Monday, April 21, 2008

Monday, April 21, 2008
Waning Moon
Saturn Retrograde
Pluto Retrograde
Cloudy and cool

First order of business: If you haven’t, go buy/rent/watch the movie A Dog’s Breakfast. RIGHT NOW. Cut out of work early, drop what you’re doing. Watch it. The writing, acting, direction, production values – excellent. I have not laughed that much with pure enjoyment for a long, long time. It’s the type of humor I love, and is just witty and silly and fun and somewhat dark and twisted and lovely and charming all at once. It’s a delightful film in the truest sense of the word.

Going into it in detail gives too much away. GO WATCH IT. NOW.

And yes, although I found the copy I own (and will watch until it falls to pieces) in Philly, I did order another copy, which I gave to the local video store so they could rent it out. In fact, I handed it to the dumbass who gave me a hard time about wanting to BUY a copy and told him to put it into circulation, and yes, I would be back to check on him, and no, he really didn’t want to piss me off any more than he already had.

Because I am just THAT much of a bitch. 😉

Wrote two more chapters on the adaptation. Passed 11K. I figure this draft will run around 90K. Someday, it’ll even have a title. But it works well as a novel, and it makes me think that adapting the thriller from script to novel will be an excellent choice, too. The flow’s there, the structure’s there, but I can open it out and fill in what I wouldn’t insult a potential director by writing numerous stage directions in a script! I’d planned to give myself a change of pace by writing a comic/erotic mystery, but we’ll roll with this first and let everything else fall into place as it does. I’ve got the notes on the comic/erotic mystery, it’s not going anywhere, the characters will just continue to um, enjoy and experiment until I get around to putting it on paper!

Red Wings are going to the next round of the playoffs! Woo-hoo! The Rangers are, too, for the first time in I don’t remember how long. Looks like there’s going to be some good hockey in the next few weeks, and I am pleased.

Even enjoying a great movie couldn’t assuage all the worry about my grandmother, though. I found out more details – she actually fell down an ENTIRE FLIGHT of stairs (she’s in her nineties and has Parkinson’s). Fortunately, she didn’t break anything, but she’s very shaken. She’s back from the hospital, and the therapist is coming a few times a week. We’ll see how that goes for a few days before we figure out when we’re going up to Maine to see her. We’ll go up as soon as she’s strong enough, and then I can see for myself what’s going on and what needs to be done.

Skipped going to storage yesterday because I just didn’t feel like it. Ate warm chocolate pudding with fresh strawberries instead.

Today, I guess I’ll have to pitch a massive fit to get those air conditioners out. I mean, come on, I’ve been calling for over a week and we pay building maintenance because . . .? I may hire Rent-a-Husband to move the air conditioners first and then give them a little extra to kick management’s ass. If I could even roll the air conditioner, I’d roll it through the apartment and send it down the stairs, but I can’t even budge it. And I’m used to lifting in the 40-50 pound range, and I can usually life up to 100 pounds. That gives you an idea of how unwieldy and heavy this retro window refrigerator is.

I’m working two shows this week (same production, two performances), so I’ll have to figure everything else around it. Fortunately, Monday is dark.

Oh, and one of my other Derby picks, War Pass, is out with an injury. So I’ve lost Georgie Boy and War Pass. I’m left with Pyro and Big Brown, and I want to pick a really wacky longshot and also a medium shot. There’s a Coal-something or other who’s a beaut – I’ll read up on the numbers and look at the pedigree and see if he should be one of “mine”. And I have to get that article done this week in order for it to be up in the issue before Derby Day. Then, I’ll do what I always do here, handicap the entire card as “Racing Ink” either Friday night or early Saturday morning and we’ll see how I do!

There’s a variety of writing that needs my attention today, so I better get to it.

Have a great start to a great week. And go watch A Dog’s Breakfast! You’ll be glad you did.


Adaptation: 11,386 words out of est. 90,000

Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter
11 / 90

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  1. I hope your dear grandmother is OK!

    You know, when I needed to “move” a hefty TV all by myself, I wedged it onto a throw carpet (the carpet was face down to it woudn’t scratch the floor) and my kids and I SLID it across the floor by pulling on the carpet. It must be pretty cumbersome! I’m sorry your management is so apathetic. UGH!

  2. Oh my gosh! I hope your grandmother is okay!! Keeping her in my thoughts.

    My Stars made it to Round 2. I’m pulling for the Flames to beat the Sharks in their Game 7. Good hockey indeed!! 🙂

  3. I hope your grandmother is okay. Send her all my very best!

    Congrats on finishing script frenzy; the novel adaption sounds cool. And double-congrats on New Myths – you are on a roll!!

  4. Your grandmother’s in my prayers.

    I can’t believe (okay, maybe I can) those idiots haven’t dealt with those air conditioners yet!

    Did you catch the Coolmore Lexington Stakes on Saturday?

  5. As soon as you mentioned it, I went and requested the movie and put it at the top of my list.

    oh my gosh about your grandmother. I will say a prayer for her.

    Since you had good news, I hope Monday continues to be good.

  6. I’ll have to remember the movie you’ve suggested. Is it allright for kids to watch?
    Your poor Grandmother. I am sure she is shaken. I hope you get to see her soon. I will be praying for her.
    Hate to hear the AC is STILL sitting in your apartment. Geez! The carpet idea from above sounds pretty good and they make sliders as well. Good luck.

    Have a good day!

  7. Very sorry to hear about your grandmother – I hope she recovers without too much trouble.

    I’m glad you didn’t go to storage and ate chocolate pudding instead!

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