New Year’s Day

“Where you come from is gone.  Where you thought you were going to, weren’t never there, and where you are, ain’t no good unless you can get away from it.”

Yesterday in the food court of the Cornwall Centre, Jazzy asked me what my favourite quote was, and the above, by Flannery O’Conner in her book, ‘Wise Blood’, was it.  Her response was perfectly memorable.

“That’s a double negative.”

Double negatives make a positive.  Kinda sums up my year.

I’ve heard more than a handful of people say they’re looking forward to putting 2011 behind them.  Despite the hardest times of my life, I have a lot to be thankful for in 2011.  More than anything, I was pushed towards realizing my potential as a writer.

Speaking of writing… the table read for ‘Dick’ was informative.  Tahirih, Shauna, and Tara joined me around a table to give it a go.  It’s still lumpy in places, but it’s close.  After everyone left, Shauna and I dove into the fight scene between the two women.  Something about that scene rubbed everyone the wrong way, but they couldn’t articulate it.  To this end Shauna and I went through it, breaking it down into beats, analyzing the subtext, and double checking objectives.  I found the problem, and may even set about fixing it today.

Highwaymen is also making its rounds with people.  Rhonda likes the idea, but after reading the script, just didn’t get it.  We talked about it for 90 minutes, and didn’t get very far.  I left that meeting more puzzled than discouraged.  It’s good.  I know it’s good.  Rhonda’s an accomplished producer.  Worked with the best in the business.  Maybe it’s a taste thing?

I sent the script to Ian, writer/story editor I met in Toronto.  He’s worked on a lot of stuff and has the respect of everyone in the industry.  Six hours after sending my email, he responded.

“Read it.  Loved it.  I’m in.”

It’s a new year, full of promise.  Got a new city, new projects, new prospects, and a skip in my step.  Let’s see what comes of it.

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