I went to the movies today. Shocker, right? I mean I write stories for a living. Novels, short stories, screenplays. I’m thinking about tackling an indie soap, or television series bible, or even a graphic novel.
Right now I’m waiting to hear back from Random House-Alibi imprint to see if they want more than just a pitch query letter when it comes to CORNBREAD. I’m proud of the short novel. It’s unlike anything I’ve ever written. I mean it has thriller like elements but it’s more of a character study.
Anyway, back to the movie. Missy and I went to see Lee Daniels’ ‘The Butler’. Lee Daniels assembled a top notch cast. Each person playing their role to effortless excellence. It got a little long at the end. But for that it can be forgiven, and the impact of the father/son relationship wasn’t lost on me, nor was the emotional moment that the father and son shared as Obama was elected president. I cried.
Rich performances by all. Forest Whitaker and Oprah especially moving as the struggling but loving couple who stick together even through human failings.
Fun fact: Lee Daniels gave us our first shot at being read by a production company. We sent an early draft of You’re the Reason to his company in 2001. He came back to us to pass on the screenplay twice in the same year. The second time he called us and told us it wasn’t exactly what he was looking for, but that
Missy and I had talent and that we should stick to it and hang in there.
Now we’re waiting to hear back from Austin Film Festival. We could hear back as early as next week.
We’re hopeful to stay in the running for the Bronze Typewriter. As you never know what could come of such a career coup.
That being said, the last couple of days have been hard. Emotionally that is. So depressed, then up, then the computer hard drive crashes, then hunting for Microsoft Office 2007, getting the computer to where it would accept it. Arguing with Missy because I want to eat out so badly. Then being depressed again.
My mood has been all over the place. And getting disconnected from the manuscript makes things harder than anything. But here I am plugging back in the best way I know how.
I am not a victim. I have overcome a great many things. I have worked hard. I have earned my success and hope there is more to come. I hope the same things for my friends and family who have supported me in this long journey. Even when it feels like I am all alone in this fight I have to remind myself that is not always the case.
Because even when I struggle, I have pets who love me unconditionally. Even when my loved ones who have me starve ;).