Friday, November 12, 2055

Greetings!


Hi! I'm Molly Patton, a writer/blogger/artist from Portland, Oregon. 

I currently have one YA novel out. It's called Just South Of Normal, and you can find it on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Etsy, iTunes, and Lulu.

My blog is here: Gen Y-er On The Loose.

For more on my current & past projects, check out the links to your left.



Thanks for visiting!

Saturday, June 18, 2044

About Me




I was born in 1980. Since I was very small, I've loved to create things. These days, my interests include writing, photography, drawing, playing the piano, LEGO, and other forms of art.

I have a mom, a younger brother, a sister-in-law, two nieces (b. 2014 & 2017) and a cat named Riker. I live in Oregon.

From 1998 to about 2002, I attended Mt. Hood Community College and earned my associates' degree in general studies. In 2001, I transfered to Western Oregon University in Monmouth, Oregon, where I earned a B.S. in Humanities in 2003, with a writing minor.

While attending Mt. Hood, I was a part-time nanny for an adorable baby boy who is now all grown up. While at WOU, I worked as a notetaker and reader of books onto tapes for people with disabilities. From 2003 to 2007 I worked at an elementary school as a teacher's assistant, dealing with kindergarteners and sixth graders and every age in between. In 2006, I started nannying again. I spent the 2006-2007 school year nannying for three elementary-aged children. In late 2007 I nannied for my cousin's baby boy in Seattle. In January of 2008, I returned to the elementary school. I was there for two more years, then went to work at a middle school for a few months. I then spent another six months back at the elementary school (ping-pong ball much?) Then in 2011, I was hired at another elementary school, and I was there until 2015, at which point I returned to the first elementary school and... Yeah. That's where I am now. LIFE.

I have many creative projects going on at any given time. In July of 2010, I published my first novel, Just South Of Normal! Eight years in the making, I was really happy to finally see it in print! I am working on another novel or two, this time for younger readers. From 2007 to 2011 I wrote/directed/voiced a web series called Ella, More Or Less. I went through a phase of taking abstract photographs at playgrounds and I posted them on yet another website of mine: Playing Around Portland. These days I build a lot of things out of LEGO, many of which can be found here. If you want to stay informed of my latest exploits, be sure to read My Blog!

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Favorite Movies: The Back to the Future trilogy, Beauty and the Beast, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Peter Pan, Titanic, Pollyanna, Mary Poppins, The Parent Trap, Candleshoe, The Goonies, The Princess Bride, The Boy Who Could Fly, Flight of the Navigator, The Wedding Singer, Ever After, Pride & Prejudice, Little Women, My Girl 1 & 2, Robin Hood: Prince Of Thieves, Dear Frankie, and Anne Of Green Gables

Favorite TV ShowsLois & Clark, The Pretender, Wonderfalls, Mystery Science Theater 3000,  Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Community, Full House, The Office (US), DuckTales, Robin Hood, Extras, Quantum Leap, Call The Midwife, Merlin, Rick Steves' Europe, Jeopardy, We Bare Bears

Favorite Actors/Actresses: Drew Barrymore, Robby Benson, Gerard Butler, Anna Chlumsky, Kevin Costner, Caroline Dhavernas, Chris Evans, Colin Firth, Megan Follows, Harrison Ford, Jodie Foster, Michael J. Fox, Sarah Polley, Natalie Portman, Kate Winslet, Billy Zane

Favorite Musical Score Artists: Alan Silvestri, James Newton Howard, Cliff Eidelman, Jay Gruska

Books I loveJust as Long as We're Together, Tiger Eyes, and Starring Sally J. Freedman as Herself, by Judy Blume; Bridge to Terabithia, by Katherine Paterson; Ella Enchanted, by Gail Carson Levine; Maniac Magee, by Jerry Spinelli; the Harry Potter series, by J.K. Rowling; Anne of Green Gables, by L.M. Montgomery; From The Mixed-Up Files Of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, by E.L. Konigsberg; Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen

Books I loved as a kid: Beverly Cleary books, The Baby-Sitters Club series, by Ann M. Martin; the Sleepover Friends series, by Susan Saunders; Sweet Valley Twins; Dr. Seuss; Richard Scarry

Favorite Games: Roller Coaster Tycoon, The Sims, Paper Mario, Mario Kart, Rock Band, the Nancy Drew PC games, LEGO Harry Potter and Indiana Jones.

