|May. 20th, 2008 02:21 pm Museum of Natural History and PEN Literary Awards|
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
Rainy and mild
My head is so stuffed full of information, it’s ready to burst. It was a good day, but a long one.
Train ride in was mediocre, as usual. I couldn’t stand the thought of being underground, so I decided to take the bus up Madison Avenue and then across 79th St. to the west side. The bus ride up Madison was excruciatingly slow, because there was a water main break at 57th St. The ride across the park was fine, except for the bratty, spoiled little rich kids with their nannies on the bus. One, in particular, a little girl of about six, was exceptionally horrid. Tantrums, screaming, whining, hitting other kids, trying to hit adults. She didn’t try it with me – like most bullies, she’s a coward at heart. I glared at her once and she hid behind the nanny. I’m not one for hitting a kid very often, but this one needed a good smack. Actually, maybe if they started by telling her “no” occasionally – and meaning it – it would make a difference. If she’s like this at six, what will she be like as a teenager, or as an adult? It’s a shame, because she’s very pretty. Too bad the inside doesn’t match the outside.
The Museum of Natural History was full of kids. I forgot that this is the time of year for school trips. You can tell the city kids from the suburban kids. The city kids are loud and rambunctious, but, living in the city, they’re very aware of personal space. They invade their friends’ space, but they’re careful not to invade that of strangers. The suburban kids have the same unwarranted sense of entitlement that their parents do, and just don’t care.
There was a really cute little boy of about eight with his dad, who thought EVERYTHING was AMAZING. There was a little girl of about eight or nine making sure her younger brothers and sisters didn’t wander off – there were about five in that group. The youngest could barely walk, but liked all the animals. She’d read a bunch of books before coming to the museum and was telling them stories about everything – it was great. A teacher-in-the-making (and most of it was even right). There was a girl of about eleven or twelve sketching, photographing, taking lots of notes in the Northwest Coastal Indians exhibit. Either she had a paper to write, or she’s an archaeologist-in-the-making. One little kid fell asleep in a corner of the Hall of Gems – it’s dark and only the cases with the gems are lit. There was a group of teenaged boys wandering through North American Mammals, singing Pat Benatar lyrics. I told them I was impressed that they knew the lyrics to her songs, and they all blushed.
The Museum has a lot of stuff for kids, and several of the shops are geared specifically towards kids, filled with learning toys and books – really, they have one of the best shops I’ve ever seen. Low on the kitschy souvenirs, high on the education-presented-engagingly.
I wandered through the special floor of the main store dedicated to books. I could have easily dropped nine or ten THOUSAND dollars just in that bookstore. Fabulous stuff.
I visited some of my favorites – the Blue Whale, the African elephants, the owls, the biodiversity exhibit. I spent more time in the Human Evolution exhibit than I planned, because they were explaining archaeological and anthropological methods and evaluations, and I figured that would be good for the Gwen/Justin books. Read more . . .
Current Mood: satisfied2 comments - Leave a comment
|Apr. 28th, 2008 09:31 am New SDR and Sometimes Work Doesn't Pan Out . . .|
Monday, April 28, 2008
Rainy and cool
The new issue of The Scruffy Dog Review is out, which means my latest installment of “The Literary Athlete” is up. It’s called “In Between” and gives suggestions what to do while your manuscript makes the rounds. You can find it here:
The Pre-Derby article is off, and should be up in a couple of days. The monologue went off, the actor read it via web-cam, I did a rewrite, sent it off, we worked via webcam, I tweaked. I think it’s in good shape. I sent him one final tweak when I got home last night; if he’s comfortable, he can memorize it (his audition is tomorrow).
I didn’t get the script doctoring job. They decided to go with someone else (who has no published credits and has never written in play or screenplay format) who was willing to do it for the “experience” rather than pay.
Read more. . .1 comment - Leave a comment
|Apr. 17th, 2008 09:34 am Guest Rant on InkThinker!|
I have a Guest Rant up on Kristen King’s InkThinker blog on “Dealing with ‘You Should Write . . .’”, a topic that particular drives me ‘round the bend. Yeah, I know, it’s a real short drive, but come check it out here:
Read more . . .Leave a comment
|Apr. 2nd, 2008 08:29 am Ink's Fourth Anniversary; Musings on Theatre and Film Work|
Wednesday, April 2, 2008
Sunny and cold
Today is Ink in My Coffee’s fourth anniversary! I can’t believe I have so much to say. I figured I’d blog for a few months and get sick of it, but discussing my process seems to help the writing, so . . .you’re all stuck with me for awhile longer. Seriously, it’s like having virtual morning coffee with my friends and colleagues. Once I’ve done my first 1K for the day, it’s a good way to launch the rest of it.
But that first 1K of the day needs to happen BEFORE I interact with anyone!
In the past few days, I wandered across some blogs from other on-set personnel, mostly out in LA. They’re interesting, and it strikes me that there’s a real difference in the way series in LA are run from series that shoot here in NY. Or maybe, for the most part, I’ve been very fortunate in the productions on which I landed.
Read more . . .Leave a comment
|Mar. 26th, 2008 12:26 pm Meditations on the Sci-Fi/Fantasy Genre|
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
Cloudy and warm
A DAY, let me tell you . . .
Found out the publisher for the time travel novella thingy is shutting down, so one less deadline to worry about. I’ll probably still write it sometime, but at least I don’t have to do it right now.
Sent a few pages of the teleplay for my portfolio to an old contact from the days when I was active in that area; he loved it, said I should expand it to a two-parter, not a one episode stand-alone, because I was trying to cover too much ground in 47 minutes (which is how much script time a one hour show gets), and there was enough to make the core cast of the show shine and still have the guest roles really strong and complex. So I’m going to keep working on it. Reworked all of part one, and now have to figure out the top of part two, change a few things, and then get back on track for the rest of the material.
