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#GunViolenceCanSuckIt Part Deux

So, now that we’ve agreed that #GunViolenceCanSuckIt …

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Part One: https://wordpress.com/stats/post/911/erinkmoffat.wordpress.com

 

Lets talk about action…How can we all be part of the solution???

 

Lovers

So, you’ve just come from hanging with Rifey, and you’re like… “Well, what do I do now?” Here are a few ideas.

  • Keep an open mind.
  • Be Kind.
  • Do something to promote healthy self esteem and kindness within yourself.
  • Think about volunteering or donating to an organization that you feel passionate about, or one that focuses on kindness or anti-bullying maybe?
  • Complete some random acts of kindness.
  •  Donate your time to a local shelter or youth organization.
  • Give to mental health research.

There are organizations focused on mental health and warning signs that help to prevent gun violence before it starts. I’ve heard a lot of people worry about their guns being taken away and in the same breathe calling such organizations “gun grabbers,” when it really is much farther than the truth.

Kidz, I like a good conspiracy theory just like the rest of you. I think that movies like Eagle Eye & the Truman show aren’t far off. I also think that if we don’t start constituting change, it’s gong to get all Hunger Games up in huuurr for realz yo. And no one will lose the Hunger Games faster than me i.e. Sue Heck!

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Some people own enough guns to open their own gun museum. They’re also saying things like “We need to get to kids before it’s too late.” Well, enjoy your guns and be marry, spoon with them, while we agree that #GunViolenceCanSuckIt, and consider being part of a solution too. Part of a solution that you can get on board with.  A bigger picture type of thing.

Loathers

So you hate guns, or are uncomfortable around guns or maybe are like “I can’t get through to anyone and no one is listening about my opinions on guns…” Well….

  • Keep an open mind.
  • Be Kind.
  • Do something to promote healthy self esteem and kindness within yourself.
  • Think about volunteering or donating to an organization that you feel passionate about, or one that focuses on kindness or anti-bullying maybe?
  • Complete some random acts of kindness.
  •  Donate your time to a local shelter or youth organization.
  • Give to mental health research.

Have productive conversations. Step out in love and consider being a part of a solution too. A bigger picture type of thing.

Indifferent/Believe in the second amendment etc…

You don’t really love or hate guns. You don’t have a relationship with them really. You believe in the right to bear arms, but maybe kind of are on the fence in a few different ways. Maybe you checked out the robot stripper on the internet to see what the hype was about…and now you’re like where do I go from here? Well…

  • Keep an open mind.
  • Be Kind.
  • Do something to promote healthy self esteem and kindness within yourself
  • Think about volunteering or donating to an organization that you feel passionate about, or one that focuses on kindness or anti-bullying maybe?
  • Complete some random acts of kindness
  •  Donate your time to a local shelter or youth organization
  • Give to mental health research.

Have productive conversations. Step out in love and consider being a part of a solution too. Sometimes, being part of a greater good is not engaging in conversations that are counter productive. However, when we start a dialogue we usually grow. It’s important to respect the opinions of others, but find a solution to make this world a better place too.

I like this whole working together thing, and it’s individualized so it’s like kinda like a group project in school, and the grade is really within your soul.  

You can either be the leader, the one who does the most, the slacker or whatever, but no matter what, at least we’re all contributing and that’s the important thing.

 

 Let’s get it done!! #GunViolenceCanSuckItgreat_job_brown_owl_sticker-ree3842c79d824f0193955ec1dd8ed358_v9waf_8byvr_630

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Can we agree that…#GunViolenceCanSuckIt

Lets talk for a minute! I have a question for everybody for serious…

#1. LETS TALK SAFETY

First of all I don’t think it matters what side of the coin you stand (or what side of the gun).  I think that it’s SAFE to assume, and we might even be able to agree, that #GunViolenceCanSuckIt. No?

 

#2. OPINIONS

So like I know that everybody has opinions, right? Lets get real, at the mention of a gun it starts a debate from Capitol Hill to Facebook. People are talking! People are talking about guns! People are disagreeing about guns!

So, yes opinions are like assholes and everybody has one, but I mean unless you’re a total asshole you can’t really feel like people dying from gun violence is cool? So can we agree? #GunViolenceCanSuckIt

 

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#3. FEELINGS

Most people have feelings about guns.

