Sunday, March 14, 2010

March Madness and Other Things

Believe it or not, I'm actually taking part in March Madness. Not the basketball stuff so much--although I will watch a good game when I come across one--but another kind of madness I've never actually done before. Writing madness. In public, that is. I signed on to participate in a writing marathon set to run Thursday thru Saturday, as hosted by the wonderful ladies who blog at Throwing Up Words. Since I'm working, I won't be able to write round-the-clock over these 3 days, but I have set a goal of putting down 5,000 words on a new novel. We'll see how it goes.

Other than that, I have a question. What is up with Hollywood these days and the apparent lack of ability to write a good ending to a movie????? Recently, I watched THE BOX, and this movie rates as one of the worst I've seen in a while. My daughter put it right up there with the ending, or lack there of, for DEAR JOHN. And then there was PREMONITION, which my daughter and I watched last night. Another let-down, because apparently, after waiting and wondering all through the movie how Sandra Bullock was going to beat Fate and save her husband from a horrible death, she didn't. Fate won.

...Well, fate can be good and bad. I know this. You probably know this, too. But I don't necessarily like being reminded of the fact that it can suck big time. Especially after you're hoping the heroine of your movie will work it out somehow. Authors are supposed to do that. Find amazingly brilliant ways of working it out in the stories they write, leaving the rest of us with the hope that we can work things out in our own lives, too. Maybe even apply some of those brilliant ideas we've read about or watched. Sheeesh. I felt significantly cheated.

...But on to other things....The weather is warming, the snow is melting, and I'm looking forward to brighter days. Which reminds me. Today is daylight savings. And I have no idea what time it is, although I realize I just lost an hour. And there's still a lot of work to be done....Yikes! Signing off. Until next time.

Ciao!

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