The Thankful Post That is Supposed to Happen Thursdays (6/19)

This week I am thankful for…
~ My wife.  We celebrated our 7th Wedding Anniversary on Monday! Somehow, she still likes me after all of this time, so I am a very lucky man!
~The Sun.  I actually SAW it this week after many days of rain!  I was able to mow the lawn for the first time in two weeks before it started raining again.
~True Blood is back on HBO with a new season!

Last week I was thankful for…
~Date Night.  Grandma took care of our daughter so that my wife and I could spend an evening ALONE.  We went to Conklin’s Barn II Dinner Theatre to see the World Premiere play by our friend, (and Best Man at our wedding) Chad Kirvan.  We had chicken noodle soup, salad, prime rib, fried chicken, pork loin in béarnaise sauce, tilapia, baked potato, Normandy vegetables, peanut butter pie, cheesecake and Oreo parfaits…Whew!  I think I gained about 10 pounds but the food was excellent, the show was funny and it was wonderful to have a date with just my wife again.  Bonus: the author and his wife joined us at our table for Act II.  How many people can say that at a theatrical performance? 🙂

~My creative daughter.  She had me watch her “talent show” while we were playing outside.  I sat on the bench it the middle of our backyard while she emceed the show starring her imaginary friends.  She would do the introductions and we would both clap.  She closed out the show with a song and hula-hoop tricks.  Look out, Hugh Jackman, NPH and Sean Hayes; she is gunning for your future Tony hosting gig!

How to Make a Syfy Channel Movie


I admit it.  One of my guilty pleasures is watching the original movies they show on The Sci-Fi Channel on Saturday nights.  (Or Syfy as it is now known.  I’m not sure what the difference is other than it is now worth 13 points in Scrabble.)  The top-notch acting, believable writing and breathtaking special effects never fail to bring a smile to my face.  (Dang, I almost got through that entire sentence with a straight face!)

As a budding filmmaker, you may ask yourself, “How do I make a Syfy Channel Movie?”  For you I present this guide to help get you started on your path to low budget, extended cable glory.


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If you have visited this blog in the past, you may notice a few changes around here.  The first being the name of the blog is no longer “Fat Overactor”.  It has been 5 years since I last acted in a show.  F-I-V-E YEARS!  I still direct a little on the side, but it is pretty clear that the focus of this blog has not been about acting or theatre, so why keep the confusing title? (I still do PLENTY of blogging about my theatre life over at The Peoria Cabaret Theatre’s Blog.)

 The new title Cerebral Graffiti better describes the focus of this blog (or lack thereof).  It is the thoughts that are going through my head at the time.  Sometimes it is about my family and me.  Other times it may be humorous essays or song parodies.  My address for the blog is still the same , so rss feeds and links should still point you here.  I am still keeping my “Fatoveractor” moniker as it has become a part of my online identity (and I still think it is funny!)

 Along with the new name comes a new look.  I had become bored with my old theme but I was hesitant to change it because I felt married to my old “superhero” blog banner.  This is a new WordPress themed called “Greyed”.  I liked the gritty feel and the graffiti.  The theme actually helped inspire the new name!  So welcome to the new blog! (Same as the old blog!)  Hopefully soon I get back to writing posts ON this blog and not just ABOUT this blog!