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New Year’s Resolutions 2014

Related Post: New Year’s Resolutions: End-of-the-Year Evaluation!

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2014

This may be a few weeks early, but I’m getting the ball rolling…!

  1. Fund and film my first short, Death Is No Bad Friend.  This is a ginormous endeavor and I’ve already put so much time and energy into it. Our trailer turned out beautifully and I’m both nervous and excited to launch our Indiegogo campaign mid-January (if everything goes as planned). For more information, please visit and follow Siren’s Gaze Productions at sirensgazeproductions.wordpress.com.
  2. Finish the script for The Poet and the Flea. Check out my plan here: Happy 256th Birthday, Mr. William Blake!
  3. Work on the next 10 illustrated pages of The Poet and the Flea. I’ve decided to dedicate December to this goal! I’ve been working on pages 31 through 40 for the past week or so, and have made much progress. I’m almost done outlining everything in ink and will begin with greyscale markers very soon. If everything goes well, I may even start on pages 41 through 50 this month!
  4. Work on the next 10 illustrated pages of The First Reich. I’m hoping to work on pages 11 through 20 in January. :)
  5. Find a publisher and/or agent to represent my work. How? Well, I’ve tried inquiry letters and I’ll continue down that path. But I also want to attend some major book fairs so that I can meet publishers and agents in person and chat with them. We’ll see how this goes!
  6. Get settled in Washington, D.C. Meaning I’d like to reconnect with old friends and make new ones too. Also, I’d like to network with D.C. filmmakers and try to get involved in local filmmaking. This past Wednesday, I met with two filmmakers — Steve and Kate — to discuss a collaborative stop motion animation short film. I’m excited to see how this project shapes up and will post more information about it soon!
  7. Attend some more film festivals. My wonderful time in Cannes has motivated me to expand my experience of film festivals. I hope to attend some local D.C. film festivals as well as perhaps some bigger ones like Tribeca or maybe even Telluride. I also plan on looking into the Creative Minds program in Toronto (though I probably won’t have the money for that).
  8. Get a decent part-time job and earn a little money. This has been a real struggle for me — getting paid versus doing something I love. I really don’t want to settle for a job that has nothing to do with my interests. But everything to do with my interests are unpaid or not enough to make ends meet. We’ll see…
  9. Perhaps invest in some film equipment and/or filmmaking software. I need to do more research in this realm, but I’m interested in learning more about Final Cut Pro, Dragonframe, and other film/animation software.
  10. Very long-term goal: Move to Brooklyn! I do miss New York City and feel that it’s the best place for me as a filmmaker. I’m hoping to start building up a nest egg so that I can eventually move! :D

This is a very challenging set of New Year’s Resolutions, but you never know until you try! :D

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Copyright 2013 by G. E. Gallas


New Year’s Resolutions: End-of-the-Year Evaluation!

Related Post: New Year’s Resolutions, Anyone? and New Year’s Resolutions: Mid-Year Evaluation!

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2013

Once again, I’ve revisited my 2013 New Year’s Resolutions — and I think I’ve done a pretty good job! Some goals didn’t work out and other I’m still working on. But, all in all, I feel that I’ve accomplished a lot this year. :)

Coming Soon: New Year’s Resolutions 2014!!!

