on my flesh and sweet tasting blood.

I am not much of resolution maker but 2013 is the year. Here is a list of buzzing mosquitoes for 2013:

1. Finances – get it right.

2. Re-learn my mother tongue and speak it  – Tagalog.

3. Write (or blog) daily – finish first project and read to a live audience.

4. Travel – Asia

5. Be a better photographer – take portraits.

Those are my Top 5. There are sure to be more I am yet to uncover (or admit to).

Introductions are so blasé

Me and da pooch, Moses.

Me and da pooch, Moses.

Well, hello there. My name is Mary-France and I hail from the land Down Under. Born in Quezon City, Philippines and raised in Melbourne, Australia.
I am a dedicated, slightly obsessed secondary school teacher who works well with all types, including adolescents who may or may not already appreciate the art of learning. From experience, a sense of humour and a neverending ability to smile also works a treat! I have a passion for the Media in all forms, particularly cinema and photography but my latest craze is of course, social media. Hence, the blog.
In the last twelve months, I’ve been playing with the idea of ‘moonlighting’. No, not the 80s drama of the same name but potentially moonlighting in my closet interest of writing – namely, writing for television and film. More on this later.
In terms of qualifications, I started a Bachelor of Performing Arts degree specialising in Music but when the rehearsal and audition trail began to take its toll, I switched to a Bachelor of Arts in Media and Communications instead. So it seems my two left feet could not do justice to my soulful vibrato and expressive face. Life didn’t end there thankfully.
My B.A eventually led me to work in a media analysis company where I read print media at the speed of light (yes, at the speed of light. My KPIs were off the charts) for private and public clients. In this role, I grew to appreciate business news and the art of “information reconnaissance”. This eventually led me to hope that my interest in the Media and the Arts would mean something more than being an audience member.
In 2006, I graduated from a brilliant Graduate Diploma in Education and my many teaching adventures commenced. Teaching is a profession that is definitely not for the faint-hearted. I realised this early on, especially in working abroad. I returned from teaching in London armed with new tricks and a newfound understanding of adolescent behaviour in a melting pot of cultures that is London. I learnt that my love for travel (seriously, who doesn’t?) was actually complementing my desire to teach. So, in 2013 I continue to do so, perhaps with less (closet) angst than I did all those years ago, pre-London.
As for my potential moonlighting, I am currently working on a project which involves a lot of reading, checking, writing, reading, checking, writing…you get the drift.
Lastly, I am an avid middle distance runner and hula hooper. Currently, I am working through a stack of dvds I own, which have never been opened but seen countless times, all in the name of work and inspiration. Wish me luck! 🙂