Friday, December 15, 2006

Last day in Texas. Laundry, packing, cleaning. I finished the first draft of my King Arthur script this morning and sent it off, and we TAs turned our grades in yesterday, so that's that.

I'm a little bummed, because of the six of us in the film lab class, I was one of the three scripts that didn't get picked to go on to the next semester. They had a selection committee, and one of the people on it, at my reading, asked, "What if her dad WASN'T a serial killer?" Which since the log line of my film is, "A young woman returns home and investigates her mother's death, beginning to suspect that her father was the infamous serial killer who terrorized her home town..." I kind of knew then that maybe I didn't have the best shot. But my professor gave me some good notes, and told me that the committee did think that I had the best shot of actually being able to sell my script, which was good to hear. I'll do a rewrite over the break anyway, since this will probably be my thesis script, since I put the most work into it.

UT Laura and I are going to develop a TV pilot next spring in homeroom, so we're using the break to do development on that project, mainly focusing on writing the Bible. I don't want to say anything about it just yet since it's way, way in the early phases of knocking ideas around, but we think it's a pretty cool concept thus far. And, I'll probably do a second draft of my Arthur script, because I'd like to enter it in festivals as well, since it's a genre thing and I'd like to come out with two polished(ish) scripts instead of just one. I also might see if I can do two scripts in revision class in the spring instead of just the serial killer one, although that may be biting off more than I can chew.

Ergo: busy break. Which is good in a way, since a lot of the time I just lay around on breaks and start feeling useless and depressed, and it's actually not all that much writing if I spread it out over the month (like, two or three hours a day, which seems like nothing when I was writing eight to ten hours a day during the crunches this semester).

Flying home tomorrow morning, yay! I think this is the latest I've headed back for Christmas, although I realized today that I have no idea what I'll be doing next year and how breaks and the like are going to shake out, so I've determined to enjoy this break as much as possible.

Tuesday, December 12, 2006


Last night we had a wrap-up party for the film lab class, which took place at Wahoo's Fish Tacos (no, seriously). They had a buffet of sorts set up, with tacos and quesadillas and chips, thankfully with some chicken and steak varieties. But most importantly, they had a fixed tab at the bar, and frozen margaritas therein. I think the guy got tired of serving drinks, so my last one, he was like, "Do you want a floater of tequila?" WHILE he went ahead and poured one in.

After four hours of that, the tab was ended and people went home. Seven of us were hanging around outside, and we all realized in tandem that if we also went home, it was early enough that we could be reasonably expected to do some work. So we went to the pub for another two hours, where I had a lovely ten year Glenkinchie and a bowl of ice cream, which totally don't go together except for how they do. Having successfully wasted enough time to not have to work anymore, we then went home, where we could have actually done work, since it was only midnight, but we're old.

Sunday, December 10, 2006

Wow, all of a sudden I turned into talky meat today.

So, the big Firefly Flanvention II was supposed to be this weekend. Except that the con organizers cancelled either the day before or the day of, and people are flying in and can't get refunds and are totally crushed, and it's horrible.

Adam Baldwin is told what's going on, shows up at the hotel anyways, hangs out at the bar for a couple of hours and calls the other actors, and they all show up anyways, to a cancelled convention, and OMG, I love them all so much. I miss my big damn show!
Okay, I just posted, but decided to do a new one rather than edit the old: so, my sister's blog is cracking me up. First of all, her new header graphic is ASOME, and a few posts down, her animated gif rendition of power doppler during The Office? Is so true. I've went back to look at that about a dozen times since she posted it, since MS Paint stuff is one of my favorite things in the whole wide world.

I like a lot of the stuff of the new Blogger thing, but I don't like that I can't figure out how to get rid of the navbar, and I can't get into the html for the little sidebar components. All I want to do is center stuff! Maybe, if I have time this week, I'll really look into it, but for now, eh.
Wow, have the last two weeks been both very busy and very boring. Grading, writing, readings, etc. Now the end is near, and I just have to finish my last script and read/grade the students' final revisions, and to home on Saturday (Huzzah!).

UT Laura and I are making Christmas tins filled with cookies and sweets for the gang this week. I haven't ever done Christmas baking on my own; only ever helped my mom with hers, so this should be exciting. And probably expensive, but that's okay. Right now I'm making sugar cookies shaped like trees, magic bars, Santa's whiskers (coconut and cherry), peanut butter balls, and maybe one other thing. I'm thinking either fudge, which is super-easy, or peppermint bark, which is also easy. It may come down to which is cheaper, but I'll have to see what the rest runs me.

There are so many movies coming out that I want to see, which is always the problem with December. I'm trying to decide if I want to see movies based on people wot I like (Cate, Kate, the Damon, etc), or movies I think will score big with the Oscars (Dreamgirls, Flags/Letters). We'll probably end up seeing Night at the Museum, because it looks fun and holiday-y, and I'd still like to see The Queen, and Pan's Labyrinth. Choices, choices.

Friday, December 1, 2006

Oh frabjous day!

That shriek you heard at 8:30pm central standard time? That was me. Screencaps will be forthcoming, but let's just say that it's like if someone reached into the crazy fanfic inside my head and just filmed it for the show.

BSG + me = happy.

So, I went ahead and switched over to the Blogger Beta thing, since they were so adamant about it. I don't notice any differences as of yet, so we'll see what happens.

This week was really long and busy, but not in an interesting way, more week of class left, one week of grading. Boo, school. (Ooo, I looked up, and now you can do bullets! Exciting.)