Wednesday, May 23, 2007

This is me not acknowledging that my last post was a month ago.

I've noticed (quite obviously) that I don't blog nearly as much as I used to, or at least my posts are not as personally revealing as they used to be. Most of that I keep in my little moleskines. They're such a trendy thing to have nowadays, but I honestly only started buying them because I had a Barnes and Noble card at the time, and I wanted a notebook that wouldn't fall apart in my pocket. And man, are these sturdy notebooks.

Anyway, ever since I bought one nigh on two years ago, I've always had one at my side. At first they were just there to capture inspiration as it came to me (a purpose they still serve), but they eventually became the place that I would write just to figure stuff out. Sometimes this meant free-writing a rant inside it, sometimes it meant that I'd write a stream-of-consciousness short story in there. I even liked some of the stories, not enough to publish them, but enough to develop them into ideas that would actually work.

Also, I've developed the habit of naming them. After fictional characters, of course (and then, later, actual people)*. My first one was "Toby", followed by "Malcolm", "Gordon", and my newest addition, "Edgar". Yes, they're all men's names. Feel free to speculate as to the meaning behind that.

Anyway, I've been filling them up more and more quickly. Toby took me almost a year, Malcolm about 9 months, and Gordon was less than a semester. And I, inexplicably am proud of that fact. Probably because it means I'm writing more (even if it doesn't show on this blog.**

But don't worry. I'll try to keep blogging, whether it's about screenwriting, my favored notebook brands, or fine wine selections. Or people that piss me off. Whatever it is, I'll be here.


* Bonus points to whoever guesses to whom each refers. Hint: most are pretty geeky, and all refer to more than one person i.e. If one's name was "Kara", then it would refer both to "Kara Thrace (Starbuck)" as well as "Kara Zor-El (Supergirl). Got it?

** Except of course for my progress bar. 45 pages! Aren't I such a big boy?