If you want. I’ll probably be reblogging it on this blog anyway but still… also, I’ve been super lazy with it in the past but I’m going to be more consistent with it now. I’m reviewing The Pack and Dream House this weekend.
Finished one outline (the ghost story one). Still working on the other one. Writing a beat sheet for another idea. Still have to finish Need.
Read the Young Adult script by Diablo Cody. Liked it. But I always like scripts about damaged, cynical characters with an attitude and/or drinking problem. I think Charlize Theron will be good in the lead; it kind of reminded me of Bad Teacher, but… quirkier and a little more dramatic? This is Diablo Cody. Now I’m reading The Grey. Think it’ll make a better movie than script. Not that the script is bad, I’m actually quite enjoying it… there’s just a lot going on/lots of character introduced at once… stuff that’s easier to keep track of onscreen.
OH! Okay. The one thing that DID really annoy me about Young Adult (and this is both something I’ve heard screenwriters should avoid doing AND a pet peeve). So many of the characters’ names started with the same letter. The same TWO letters actually. Mavis. Matt. Mary Ellen. There were some scenes where I had to go back and re-read who was talking because I really do read screenplays vertically and go pretty fast… so it was annoying to have to constantly REALLY read the full names of people talking. Other than that, good job, Diablo Cody!
1. Write something every work-day, and preferably, every day; don’t wait for inspiration to strike. Staying inside a project keeps you engaged, keeps your mind working, and keeps ideas flowing. Also, perhaps surprisingly, it’s often easier to do something almost every day…
I actually think 3 is a positive as opposed to a negative (at least in my experience). I don’t really stay in my house for days on end, but I find that when you’re on a roll just go with it.
I need someone else to look at it. Like someone who knows what they’re talking about, because comedy really isn’t my forte (as far as structure/b-story/etc… I’m funny though :D). I feel like I’m having too hard of a time wrapping this up without being super corny.
But I don’t know what other direction to go with it.
To all my film peeps out there, since I will finally have some money to put aside for a camera I’m wondering what’s a good camera to start out with?
Something relatively cheap but not shitty. I was thinking of a DSLR, but I’m not sure? Something that does well in low-light. I’ve been researching, but I’d like to hear opinions from “real people” (for lack of a better word?).
I’d be using it to film narrative stuff, so I’d want it to have a film-ish/clear look?
Disclaimer: This entry is probably going to be really long so a) sorry for taking up a lot of space on your dash b) bear with me c) I promise I try to make it as amusing as possible.
This week (this month, really) was cursed by Satan to make me completely miserable. And it’s kind of succeeded to an extent. My weekly therapy session with Erika have helped, but seriously, every year from here on out I’m going to tread with caution every time September comes around because this month is just leaving a sour taste in my mouth. I’m just going to be traumatized of every September from here on out lol
I mentioned that Amazon was hiring here and the Amazon warehouses are like… coal mines in small midwest towns circa 1950 (?). In other words, the job market in Phoenix really sucks (I believe it’s taken one of the worst dives in the country right now?) and Amazon is like what all the young and desperate are doing. I feel like a kid straight out of high-school shipping off to the old tractor factory or something.
Anyway, I went for my walk-in interview on Monday (like I mentioned earlier), and I had to leave because they weren’t taking walk-ins that day. I went back Wednesday. I got through. Took their simple skills test that my nephews could have passed with their eyes closed and then went in with the rest of the herd to watch the training video.
The training video was being shown in the luxurious back corner with such comfortable, plush fold out chairs -___- and everyone was crammed together. The training video was on a never-ending loop. They were trying to brainwash us, I’m serious. So basically you just sit back there until your lower back cries out in pain and the recruiters call you back. There was really no one busted in my hiring group; they all seemed pretty normal/cool.
Apparently you were supposed to sign in at a separate desk before you got called back, but nobody told me that. At the front, they told me to finish the skills test and then go back and watch the video. As a result, everyone who came after me signed in before me which meant they were seen before me. That made my wait longer. I was in that godforsaken place from 11:00a-4:00p. Granted, even if I had signed in it would’ve been just about as long, but I was still annoyed.