Wednesday, November 23, 2033

Monday, June 20, 2022

Ella, More Or Less



Ella, More Or Less was a Youtube-based web series about a teenage girl named Ella Bradley. The first episode premiered in 2007 and the last full episode was produced in 2011.

When the series began,15-year-old Ella's family had just expanded with the arrival of twin baby siblings, Caitlin and Oliver. Her parents had bought a new house in a new neighborhood... right next door to a cute guy named Gray (who Ella developed an instant crush on) and his geeky younger brother, Gus, who soon became Ella's best friend. Over time, Ella and Gus became more than just friends! 

Other characters on the show included:

*Bethany, Ella's younger and sometimes-annoying cousin (see episodes 3, 5, and 7)
*Kacey, a classmate whom Ella befriended in episode 8 (first introduced in episode 4)
*Burk, the school jerk (see episodes 2, 4, 8, and 9)

Filmed using the The Sims 2, and edited with Ulead VideoStudio 7 and Pinnacle Studio 12 Ultimate, Ella was one of the first Sims series to use voiceovers instead of subtitles. The episodes were between six and ten minutes long, and there were episodes are 14 in all, plus many vlogs (mini-episodes told from Ella's perspective.) 

Unlike many "animated" TV series, the characters on Ella aged in real-time. When the series began, Ella was at the tail end of her 9th grade year. Three-odd years later, Ella and Gus were off to college. Caitlin and Oliver, who were infants when the show began, are in elementary school, now. And there was yet another new addition to the family in 2011.

Though I have no plans to make any more episodes, Ella's story will continue soon, in the form of a novel told from the perspective of her little sister, Caitlin. You can keep up with the latest information via the Ella Fans Facebook Page.


And now for the episodes & vlogs...



Below you will find all the Ella, More Or Less episodes that have been produced! The most recent episode is listed first, then the next-most-recent, and so on.


Ella's Most Recent Vlogs:

Vlog #10 - October 15, 2012
Vlog #9 - August 1, 2012
Vlog #8 - June 25, 2012


Ella's Blog - Read about Ella's adventures during the summer of 2012!



Episode 14: All In The Family



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After finishing her first year of college, Ella is feeling pretty grown up -- but is she ready to hear what Gus has in mind for their future? 

Added: 29 October 2011
 


Episode 13: Everyone, More Or Less

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Ella and her friends and family members have all had very different experiences over the summer -- some exciting, some embarrassing, some just plain bizarre. Find out what everyone's been up to in this latest installment of Ella, More Or Less

Added: 23 November 2010



Ella's 2009-2010 Vlogs:

Vlog #7 - May 29, 2010
Vlog #6 - April 20, 2010
Vlog #5 - April 3, 2010
Vlog #4 - February 8, 2010
Vlog #3 - February 1, 2010
Vlog #2 - January 2, 2010
Vlog #1 - December 21, 2009


Episode 12: The Truth


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It's the moment of truth: Ella is at Gus's house, just minutes away from letting him in on her true feelings. How will he react? Will he feel the same way? And should she even bother to tell him, or should she make a run for it while she still can? 

They say the truth will set you free, but what if it just makes everything more complicated? 

Added: 31 October 2009


Episode 11: Just Between Us



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It's been a few months since Ella first realized she had a thing for Gus, and things haven't been the same since. First off, it's totally awkward trying to talk to him, now. To make matters worse, a new girl -- Alyssa -- has caught Gus's attention, and Ella and Gus have started to drift apart, much to Ella's dismay. Everyone keeps encouraging Ella to tell Gus how she feels about him, but can she do it? Will she? 

