I can always tell I'm back home when I eat more than I should, get a stomach ache, and gain about ten pounds just by eating dinner. Of course it's usually worked off by the amount of laughter my family does during dinner.
Catching up with Mom on the things that we missed, even if I told her over the phone, is always something I look forward to whenever we go home. Our driving is always adventureous because we have me (or Steph) driving, Mack navigating, and Mere with the one that's not driving in the back, talking, singing to whatever song we're listening to, and laughing. So having that good mood amplified when we get home makes it all worth it.
So for a recap of today we had
-Early morning wake up I seriously didn't need (I hated myself for not being able to fall back asleep
-Quick cleaning of the apartment (stupid snow salt getting everywhere)
-A quick wash of my hair
-Packing everything into the car
-Going on campus to get Mere
-Going back to the apartments to get something we forgot
-Going on campus to get Mere
-Going back to the apartments to get something we forgot
-3 hours of singing to songs until I couldn't sing anymore (seriously, I lost my voice and my voice cracked pretty badly on the last few ones)
-"Put it in Park!"
-"Just close the door!"
-Comically excited for pizza
-Catching up with Mom about everything
-Planned stuff for Spring Break
-Planned stuff for graduation
And that's only on the first day being home for a quick break.
So for my J-Term class, as I've said in numerous blogs before, our final project was to write an episode of a currently running TV sitcom. And the one I chose is 2 Broke Girls. So my blog for today is the link to read the episode I wrote. Keep in mind this is the first time I've ever written a TV sitcom. I hope you all enjoy it.
2 Broke Girls - "And The Bad Day"
I never realized how hard it is to be funny up until I was taking this screenwriting class. I'm a naturally funny person (I don't think so, I've just been told this) and having to come up with one joke on every page of a 50 page script for a sitcom is the hardest thing ever. There are some jokes that I do on purpose that are funny, others that I throw in because I can't think of anything else that seem to be funny, and others that I throw in when I can't think of anything else and they're duds.
Having read a bunch of scripts throughout this class and now understand how many times you have to revise something or change jokes until it's guaranteed a laugh is difficult. We even had to take a couple scenes from 30 Rock today and use those to write in our own jokes and it's a lot harder than you would think it is. How would you change 'sports are stupid, being an athlete is easy' into a joke every few lines until the scene ends?
Though our teacher did say the jokes we came up with, she thinks, are better than the ones that are actually in the episode. Ego boosting sure, but I'm not sure if that's exactly true. I'm panning on sharing my script to an episode of 2 Broke Girls when I'm done with it (about sometime tomorrow night) and I'm actually really excited for it. It was fun to do and I absolutely love the show now. Though I don't think that it's all funny. But having the first experience of writing for a sitcom has really helped me and expand my ways of writing different genres.
Plus, I could use it as a writing sample if I ever need to.
What makes it that we can remember some things better than others? I've only started to contemplate this as I'm taking my last history class this upcoming semester and if you know me, you'd know that history and I aren't very good friends. I can't remember dates at all and hate whenever I'm asked 'when did this happen' because I feel like an idiot when I guess and am either very close, nowhere near close, or hem and haw and just get a look filled with pity and disgust when I can't remember 'significant event here'.
And yet, if you ask me when a certain band first got together, what their first single was, what the lyrics to five of their songs are, or what style each band members has, I can do it in no time flat. I can do the same with my favorite books, I can quote movies and TV shoes like it's no one's business, and I can remember things from way back in Pre-K on up and no one seems to remember any of it. (Though it's helped me when it came to writing our books Two Pair and Four of a Kind because some conversations I've actually had are in them). So I've always wondered what is it that makes some people remember some things better than others?
Why is it that I can remember practically everything I need to know, but I can't remember significant dates other than birthdays and holidays? It's always been something that I've found interesting, yet it makes me a bit anxious for my upcoming history class.
While I ponder that, I need to get 15 pages of script writing done.
I actually have nothing to report today, other than the fact that I mistook dates in May for when we were having Spring Break and got another reminder that we are, indeed, graduating in May.
Will time please slow down?
I never realized how much work actually went into screenwriting until it came to this class. And yes, screenwriting for film is different than screenwriting for TV. What I've done for a movie is a lot easier as you don't have to worry about differencing from different scenes as often (at least I haven't had to when I was in a film class). In this class it's somewhat annoying because I can't do different cuts of mention where cameras are looking.
It took me a bit to get used to the fact that I didn't have to do that as well as it took me a bit to figure out how to get the script formatted. That's the only thing that's been giving me some sort of trouble, it was the most irritating thing making sure that everything is centered right. And because I did this in a word document as opposed to a certain file to use, it makes it that much more difficult, especially considering some of my pages have blank spaces that I can't fix.