I have friends who love their guns, friends who loathe guns, friends who are indifferent. I don’t disagree with the second amendment. People have the right to protect themselves. I like action films. As an actor I’ve always want to star in an action film, not that it would ever happen, because well I’m like the least athletic person ever, but I’m not talking about our gun culture right now.

 

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I’m not talking about getting rid of anyone’s guns. Not even if you have an arsenal of weapons because you are waiting for the zombie apocalypse.  We are just talking about one thing how #GunViolenceCanSuckIt

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No, I don’t want to sit here and debate that the Constitution with you. I don’t want to compare cars to guns. I don’t want to talk to you how the constitution was written in the 1700’s before cars and recalls were around. I don’t want to talk about their horses and buggy’s. Or recalls on toys when toys were more than likely whittled in the 1700’s, and probably would be recalled today. Or made of cloth and highly flammable. Or small and something a baby would choke on…We are focusing!! On one thing only!!!! How…

 

#GunViolenceCanSuckIt

 

 

Lets face it though, there is probably a reason why there are a shortage of Gremlin’s from the 1970’s. People aren’t all beating each other up to drive one like it’s 1983 and they just have to get their hands on that Cabbage Patch Kid. I mean come on.  However, people are shooting people.

But, again we’re not talking about that…We’re going to agree on one thing.

Do you believe that Gun Violence Can Suck It???!!!!

 

#4. LOVE

I honestly have friends that love their guns so much that they’d probably frequent a strip club to watch a stripper robot completely made of guns.

Yet I think that although they’d be all up at that gun robot strip club,possibly receiving a lap dance or spooning the robot stripper, anything that goes beyond that point I really don’t want to know about. However, I think that they also are someone that can value HUMAN life. I still think that no matter how much they loved (we’ll call her Rifey) the gun robot stripper…They’d still feel that #GunViolenceCanSuckIt

 

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Now that we’ve agreed that Gun Violence Can Suck It! I think that it’s safe to assume that we’re compromising. Which means that there is a chance for us to make positive change where we can all be a part of a solution…no matter what side of the gun that you stand on. This is good!!! Keep up the good work!

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I FEAR!

I started penning this poem several weeks ago. It was supposed to be part of a poetry collaboration series I was doing. I’d like to share it with you because of it’s relevance…I’m still looking for people to participants…

I FEAR! 

I FEAR!

I heard that fear was false evidence appearing real, but the truth is, this is not always true, for there is true terror that exists and resides right here.

I FEAR!

That evil is not some monster that transforms into a physical beast.  It sits, it plans, it contemplates and it is human and it morphs  perhaps right in front of you, and may even look you straight in the face.

I FEAR!

For the safety of the children, not just the ones that I love, but all children, in summer camps, educators and counselors. Sitting in schools learning to cower in the corner, another lock down drill, not being shielded from the FEAR

Their brains should be knowledge, creativity and imagination filled, not filled with FEAR. Another lock down drill. It should be a place where they can thrive not feel trapped inside, not learning how to get out alive, forced to still their minds.  Another lock down drill.

I FEAR!

Another conversation about what I would do in a situation that I couldn’t control. A 9 year old begging my opinion on what I would do if bad person should infiltrate my classroom at school, to harm as many as possible as their main goal. Knowing this at only 9 years old.

I FEAR!

Never finding true love because it’s so hard to come by in a world full of hate, debate and the emotionally irate. Where the simplest of things irritate. Where you scan a movie theater, a mall, a restaurant, a nightclub, a concert, and now we are forced to hesitate.

I FEAR!

Inequality and intolerance. Why can’t people love who they love. Why does everyone feel the need to judge. Everything?  Why have we become this opinioNation? Why must we demand liberation without deliberation? Why can we not be each other’s’ inspiration, foundation, salvation?  Why must some face this man made damnation? Are we all not but one in creation!

I FEAR!

Hate!

I FEAR!

That prayers are not always answered without action!! Yet i feel that I’ve taken none. Have you taken enough? They say that the connections we make and the breathes we take, the dash in between and the lives we touch is our sum. Why must we another life be cut short before it has really even truly begun?

I FEAR!

Blind eyes who fail to see…so much hate and bigotry ask yourself is it me that fails to see so much hatred and  bigotry, is it possible that it could lie within me ?

I FEAR!