Added: 18 June 2009
 

Episode 10: Winter Wonderland



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The Holidays are here again, and although Gus is spending Christmas in another city, Ella has plenty to be happy about -- especially when a surprise snowfall whitens the scene on Christmas morning. But it soon becomes apparent that the snow has no intention of stopping, and before long it's sending Ella's mood plummeting. Plagued with an acute case of cabin fever, Ella is desperate for something to get her mind off her boredom. And before long, it settles on a certain someone... 

Added: 24 January 2009


Episode 9: Brotherly Love



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One day in October, Kacey and Gus bombard Ella with separate pieces of bad news. Well... bad news for Ella, at least. As more of life's inevitable changes come her way, Ella prepares to deal -- and prepares to make some possible changes of her own. 

Added: 16 October 2008
 

Episode 8: In My Life



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In the midst of dealing with the academic nightmare known as "group projects," Ella makes a new friend, Kacey. But when Ella chooses Kacey over Gus, Gus is upset, and Ella feels guilty. She wants this new friendship to work, but she doesn't want to lose what she already has. Is it possible to have both, or is that just too complicated? 

Added: 19 June 2008
 

Episode 7: How I Spent My Spring Vacation



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The Bradleys head to Lake Meriwether for spring break, bringing along Ella's cousin Bethany. Ella's not thrilled about Bethany coming, but she figures at least she'll have someone to hang out with, since her parents are always so busy with the twins. But when Bethany makes a new friend at the lake, and starts spending all her time with her, Ella is jealous and lonely. Why is it so easy for some people to make friends? Why is it so hard for Ella? Well... maybe it's not as difficult as she thinks! 

Added: 28 March 2008


Episode 6: The Year Without A Christmas Tree



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It's Christmastime! The lights are up, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer is out on the lawn (okay, so he's been there since October), and the presents are bought and wrapped. There's just one problem: the Bradleys don't have a Christmas tree! At least not a good one. Tiny, pathetic plastic trees don't count. Ella's parents have their reasons for the treelessness, but as far as Ella's concerned, Christmas is ruined. Or is it? 

Added: 31 December 2007
 


Episode 5: Thanks For Nothing



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Thanksgiving is no simple holiday. Before the big day, the house gets an overhaul, Ella's mom dives into a cleaning frenzy (and drags an unenthusiastic Ella along with her), and somewhere out there, an unsuspecting turkey is plucked for the cause. Then there's T-Day itself, in which Ella's bratty Bradley cousins make Bethany look like a little angel. Ah, nothing quite like family gettogethers to drive a person insane! 

Added: 22 November 2007
 


Episode 4: Bad Day



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It's the first day of school, and nothing is going right for Ella. In fact, things couldn't get much worse. Gus is sick, Burk the Jerk is jerkier than ever, and school is boring and trivial (like THAT's unusual!) But no matter how bad today is, tomorrow is a brand new day. So it's bound to better -- right? 

Added: 29 October 2007



Episode 3: Space Invasion



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When Ella's mom announces that Ella's 7-year-old cousin is going to be staying with them for a week, Ella doesn't think much of it. That's before she learns Bethany will be invading her bedroom! This second-grade terror bounces on beds, shakes her booty at any given opportunity, and won't stop bugging Ella. And when Ella's mom won't stick a Return To Sender stamp on Bethany, Ella enlists the help of the one person who might be able to restore her sanity. 

Added: 26 August 2007



Episode 2: Ella's Wild Ride



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After she has an embarrassing dream about Gus, the last thing Ella wants is to have to face him. But no matter how hard she tries, she can't seem to avoid him. Gus really wants to be Ella's friend, but Ella's still sensitive, due to friendships gone awry in her past. She agrees to join Gus for a Saturday at the Fun Center because she expects Gus's brother ("the hot guy") to be there too. The day turns out to be full of surprises -- and possible changes of heart. 

Added: 3 July 2007
 


Episode 1: New Girl Meets Boy



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Ella Bradley, age 15, has faced a lot of changes in the past few years. Her family (which grew from three members to five in February when "the twins" were born) has just moved into a new house -- their fifth move in three years. But this place is different. For one thing, there's a hot guy living next door, who Ella has a great view of via her telescope (though not for long!) And then there's the hot guy's brother, Gus. He seems like a total geek, but first impressions can be deceiving... 