THEN. I. Almost. Went. Off. On. A. Bitch. There were a couple of people standing up in the back because the fold out chairs were just… not exactly Maytag recliners. So I got up and stood back there. And there’s a lot of space back there. So it wasn’t like we were just hoarding the office. Recruiters were walking past and no one said anything. Then this one bitch recruiter with a muffin top storms past and very rudely goes: “YOU GUYS NEED TO WATCH THE VIDEO, SO YOU NEED TO SIT DOWN!”
She was storming behind me when she said it, so I didn’t even turn around because my blood was boiling. Umm… you little wench, I’ve sat through this dumb ass video 5x already. And me standing has nothing to do with how much attention I’m paying to said dumb ass video. I was so heated. If I wasn’t so desperate for money, I would’ve told her exactly what I just said and left but since I do need some cash, I simply rolled my eyes, grumbled to myself, and took a seat.
Finally, my name got called. The recruiter who called me had a horrible weave and vaguely resembled a toad. She wasn’t smiling. I went back to her cubicle and she starts verifying my information, talking a mile a minute, telling me to sign here, initial there, asking me what I want out of a job… so my mind is trying to wrap around everything she’s running her mouth about. My answer about what I want from a job, admittedly, was really, really bad. I felt dumb after I said it and I can’t even really remember what I said but I know it was borderline remedial. Because she was so hostile! And hostility in those kinds of settings throws me off.
So she’s serving me enough attitude to live off for the rest of my life and all I can do is sit there and take it. But then she’ll randomly be really nice and tell me that my birthday is the same day as her best friend’s and I’m her son’s age and it’s nice that I’m an organ donor. Other times she’s making faces, giving me dirty looks across her desk, rolling her eyes. Like… does the toad ever make sense?! She asked if I would rather work days or nights and I said nights. She asked why. I braced myself for a smart remark from her because everything I said she tried to twist around to make it sound stupid. I said nights just work better for me. Since the job is only temporary, I’d rather work the Sunday-Wednesday graveyard shift and have my weekends. I’m up all night anyway, so working all night isn’t hard for me to adapt to.
Toadie tells me that she asked because she wanted to recommend me for a job in the office. Basically doing what she does. So at the time, that sounded good. I told her I could do that. So she recommended me to the compliance manager who wanted me to go back today to interview with her. So I escaped Toadie’s clutches, but I have no idea why she recommended me to work in the office?
I went back this morning for my interview at 11. The compliance manager doesn’t come out to get me until 11:30 (-_____________________________-). She was really nice though. We had similar personalities and she looked like Sanaa Lathan. Who can not vibe with Sanaa Lathan?! Sanaa told me about the job and was just saying how crazy it was being a recruiter and that the days can go from anywhere between 8a-5p to 8a-8p. Um. No. And that wouldn’t have been a dealbreaker if that was Monday-Friday but Sanaa was talking about working Saturdays too. Again: Um. No. Don’t you know I’m a lush?! I need my drinking days! And granted, I could go out Saturday nights but just the fact that these long ass days would last 6 days a week made me VERY wary.
She told me she liked my personality. And I have to say, if yesterday’s interview was a complete disaster, this one was amazing. Like, I was such a little shining star with Sanaa. Dressed all fly (again), laughing appropriately at all her jokes, nodding in enthusiastic agreement with all her points. She told me she was going to set me up with the office manager for a second interview. I’m like damn, how many interviews do you have to go through in this bitch? But I’m glad I wasn’t offered the recruiting job on the spot becauuuuuse…
I went home to take a nap and the temp agency called me and told me that I could work the night shift starting in October. So I’m thinking I’d rather do that. My mom said the recruiting job would look better on my resume and I agree because it’s more office-related and dealing with people one on one but… those hours. It IS more money, but what’s money at the price of my sanity and happiness? I’d rather have the time that the graveyard shift offers. Plus the warehouse is physical work and… I need exercise lol so if I’m forced to do it, it’ll get done.
I don’t know.
I could end up hating the warehouse, but I don’t think I’d hate it anywhere near as much as I would waking up at 7a and dreading a potentially 12 hour day ahead of me at the recruiting office. Both jobs are temporary until February anyway so it’s not like one is more long-term than the other. If the recruiting was a permanent position I’d jump on it, but if they’re both temporary… I feel better doing the warehouse. I have more time to keep doing my writing, I feel like I won’t be as stressed because I don’t have to deal with people, just do my work, and it just… fits and feels right for me right now. At least it buys me some time to keep looking for a job, close the gap between jobs on my resume, and continue with my writing.
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