Sunday, July 02, 2006

Time flies

Ten days since I last blogged, where did the time go?

Actually, it was spent on getting my head down and producing the next draft of the sci-fi/thriller thing - I hesitate to call it sci-fi because it's not all that futuristic or anything, but there is some science in it - anyway, the draft is done, hoorah, and will go off tomorrow. It's funny how time just disappears when I'm really into a piece of work - I'm not thinking of "having" to do it, or of how much time I'm spending on it - it just seems to happen. Which is cool.

And because I've been working solidly on this project, my subconscious is doing it's usual trick of throwing up other ideas - do other people find this? That when you're looking for ideas they don't come, but when you're deeply involved in something, the ideas just kind of turn up? I used to worry that I would run out of ideas - "what if I never think of anything good again?" "What if I only have two stories to tell?". Now I worry that I haven't got the time to tell them all properly.

But the play isn't finished yet - oops.

I gave myself a couple of hours off and went to see "The Lake House" - and I loved it. Exactly what I was in the mood for - a sweet romance beautifully filmed (I want to do "the walk" in Chicago!), which makes me wish I had a magic mailbox and a time-travelling dog. And a beautiful house on a lake. And a sweet, thoughtful architect writing me letters. And why can't I get smooched like that at my birthday party? Oh, that would be because I don't have birthday parties. And sweet thoughtful guys don't fancy me. But apart from that, I think it's one of those films you either like, or you don't. Either you come out going "uh, that was stupid, time travel doesn't work like that", or you just sit back and let the "Persuasion" allusions work their magic. I also liked the way the film says that some things are worth waiting for, when so much of modern life is about "I want it NOW".

And in terms of waiting, I've booked us a weekend at Cambridge Film Festival where we'll see "The Science of Sleep" and the UK premiere of "A Scanner Darkly" (and this time, I'll try to have my brain switched on for the whole film, I promise - last time it was a bit "lights on, nobody home"), and we're going up to Edinburgh for a week when the Fringe, the Film Festival and the Book Festival overlap. I think we might be a bit busy.


Blogger Stacie said...

Persuasion allusions? I guess I'm going... :)

11:51 pm  
Blogger Stacie said...

Good job on the new draft! I find the same thing happens when I'm writing--new ideas just pop up. Most annoying sometimes as they are rehashed versions of ideas that I've already rejected for what I'm working on at the time. :-) Do you have a journal or notebook nearby? I'd suggest writing the new idea down quickly and so it doesn't get away, and then return to your current document.

2:02 pm  
Blogger Fun Joel said...

Thanks for the link!

2:05 am  
Blogger mernitman said...

congrats on your draft completion!
(and if you can just suss out a way to get to an alternate dimension, there's probably already a good set of revisions there...)

3:58 pm  

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