Archive for February, 2008

General notes…

Wow… checking through my thoughts, I realized that (yet again) I have been doing a lot of things, and not making notes or posting updates… of even some of the menial events… Or what updates I have made have been very short, and non-specific.

Well, I have some entries that I am preparing that should, I hope, clarify some of that information.

Here, however, are a few points that I do feel comfortable telling, outside of content specific posts:

1) I have finished Dress Lodger. Finally. After months on the list, it is finally complete. In all, I don’t really think it is a bad book. I do, however, believe that some of the details are thick, and it takes a little time to get truly into the work… or back into the work… when trying to read it. Some of the images, though, do stick well, and can come back to the reader after the book is done.

2) It’s cold. Yeah, it’s February, but we are going through a cold streak that is really getting interesting. No snow, and nothing fun, it’s just cold. Ugh.

3) It is almost time for Spring Break! Only one more week before the scholastic respite for the wicked. I’m looking forward to it, not so much for going anywhere (hell, I didn’t even do that when I was actually a real college student), but so I can have a couple of nights free, and spend some time trying to actually write.

4) Speaking of writing: With my travels, the scipt has stalled (sort of)… all told, I have almost 30 pages written, but nothing really “new” in almost three weeks. However, that is one of my goals: to have at least 60 (but preferably up to 75-80) pages completed by the end of the Spring Break week.

Now, while I prep for the other “really big” posts, I need to find some ink…

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A Brief Update…

A quick reading update… I have finished Grapes of Wrath, and it was actually not too bad… a bit tedious at times, but a lot better than I was expecting. And, I am happy to say that, since I have no pending readings for class (the next book is not required for about a month), I have returned to Lodger, and am currently down to about 30 pages left… and it’s only taken me about six months to get there!

I do have my next book already picked out… and it’s not the one required for class!

Back to work… between tweaking a website, handling calls, and trying to get caught up on two weeks worth of scripts (and notes for the Script class)…

And, getting ready for another weekend out of town… But soon, I promise, shall be Vegas updates…

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Back from Vegas

Just a brief note to say, “I’m back.” ¬†All went well, I’ve just been spending a couple of days to get caught up (between house work, homework and the day job)… I’ll be posting some Vegas info, and other thoughts, over the next couple of days…

For now, though, back to the books…

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Brief Update…

I am at a hotel, waiting for the shuttle to take me to the airport. I am flying to Las Vegas for a week. Go, me. I will be back sometime on Saturday… Have fun in the meantime.

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Notes about Grad School

I finished Huck Finn yesterday, the first of my three “new reads” for one of my classes. The language took some time to get used to – mostly from trying to actually recognize the words based on how things were written down in dialect. No, I have never read the book, and I am actually fighting the urge to write some of this post in that style…

Was the book good? Overall, I would say yes, but I am reading it about 140 years after it was first published, so I have the benefit of time and other experiences to bring to the table. Would I have read it, without having to do so for a class? Probably not, but now that I have, I might consider going further into some of Twain’s works. Maybe…

I’ve also broken (I think) the 20 page mark in my script. Yeah, me! Still going along, and to me the most important thing is to actually complete something each week to submit. There are several members of the class that have yet to actually post any additional portions of their scripts. And we need to have about 65 pages (or a complete script, whichever comes first) for the end of the semester. Not sure if I’ve mentioned it here before, but I am aiming more for the “complete script” – which I am hoping I can develop things to be about 100-120 pages (roughly the right length for a 2 hour movie).

But, I am also not writing “linearly”, I’m writing in scenes and segments, so I am writing, then having to piece it together in the “master script”. More fun for me in the long run, but it’s what’s working for the productivity, so I’m sticking to it… at least for this form. Not quite sure how this approach would work with a work of (traditional) literature, unless there was some sort of outline (but even then, I think it would become really difficult).

But for now, I am reviewing and critiquing the few items that have come in from this weekend, from other students in the class. Yee-haw.

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