In the meantime, here’s the breakdown…

Goals for 2013

  1. Complete materials for Elias & The City of Cats (hopefully before the end of January) and send out to publishers. I completed the materials for Elias & The City of Cats early April. The book hasn’t been picked up by a publisher yet, but I’m glad for the experience. In June, I was hired by Zest Books for a number of freelance illustrations and Scared Stiff: Everything You Need to Know about 50 Famous Phobias featuring 50+ of my illustrations will be released this coming February. :D When I get the chance, I’m hoping to write a children’s book myself entitled The Flatulent Earl. And, of course, I’d love to continue illustrating other writer’s work!
  2. Finish first 10 pages of The First Reich and get them up online. I completed the cover and first 10 pages of The First Reich in October and am excited to continue on to the next 10 pages. A preview zine of the completed pages is available on my online store The Poet and the Flea Market at thepoetandtheflea.storenvy.com/products/3203094-the-first-reich-zine.
  3. Begin working with Masa and Gabe on full-length screenplay collaboration The Blanks (working title), to be finished before June 2013. This project really didn’t go anywhere. But, in the meantime, I’ve helped a few other screenwriters edit/fix their screenplays. So that was an accomplishment!
  4. Send out query letters about my completed full-length screenplays to production companies. I’ve sent out a number of query letters to publishers, agents, etc. about both my screenplays and graphic novels. No success yet, but I just gotta keep trying!!! Next year, I’m hoping to attend some big book fairs in order to scope out and talk to publishers and agents. We’ll see how this goes!
  5. Finish the script for The Poet and the Fleahopefully somewhere between 60 – 75 pages. This is still a really important goal! And I am making progress one step at a time. For more details, please see my post Happy 256th Birthday, Mr. William Blake!
  6. Work on my first zine (possibly a tie in with The Flea) and self-print it. I have succeeded in creating and self-publishing a number of zines this year — “Smithereens,” “The Ink Drinker,” and previews of both The Poet and the Flea and The First Reich. I’ve really enjoyed learning how to self-bind these little books. :) Furthermore, I’ve exhibited these at the SF Zine Fest, SPX, and APE. So I feel very accomplished in this arena. You can check out all my zines and other merchandise at The Poet and the Flea Market (thepoetandtheflea.storenvy.com).
  7. Open up a Storenvy account to sell zines and other merchandise (prints, t-shirts, etc.). Done and done!!! The Poet and the Flea Market (thepoetandtheflea.storenvy.com).
  8. Work on the next 10 illustrated pages of The Poet and the FleaThen the next 10, and so on and so forth!! This goal is currently in progress! :)
  9. Find a reliable and talented director and/or producer to turn one of my short scripts into a short film. Then enter the short film into a number of festivals. I have a whole cast and crew lined up to help me transform my short script Death Is No Bad Friend into a short film! Currently, we are hoping to launch our Indiegogo campaign January/February 2014 and, if we get funded, film around June/July. This is an extremely challenging project for me and I hope you all will support our efforts! For more information, please visit Siren’s Gaze Productions (sirensgazeproductions.wordpress.com).
  10. Finally get an official internship, fellowship, and/or job in a field of interest. January through April, I worked as an intern at Zest Books.  In May, I went to the Cannes International Film Festival through the American Pavilion Film Program. I earned a little money and lots of experience illustrating Scared Stiff: Everything You Need to Know about 50 Famous Phobias. Now, I’m about to start work on a collaborative stop motion animation project. The busy bee never rests!

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Copyright 2013 by G. E. Gallas


Brief Update

★ Don’t forget to check out my graphic novel, The Poet and the Flea!

A new page every Wednesday!

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Here is a brief update on my current creative projects and endeavors…!

Monday, February 18th

  1. E-mails, e-mails, e-mails…!
  2. Worked on first zine.

Tuesday, February 19th

  1. Meeting with Gabe! Showed him some new work for Elias & the City of Cats
  2. Worked on The First Reich.
  3. Worked on Elias & the City of Cats.
  4. Spoke with my high school friend Tina L. about SPX (Small Press Expo) in Maryland. We (Tina, some of her friends, and I) are going to try to get a table there this September! Also, Tina may share a table with me for this year’s APE!

Wednesday, February 20th

  • Zest Books Internship, Day #7: Super busy with some editing/fact-checking work! Also, sat in on a Teen Advisory Board meeting, which was interesting. Going in again tomorrow instead of Friday to sit in on a meeting and meet a tight deadline!