Sent a few pages of the sci-fi horror western to a friend who loves the sci-fi horror genre. He was totally grossed out, in the best possible way, by my world of Freak Pretties and Skin Eaters, so I’m on the right track. Hey, I get squeamish writing it; good thing the reader gets squeamish, that’s the point. I got a good chunk of it done, and I can smell the end.
Someone asked me, a few days ago, via email, why I’m veering so much into the science fiction/fantasy realm with writing, reading, viewing, etc. Well, there are several reasons for it, and I think it’s an interesting question.
Currently, I think some of our best social commentary is being done in that genre. There’s a lot of material that has social, historical, and political relevance that falls under the sci-fi/fantasy genre, and there always has been. We spent a few years in the Femmebot phase, but we seem to be moving out of it into territory where gender, equality, and intelligence are factors in the storytelling, which I happen to think is a good thing. If you look in film and television work lately, where are the strong female characters? Not a whole lot out there in feature film land. Helen Mirren and Cate Blanchett are doing pretty well, but there’s not much left for anyone else. In fact, one of the trades ran an article a few weeks ago about how movies with female leads aren’t being green-lighted because they don’t make enough money. There’s more room for genuinely strong, complex female (and male) characters in television, especially in science fiction and fantasy: Rachel Luttrell’s Teyla in Stargate Atlantis immediately comes to mind –in fact, most of the core female characters in that show are smart, resourceful, and interesting. I want to smack some of the guest stars upside the head sometimes, but that’s the way it goes in guest spots.
Read more . . .Leave a comment
|Mar. 24th, 2008 09:29 am Guest Blogging and Learn From My Mistakes!|
Monday, March 24, 2008
Sunny and cold
Hop on over to Mystic Lit to read my second of three guest blog posts on research in one’s writing.
It’s pretty sad that, on Saturday, I was so sick and still more productive, writing-wise, than I’d been in about two weeks.
That’s how much the noise, stress, and construction vibration have set me off my game.
So much so, I noticed in the BCC to myself of an article I submitted, a really stupid mistake which will probably cost me the sale. It’s absolutely inexcusable. And I made the mistake anyway. And I’ll pay for it, I’m sure. I was so careful on the article, on the cover letter, and then there’s a typo in the subject line. Next! It will serve me right to be rejected for simply that. And I thought I’d been very careful. I could just kick myself around the block.
Read more. . .Leave a comment
|Mar. 23rd, 2008 10:09 am Writing a Teleplay with the Flu|
Sunday, Mach 23, 2008
Sunny and cold
Happy Easter to those of you who celebrate it! May you have a family-filled day of joy and renewed hope.
I’m feeling a little better. I have to get my act together because I’m invited to dinner tonight and can’t cancel. I’ll just eat, um, cautiously.
Slept until nearly 2:30 in the afternoon yesterday after a rough night. Once I got up, my head hurt terribly, but was also buzzing. Once I had a bit of soup, I sat down and wrote a spec one-hour teleplay for my portfolio, based on a current show. I wouldn’t actually sell this script – it’s a way for producers and show runners to see that I’m capable of coming up with fresh ideas while still being true to established characters.
Read more . . Leave a comment
|Mar. 21st, 2008 09:32 am Domestic Distractions|
Friday, March 21, 2008
Sunny and cold
33 degrees F out there this morning, and the scumbag landlords haven’t given us heat since sometime yesterday. Guess I’ll be spending the day with the Health Department, filing yet more paperwork.
I am seriously thinking about buying stock in both Murphy’s Oil Soap and a manufacturer of Castle Soap. I get an inch to an inch and a half of construction-related dust coming under my door – in spite of the tape – every few hours, and I’m constantly washing the floors and dusting. Not only do I not want to breathe it, I don’t want the cats walking through it and then licking their paws, since I’m sure whatever’s in there is toxic. Since I am the Un-Suzy Homemaker (Suzy Un-Homemaker?), you know if I’m constantly cleaning, it’s got to be bad!
Speaking of which, when I came home from grocery shopping yesterday, I found Elsa with a bloody, scratched ear.
Read more . ..Leave a comment
|Mar. 17th, 2008 07:49 am Guest Blogging at Mysic Lit|
Monday, March 17, 2008
St. Patrick’s Day
Sunny and mild
Quick post, as I’m running out the door.
Happy Birthday Barbara and Fran!
Hop on over to Mystic Lit (http://mystic-lit.blogspot.com) to read the first of my three guest blogs on research in writing. They’ll run for three consecutive Mondays. And drop a comment by, so I know you’ve visited! Read moreLeave a comment
|Mar. 13th, 2008 10:30 am Excruciating Noise Levels|
Thursday, March 13, 2008
Cloudy and mild
The building noise was so bad yesterday that it was like having a dentist’s drill in my head for eight hours. I really thought I was going to lose what’s left of my mind.
I found that the music of the B-52s, Springsteen, Chumbawamba, and Pat Benatar block the noise the best. Because, let’s face it, Maidens of the Celtic Harp and Sweet Honey on the Rock aren’t going to do it.
So it was not the productive day of which I dreamed. I did find some jobs for which to pitch – I’ve been bad these past weeks, concentrating on the fiction and ignoring the business writing I need in order to pay the bills. I wrote up an interview request for someone I’d like to get for SDR. Tracked down a former colleague with whom I’d like to get back in touch and shot off a catch-up letter. Read more . . .1 comment - Leave a comment
Back a Page