About Donald L. Vasicek

Award-winning writer/filmmaker Donald L. Vasicek studied producing, directing and line producing at the Hollywood Film Institute under the acclaimed Dov Simens and at Robert Redford’s Sundance Institute. He studied screenwriting at The Complete Screenplay, Inc., with Sally Merlin, daughter of the famed Hollywood Merlin family of screenwriters and writers, as his mentor. Don has taught, mentored, and is a script consultant for over 300 writers, directors, producers, actors and production companies. He has also acted in NBC’s “Mystery of Flight 1501”, ABC’s Father Dowling starring Thomas Bosley, and Red-Handed Productions’ “Summer Reunion.” These activities have resulted in his involvement in over 100 movies during the past 23 years, from major studios to independent films including MGM’s $56 million “Warriors of Virtue”, Paramount Classic’s “Racing Lucifer”, American Picture’s “The Lost Heart” and “Born To Kill” starring the Charles Bronson of Korea, Bobby Kim, and his internationally-known brother, Richard, who directed, Incline Productions, Inc.’s “Born To Win”, 20th Century Fox’s “Die Hard II” starring Bruce Willis with Rennie Harlan as director, and Joel Silver as producer, Olympus Films+, LLC’s “Haunted World” with Emmy-nominated PBS Producer Alison Hill, and Olympus Films+, LLC’s “Faces”, “Oh, The Places You Can Go” and the award-winning “The Sand Creek Massacre” documentary film. Don also has written and published over 500 books, short stories and articles. His books include “How To Write, Sell, And Get Your Screenplays Produced” and “The Write Focus.” He has been a guest screenwriting and filmmaking columnist for Hollywood Lit. Sales, Moondance International Film Festival’s e-zine, Screenwriter’s Forum, Screenplace, Screenplayers.Net, Screenwriters.Net, Screenwriters Utopia, Spraka & Kinsla (Swedish), Inkwell Watch, and Ink On the Brain. Writing recognition includes Houston’s WorldFest International Film Festival, Chesterfield’s Writer’s Film Project, Writer’s Digest, The Sundance Institute, The Writer’s Network, and the Rocky Mountain Writer’s Guild, Inc. Don completed producing “The Sand Creek Massacre”, a documentary film project that includes the completed and award-winning documentary short, a book, a classroom video, Interactive Media, a study guide, and a lesson plans. The film is being distributed by Films Media Group. Don is on the board of directors of the American Indian Genocide Museum in Houston. He is the founder and owner of Olympus Films+, LLC, a global writing and filmmaking company and a screenwriting volunteer on AllExperts.com. Don’s screenwriting agent is Robin Kaver of the Robert Freedman Dramatic Agency, Inc., 1501 Broadway, Suite 2301 New York, NY 10036, 212-840-5751.

A Solution to the Problems of the World

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Hello! My name is Sofie. I am somewhere around 4 years old. I’m not sure because I was adopted. The family that adopted me put me up for adoption again and didn’t send along any of my information to the adoption agency, the Denver Dumb Friends League.

I watch and listen to the t.v. news. It bothers me to listen to news reports about how human beings treat each other. They call each other awful names. They accuse each other of nefarious acts. They use religion and/or politics to justify their behavior. They say bad things about each other. They threaten each other. They beat each other up. They shoot each other. They stab each other. They poison each other. And many of them mistreat animals. Some even hunt and murder animals for trophies. And they express hate for human beings they do not like, for one reason or another.

The family who put me up for adoption constantly beat me, especially their kids. Not to fault the kids, because I believe kids are a by-product of their parents, I had to start biting them when they hit me. It got so bad I lost my appetite. I couldn’t sleep. I was constantly looking for somewhere to hide so that they could not find me. I lost weight. I was beginning to not want to live anymore. I was a nervous wreck. Finally, the mother of the family felt they had to put me up for adoption because I was incorrigible to her kids. Little did she realize that behavior can be changed.

So, you know, feelings, which ignite behavior, play an integral role in the way we communicate with each other. Feeling hate for someone works against those who hate. Hate is based on fear, and fear is based on ignorance. Hating works and wears on the human body for those who hate. It can cause cancer to one or more of the organs in your body. It can slowly eat away at your muscles and/or your nervous system. Hate is like cancer. Hate long enough and it will kill you.

So, wouldn’t it be nice if we could learn about that which we hate so that we no longer feel that way about anyone? I don’t know if I hated the family that beat me, but I know I didn’t want to be around them anymore. They feared me because they did not know that animals, just as human beings, have feelings, and they need to respect that, just as they need to respect each other’s feelings regardless of race, religion, political philosophy and a host of other things. The fine point of this posting is that we need to back off all of the stresses and pressures that infect our individual lives. We need to set aside our prejudices. We need to go to work on ways to communicate positively with each other so that all of us can contribute to a more positive and happier world.

If we don’t do that, we are going to continue to quietly trickle down a sewer where ghosts and goblins will eat us up and spit us out because we taste so badly. I am grateful. I am thankful. I am with a family now who doesn’t beat me. They love me and I love them and I wish that all of us could be that way with each other. I forget myself sometimes and bite them even though they have never threatened me at all. I just don’t bite down hard and break their skin like I did with the other family. Now, I just begin to bite down and then quit when I hear the soothing voice tell me to not do that and then kiss me on the forehead.  Love is the solution.

Why don’t your try that today? You’ll feel a lot better about yourself and your life.

Have a nice day, or nice night, wherever you might be.

Take care.

Love, Sofie

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