As my initial sentence implies I have managed to get some stuff written, although not as much as I would have liked. I'm currently working on three screenplays, trying to figure out which one would be best to pursue. Screenwriting may be the least flexible of all writing formats but that could be a good thing plus it's what I feel up to at the moment. So far it's going okay, and I keep reminding myself that this is just a pre-first draft so not every line of dialogue has to be perfect and there can even be a few snorters in there as placeholders.
I've also been reading a book about screenplays, although I'm a little put off by the fact that the guy puts 2001: A Space Oddyssey into the list of best sci-fi screenplays ever. It may be a great movie (I don't know, I've never been able to stay up through the whole thing) but it's an incoherent and just plain mediocre piece of writing. The imagery and performances make the film.
I've been watching movies too and all I can say is that if the guy who wrote Swimfan could get his screenplay made then the standards can't be all that high.
In addition to this stuff I've also been contemplating various things. For example I've been thinking about the difference between those, like doctors and lawyers, who keep our lives and societies running and those, like philosophers and entertainers, who keep them worthwhile. I am not certain which is more important. Almost everyone says that the doctors and politicians of the world are really what matter, but I am no longer so sure. Plus not everyone can be a doctor, I don't mean in capacity but rather that if everyone was a doctor then there wouldn't be any patients. I guess this is partially an attempt to excuse myself from becoming a doctor or whatever, but then again I don't really need an excuse except in my own twisted little mind so...there you go then.
The Diet has been going...okay. I haven't been great but I haven't been TOO awful. I've definitely started on the right path by cutting out pizza and hamburgers and all the rest of that crap so I'll look on the bright side there.
I went to the graduation of some of my ex-students on friday. It was nice to see them and I think it meant something that I showed up, especially to Sharon who cried a little when I came in the room. They made me say something which I wasn't prepared for but I did okay I think. It was weird to see the huge amount of turnover since I was there just 6 or so weeks ago. This graduating class meant that pretty much everyone I knew there (studentwise) is gone. A little freaky.
Not much else to report. I need to get some studying and writing done before bed. Oh, I had a really great brownie (it was part of the diet so there was no guilt) on firday. It was truly spectacular. I think that a great brownie is just about the most delicious thing in the world. A deep fudgy block with crunchy chocolate bits and flakes of crustyness on the outside. Simple, rich, and utterly unparalleled. The only competitor might be hazelnut ice cream. I don't know why cherry is a more popular flavor than hazelnut. It confounds me.