Oh and because I have to keep printing more than one copy of my script, by the end of this J-Term, I'm only going to have about 300 prints left and I have the rest of the school year to use up those prints and most of my classes are English. This especially stinks because I don't have the CD to install my printer onto my computer and can't find a driver online.
On the bright side, I'm really enjoying what I'm writing with for my script so at least that keeps me preoccupied.
Every year I say I want to work out more. I'm someone that likes to exercise a lot as it is, but during the winter is when I hit my slump. There's only so many machines you can use in the gym and after new years' everyone seems to have the same idea of getting into shape, so trying to find a good time to go is difficult. And I'm so not going outside if the windchill is about -8. So I just do the only thing I can do, play Just Dance, follow YouTube video exercise routines, and look online for some new exercises.
The best thing about doing these is that I don't have to worry about the cold, I can turn up the heat in the apartment so I sweat more when I work out, and I don't have to worry about getting weird stares. My sisters like to play Just Dance as well and its some of our favorite wii games to play, so there's a source of entertainment when it comes to those exercises. Now, I know I wouldn't be getting any weight lifting done, but I can figure that out when the spring semester starts, it gets warmer, and more people are outside.
But if you're looking for some things to do while it's cold out, here's a website that gives different ideas of exercises that you do for 30 days. You can pick and choose what you want to do or do them all. 30 Day Fitness Challenge. Enjoy.
A surface intended for the posting of public messages, for example, to advertise items wanted or for sale, announce events, or provide information.
That above is the definition of a bulletin board, but it also works out the idea for the vision board that my sisters and I just created. We are the kinds of people that believe in positivity as well as the law of attraction. We have seen things that have come true and because of that reason, we have started to create Vision Boards. A vision board is basically the same thing as subliminal messages, though slightly different. You take a bunch of pictures, words, and phrases and stick them all of a poster board in a collage and it helps you actualize what you want. Is there a specific car you want to get? Aka your dream car? Put up a picture of it on your vision board.
Now, does that mean that it'll automatically come true and it'll pop up in your hand? No, you still have to work hard for what you want, but the positive energy that you're putting out there, believing that you can actually get it is all the reward for it. For me, anyway.
I've come to the realization that I've been in school for so long that I barely remember any of the classes I've ever taken while in school. I don' t know if that's a good thing or a bad thing. It could mean that I've learned so much that it doesn't matter what class it was in, but it could also mean that I've learned so much that I can't keep anything straight anymore.
The good thing is that I can't forget any of the teachers that I've had while I've been in school. There have been some teachers I've liked more than others, but all together, they've really helped me. They've increased my interested in some subjects (such as french and some areas of history) as well as helped teach me that there are things that I'm not particularly interested in. They've also taught me that there are specific ways that help me study. I'm not a person that can sit somewhere and listen to someone talk for over and hour and a half and hope that I'll take it in that way. I need to have some sort of visual aids to be able to get some things, and the more teachers have done that, as opposed to make me memorize facts that I constantly get mixed up, the better I feel about it.
Amidst this personal reflection of my academics of the past four years, I've come to the conclusion that I'm going to have a lot more opportunities to figure out what things I want in my life and what I don't want. And figuring out some of those things during this month gives me high hopes for the next semester.
I'm in such a bad writing funk. And I don't mean it's a point where I have no motivation, no inspiration, or don't know what to write. It's that I don't want to write. Now, you need to think about this in a different way. Since 5th grade, I've been writing stories. I started off with stories of me and my sisters with school as our setting and with random things happening. Through there I started to write more and more with that idea, changing it to a more fantasy element...and that's when the summer of 2005 rolled around.
I started to write on a website that I now publish my stories to almost 9 years ago now (it'll be nine this summer) and that's usually what I'm spending all of my time on my computer doing, or writing in notebooks, or thinking about. Unfortunately, because I've gotten to the point where I'm constantly writing about works that are published online as well as works that I'm doing to publish by myself and with my sisters, and things I write on my own, I think I hit a brick wall.
Or as my sisters and I refer to it, I think I've burned myself out on writing. It's not that I'm bored of it, because I'm always thinking of new ideas, it's just that I really don't want to do it. I'm thinking of leaving the site that I post everything on, I'm thinking of not writing as much as I do during the day because I do it so much. I've tried taking a break from it, and I only lasted 5 days, because whenever I stop, I get sucked right back into it. I also think that I just need to find space to do something else, if I'm not writing, I'm not doing much else other than practicing the bass or just talking with my sisters.
If I can wean myself from obsessively writing all the time I think I'll be better, but at this moment, I'm just tired of writing in general, though I have a lot of things that I need to finish and they're almost done.
Maybe after I can take a break?
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