Saturday, July 28, 2012

A Summer Safe Haven

Oak Island and Southport have become a "safe haven" in more ways than one. It had three movies film there this summer. From parachuters performing stunts for Iron Man to Mary and Martha and Safe Haven being filmed a block from each other, Oak Island and Southport have been filled with excitement.  It seems I'm not the only one who has realized how special Southport and Oak Island are.

I had the opportunity to see the set of Safe Haven. It is amazing the amount of detail crew members have put in to make this Nicholas Sparks' book come to life.

Ryan's Port Market
This is the place where Alex, the love interest, works.

Another angle of Ryan's Port Market

The place where Katie, the main character, works.

It was really cool to see these sets. They actually built Ryan's Port Market just for the movie. It's a shame that they're going to tear it down once the filming is done.

Seeing this filming, it's makes me love screenwriting even more. If one day my characters could come to life on the screen like Nicholas Spark's characters, I'd be a happy writer.

If you'd like to know more about Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks, here's a link to a summary written by

It's a little different than his other books, but I thoroughly enjoyed it.

~A.E. Keener

Hello world!

I've tried on multiple occasions to write a blog. I'd start one, but life would become busy and or I'd simply have nothing to talk about. I figured I'd try one more time just for fun.

So, there are probably two important questions running through your mind. First, who is this person? I'm A.E. Keener. I' using my pen name because it's entertaining and most people like to call me by my last name anyway. I am currently a 2nd year grad student at Chapman University seeking a masters in screenwriting.  I am also an author with two novels, a picture book, and a collection of stories. If you are interested in my work, you can check it out here:

Now, the next important question. What is this blog about? It's about anything and everything. It will mainly be about my adventures but I may add recipes, and random facts I come across. I will try to make it as entertaining as possible. 

As for updates for this blog, I can't guarantee anything. Grad school does take up most of my life at the moment. I will though update when I can.

Now let the stories begin!