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Here there be monsters
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I'm only happy when it snows

I went for a really beautiful walk today. It was twilight, cool but with some warmth still remaining from the sun's brief journey across the overcast sky. Then, as the last wisps of sunset faded behind the hills of the city across the river, it started to snow. It was exquisitely beautiful. I love the snow, I love the way it looks when it's coming down, little specks of white against an azure sky. I love the way it feels on your skin or in your hair, gentle and cold and soft and light. Tiny crystals that slowly become little droplets of water. I love the way it looks on the ground, white and gleaming with the promise of snowballs and children's little footsteps and springtime melting. I don't think I could live anywhere where it doesn't snow for an extended period of time. I'd miss it too much. Even now I miss skiing. One of my big goals is to lose enough weight so I can get back to skiing before I turn 25.

I've run into a potential problem with the script, in that there's no central conflict that can be distilled down into a logline. There's conflict and obstacles, but no one simple driving force. Movies, especially comedies, are supposed to have a central conflict rather than a bunch of smaller ones, but honestly life doesn't really work that way and I often find it obnoxious that EVERY movie has to have a major event, often supplemented by a bunch of other random minor conflicts. Okay so there's an asteroid about to hit Earth. Can he stop the asteroid? Can he get the girl? Wait, WHAT THE FUCK? Dude, keep it in your pants for TWENTY FOUR HOURS and worry about the god damned asteroid. Still while I don't think it hurts the integrity of the script it will make it much less attractive to others. That's okay, though, I'm writing. It's a beautiful thing.

My Mom's boyfriend gave me the gift of torture for my birthday. To be fair he probably didn't know it was torture, but he gave me $25 worth of iTunes money. This would seem like a good thing, but it brings up a dilemma. I like to buy full albums, rather than songs. The reasons for this are numerous but basically it breaks down to the fact that if you only buy the songs you like you'll never find new stuff or expand your tastes except through radio, the movies, and other media that are chosen for you in advance. I will occasionally pick up a greatest hits album, but those generally have a bunch of songs you've never heard or songs of lesser value on them along with the big famous songs you know, so you gain something that way. The thing is I feel dumb buying albums on iTunes when you can pick and choose individual songs. It's a choice between spending money on things you KNOW you like versus things that you don't know about or that you might come to like. Now there is the 30 second preview function, and that's great, but you don't know if that's the best part of the song or whether repeated listens will have it grow on you. It's a real humdinger.

Right now I'm thinking of grabbing The best of Sting and then 13 more individual songs I absolutely love and don't have yet. So far the list is:

Backstabbers - The O'jays
The Devil Went Down to Georgia -Charlie Daniels Band
Jessie's Girl - Rick Springfield
A couple things by Janis Joplin (Haven't fully decided yet)
Something by Joan Jett (the iTunes selection kinda sucks.)
Allman Brothers hits to spend the rest of it.

If anyone has suggestions of music I'd actually like, as opposed to stuff that only you like and you want to evangelize for, feel free to make them.
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