Getting Ready To Work On The Movie Script
Wednesday November 29th, 2006 - Chicago, IL
I’m still in Chicago and I didn’t plan on that. I have to be in Houston on Friday night so I was going to leave today to make sure I would get there with plenty of time to spare but it rained all day in Chicago and I decided to get stuff done around the apartment instead.
It could come back to haunt me but I made the call and that’s that. Houston is about an 1100 mile drive. I should have flown but I didn’t buy a plane ticket on time and it was too late to get a good price so now I have to suffer the consequences. That’s ok, I’ll handle it.
The thing is WHEN am I going to handle it? I have to be there on Friday night but if I drive all day Friday that will make two shows difficult so my plan is to get to Little Rock, AR on Thursday night and then finish the drive on Friday. There is also a club there and I may be able to audition for work. They also might have a condo too. This is how to plan a trip like this with such a long drive. It’s smart to make as many contacts as possible along the way and/or try to get free lodging whenever possible. I have put many people up over the years so I never feel bad about grabbing someone else’s couch if I can. The thing is I can afford to get a hotel now if I need to. There was a time when I couldn’t so if I didn’t find someone to throw me a bone I’d end up sleeping in my car. Not this week. I’ll be ok.
No matter how I slice it I still have an 1100 mile drive to make sometime before Friday.
I had lunch today with Rick Kaempfer. He’s my writing partner for the bank script and I have been putting it off for a couple of months and I feel horrible about it. I need to punch up the dialogue and flesh out the characters a little more but he has it in script form and it has been sitting since September 11th when we had lunch the last time. I’ve done ZILCH.
He wasn’t angry at all and I really was doing other things but I feel bad for letting it just sit for so long. I need to knuckle down and get to work on it and that’s what I intend to do this week. I have a few days off after Houston and I will hole up in a cheap motel without anything else to do but work on this project. I have done things like this in the past and if anyone is able to hole up for a few days without anyone around it’s me. Many people say that would be torture but for me I can be alone with my thoughts and creativity and I will have no distractions to worry about and those three days will go by before I realize it. The timing couldn’t be more perfect and before I get home I’ll have put a huge dent in what I should have had done by now. The timing wasn’t right until now so I won’t be upset and just get to it now. The story is already written, all I have to do is polish up a movie script. To get it even this far is amazing and I am going to keep working until we sell it. We will.
I also finished up the cleaning in the apartment today. I sorted a few small boxes and I took them out in the hallway where the other stuff I got rid of was piled up. I have worked like a maniac for months to get this done and I did it! It feels SO great to know that I went all the way with a project I’ve been meaning to do for YEARS. I sorted out all my stuff to keep and some of it is still in piles but they are manageable piles and I will continue to get rid of things and keep sorting and keep consolidating. Now it’s no big deal, the hard part was getting it to this point. I have made major progress. NOW I am ready to hit the road!