There was a cute little short film a few months back called Ctrl Z. It was produced and directed by some acquaintances of mine and Ryan’s. Won an award or something at Sundance. It’s about a guy who, for a few glorious moments can reverse real events in his life with a few simple keystrokes on his magic keyboard at work. That is, until Tech Support fixes it. The end.
I’ve been arranging and rearranging the furniture in our new apartment. Activity points galore! They say arranging is rearranging. Or is that writing…? I think it’s both. You’re never done. Move this shelf unit here, swap that table there, banish this lamp to the bedroom, etc. Unfortunately for my muscles, I have no undo options. I can think it and wiggle my nose; but, sadly, the lamp does not move back from whence it came. There is no Ctrl+Z for furniture arranging.
…producing a movie is kind of like that.
One foot in front of the other. Just keep takin’ the next step. Write your lists. Rewrite your lists. Make the phone calls. Have the conversations. Make the decisions. Massage the budgets. And I’m just one of five producers! We’re trying to do a lot in a short amount of time.
Screenwriting is also like a marathon. Except, it’s like a marathon where you don’t already know the route. You have to discover it as you go. In consultation with other runners. And you might need to backtrack and go down a different street. It’s like a marathon with a constantly changing route.
May we all wear comfortable, er, gloves?
Moving confidently forward, one grunting, sweaty, shuffling step at a time…
I’m still running.
The more truthful statement is “I’ve started running again.” The Surf City Half Marathon took place in Huntington Beach on February 3rd. Until two weeks ago, I’d only run twice since then. An 8 week “rest period.” Boy! my muscles must be well-recovered!
I ran the Surf City Half in 2 hours and 35 minutes. Pretty good for being green. Truth be told, I had serious encouragement in the form of the human-rabbit known as Caleb Brown. He became my coach and egged me on from the Starting Line to the Finish Line. I don’t think I would have finished in so “short” a time if it wasn’t for him.
But this time I’m training alone. And this time, I’m training for a marathon.
I toyed around with the idea of training for another half, a sprint triathlon, or some sort of bike race, but I think it’s time to try the full 26.2 miles / 40 k. I really do need a goal to keep me motivated. Accountability, competitiveness, ambition. These things keep me moving.
So that’s why I’m publicly stating: ask me about my running. Keep me accountable! Today I finished the second week and I ran a little over 8 miles. It SO hot here in LA and my father was concerned that I might get dehydrated. He’s a huge water-advocate. If there were a NFP for water-consumption, my father would be the chairman of the board! (Found this in a google search – interesting info) Anyway, I drank lots of water and went right at 6 PM, 90 minutes before the sunset. The first 30 minutes of my run was hot but the rest was just pleasantly warm.
Anyway, good run. 8.2 miles in 1 h 50 m. Slow, but reasonable for someone just getting started again. 2 weeks down, 16 weeks to go.
This is Valentina Pozzoli. She has a beautiful heart and is a wonderful friend. I took some photos of her recently. This one was my favourite.