Friday’s Odds and Ends

Another week has whizzed by. I was busy all week preparing for the big garage sale at the Winnsboro Center For the Arts, which didn’t leave much time for writing, but I did get a few thousand words done on my current work in progress. How was your week? I hope it was productive and, most of all, fun.

This is Sammy. He likes to take over my office chair.

 I was dismayed to read about a bridal shop in Akron Ohio that closed because of the fear of Ebola. Apparently, Amber Benson, the Dallas nurse who had Ebola, had been a customer at that store and when news of that was revealed, customer stopped going to the store. The owner, Anna Younker, was quoted as saying, “It’s like our store had cooties.”

How sad.

The attack on the newspaper in Paris, Charlie Hebdo, was still big news for another week, raising a continuous flurry of news reports and commentary on the Muslim religion and its penchant for violence. Too often the reporting insinuated that all Muslims are terrorists, and it is only the Islam religion that promotes violence. That is simply not true. Throughout history other religions including Christianity have been twisted to support the right to kill in the name of that religion. Just think about the Holocaust. Just think about the battles between Protestants and Catholics that went on for so many years in Ireland. The truth is that none of these religions promote violence. They all teach about love and peace and tolerance. It is people who take those religious beliefs and tenets and twist them to serve their own purposes.

Friday’s Funnies starts with this from Pearls Before Swine by Stephan Pastis. In the first panel Goat is talking on cell phone and says, “Hey dad, did you get the Ken Burns Civil War D.V.D. I sent you for your birthday?”

“Yeah what do I do with it?”

“You put it in the D.V.D. player I got you.”


“In the little tray.”

“What tray?”

“The little tray in the D.V.D. player.”

“Which one is the D.V.D. player?”

“On top of the TV set.”

Dad says, “Okay okay gimme a minute will ya…..? There okay I got it in and now I’m watching an explosion.”

“Good. You’re watching the Civil War?”

“No. No. The TV exploded.”

Goat walks over to Pig and says, “Never by your parents anything invented in the last 30 years.”

(I think my kids say that about me, too.)

This one is from Dustin by Steve Kelly and Jeff Parker. Dustin and his friend, Fitch, are in a convenience store. Fitch is holding a lottery ticket and says, “This is it Dustin. This is the one.”

Dustin says, “Seriously Fitch? A lottery ticket?”

“Absolutely, Dude. I’ve got a feeling about this one.”

“Fitch, why do you keep throwing away money on those things?”

“You can’t win if you don’t play, man.”  Then Fitch scratches off the ticket, looks up and says, “Lost again. Man, I wish I had a dollar for every time that happened.”
Today’s Writing Wisdom comes from Xander Bennet from his blog post, How Not to Write a Screenplay that was first posted last spring. Xander is a a screenwriter and author and his blog is all about writing and film. In this post he has an extensive list of things not to do, and amidst the humor are some points we all could take to heart as we write, no matter what form our writing takes. Here are just a few of the things we should not do:

Agonize over your script’s title.
Start a pointless argument on Twitter.
Decide you need to do more research. Fall down a Wikipedia hole and forget what you were doing.
Change your screenwriting software.
Wait for your manager/agent/friend/reader to email you back.
Make more coffee; you need it.
Eat more snacks; you earned them.

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