“Success usually comes to those too busy to be looking for it.”
-Henry David Thoreau
“The busy man is troubled by but one devil; the idle man by a thousand.”
A brutally busy, but gratifying week of studying, tests, and landing a new part time job has come to an end. With these new (some temporary) demands on my time it’s been very difficult to write anything of any significance. I woke up this morning to about 150 unread posts in my feed reader, and I realized that I’ve been at Ron Paul’s slim volume, Revolution: A Manifesto, for over a month now.
I suppose, in some ways, life is about trade offs. One new thing supplants an existing one. Yin and Yang, and all of that higher philosophical nonsense. So while being away from the blogosphere for over a week does suck, the things that filled the time reserved for blogging were rewarding in their own ways.
I made a high A on my first Phys Anthropology test, and I think I might have made a perfect score on my US Government test. Math and Communications are early next week, but any kinks over that material will be worked out by the end of the weekend.
I’m working again. I lucked into working for a friend of ours (she owns an upholstery shop) building frames for furniture. I get to do it from my own home, in my own time, and it is very rewarding to earn money by creating something solid and tangible with my own two hands. I spent my spare time this week building a bed frame in my garage with the likes of The Pretenders, The Ramones, Blondie, and Journey for company (yeah, I was singing along). The weather was beautiful, with sunshine and temps in the 60’s and 70’s. It never once felt like work.
Between classes this week I began writing my first screenplay. I will say that it is based on an existing Hollywood property that is currently being revitalized. With two sequels in the works, and one of my new favorite actors set to play the lead role, it has no chance of seeing the light of day. But that’s not why I’m doing it. I’m doing it because it has worked its way into my brain like those damned ear burrowing, mind controlling critters that terrorized Chekov in The Wrath of Khan. Now there’s only one thing for it: that’s to write it and get it out of there. We’ll see what happens.
There’s all sorts of movie news and trailers that have turned up in just the week that I’ve been AWOL, so expect a few updates and another issue of Trailer Time! some time next week. Movie reviews alone could fill an entire week, if I had the time to spare to write them. Here’s a list of some of the movies I’ve seen recently (some of them might not get reviews) : Bronson, Centurion, Exit Through the Gift Shop, Valhalla Rising, True Grit, The Social Network, Videodrome, Batman, Batman Begins, Back to the Future, Badlands, The Fall, Catfish, Raising Arizona, John Rabe, and Winter’s Bone. Some of these are going back in time a bit, and perhaps too far for focused reviews, but there are definitely some films in this list that I am anxious to share my thoughts on. My cross examination of Batman and Batman Begins is still forthcoming. It’s just going to require a ton of focus and more brain space than I can spare right now. Videodrome, Valhalla Rising, Centurion and Winter’s Bone are almost definitely getting reviews, so keep your eyes open for those.
In the meantime, please click on over to my wife’s photo blog and see what she’s been up to. She’s been burning up her keyboard since she launched last week, and I’m very proud of her.
Thanks for reading, and I hope you are all in good health!