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Saturday, 11.20.04: The Week in Review

Saturday. Maria came by to catch up on screenplay progress. We had a productive real life/moviemaker discussion over a bottle of chardonnay. When Maria stopped by the kitchen on her way out my bitch goddess parrot Hermanita went completely nutty -- eyes pinning and wings spread, screaming like a banshee. I took her out of the cage and put her on the floor, thinking that might calm her down (lower her status). Instead, she launched herself at Maria's stocking feet. A complete jealous rage. Hermanita is about as lazy as a housepet can get, but she chased Maria all the way down the front steps and didn't stop screeching till the door was locked behind her. Then, suddenly Hermanita was singing her sweetest little I love you aria to me. Strange.

Sunday. Got up at 5 A.M., thinking I'd start readjusting my internal clock for Italy time. But I went back to bed at 6:30. Did some reading, took another nap (what's up with that?), and fussed some more with my packing. My challenge is to pack for 2 weeks with all my toys and books all in a single carry-on plus purse. More planning, minimized (boring) clothes combos, but easier along the way.

I designed new cards for me and Jim. It's fun to be able to give a personal card to people you meet on the road -- not that anyone ever gets in touch again, but there is a certain joy in that moment of bonding with a stranger.

Monday. Designed a personal card just for me. Later, I spent way too much time trying to turn our faces into cartoons. Silly or skill-building? Some days I just can't tell. The product you see upper left comes from tracing a recent picture. The proportions are correct but it doesn't really look like me, does it? Still, I like it. Jim says it's "stiff." I prefer to think of it as "stylized."

Tuesday. I started the day writing a letter to Salon. It was essentially a rehash of what I wrote before about Scott Fitzgerald and his quote "There are no second acts in American lives." Another writer misused it to describe someone starting over. I'm really turning into an old lady.

Latter I got the request from the Democrat & Chronicle to write about the Constitutional Amendment -- the Arnie amendment. I puzzled over it, did some research, consulted with Jim.

Wednesday. Finished my letter to the editor. How many ways can I rewrite 100 words?

Thursday. I decided I needed a creative change of pace, so I gave flash fiction a try. Forced myself to write a story in 300 words. It was fun.

Friday. Maria and I went to the Zoo to meet with the management staff about our promised 2-minute video. It was fun to be back in the Cosmo saddle again, talking with clients, instead of facing my own blank pages. 

Decided I hated the image on my personal card, so I redid it -- nice thing about only printing 8 at a time.

I'm looking forward to vacation. Hoping to be inspired and to find new focus. I need a mantra other than "chocolate chip cookie."

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Fellini's Satyricon (1970). This must be how the Bush "social values" voters sees us latte-drinking liberals. Complete with gay wedding.

Juliet of the Spirits (1965) Wife of an unfaithful man succumbs to her fantasy world.

Triplets of Belleville (2003). The heroine is a very determined and resourceful old woman who manages to enlist some superannuated Andrews-Sisters types to help rescue her grandson. Very strange and wonderful.

Decalogue (1989). A series of 10 1-hour shows made for Polish TV, based on the 10 Commandments. By writer-director Krzysztof Kieslowski. Not as dreadful as it sounds - actually the first 3 episodes we saw were really penetrating looks at life's dilemmas.


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