Sadie Francis Skyheart

Screenwriter & Author

For the past 30 days I’ve been in perpetual motion, yet sitting still.

I’m shopping a script

This means I’m contacting producers who might be a good fit for the genre and budget. It’s fun, exciting, and a teensy bit scary. Who knew this Michigan girl would someday contact an exec connected to an 80’s heart throb whose poster used to hang on my teen bedroom wall? Yep, that’s my new surreal-ity.

I’m also launching my book

It was originally supposed to be published in 2014. A mystery health issue trashed those plans again and again, until the book seemed so far out of reach that I nearly gave up. Thankfully that’s over! So, wouldn’t you know it, now that it’s really, truly, for sure happening… there have been some last minute issues beyond my control. It has been a lesson in detaching from perfection and staying in the present moment.

Maybe I need a clone (or a personal assistant?)

I’m putting in 14-16 hour days while wearing a dozen hats: brainstorming, writing, outlining, revising, emailing/calling 20-30 producers daily, exchanging feedback, and I still have to live… eat, sleep, shower, run errands… and I’m teaching one of my teenagers how to drive right now.

I credit my (mostly) calm sanity to transcendental meditation, lots of water, nutrition (lost 21 lbs and counting since mid-summer), and my patient, supportive family and friends… lifelong chums, ScreenwritingU peers, and echelon pals including one I met a year ago at the 30STM Chicago concert…all checking in and sending me good vibes.

THANK YOU!
~Sadie

If you’re wondering when the book will be available:

I don’t know for certain, but as soon as it is, I’ll post the link here and on social media. Please keep your fingers and toes crossed that it’s within the next few days, because I’ve got a trip to L.A. at the end of October. Have you seen the updated cover yet?

If you’re interested in joining my street team:

Please email me with “street team” in the subject line. You’ll get discounts and freebies, exclusive swag, and insider info — in exchange for your help spreading the word about my book and other future projects. I’ve got an immediate street team activity, and if you join before October 20, 2019 (11:59 CDT), I’ll mail you a handwritten postcard from L.A.! (No fee to join, no hassle to leave.)

What happened to the blog?

It’s on pause. I had the best of intentions, but there are only so many writing hours in the day! When I do get back to blogging, I’ve got some fun ideas that will make it easier for me to keep up and hopefully entertain and inspire you. With everything going on right now, it’s probably going to be November, unless I decide to do NaNoWriMo and then it’ll likely be December or January. Rest assured, if there is any big news to share, I’ll leave it here (even if it’s just a quick note like this).

Why can’t I leave comments?

Comments are turned off indefinitely until I hire an intern or a personal assistant, or clone myself. If you really need to comment on something, feel free to do so via the contact page. Thanks!

Grit is another word for perseverance. It’s a gut-level strength to embrace challenges even and especially when we feel vulnerable, because of a heart-level knowing that there is no success without risk. Grit is getting out of your own way… and into the long game of your dreams.

“How many times have you had an idea that excited you and inspired all types of possibilities, until your mind came in and convinced you of all the reasons you couldn’t do it? When that happens you can truly feel yourself split in two. One of you is listening to opportunity, one of you is listening to fear. You can feel the opportunity in your body and you can feel the fear in your mind.”

-Kyle Cease, I Hope I Screw This Up

In 2015, Rory Vaden, NYT bestselling author of Take the Stairs, illustrated this with a comparison of cow and buffalo responses to an approaching storm. Essentially, cows try to run away, but they’re slow and the storm catches up with them, while buffalo wait for the perfect timing and then charge directly into it, which minimizes the storm’s effect on them.

We don’t always get to choose whether or not we have storms. The only choice we get to have is how we respond to those storms. And more specifically, when we respond to those storms.”

-Rory Vaden, Take the Stairs

What situation or decision has offered you an opportunity to summon grit?

Hugs,
Sadie

Recommended reading, Vaden’s article: Be the buffalo and face life’s storms
Recommended viewing: Brené Brown: The Call to Courage | Netflix

Photo: BUFFALO: grounded yet heavenly, practical yet spiritual. The hooves of the mighty Buffalo are grounded in the earth, yet its heart and mind rise toward heaven. The Buffalo sees challenge, hardship, or a bump in the road as an opportunity for upliftment. Therefore, the Buffalo does not fear death, illness, or misfortune…its gentle eyes look to the road ahead, trusting every turn. May we all experience this elusive yet life-changing bliss from time to time, and may we allow this card to remind us that life is a precious gift. When in balance: trusting, pure presence. When out of balance: restless, lacks gratitude. To bring into balance: prayer, shakti. -from The Wild Unknown Animal Spirit deck by Kim Krans COMMIT TO YOUR PATH: Make a decision. Move forward toward your goals. Perseverance. COURAGE: Risk. Take on the challenge. Feel discomfort but move forward. Don’t let fear stifle your growth. -from Soul Trees Self-Discovery cards by Allyson Williams-Yee

I’m ba-ack! Welcome to my blog reboot!

My new monthly blog will feature brief, positive messages to inspire readers towards their dreams. It is only fitting that my first month’s theme is UBUNTU.

Ubuntu is a Nguni Bantu (South Africa) term meaning “humanity”. It is often translated as “I am because we are,” or “humanity towards others”. For decades, leaders like Desmond Tutu and Nelson Mandela spread the profound message of Ubuntu as a philosophical belief in a “universal bond of sharing that connects all humanity”.

For me, Ubuntu is the reciprocal love and encouragement of my family and friends. It is the mutual optimism, fierce cheerleading, and honest feedback exchanges with my fellow ScreenwritingU alums. It is my amazing Kickstarter supporters who wholeheartedly believed in a first-time author.

It’s the thrill of March Madness and cheering for my alma mater. It was singing in unity with the echelon family at last summer’s Thirty Seconds to Mars Chicago concert. It is the friend who listened to my deluge of tears when I hit a major obstacle (a few, actually).

Everyone needs to feel seen and heard, which is why I often start conversations with total strangers in public. It’s also the reason I bake and share 200+ cookies with my neighbors every December. What if I’m the only person they talk to that day? We’re instantly connected by technology, but we’re connecting less in person and I believe this disconnection can erode empathy, both on the individual and societal level. I particularly enjoyed a recent article in Yes! Magazine about the benefits of connecting with our neighbors even when we believe we don’t like social interaction.

It is my sincere hope that my future readers and movie audiences will see themselves reflected in my stories. I’d love to be part of the reason that people spend quality, in-person time together again. Who are you spending time with this month? Thanks for connecting with me.

Hugs,
Sadie

After taking a long break, I’ve decided I want to shift the focus of my blog to better reflect my writing goals. Consequently, I’ve “unpublished” six years’ worth of posts while I figure out which ones are relevant to my new focus.

Thank you for your patience and understanding. My blog will be rebooted by April 1, 2019. The website remodel should be complete by August 1, 2019.

~Sadie