Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Laura hijacks Shannon's blog for a congratulatory You Finished a Script! post.

Whoooo! You did it. Here are some videos for the celebration times.

You remember that
time when we used
to go to Skateland?

My personal favorite, which might of been playing when I won that free coke for a Red Light Green Light.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

I just passed page 100! Although the script is running long, which is difficult, because the urge comes to edit as you write, which is never good, but I can't help but do the mental calculations on how many pages I have "left" versus how much I have left to write. I'm trying to finish and polish it by next Wednesday (one week!) to mail it in for the Nichols Fellowship, which is crazy, as this is a first draft, but I'm feeling really good about it. I mean, it really has come together in a way that's very surprising, and I know a lot of that is working with pre-existing source material, but still. It's heartening.

Would anyone be interested, if I finish in the next few days, in giving it a look? Just because my workshop group still hasn't gotten me notes back from two weeks ago, and I'm worried about sending something out without any critique. If you don't have the time or inclination, don't worry about it; I just thought I'd put it out there.

I have so much grading to do. I can't complain, though; I was the one that assigned the work. Still. :(

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

The best piece of writing I've seen all day:

Steve, you've done such a nice job making this bed, with Sleazeball sheets and Assclown pillows, and this warm Treacherous Lying Bastard blanket. Guess what? Now you get to lie in it. Sweet dreams.

This is in reference to Steve Vander Ark crying today during the copyright infringement trial over the Harry Potter Lexicon. SVA has run the Lexicon website for years, then decided to publish said website as an actual book. JRK said no, they sent out C&Rs to no avail, and have finally had to sue the publishing company over it. It's hilariously funny, and what I read about while the kids were working quietly today.

I literally woke up this morning and thought, "Today is Wednesday which means tomorrow is Thursday which means new Office and CSI!" So sad.

Monday, April 14, 2008

My last hour will be done in eight minutes! Yay! Today we worked on interjections, which are ridiculously easy; I'm so glad we're done with prepositions, which are apparently very difficult if you don't know what verbs are. Understandable.

I found five screenwriting faculty positions open today during a search. Will apply this week. I'm not necessarily getting my hopes up, as I know that in writing especially, they like professors who have published/sold material, and I haven't, but I can't get hired if I don't apply. And one of the positions is at UT, which would at least be an environment with which I'm familiar.

Halfway done with Lizzie Borden! I'm really happy with it thus far; obviously it needs more work and a polish, but it's very tight for a first draft. Probably because so much of the story already existed, which is new for me.

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

The greatest shot in the history of the universe:

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

If anyone could do me a big favor - we're gathering all the KC and Lawrence area newpapers today, so if you happen to grab a paper in your neck of the woods, if you could save any articles or the sports page or whatever for me, that would be awesome.

I still kind of can't believe it.

Friday, April 4, 2008

Battlestar comes back tonight! I'm so excited! I'm so excited! (I'm so...scared!)

But now the nervousness is setting in about tomorrow's game. If we don't win, I'll be sad, but if UNC clobbers us, THEN I'll be really upset. I just want it to be a good, solid game. Close. (Of course, if WE clobber THEM, that's fine.) When we won on Sunday to get into the Final Four, Sarah burst into tears, so if we lose? I don't even want to know.

I swear, I had other things to talk about, but right now those two are kind of buzzing my brain into oblivion. I'm working very, very hard to concentrate while I teach today, but TV! TV is exciting! Last night's CSI was new, which was great, and it was actually a pretty good episode. Bonnie Bedelia was fantastic; I wonder if they're going to bring her on as a recurring character. (I am full aware this only makes sense to Catherine.)