Diary of an Ass Monkey
22 July 2010 @ 10:09 am
The writing's been going pretty well lately. Since late February, I've been working on converting my extensive notes into prose and I'm now more than halfway done. And that's with a massive lapse from late April to mid-June. So I've fairly realistic reasons to believe I'll actually have the first draft done by the end of the year (which will be almost exactly eleven years from when the concept for this particular novel first occurred to me). There's really no reason why I shouldn't, even though my notes become far less comprehensive the closer I get to the end.

Still, I feel momentum and that's rare for me. Must keep at it though, more dedication, and no more long lapses. I just wish I could make myself write late in the evening before bed. It's a perfect quiet time for writing, but my brain gets so lazy during those hours.

Current Mood: BEN
Listening to: Bauhaus - "Bela Lugosi's Dead"
Diary of an Ass Monkey
I'm starting to feel paralyzed in my efforts to write again, which is especially frustrating since I can so clearly remember writing like I was on fire only a week or so ago.

Other goals are failing too, but I know I can take control of those again with just a little willpower. But with the writing, I'm staring at the notes I've made for scenes, with much of the crucial dialog done, the damn things twenty percent written already, and I just can't see how to proceed. So, with that frustration, the temptation to just turn on the television and the internet becomes too great. Ugh.

And it's probably not a good thing that I've allowed my mind to fixate on Mercury being in retrograde, because that implies I could be stuck in this rut until the end of May, which would not be cool. Fortunately, I'm not a big believer in astrology, so I should be able to think my way out of this. I'm sure there's something I can do to jumpstart my mind again. I'm just not sure what.

Current Mood: nada
Listening to: The Stone Roses - "Love Spreads"
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23 October 2009 @ 09:41 am
K. and I watched Over the Edge last night. Made in 1979 by director Jonathan Kaplan (Brokedown Palace), it's an edgy story of teenage rebellion in the American suburbs, banned from theaters for it's frank portrayal of sex, drugs, and violence. Tim Hunter, who would go on to direct River's Edge and Tex, wrote the screenplay based on a true story of youthful revolt in a suburb of San Francisco.

The story follows a group of teens in a pre-planned community that feel alienated and abandoned by adult society, which in turn seems terrified of them. Their conflict escalates over the course of the film into a spectacular clash. A fifteen year old Matt Dillon makes his debut in the film, along with a cast of unknown teenage actors.

"That movie pretty much defined my whole personality," said Kurt Cobain of the film, which he claimed as his favorite. "It was really cool. Total anarchy."

The soundtrack is pretty good, heavy with Cheap Trick, but also Hendrix, the Cars, Van Halen, and the Ramones.

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Last night I made macaroni and cheese with bacon and roasted butternut squash. It was very yummy. I used a mix of sharp Italian Cheddar and sharp Provolone, along with some good Parmigiano-Reggiano (all from DiBruno of course), some fresh bacon from the butcher and DeCecco whole wheat rotini. Sauteed a mess of shallots in a little of the bacon fat, which gave it a wicked taste. The creamy squash gave it a great flavor and let the dish get by with a lot less cheese than it would ordinarily need texture-wise. It seemed like I might be able to get by with just one squash, but while eating a bowl found myself craving of that sweet butternut flavor, so I roasted up a second squash to doctor up the leftovers with.

Hilariously, the drunken cake once again reared its ugly head. While roasting the squash, the kitchen filled with smoke as the oven burnt away lots of spilled caramel. I suppose you could say the first batch of squash was actually smoked rather than roasted. This morning K. said our hair still smells slightly of burnt sugar.

Listening to: Counting Crows - "Mrs. Potter's Lullaby"
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17 September 2008 @ 09:11 am
As much as I love trashy teen melodramas, I'm very close to giving up on the new 90210. The stories have been too safe and predictable so far. Mostly because the writers seem like they're terrified to have any of the characters dislike each for longer than an episode or two. Or over anything more meaningful than a misunderstanding. Even the original series felt more dangerous and real than this one's shaping up to be and that's really saying something.

I did get a bit of a twitter when Kelly and Brenda finally revealed who the father of Kelly's kid is (after playing the vague he/him game for way too long), but now that I've got closure on that, there's only one thing keeping me watching: Lucille Bluth.

Yes, Jessica Walter who played the mother/grandmother on Arrested Development is on 90210 and she is of course fabulous. She plays an aging Hollywood star who is forever shocking her family with tales of her past sexual adventures. Unfortunately, she's not in every episode (big mistake), but she had a good part in last night's episode when she took over the school play and had to show the girls how to properly perform the big musical number.

Listening to: The Polyphonic Spree - "Running Away"