The Dangers of Afternoon Naps
I got up early this morning to watch Get Smart before it left my local theater, which typically isn’t a problem, except that I was up pretty late on Friday, writing with my co-author on this stage play that’s been in the works since ’97. Things are going well — extremely well — but that means inspiration can keep our eyes off the clock for hours on end. Then next thing you know, it’s 1 a.m. Throw in half a pack of cigarettes, overpriced, pretentious designer coffee and you can bet that my sleep wasn’t too restful either.
I inevitably fell asleep around 3 or 4 p.m. and didn’t get back up until around 7. No good. Now it’s pushing 2:30 in the morning and not only will it be difficult for me to make the 10 o’clock showing of The Dark Knight, but my sleeping pattern will most likely wreak havoc on my Monday morning. Alas. I guess I’ll just have to rely on overpriced, pretentious designer coffee to carry me until the afternoon.
If I can help it, I try not to write with anyone else. It’s the constant headbutting that I can’t stand. What’s funny to you might not be funny to the other person. What’s important for the other person to communicate in the work might be obvious to you already. Then the writing process just gets mired down in trying to convince each other. At the end of the day, someone needs to make a decision, which is why I prefer writing alone and just drawing on my pool of writer- and reader-friends to bounce ideas off of.
Thankfully, this time around, my co-author and I are getting along really well and have only run into a few speed bumps, but no roadblocks. I can really tell that I’ve grown as a writer. I’m much more willing to cut content out. I think that comes from my time screenwriting. In any event, we’re meeting about once a week, so the latest revision of our play should be done in a matter of months. If we maintain this pace, that is.
I’ve also been asked to script edit a screenplay that my friend Danny Safady is shooting in Texas. He just wants to make sure that the script is tight and that everything is motivated. I believe it’s only 15-pages long, so I should have done by the end of the month. If Danny gets the movie done, I’ll be looking at a writer credit. Oh yes.
Time to Call It a Night
It’s 3 a.m. I’m hitting the sack. I’m working on the “photos” section this weekend, so hopefully I’ll have something for you to look at by Monday.