Hatred running rampant like gun fire, as the body count rises and continues to rise we continue to shout “not one more,” but there are just more and more and more and more and more and more and more.  What are we fighting each other for? And less we forget that  every 1 matters. Everyone! There is such a long line of people connected to 1 human life. What are we fighting with each other for? A FEAR of loving? A fear of living? A fear of someone having more? Are we living the dream or a true honest horror? So many closed doors, but what for?

I FEAR!

A youth riddled with anxiety,   pressure…it’s clear to me, the question you see, what is really free?

I FEAR!

The future.

I FEAR!

Not just here, but everywhere!! Will we ever be safe?  Why is the time not now, as we dread the ticking time clock, working our 9 to 5 perhaps forgetting to be grateful that you’re alive. Will we ever be safe? It’s already after before, it becomes too late…

I FEAR!

But still I hope! Love wins so why the debate,  love is love, so please squash the hate.

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Trials, Tribs, Fuller House & Lock-Down Drills…

This above image went viral this week, this child is in preschool. Kids, she’s 3!!

3! That’s practically brand new!

I’m sure that you have stuff in your refrigerator and medicine cabinet older than her. Shoes and clothes in your closet? Maybe water bottles in your car even…

And while I don’t have children, I adore them. I think that I adore them more because of sense of longing that I have. As I age out of my healthy years of having a baby, and the possibility starts to diminish I feel like my empty uterus is shaming me.My uterus is like screaming at me “you were made to make a baby,” but to be honest the thought of bringing a child into this world terrifies me.  I fear bringing a child into this world, into this hate, into this fear driven society. Yet still I want nothing more then to have my own baby.

A few months back when Fuller House came out on Netflix, I was super excited to watch with my friend and her daughter. Everyone who knows me knows that a high percentage of my musical included John Stamos and Full House references. You also know that I can have a very difficult time talking about things of a more serious nature.
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SIDEBAR LETS TALK ABOUT VOLUNTEERISM FOR A SECOND SHALL WE:

A few months back I made the decision to volunteer. The truth is too, I volunteered at an event this Spring because of a conversation I had during the Fuller House binge watch.

First let me say that like I said before I’m not good at getting serious, and I usually won’t intentionally put myself in a situation that I’m uncomfortable,  or not mentally prepared for either.

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I actually spoke with some people that made volunteering sound like volunteering was like getting in the trenches or volunteering as a Tribute in the Hunger Games. Depending on the cause I can see how one might feel that way, but it all has to do with fear. (and I can relate) #IVolunteerAsATrib

 

I didn’t initially sign up to volunteer at the event because I was giving myself an easy out. I didn’t commit to it because then it would be awkward backing out. The night before I tweeted to someone to see if I could help. They said sure, so I ended up deciding that morning to try to go. If I didn’t end up showing up no one would really miss me. When I got to the event I parked my car I sat for a few minutes thinking about driving home. When I finally did get out of the car, I saw the little girls father who the event was for, and walked almost to the entrance and turned around and went back to my car. After pretending to look for something in my car for a bit, I finally worked up the courage to go inside, but I almost went home. Even when I stood around waiting to be assigned a spot. I thought about walking back out through the opened door, and going home. They clearly had enough volunteers. They didn’t need my help, I told myself,  but I stayed. 

 Back to the Fuller House binge watch:

We settled in and watched several episodes. The show was super cute and I loved it, and we found the show to be a little more risque then we had anticipated. Wincing at each other when Kimmy Gibbler or DJ would say something we didn’t expect, and double checking if it went over my BFF’s daughters’ head.

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Over a snack break my best friends’ daughter and I still sat on the couch together, we snuggled a little. She paused for a minute and then looked up at me. She said:

“Auntie can I ask you something?”

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The mood in the room instantly shifted, and it got serious real quick. I could feel that this wasn’t a question about DJ or Steph. She breathed deeply and said…

“What would you do if a bad man came to your school with a gun? We’ve been having lock-down drills and today we had one. They make us all sit in the corner. I don’t feel it’s right because he’d just get us all at once in the corner like that.”

 

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She’s 9! That’s still pretty new too!

