I’ve briefly gone through a spate (am I making that word up?) of drama with my screenwriting instructor — an e-mail out of (what I thought was) nowhere came about two weeks ago saying, “I think you should consider dropping this course.” Luckily, after two panicky e-mail rounds where I fell all over myself with apologies and sort-of excuses for why I hadn’t been in contact, I remembered that I’m now considered an adult, and we were able to work things out — mostly because I said, wait, I didn’t know I was supposed to be meeting with you weekly, since at our first meeting your advice to me was simply to go to the library and start reading books on screenwriting. I assumed from that that this would be the most independent of independent studies and went on my own merry way.
Anyway, got freedback today on my treatment, which I like to call “11 pages of blood, sweat, and plastic surgery.” He says it’s “very well done,” so now I just need to forge ahead with the screenplay. I’m about 20 pages in; my goal is to be at or near halfway done (around 55 pages) by the end of the weekend. In short, someone bring me some crack, STAT.
Also, it’s come to my attention that I look like I haven’t been reading at all this year. I really have — I just haven’t been finishing anything. I’m in process on Ian McEwan’s Enduring Love at the moment, which is already creeping me the hell out while also making me seriously consider taking up basket-weaving or bottle-cap making as a career, because whoa. Whoa. That guy can build a sentence like… Gehry builds a museum? I don’t know, the analogy isn’t working for me.
Many, many movies to see this week: in about an hour, The Pacifier, a follow-up of the popcorn fun from Monday’s sisterly viewing of Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous. Then tonight, free screening and post-film director Q&A of C.S.A.: Confederate States of America at KU. Tomorrow I’m holding out hope that there will still be tickets available to see Ricky Schroeder’s movie, Blackcloud, which will also have a Q&A following at Liberty Hall. Then Friday — SIN CITY, which I am very excited for.