Recap: 3 November 2008

As predicted, HSM3, Zack & Miri, and Saw V took the Top 3 spots. Here’s your Top 10.

  1. High School Musical 3: Senior Year ($15 million)
  2. Zack and Miri Make a Porno ($10.7 million)
  3. Saw V ($10.1 million)
  4. Changeling ($9.4 million)
  5. The Haunting of Molly Harvey ($6 million)
  6. Beverly Hills Chihuahua ($4.7 million)
  7. The Secret Life of Bees ($4 million)
  8. Max Payne ($3.7 million)
  9. Eagle Eye ($3.4 million)
  10. Pride and Glory ($3.3 million)

Everything Else

My movie-watching this past week was pretty dismal. The first half of my week was spent in a mad race to finish my script before sending it off to the BFSC. I managed to watch about half of Creepshow on Thursday before I got caught up in Thursday night television.

Friday I met up with a good friend to discuss The Picture of Dorian Gray, which I’d roped her into reading for the selfish reason of having someone with whom to discuss it. We had a good time being book nerds before she went off to a Halloween party and I went home to hand out candy to a whopping 12 trick-or-treaters. I spent most of the night prepping for the NaNoWriMo kick-off party/write-in on Saturday. (By the way, Sam, if you read this, the cupcake was marvelous.) At midnight, I kicked off the month by writing about 1100 words and went to bed.

Sunday was a pretty crazy day, and thank God for the extra hour of sleep. I got up and pushed to the 10 percent completion mark on the novel, and then I went to coach our last little kids’ soccer game of the season. After that, I went straight to the Sunday write-in at which I ended up being the ONLY attendee. So, here’s my plea: If you ask me to specifically schedule a write-in at a time and place you specifically request, PLEASE show up. I’ve got plenty of NaNo spirit, believe me. But I don’t generally drag all my write-in crap, including a huge poster board declaring the writing goals and progress of my fellow WriMos, if I’m just going to be writing alone.

The upside is that I did manage to break 10,000 words at my solitary write-in. So, I went home and worked out (because an overworked brain sadly does not burn many calories), and then as a reward I settled down with some dinner, some leftover Halloween candy, and a nice big glass of wine to watch Love Actually. Which by the way has officially become my second-favorite Christmas movie after the untouchable The Muppet Christmas Carol.

This morning I’m feeling a little melancholy for the following reasons:

  • I miss screenwriting. I’ve fallen in love with the medium over the past year, and I’m bummed that I won’t get back to it until December at the earliest.
  • I don’t have a large chunk of hours I can allot to writing today because I’ve got my day job and then freelance editing job this afternoon/evening.
  • My spine feels like it’s melting into my back, which is not pleasant. I’ve also been fighting a nasty headache-causing knot in my neck/shoulder for several days.

So, if anyone would like to contribute a little metta, prayers, or back/shoulder rubs to my cause, I’d much appreciate it. I think I just need to get into a groove, and then I’ll probably be OK. And if not, Dec. 1 is only 27 days away!

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One thought on “Recap: 3 November 2008

  1. Thanks for the shout-out. I’m sorry to hear about your write-in. Hopefully Tuesday’s will be better! Sorry to hear about only 12 trick-or-treaters. That sucks. My parents had some up until about 8:00. (And boy, were they cute!) Then, it pretty much stopped, so we kinda got the best of both worlds. The party was fun and we also really enjoyed the wedding, but I’m pooped. Hopefully it won’t hinder my writing…and you’re already to 10,000? Dang…send me some mojo!

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