I’m sure that you have stuff in your refrigerator and medicine cabinet older than her. Shoes and clothes in your closet? Maybe water bottles in your car even…
I wasn’t at all prepared to answer these questions, but get prepared because these are the questions we have to answer now. This is what our world has become. This is the reality!
I had watched a video about distracting a shooter by throwing things, by not being in one spot in the room, and we talked about trusting your gut. Another video said to “Run, Hide, Fight.” We discussed how in that situation a lot of people were going to be scared, but to really  breathe, maybe count and pray, but try to keep your cool. How could anyone keep their cool in that situation? The word ‘Active Shooter’ freaks me out. I kept looking over at my BFF for her approval, but still wanted to stay engaged. This was our special conversation and I wanted her to know that it mattered to me. That she could come to me with anything. That conversation sits with me. I’m crying just thinking about it. She wanted me to have the right answer, to say the right thing. Part of the reason why I hesitated on volunteering in the first place was that I didn’t want to say or do the wrong thing.We have to stay present, we can’t park our cars and go home anymore. We need to be a part of the dialogue.

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The Untitled Erin K. Moffat Project…(Excerpt) — Erin K. Moffat

The Untitled Erin K. Moffat Project follows the lead character Beatrix Porter on a daily journey through life, as she’s trying to find her life’s purpose. She has attended Community College for far too long. She works as a waitress, and at her older sister Astrid’s Antique shop. Everyone around her including her two nearly grown […]

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The Untitled Erin K. Moffat Project…(Excerpt)

The Untitled Erin K. Moffat Project follows the lead character Beatrix Porter on a daily journey through life, as she’s trying to find her life’s purpose. She has attended Community College for far too long. She works as a waitress, and at her older sister Astrid’s Antique shop. Everyone around her including her two nearly grown nephews are moving onward and seem to have focus in their lives; A trait that Beatrix lacks. Her best friend Veronica is a professor at the community college where she still attends. Beatrix is scatter brained and always wanted to be an actress, yet never quite had the focus to pursue her dreams. She also doesn’t truly have the belief in herself, and she craves attention. Everyone tries to reason with Beatrix but she’s a little delusional.

The Setting: The show takes place in small town New England residential, the suburbs, in a quaint picturesque town.

 

INT. ASTRID’S HOUSE NIGHT

(ASTRID, NEPHEW, BEATRIX)

 

ASTRID’S SON 17 SITS IN THE KITCHEN DOING HOMEWORK. BEATRIX MOSTLY STAYS IN THE KITCHEN, ASTRID DOES HOUSE WORK, SHE IS COOKING DINNER, DOING LAUNDRY AT THE SAME TIME, AND POPPING HER HEAD IN THE KITCHEN. THEY ARE ALL MUNCHING ON PRE-DINNER SNACKS.

NEPHEW

(Doesn’t look up from his homework)

You get a haircut?

ASTRID

Looks the same to me!

BEATRIX

Thanks for noticing Nephew! I am starting fresh!

ASTRID

So how was school today?

NEPHEW

Um, who are you talking to?

ASTRID

Whoever!

NEPHEW

(School was) Good.

ASTRID

How’s Professor Smooch Face?

BEATRIX

He told me that I was beyond community college and it was time for me to move on.

ASTRID

I hate to say it he’s right if you don’t move on, you’re going to end up like Karl!

ASTRID MAKES A LEWD GESTURE TO BEATRIX

NEPHEW

Doesn’t your Professor have this conversation with you, once a week?

BEATRIX

Yea!

ASTRID

Are you still in love with him? Over analyzing his every move?

BEATRIX

I don’t know! (BEAT) He touched my shoulders.

ASTRID

Ooh! La La!

NEPHEW

And there it is! Why do you continue to make it a habit of falling in love with unavailable men?

ASTRID

He’s right!

BEATRIX

No, I don’t!

NEPHEW

You do! Remember when the college did a musical last spring and you were convinced that that guy Ryan was your destiny, and you were so excited when he wanted to take you out.

BEATRIX

He did take me out!

NEPHEW

To a gay bar, where in which you met his boyfriend of 5 years!

ASTRID

Or your High School love, who told you point blank “He’s just not that into you.” When he bought you that book for Christmas, but had to read it first himself…

NEPHEW

 …and then wrote you a ‘lovely’ inscription that read:” Just to be clear, you will never be the exception, Merry Christmas.”

BEATRIX

He also said that he loved me!

ASTRID

No, I believe that it said “Love ya, Girlfriend!”

NEPHEW

What was his Drag name again?

BEATRIX

So, I have no Gay dar! How about Clarke? He wasn’t gay!

NEPHEW

No, but if I remember and I’m quoting you correctly he was a crazy creeper.

ASTRID

And you were the “you’ll do girl!”

BEATRIX

What’s the “you’ll do girl?”

ASTRID

He kept telling you how much he loved that other girl in your art class but she was out of his league.