Added: 4 June 2007

Friday, November 10, 2017

Entertainment Encounters

ENTERTAINMENT ENCOUNTERS

(I like to keep track. You're allowed to think I'm strange.)

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Writers I have met or seen in real life: Bruce Campbell, Chelsea Cain, Dave Barry, Heather Vogel Frederick, Karen Karbo, Kristen Sheley, Lois Lowry, Mavis Tofte, Meg Cabot, Patricia Reilly Giff, Ridley Pearson, and Will Vinton.

Actors/Celebrities I have met or seen in real life:

(At conventions): Adam Baldwin, Allison Paige, Amber Benson, Ashley Clements, Cary Elwes, Chris Sarandon, Christopher Sean, Dan Fogler, Daniel V. Gordh, Devon Murray, Ellie Darcey-Alden, James Hong, James Phelps, Jason Isaacs, Laura Spencer, Mary Kate Wiles, Matthew Lewis, Maxwell Glick, Michael Rosenbaum, Oliver Phelps, Phil Brown, Scarlett Byrne, Summer Glau, Tom Welling, Wallace Shawn, Wes Aderhold

(On set:) Alexa Davalos, Billy Burke, Chris Powell, Christian Kane, David Giuntoli, Dom Deluise, Erika Marozsan, Eva LaRue, Greg Kinnear, Kristen Stewart, Nancy Travis, Rebecca Romijn, Reggie Lee, Robert Pattinson, Russell Hornsby, Sasha Roiz, Toby Hemingway

(Kids In The Hall Show:) Bruce McCulloch, Dave Foley, Kevin McDonald, Mark McKinney, Scott Thompson

(Wheel Of Fortune taping:) Pat Sajak, Vanna White

(Rifftrax! Live taping:) Bill Corbett, Kevin Murphy, Michael J. Nelson, Trace Beaulieu (he was in the audience!)

(Other:) Armin Shimerman, Bruce Campbell, Corey Feldman, Curtis Hanson, Dean Cain, Jeff Cohen, Jesse Eisenberg, Joe Pantoliano, Lea Thompson

Autographed photos of: Alan Young, Courtney Peldon, Dean Cain, Jamie Denton, Megan Follows (all are personalized except Megan's, which my brother won for me.)

Live Concerts: Steven Curtis Chapman (1997), Billy Joel (2007), REO Speedwagon/Loverboy (2013), Big Daddy Weave/Citizen Way/Lauren Daigle/Jason Gray (2015), Jeremy Camp/Mercy Me (2016)

Musicals & Plays I've Seen: Absurd Person Singular, Aladdin, Anne & Gilbert - The Island Love Story (x2), Anne Of Green Gables: The Musical, Beauty and the Beast (x5), Cats, Fiddler on the Roof, Finding Neverland, Guys & Dolls, The Lion The Witch and the Wardrobe (x2), Love Letters, Mary Poppins, The Miracle Worker, My Fair Lady, Once Upon A Mattress, Persuasion, Peter Pan, The Phantom of the Opera, She Loves Me, The Sound Of Music, Wicked. 

Awards & Nominations

AWARDS & NOMINATIONS


OREGON STATE FAIR RIBBONS 

2010: 3rd Place - LEGO Creations, Original Design - Adults, 5+ Years
2010: People's Choice Award for LEGO creations - September 3rd
Made In Oregon
2010: 3rd Place - Scrapbook, Single Page - Fair Theme - 5+ Years Experience
2010: 2nd Place - Scrapbook Double Page Design - 5+ Years Experience

2011: 1st Place - Building Blocks, Original Design (Lego + One Other Type) - Adults, 5+ Years
2011: Best In Class - Building Blocks/Lego - Adult Division
2011: Special Award - Building Blocks/Lego for Grandma's House
Grandma's House
2011: 3rd Place - Scrapbook, Single Page - Fair Theme - 5+ Years Experience