Thursday, February 21st

  1. Sent Hannah some follow-up answers.
  2. Zest Books Internship, Day #8: Came in Thursday instead of Friday. Managed to complete a big project before the deadline. Finally met Dan in person (had only talked on phone before). Going to help Hallie with a photoshop project on Wednesday. Busy, busy, busy!

Friday, February 22nd

  1. Day off from Zest Books Internship!
  2. Worked on Elias & the City of Cats.
  3. Worked on some extra assignments for Zest.

Saturday, February 23rd

  • Feeling under the weather today. :(

Sunday, February 24th

  1. Lunch with cousin Cheryl Ann.
  2. Date night with Wes!
  3. Nominated for The Very Inspring Blogger Award.

Monday, February 25th

  1. Did some errands downtown.
  2. Worked on some upcoming blog posts.
  3. Worked on some extra assignments for Zest.
  4. Nominated for The Liebster Award.
  5. Contacted by potential director for one of my short scripts!
  6. The Flea‘s First Fan Art!

Tuesday, February 26th

  1. Correspondence with potential director.
  2. Worked on Elias & the City of Cats.
  3. Worked on first zine.

Wednesday, February 27th

  1. Continued correspondence with potential director.
  2. Zest Books Internship, Day #9: Did some more image research and worked on photoshop to convert images into multiple formats.

Thursday, February 28th

  1. Continued correspondence with potential director.
  2. Worked on Elias & the City of Cats.
  3. Worked on The First Reich.

Friday, March 1st

  1. Continued correspondence with potential director.
  2. Zest Books Internship, Day #10: Little jobs here and there. Working on some projects for Little Fish. Took home a copy of Regine’s Book.

Saturday, March 2nd

  1. Worked on some upcoming blog posts.
  2. Attended a show at Gallerie Citi with some of my mom’s art on display. :)

Sunday, March 3rd

  1. Hannah Meiklejohn Interviews G. E. Gallas for Lemonade Magazine
  2. G. E. Gallas Invited to Speak to The Blake Society!
  3. Date night with Wes!

Monday, March 4th

  1. Celebrating 1,000 Followers on Twitter!
  2. E-mails, e-mails, e-mails…!
  3. Research, research, research…!

Tuesday, March 5th

  1. Planning for Blake’s London!
  2. E-mails, e-mails, e-mails…!
  3. Research, research, research…!
  4. First skype meeting with film director Josh! He’s interested in my short script The Man Who Never Smiled. Soon, he’ll be scouting locations and creating a shot list. Wants me to write detailed notes about the script and eventually create a simple storyboard. Set filming date for July. Extremely excited!!!
  5. Worked on The First Reich.

Wednesday, March 6th

  • Zest Books Internship, Day #11: Worked on a graphic-novel-related marketing research project.

Thursday, March 7th

  1. Meeting with Gabe! Hoping I can finished illustrations for Elias in a few weeks, scan them, then meet with Gabe to get everything prepared to send out to publishers!
  2. Worked on The First Reich.

Friday, March 8th

  1. Package from The Blake Society!
  2. Zest Books Internship, Day #12: Continued to work on a graphic-novel-related marketing research project. Received some very interesting advice about publishing.

Saturday, March 9th

  1. Feeling under the weather today. :(
  2. Worked on some upcoming blog posts.
  3. Nominated a second time for Versatile Blogger Award!

Sunday, March 10th

  1. Feeling under the weather today. :(
  2. Worked on some upcoming blog posts.

Monday, March 11th

  1. Ran some errands.
  2. Worked on some information for the Blake Society.
  3. Worked on some upcoming blog posts.

Tuesday, March 12th

  1. Feeling under the weather today. :(
  2. Worked on The First Reich.
  3. Worked on some upcoming blog posts.

Wednesday, March 13th

  • Feeling under the weather today. :(

Thursday, March 14th

  1. Worked on a special illustration. :)
  2. Worked on The First Reich.
  3. Worked on The Poet and the Flea.

Friday, March 15th

  1. Zest Books Internship, Day #13: Worked on image research and packing for the Bologna Children’s Book Fair!
  2. Worked on notes for The Man Who Never Smiled.

