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January 11, 2018:


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Well, dear readers, I finally had a day sans annoyances and what a difference that made. I could use a few more, but that will take a few more miraculous miracles, so please keep sending those excellent vibes and xylophones, if you would.

Yesterday was a VERY productive day, writing-wise. Not having to deal with irritants was great. I was up at nine-thirty after about seven hours of sleep. The first order of business was talking to Muse Margaret, and I read her all of the adjustments I’d made and she was very happy with them and thought they all really helped and solved the problems she’d had. So, that was great and gave me the right energy, because writing the previous day’s pages had been very difficult. But I dug right in and began futzing and finessing what I’d written the day before. I made a lot of little adjustments, added several things and did the usual smoothing out. Then I wrote a couple of new pages.

Then I went and had a Philly Cheesesteak sandwich and a side Caesar salad, then picked up a SAG screener of Darkest Hour, which, of course, I already had from the DGA. I stopped at K’s Donuts and got my chocolate peanut butter thing, because I sensed that a treat was going to be in order at some point.

I came home, ate the treat before it was in order, then wrote five new pages. I also went back and added quite a bit of dialogue to three different sequences, and that really helps things, I think. Ultimately, before Muse Margaret gets the next batch of pages, I’ll see if any other sequences can use some dialogue. Then I took a needed break and sat on my couch like so much fish.

Yesterday, I watched a documentary about the current art world. It was very interesting (called Blurred Lines) – some of the “art” was laughable but not as laughable as the entitled trust fund babies and other super-wealthy idiots paid millions of dollars for stuff I wouldn’t even hang on my wall if it was given to me. There’s lots of good insider information about manipulative auctions, galleries, art shows – I found it fascinating and enjoyable. It was on the Flix of Net. I also watched about thirty minutes of a movie entitled Francis Ha, written by Greta Gerwig, who just wrote and directed Lady Bird. This was co-written and directed by Noah Baumbach and stars Gerwig. You can see all the seeds of Lady Bird here, since Lady Bird is Gerwig’s story. She’s quirky and Baumbach is clearly in Truffaut/Godard New Wave territory with his use of black-and-white and the Delerue/Legrand-like musical score. I watched about thirty minutes of it and I’ll probably finish it at some point.

I then wrote more pages, crossing the 100-page mark, which is always exciting. I took a few breaks, listened to some music, took a long, hot shower, got some ideas, wrote them down, and wrote more pages. It was a really fun and energetic writing day, and I ultimately did close to fifteen pages. By Sunday or Monday I’ll be halfway through the book.

Today will be more of the same, a day with hopefully no annoyances and a good energy-writing day. I’ll futz and finesse, write new pages, eat, hopefully pick up packages, write, relax, write, and relax. Today’s topic of discussion: What are your favorite scores by Michel Legrand and Georges Delerue? Let’s have loads of lovely postings, shall we, whilst I hit the road to dreamland, happy to have had a day sans annoyances.

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