2013: 1st Place - Building Blocks, Original Design  - Adults, 5+ Years
There Was An Old Lady Who Lived In A Shoe


LEGO CONVENTIONS

2012: 

Bricks Cascade, Portland

BrickCon, Seattle
101 Bricks Winner

2013: 

Bricks Cascade, Portland

BrickCon, Seattle

2014: 

Bricks Cascade, Portland
1-Handed Speed Build Winner

Bricks By The Bay, Santa Clara
Honorable Mention for Brown Bear Goes For A Stroll

2015: 

Bricks Cascade, Portland

2016: 

Bricks Cascade, Portland

BrickCon, Seattle
Master Build Qualifier

2017: 

Bricks Cascade, Portland
Trophy for Cascadia By Train (Art/Collab)

BrickCon, Seattle
Master Build Qualifier
Honorable Mention for "Details in a Small MOC" for American Kitchens

2018: 

Bricks Cascade, Portland
Master Build Winner
Trophy for Doll House (Art/Collab)
Trophy for American Kitchens (Architecture/Interiors)

BrickCan, Vancouver, B.C.
101 Bricks - 2nd Place
Master Build Honorable Mention

BrickCon, Seattle

2019:

Bricks Cascade, Portland

BrickCan, Vancouver, B.C.



I participated in nanowrimo in 2005. And subsequently vowed "never again."



Extras Projects

EXTRAS PROJECTS

Though I have not even attempted to make a career of it, I enjoy acting. I got the TV bug when I was 7 and, like many other Portland/Vancouver children, I appeared on our local Kids' show, Ramblin' Rod. When I was 11, my brother and I got to be on screen with Dom DeLuise and some other children during a segment for Candid Camera. That episode aired in 1992.


(Front row, second from Dom's left)

I joined a local Extras company in 2000, which has led me to several interesting projects. My first gig was a print ad for Sony, in which I joined a crowd of fellow faux football fans. In 2006, I was hired for the movie Feast Of Love, starring Greg Kinnear and Morgan Freeman. 


I worked for three days on those scenes, and can be seen as a blob in the background for about 2 seconds. Feast Of Love was released in September, 2007.

In April of 2008, I got to be an extra in the movie Twilight, based on the best-selling novel by Stephenie Meyer. Twilight was released in November, 2008. Look for me my car in the "Port Angeles" (actually: St. Helens, OR) scenes.


In May of 2010 I spent a day working on a project that would become A Walk In My Shoes, a TV movie for NBC. It aired December 3, 2010, and I'm happy to say I'm actually not a mutilated pixely blob in this one -- I'm recognizable! Too bad the movie's nothing to write home about. Still, I got to see Nancy Travis and meet several interesting people, so it was a good time.


(I'm behind the guy with the orange shirt)

In 2011 I was in the crowd for an episode of Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition. The episode aired in the summer of 2012.

In 2013 I was a extra/driver in the Grimm episode "Nameless," which was filmed in and outside of the Lotus Cafe in SW Portland. In 2014 I was a "perp" in the episode "Dyin' On A Prayer" (I didn't make the final cut), which was filmed on set in NW Portland. In 2015 they used my car in the episode "Headache". I got to stay in extras' holding & read a book -- sweet gig! My car can be seen toward the end of the episode.


(My car's on the left, just in front of the silver one. That white building was the cafe/extras holding.)

Although I had no intention of it being so, I can be seen in Beyond The Brick: A LEGO Documentary (2014) during some of the Master Build scenes.

In the summer of 2015 I worked on TNT's The Librarians, in what turned out to be the first two episodes of the second season. I can be seen in the first episode, during the "museum party" scenes, which were filmed at the Portland Art Museum.


(Olive cardigan and schoolmarm bun; center)

In December of 2015 I played a wrestling-fan-in-a-crowd in the Grimm episode "Silence Of The Slams," which aired in early 2016.

Alas, Grimm has gone off the air, and I have let my membership with the extras company lapse... for now. But who knows...?