Saturday, March 16th

  1. E-mails, e-mails, e-mails…!
  2. Applications, applications, applications…!
  3. Nice dinner with extended family in Palo Alto.

Sunday, March 17th

  • Date night with Wes.
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The Ice Cream Bar, San Francisco

Monday, March 18th

  1. Worked on notes for The Man Who Never Smiled.
  2. E-mails, e-mails, e-mails…!
  3. Applications, applications, applications…!

Tuesday, March 19th

  1. Worked on notes for The Man Who Never Smiled.
  2. Second skype meeting with film director Josh! Discussed casting and locations.
  3. Talked with Tina L. over phone. Always so much fun!

Wednesday, March 20th

  • Zest Books Internship, Day #14: Worked on research for graphic novels, London Book Fair, and literary agents.
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Spring is here?

Thursday, March 21st

  1. Worked on Elias & the City of Cats.
  2. E-mails, e-mails, e-mails…!
  3. Dinner with friend Tina C. 

Friday, March 22nd

  • Zest Books Internship, Day #15: Worked on research for London Book Fair and literary agents. Put together a bunch of packages to be mailed. Image research for computer/internet-related ebook.

Saturday, March 23rd

  1. E-mails, e-mails, e-mails…!
  2. Date night with Wes. Saw The Incredible Burt Wonderstone — actually much more entertaining than we were expecting. Bought David Bowie’s new album! :)
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Yay!

Sunday, March 24th

  1. E-mails, e-mails, e-mails…!
  2. Received reply from a potential job — interview on Thursday.
  3. Worked on The First Reich.
  4. Worked on Elias & the City of Cats.
  5. Packed for Passover trip.

Monday, March 25th

  1. Passover trip — had Passover and stayed overnight at cousin’s house outside of Sacramento. Would be perfect location for filming Death Is No Bad Friend.
  2. Received e-mail from local production company. Interview scheduled for April 11th!

Tuesday, March 26th

  • Return drive from Passover trip.

Wednesday, March 27th

  • Zest Books Internship, Day #16: Worked on image research and fact checking! Fact checking is definitely one of my strong suits — I have so much random knowledge stuffed away in my brain that I can immediately sense when something is off. :)
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Beautiful but deadly pollen!

Thursday, March 28th

  1. Interview with potential job unsuccessful, but that’s fine by me. Looking forward to next interview on the 11th!
  2. Entered two screenplays (one full-length, one short) into Table Read My Screenplay contest. Wish me luck!
  3. Check Out “The Poet and the Flea”!!!

Friday, March 29th

  1. Zest Books Internship, Day #17: Continued to work on fact checking and image research!
  2. Tina L. called to tell me we got the table at SPX!!! Now to buy plane tickets…

Saturday, March 30th

  1. E-mails, e-mails, e-mails…!
  2. Arr, Ye Matey: “Assassin Bound” Ho!!!
  3. Worked on The Flea plush toy.

Sunday, March 31st

  1. Worked on The Flea plush toy.
  2. Date night with Wes! :)

Monday, April 1st

  1. Worked on The First Reich.
  2. Worked on Elias & the City of Cats.
  3. Worked on The Poet and the Flea.
  4. Online research/shopping for Cannes/London trip.

Etcetera

  • The Poet and the Flea: 63 pages of written script (1 page of script = 4-6 illustrated pages), and about 36 pages (1-30 completed, and 31-36 in progress) of illustrated work.
  • The First Reich: about 1-10 pages of illustrated work in progress.
  • First Zine: about 6-8 pages of illustrated work in progress.

