Feb 27 2017

More important things

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The writer must believe that what he is doing is the most important thing in the world. And he must hold to this illusion even when he knows it is not true.

American author John Steinbeck was born on this day in 1902. (died 1968)

I’m pretty convinced that my writing, in particular my script and current novel, are among the most important things that will be written in this decade. Perhaps this century.

Vain?

Of course.

If I don’t believe that, no one else will.

Maybe I’m fooling myself. But believing it helps me to keep writing. It helps me to think that someday, perhaps someday soon, someone will want to put these words on stage or put them in print.

The day is coming.

A lot of the more successful writers will tell you not to talk about writing, but instead, to write.

Then of course they probably said that in something they wrote.

It’s been a while since I read Steinbeck. I should probably put him on the ever-growing list of writers of whom I need to read more.

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For now, it’s important that I keep writing.

What’s important in your life?

The things that are really important to us are the things we talk about, we think about, and yes, even the things we write about.

They’re the things where we spent most of our time.

I have already realized, and have even written about, the fact that I was, as usual, a little over ambitious at the first of the year.

And now, as March approaches I reach the season of the year when I’ll be working seven days a week. That actually happened this past weekend. I had a meeting for my regular day job (don’t get me started because yes, meetings can and should happen Monday through Friday) and Sunday I had training for my weekend job.

My reasons for this schedule are my own. Among those reasons are perhaps the fact that my novel has yet to make it to the New York Times best seller list.

Of course, it has to be written before it can make the list.

It’s an important struggle.

 

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Feb 24 2017

Important Things

Things don’t have to change the world to be important.

American businessman, and co-founder of Apple Inc. and Pixar, Steve Jobs, was born on this day in 1955 (died 2011).

Sometimes instead of doing grand things, it’s enough to do things in a grand way.

Or something like that.

It’s Friday, the last Friday, and February and we may, just may, have seen the worst of winter for the year.

I’m okay with that.

Let’s get on to the weekend.

The 89th Academy Awards will air on Sunday night. Like more years than not, I haven’t seen any of the Best Picture Nominees.

In fact the only nominees I’ve seen are Zootopia, nominated for best animated film, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, nominated for best costume design and production design, Star Trek Beyond, nominated for makeup and hairstyling, Rogue One, nominated for sound mixing and visual effects, The Jungle Book, nominated for visual effects.

It’s not that I don’t want to see the Best Picture nominees. I do. And I’ll eventually get around to most of them on Netflix, or HBO, or Hulu…or even at the Byrd Theatre.

I just tend to save the money until I know a film is something I really want to see.

That said, one of my bucket list items is seeing all the films that have received the Best Picture award. I’m making my way through that list…much more slowly than I’d hoped.

I won’t catch up by Sunday night, and I’m not even sure that I’ll be around to watch the ceremony.

I won’t, as many on the right have suggested, be boycotting the ceremony.

I don’t do boycotts. That’s another post.

Let’s get on with the weekend.

 

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