On my way home from the library last week (where I'd gone to check out a couple of middle grade books to see if they might be good Christmas presents for my 10 year-old nephew), I was stopped by a photographer named Mathieu Young (here's his website).
He was doing a video project, walking from downtown to the beach, filming people along the way. He'd done a similar still photo project (it took him four days to make the walk), and now he was trying it in film.
Pretty cool to be discovered (maybe) while walking the streets of L.A....
Because I'm a screenwriter, I'm in the Writers Guild, and this means LOTS of free screenings during fall and winter, better known as "awards season." We not only get to see all the big holiday movies, but also all of the good movies that came out during the year, which are screened again. They're shown in really great theaters or screening rooms, with no ads and no lining up for tickets (no popcorn though). Also, you're guaranteed to be with an enthusiastic, appreciative crowd.
Over the past couple of weeks and in the next couple of weeks, I'll be seeing, hope to see or have seen the following:
A Serious Man
Where the Wild Things Are
Up in the Air
The Fantastic Mr. Fox
(500) Days of Summer
The Blind Side
The Lovely Bones
The Hurt Locker
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
This means seeing multiple movies during the week, or sometimes even the same day. It's hard being a movie fanatic...
"Bed, book, kitten, sandwich. All one needed in life, really."
From "The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate"
by Jacqueline Kelly.
Modern art museums have the BEST gift stores
At the gift store Dia:Beacon in Beacon, NY, I found this magazine. (Warning: some contents are R-rated for profanity.) I bought it for my cousin Paula, a fellow writer and also an artist, to thank her for the boot drawings she did for Delaney Collins' site. But I haven't sent to to her yet, because I have to read it first.
This is the greatest idea for a magazine ever. The editors publish notes, weird business cards, letters, photos, etc. that people have found and sent in. They might be found on the street, inside a library book, in a prison cell (the editors donate free subscriptions to any convicts who request one), anywhere. If I was still in school, I'd be sending in stuff by the carloads, because classrooms and school halls are great places to find discarded scraps.
(A digression: I know people text a lot now, but I hope and believe there still a lot of note writers out there. My friends and I were big note writers in high school, and in college, my friend Marty and I wrote notes to each other in astronomy class every day. In fact, I even got a pen that lit up at the end, so I could write in the dark. I wish I'd kept some of the notes. They'd be fun to read now.)
I think I find the magazine so appealing because as a writer, I'm curious about the story behind the note or photo. Any one of the items in the magazine could be a starting point for a fictional story. They had six issues at the store, and I randomly picked issue #4, but now I wish I had bought all of them. I may have to subscribe.
Meanwhile, at the rate I'm getting through it, it's probably going to end up being a Christmas present for Paula, and forget the thank you...
I'm a novelist and screenwriter living in Los Angeles. Find details on this "blog" about my books and appearances. Want to reach me? You can Contact Me here.
What I'm working on now:
- A new YA novel
- A middle grade novel
- An original screenplay for the Disney Channel
Writing Book of the Month:
"The Comic Toolbox" by John Vorhaus.