Saturday, March 6, 2010

Tough Stuff with the Fluff

Didn't realize it'd been so long since the last post. New month, even a bit of sun now and then. Soaked up a few rays this morning, but finally had to come in when the breeze across the ice pack, formerly known as snow, began to get too cool. Sure felt good for a while. Beginning to feel the winter blahs lifting lately. Sure hope it continues.

Just realized that April 1 is just around the corner. Yeah, and...? I signed up for Script Frenzy and it starts then. Of course, I have no clue what I'm doing. Not only for an idea but how to do it. Looked at a few sites on the web and the basic thrust is the same as a novel. Except, no rambling descriptions. The scene has to happen through dialogue and whatever is on the stage. OK. Relax, we can do this. It's just different. And the formatting is new. That will be the toughest thing to get used to. Yes, there are programs out there that do that and I have downloaded a couple to try them. Not working like the I'd hoped.

So what to do. How about just write it and do the format part later? Seems reasonable to me. Of course, the purists probably would just hang their heads in disbelief. Let them. So that's settled. Just need an idea that can go for more than three lines. Maybe a conversation inside someone's head with different masks to let the folks know who is speaking. Could work, I guess. Minimalist set, black drape, a few spots. So retro. May have to give that more thought.

What else is happening? Will healthcare really get done? Wonder what the bookies say about that? My feeling is that it's still a long shot. A very long shot. Keeps the talking heads busy though. Rachel is doing a number on one of the congressmen from Michigan. Straight up questions but why not before now? Because now he's blocking or trying to block the final healthcare deal related to the abortion issue. Hmm. Is it his position on that or his affiliation with a religious interest group? Or both? Be interested in seeing where this goes.

On to the big deal going on now. How to help someone face the impending death of a loved one. Especially if that someone is generally a very closed person in those kind of issues. Or is there any thing to be done except stand by quietly? From my experiences with this that was the best for me. But someone else isn't me. Ask them? A direct approach might be the best after I see this person later on. Tough stuff, and part of existence in this world. Sort of a gird up thy loins time. Don't know. Play it by ear and listen for the clues.

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