What a week!
Picked up a bit of work researching and writing for a Vancouver producer. I can work from Toronto and if I do a good job, there’ll be more work coming my way.
In the meantime I finished my ‘Hog Town’ script. Took me a hellova time to finish. Found myself on page 21 with no end in sight. Closed my laptop in despair and rode the bus home. Then as I stepped through the exit, the threshold from inside the bus, to outside the bus, I figured it all out.
‘Dous et Machina’ is a phrase that literally means, ‘from the machine’. Ancient Greek playwrights used to resolve all the conflict in their stories by having a god appear (lowered from the roof, via a machine), and tell everyone how things were going to be.
It is the worst of all possible ways to end a story. So naturally, I gave it a shot. The ‘producer’ character in the story told everyone what to do, and then he left. As a metaphor it worked. As an ending, I still hated it. Spent the last few days polishing it, and I think I’m happy with it. Sent it off to said producer just now (he’s in the script), and we’ll see if we can put it in development.
In the meantime, I have a weekend full of research and writing ahead of me. The sun is out. I’m getting paid (by someone else) to sit in coffee shops & cafes to do what I do best. Things are great!