To Do:

  • Finish work on Elias & The City of Cats.
  • Continue to work on The First Reich.
  • Add more information to my Behance.net profile.
  • Add more information to my Coroflot.com profile.
  • Continue adding blog content to The First Reich.
  • Complete script for The Poet and the Flea.

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Copyright 2013 by G. E. Gallas


New Year’s Resolutions, Anyone?

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2012, My First Year in San Francisco!

I don’t usually do this “New Year’s resolution” thing. But I have so many short-term and long-term goals, I thought this would be a good way to organize my brain.

I’m not sure exactly how long it will take to complete this goal list, but I’m hoping to accomplish a good chunk within the coming months.

But, before that, I’d also like to make a list of my recent accomplishments. Often, I feel like nothing is moving forward, so hopefully this list will remind me that my hard work is paying off.

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Achievements of 2012

  1. Have been working incredibly hard on my new online graphic novel The Poet and the Flea.
  2. Have taken part in some wonderful collaborations and look forward to continuing/completing them: The First Reich and Elias & The City of Cats.
  3. Entered several screenplays into a variety of competitions and have received a great deal of positive feedback (see résumé).
  4. Nominated for a number of blog awards — Reader Appreciation Award, Very Inspiring Blogger Award (twice), Blog of the Year 2012 Award, Liebster Award, and Beautiful Blogger Award.
  5. Accepted into The American Pavilion 2013 Cannes Film Program!!!
  6. Plus, I now have an awesome boyfriend. (◕‿◕✿) 

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Goals for 2013

  1. Complete materials for Elias & The City of Cats (hopefully before the end of January) and send out to publishers.
  2. Finish first 10 pages of The First Reich and get them up online.
  3. Begin working with Masa and Gabe on full-length screenplay collaboration The Blanks (working title), to be finished before June 2013.
  4. Send out inquiry letters about my completed full-length screenplays to production companies.
  5. Finish the script for The Poet and the Fleahopefully somewhere between 60 – 75 pages.
  6. Work on my first zine (possibly a tie in with The Flea) and self-print it.
  7. Open up a Storenvy account to sell zines and other merchandise (prints, t-shirts, etc.).
  8. Work on the next 10 illustrated pages of The Poet and the FleaThen the next 10, and so on and so forth!!
  9. Find a reliable and talented director and/or producer to turn one of my short scripts into a short film. Then enter the short film into a number of festivals.
  10. Finally get an official internship, fellowship, and/or job in a field of interest.

Wish me luck!!

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Copyright 2012 by G. E. Gallas


Plans for Halloween

I have always loved Halloween. Dressing up, trick-or-treating, jack-o’-lanterns, et cetera, et cetera. Perhaps that’s because I would watch Tim Burton’s Nightmare Before Christmas on VHS over and over and over again as an impressionable 6-year-old.

I believe my all-time best Halloween costume as a child was The Patchwork Girl of Oz. I read L. Frank Baum’s book that summer — I think I was most impressed by the idea of the “Square Meal Tablet.” For the costume, I just remember my mom helping me stitch “doll seams” into pink stockings — a bit like Sally from Nightmare.

I love Halloween so much that, in high school, I wrote a graphic novel called Every Day Should Be Halloween. The basic premise was about a high schooler plagued not only metaphorically but literally by a monkey on his back. I never finished the series… But I completed the written script, the character designs, the costume designs, and a rough sketch outline (see above) of every last page (a little over a hundred in total).

Disclaimer: I do not own this image!!

Now, my default costume is Daria Morgendorffer, as in MTV’s animated series Daria (see above). I label this “default” since I just pull from my closet a number of articles from my high school days and voilà!!! This year, it’s a particularly fortunate costume since Wes told me his very first crush was on Daria (´∀`)♡ (okay, I admit it — I totally had a crush on Trent; and Wes does an uncanny impression of the Mystik Spiral vocalist).

Anyway, here’s a sneak peak of my costume…

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Copyright 2012 by G. E. Gallas


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