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January 3, 2019:

THE PRODUCTIVE DAY OF WRITING AND GOING AND DOING

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Well, dear readers, I am sitting here like so much fish, listening to a bit of music for the first time today.  As days go, yesterday wasn’t really too bad – just one little irritant that was taken care of quickly, but other than that I got everything done that I wanted to get done and I even watched a bad motion picture, too.

I got about seven hours of sleep, due to a busy brain and having had too much liquid. Once up, I answered a few e-mails, then as soon as I was coherent, I began futzing and finessing the previous day’s writing.  That took quite a while because I had to smooth out a lot of stuff, add stuff, remove stuff, and I kept doing that for about two hours.  Eventually I got it to where I felt I could move on and I wrote two new pages.

Then I went to the mail place, shipped out a couple of packages, and picked up one package with a SAG screener for Beautiful Boy, a movie I have little interest in.  I decided to stop at McDonald’s and get a Filet o’ Fish with extra tartar sauce and a cheeseburger.  Then I came home and ate the two items and I wasn’t that thrilled, frankly and I simply think that this particular McDonald’s simply isn’t up to snuff.  They have many poor reviews on Yelp, whereas other McDonalds get raves.  In any case, it wasn’t terrible, but it wasn’t good either. Eventually I ate the teeny-tiny bit of tuna pasta salad that was left, and even that was probably a day past its sell by date, so it was kind of a wasted food day, save for the donut I had – that was still fresh and very good.

Then I buckled down, Winsocki and wrote more pages.  I got four more done for a total of six, took an hour break, then got up to ten pages.  I took another little break, had a telephonic conversation, did a few things that needed doing, then wrote three more pages for a total of thirteen.  Then I sat on my couch like so much fish.

I was hunting for something to watch on the Flix of Net, some mindless thing or other, and I came upon a movie I’ve seen before entitled Cellular, starring a very young Chris Evans, who was clearly hired because the producers thought he was Tom Cruise-like, which he was – VERY Tom Cruise-like.  But I chose it because I’d just seen the King Cohen documentary, and Larry gets story credit on Cellular, which is just another riff on Phone Booth, which he also wrote.  Interestingly, he did not direct either of those films.  Phone Booth is unrelentingly silly but I kind of like it. But Cellular is a whole other ball of feathers – it’s just terrible and yet I watched the entire thing.  It does have a good pace but watching this 2004 film with its then cell phone technology is pretty funny now.  William H. Macy is the best thing in the movie.  The villains aren’t very good at all, and since Larry only receives story credit, it’s probably safe to assume that his original script was completely rewritten by the credited screenwriter, rather like David Wechter and me on The Faculty.  The direction is not so hot either, and I’d love to read what Larry wrote and I’m guessing had he directed then it would have been much more fun, same with Phone Booth, but at least there you had Joel Schumacher in the period where he actually made a couple of decent films, direction-wise.

After the movie, I wrote another page for a total of fourteen pages, and after I post these here notes I’ll write another page, as I know what it will be and it won’t take that long.  It’s going to be a longer than usual first chapter, but that’s okay.

Today will be more of the same – hopefully a nice day, and I’ll try to write at least ten pages and a bit more if they’re flowing well.  I will have to stop and eat, hopefully pick up packages, and then I have an hour work session for the Kritzerland show.  After that, I’ll continue writing and depending on how far I get, I’ll either watch a motion picture or listen to music.

Tomorrow I’ll write as much as I can in the morning, and then I have the first of the four coaching sessions from the Indiegogo campaign.  I know neither mother or daughter, so that will be fun – when Peyton did her coaching session last year it was the same thing – I didn’t know her or her mom and that worked out rather well.  Then the weekend will basically be writing, eating, and doing what need be done, including the Kritzerland commentary, which I must get to soon.  Then Monday we start the busy Kritzerland rehearsal week.

Well, dear readers, I must take the day, I must do the things I do, I must, for example, hopefully have a nice day, write, eat, hopefully pick up packages, have a work session, write, and relax.  Today’s topic of discussion: Because this week feels all discombobulated, we didn’t do Ask BK Day yesterday, so let’s do it today – it’s Ask BK Day, the day in which you get to ask me or any dear reader any old question you like and we get to give any old answer we like.  So, let’s have loads of lovely questions and loads of lovely answers and loads of lovely postings, shall we, whilst I hit the road to dreamland, happy to have had a productive day of writing and doing and going.

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