My little Spielberg

Cathy ZielskeCZ Life54 Comments


After the overwhelming reception of the critically acclaimed The Aliens Are Eating Our Cornflakes, my son, the playwright/director/actor is at it again. This time, he's worked on a new script tentatively (and actually) called "Alien for President."

The details are sketchy, as he's kept it under wraps for the past 24 hours since he wrote (and typed) it, but it involves aliens coming to Earth and running for, you guessed it, president. And although the script is shrouded in much secrecy, I did happen to catch the line: "I'm Alien Bob, and I approve this message."

Cole even coaxed Dan into taking him out last night to find a suit coat and tie. You know, to look more presidential in the role.


Now if I could just teach him about double spacing in Microsoft Word. There'd be no stopping him.


Cathy ZielskeMy little Spielberg

54 Comments on “My little Spielberg”

  1. #2
    Jeannette P

    You really have a character there don’t you? I’m smiling from ear to ear thinking about all his creativity in this Alien script writing thing.

  2. #4

    so funny. my son’s first novel, written in 1st grade, was called “fat ed is not up.” coincidentally, that was also the entire text. πŸ™‚

  3. #12
    Beth W

    I love him-I had one just like him. To this day, I am in awe of minds like theirs.
    P.S. Some of your plants show significant phototropism. Sorry I just like the word.

  4. #14
    Leslie F

    That boy cracks me up. And hey — it must have been National Eight Year Old Playwright Night yesterday or something . . . my daughter wrote a skit and I had the fortune to be there for opening night. It was more of an improv kinda thing, but I was impressed by it. She, too, has a flair for all things dramatic. I don’t think her script had any aliens, though. That must be a Zielske thing. πŸ˜‰

  5. #15
    Brigid G

    Too cute! I love it when they write their own stuff. My daughters are always writing something…

    In return for your awesome recommendation on the Sookie Stackhouse novels (I read all of them over the Christmas break), here’s a new trilogy for you: The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare. City of Bones and City of Ashes are already out, and the third one will be out in March. Happy reading!

  6. #18
    Wendy Holifield

    Great job Cole! Keep it up! How old is he and he is already writing scripts? AWESOME! He may even to bring his mother to the Oscars.

  7. #19

    Amazing kid. And amazing parents who encourage such imagination, including going out to find and purchase a suit for the star.

  8. #20
    Jane (photoscrapin)

    I really should have left a comment on each and every one of you entries…however, I will just leave it on the most current! I don’t visit here that often, I don’t know why!!, however, I LOVE it when I come here….your inspiration and enthusiasm is so catching and I love reading about your daily life. You are such a FUN person and would be a joy to know! I willmiss Simple Scapbook mag…couldn’t believe the news πŸ™ but you will be fine!! I loved the quote you received from the Semisonic song, that has always been a fav! Well, I just wanted you to know how much I enjoy your blog even though I don’t get over her and sometimes don’t leave a comment AAAAHHH!!!! sorry!!
    Oh, one more thing: I love your taste in music!!!

  9. #22
    Sharon F.

    wow – he is amazing. Wished he lived closer. My company is having an alien themed eXo Party,, complete with costume contest, live kids bands (2) , Klingons and other costumed characters, food, hands on make and takes, a full moon hike and exo planet searching through our giant telescopes, live planetarium shows and real scientists who will discuss the search for planets outside our solar system and the search for extra terrestrial intelligence. This is all in honor of the up coming kepler mission and launch.

    Cole is quite creative and very talented. Let him know he has a fan club in the SF Bay Area of California and if you get out this way to give us a call. We could work together!

  10. #23

    I love his big world! He sees no limitations and you and Dan are so supportive. I can’t wait until you blog about him having a feature premiered at Sundance! Then you can tell us if Robert Redford’s skin looks more leathery in person than in pictures LOL!!!

  11. #26

    Cathy, he will so totally be a Sundance winnner…and to think you can help him create (and double space so as not to skip anyone of importance, i.e. God, you…) an Oscar acceptance speech!

  12. #29

    A child with this much imagination is sure to go far. I’m soooo happy you & Dan encourage him…and to Dan…if only all men/fathers were like you. πŸ™‚ I second another comment that he will be a winner at Sundance some day!

  13. #34
    Nancy Lee

    Your creative spirit has definitely passed on to your children. I am impressed with his imagination and love how you and your husband support him. Can’t wait to see a video! Share it if he will let you.

  14. #35

    Every time I read your blog I laugh. The good thing is I can rest assured that your great sense of humor is being carried on!

  15. #36

    Your little dude is such a cutie!

    Plants are suppose to last years? Who knew? I thought they lasted a couple months then die. What have I been doing wrong all these years????

  16. #37
    Kim C.

    What an awesome kid! It’s not hard to see where he gets it from. He is going to go far. Hope to see him at Sundance in the future.

  17. #38

    Well Cathy, you may not be able to raise plants but it sure looks like the kids are

  18. #40

    What great parents you and Dan are for encouraging him. It’s great to see his creativity flow. Kudos to Dan for going out and getting him the suit. What a great dad! I hope he’ll let you share. Look forward to hearing more about “Alien for President”.

  19. #42

    This is so awesome. If, in 20 years, he wins an Oscar, I can tell people that, hey, I once took a class his mom taught πŸ™‚ (DYL)

  20. #43

    Oh sweetie, doublespacing is something that eludes even the most gifted adults – leave the child prodigy to his creative genius! By the time it matters, he’ll have “people” to take care of these little things for him.

    Minions maybe. I could imagine Cole with minions …

  21. #44

    How fantastic that you have such a young creative writer. And, lucky you, the photo ops from these productions are GOLD! =)

  22. #45

    Seriously – I can not wait for when he gets older and we all find out what he became when he grew up. Would love to see the look on his future wife & kid’s faces when they read these things about him in 20 or so years. He’s such a hoot!

  23. #46

    Cole sounds like the coolest kid. I bet he keeps life interesting. I”m sure someday when he is famous we can say…..”hey, we knew his mother and she was cool too”

  24. #47
    shari (tigsnbitz)

    Is he a democratic Alien or Republican…..hmmmm can there be a Republican alien? I don’t think so.
    Either way…go Cole

  25. #48

    Oh how I wish I could get him and my grandson together…the two imaginations could change the world!!

  26. #49

    Love it!! Will this be a trilogy? Will it have a prequel? I am almost as excited about this as I am the release of the motion picture for New Moon, I tell ya.

  27. #52
    Jocelyn in PA

    Although I only ‘know’ Cole on my flat screen I love him, super Fan, Alien Bob, I can’t wait to see what comes out of creative mind next. Go Cole!

    PS. Don’t want to leave Aidan out. She gets prettier every picture you post.

  28. #53

    I hope you will post a video clip when you all take part and act out Cole’s play – he needs a cast to bring it to life!

  29. #54

    I love how passionate Cole is about this. People with passion inspire me but kids with passion just fill my awe.

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