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Thursday, November 17, 2005

So, has he failed yet?

Surprisingly enough, no I haven't. There was a period of time over the weekend that I thought this little thing I'm calling Grab would soon be another rotting file in the My Documents folder.

And, then something happened. Something clicked. In short, things started to fall into place. Writing at this pace has not yet become a chore. In fact, the only thing I've found difficult is just sitting down to do it. I have a constant dread that keeps me from starting each day. Then I start and it goes well. I can't explain it.

More remarkable still is that fact I don't hate what I've written yet. Last night, Mrs. Otis asked when she gets to read it. My answer was pretty simple:

1) On December 1
2) After I work on a re-write for a few months
3) Never

That makes sense, right?

In other news, we here at Mt. Willis are about to take a plunge. Before Christmas we will become a single income household. It's something we'd talked about at length for the six months or so. Life with Mrs. Otis on the night shift and me working...well, constantly on one thing or another... made life a little rough sometimes.

Rough we could handle, though. There were other factors in play which, as much as I would like to, I just can't discuss in this forum for now.

But if you need a little help, here are a few lines from a column by Sarah Heploa:

...Broadcast News... Writer/director James L. Brooks's film is a critique of how the entertainment industry – with its style over substance and pandering to the lowest common denominator – was infecting network news. William Hurt plays a handsome anchorman who fakes tears for the camera in an effort to sensationalize his first news story.

"It's terrible what you did," his producer and romantic interest Holly Hunter says when she finds out. "You totally crossed the line."

Hurt's character doesn't get it. In his mind, it's no biggie. "It's hard not to cross the line. They keep moving the little sucker, don't they?"


In a note announcing Mrs. Otis' impending departure from her job, it was clear at least one person understands. A quote: "For [Mrs. Otis], the line never moves."

Damn straight.

So, soon we'll be welcoming Mrs. Otis home. I couldn't be more pleased. I've got her soul on backorder and I expect it to be arriving shortly.

Now, if we can all just work together to make sure my employment status stays right...where...it...is.

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