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Dharma Queen

practicing, not perfect

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I came to Seattle from Bloomington, Indiana in 1986, and have done office work in just about every field imaginable while continuing to write, edit, explore religion and philosophy and soak up movies. I have handled snakes at a children's museum, recruited faculty for Omega Institute of Holistic Studies, trained in performance art with Rachel Rosenthal and TechnoMass ritual with Matthew Fox, taught acting to pre-teens and clapped the slate as Second Assistant Camera on a low-budget film shoot.

It wasn't until I discovered screenwriting and filmmaking at age 30 that I saw a path that could fulfill all of my passions and skills in writing, graphics, organizing, design, theater, performance, music, storytelling, spiritual questing and visionary imagination. My first screenplay was a semi-finalist in the prestigious Nicholl Fellowship competition, and I served on the Board of Women In Film/Seattle.

I am a documentary film producer with Samsara Films (www.kumbhmelafilm.com), a freelance writer/editor, and for steadier money I usher for the Seattle Symphony and the Seattle Children's Theater.

I practice Tibetan Buddhism at Sakya Monastery in Seattle (www.sakya.org), the seat of the lineage, established in Seattle when the Sakya family (yes, some ordained lamas do marry) were the first major Tibetan group to immigrate to the US in 1960.

After 15 years struggling with screenwriting, and receiving the frequent comment "Great Read!" I decided I should be in the Great Read business. So I turned to fiction. I have just finished my first novel and am looking for an agent/publisher.

I am a total newbie to LiveJournal, so I will gradually be figuring out how to post links, reply to messages, send messages, etc. Thanks for your patience.

"Believe nothing just because a so-called wise person said it. Believe nothing just because a belief is generally held. Believe nothing just because it is said in ancient books. Believe nothing just because it is said to be of divine origin. Believe nothing just because someone else believes it. Believe only what you yourself test and judge to be true."

- Buddha

"Out beyond ideas of wrong-doing and right-doing, there is a field.
I'll meet you there." -- Rumi