Chris Walsh (chris_walsh) wrote,
Chris Walsh

Plus I started laundry, but not until much later

How cliché am I? I had a day at home today, and decided to try some short-story writing. Soon, after maybe a couple hundred words, I was cleaning: collecting a mess of old camera equipment, mostly from my Grandpa Irv, and sending off an email to a place where I hope I can sell it, and also -- even more cliched -- cleaning the top of the refrigerator. Or trying to; there's some caked-on dust up there. Thank goodness it's nothing more dirty than dirt; it could've been moldering food, had I been a messier person.

(Radio producer Geoffrey Perkins said that his producing partner, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy's Douglas Adams, had many ways to avoid writing. "When a deadline is really pressing he can have as many as five baths a day. Consequently, the later the script the cleaner he gets. You can't fault him for personal hygiene in a crisis.")

I also pulled out a DVD and watched a film*, mostly on fast-forward, then put it in my latest "to give away" bag. There. One less thing I need to keep.

News that is not news: Procrastination is easy. And writing, as almost all of you know, is hard. Or can be, especially if (like me) you're inexperienced and out of practice at the fiction thing. Time for me to accept that and go on, because dammit, I want to get good at that.

I'm gonna suck for awhile! Just wanted to announce that. Because I need to be okay about writing crap if that's all that comes out of me for now. (Maybe I'll inflict some of it on you, but I'll warn y'all.) I know I can write good stuff. I want to do that again. That'll help me to be more able one day to go "Hey, artistic insecurity, see this? This is the back of my hand!"

* It was the "For Your Consideration" DVD of the 2002 film version of Red Dragon. Yes, it was sent out for Oscar consideration, which I'm sure would crack up Bobby Roberts. I wound up with a copy, because I subscribed to Film Score Monthly which has Academy members as readers. Also editor/publisher Lukas Kendall knows that film's director, Brett Ratner. I got both the DVD and the CD of Danny Elfman's score. I'm keeping that, because I like the score and I like Elfman. That's the closest I've gotten to the Oscars. I'm guessing actual Academy members voted for Red Dragon as much as I did.
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