NEPHEW

So you’ll do!

ASTRID

You took him to a play, where you got him in for free and then he asked you back to his apartment where he asked you to “rate” his art project.

CUT TO CLARKE’S APARTMENT

(BEATRIX, CLARKE)

A LARGE LIFE-SIZE COCOON HANGS FROM THE CEILING, AS IT SPINS AROUND, BEATRIX IS IN THE COCOON.

CLARKE

I call this “The human cocoon” Do you feel ready for a metamorphosis?

BEATRIX

(Looking nauseated)

That’s not really what I’m feeling right now.

CLARKE

Now break free butterfly!

CUT BACK TO ASTRID’S HOUSE

NEPHEW

You puked on his shoes?

ASTRID

Oh, not just his shoes, his expensive, boat shoes! And he cried.

CUT BACK TO CLARKE’S APARTMENT

CLARKE SOBS SITTING ON A SOFA, CRYING ON BEATRIX’S SHOULDER, LITERALLY, HE HAS CHILDHOOD SECURITY BLANKET, AND STARTS TO SUCK HIS THUMB, AND TWIST HER HAIR IN HIS HAND. THE CAMERA PANS OVER TO THE BOAT SHOES ON THE FLOOR IN THE BATHROOM.

CUT BACK TO ASTRID’S HOUSE

BEATRIX

I totally feel like Lena Dunham in Girls except less naked! (BEAT) Everyday!

 INT. COMMUNITY COLLEGE SMALL BLACK BOX THEATRE-DAY

(BEATRIX, PROFESSOR, THE I KNOW’S, FRANKIE)

The “I Know’s”: College Freshman #1, and College Freshman #2: Young, Naïve, still in High School mode. They are over the top; speak like they have marbles in their mouths, and everything they say is with total disgust. Freshman #3 is new to their “clique,” and is trying very hard to fit in and catch up. They sit in the audience.

Frankie: College Student techie type.

THERE IS A PARTIAL SET ON THE STAGE, WITH A SMALL STAIRCASE THAT LEADS NOWHERE; BEATRIX IS ON THE STAGE PERFORMING A SCENE WITH 3 OTHER ACTORS. SHE IS SITTING ON THE STAIRCASE WITH HER FACE IN BETWEEN TWO OF THE BANISTER SPINDLES. WHENTHE SCENE STARTS SHE BEGINS TO CRY. ONE STUDENT STANDS CENTER STAGE DRESSED AS A MINISTER, ANOTHER STUDENT IS LYING IN A MAKESHIFT CASKET,PLAYING DEAD, ANOTHER STUDENT STANDS STAGE LEFT. SEVERAL STUDENTS SIT IN THE AUDIENCE WATCHING THE SCENE UNFOLD.

BEATRIX

(Speaking to the actor in the makeshift casket)

Wanna go Climbing Thomas J? His face hurts, and where are his glasses? He can’t see without his glasses. Put his glasses…

PROFESSOR

(Interrupts)

Okay, Okay. I’m going to stop you right there. Beatrix, while I admire your commitment to the piece that you

chose; My Girl was not on the assigned script list. I encourage you to live outside of your comfort zone. And Frankie, how did you get her to rope you into this? (BEAT) Again!

FRANKIE RISES UP FROM THE “CASKET,” SHRUGS HIS SHOULDERS AND LIES BACK DOWN.

CUT TO AUDIENCE

THE PROFESSOR STILL COACHES BEATRIX AND FRANKIE ON THE STAGE (THE I KNOW’S ARE MOCKING BEATRIX)

I KNOW #1

There she goes again with the weird thing she does, quoting old movies.

I KNOW #2

Yea, I know what’s My Girl?

I KNOW #3

I know, like who’s ever heard of that?

I KNOW #1

I know! It’s like movie monologue time with Beatrix Porter.

I KNOW #3

I know, and notice how the Professor like never says anything to her to tell her that she’s like a total freak?

I KNOW # 1

I know, he totally encourages her, they’re like so in love with each other.

I KNOW #2

I know, like when she did this last week? He actually clapped. Like who’s ever heard of Clueless?

FRESHMAN #1

Yea I know! My mom watched that movie in the theater when she was pregnant with me, ok. Old!

FRESHMAN #2

Oh, I know, and they both get the references so they’re like both totally old.

FRESHMAN #1

Ew, I know! My mom is so old she’s like 37.