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7 Feb, 2019

Dental and Writing Lesson & Pun

By |2019-02-07T02:08:22+00:00February 7th, 2019|

Like most people, the day comes when you have to go to the dentist and get a cleaning and all that. Well, unlike most people, I have the most British teeth this side of the pond (aka Los Angeles) so every time I go to the dentist it’s a crap shoot as to what terrible procedure I’ll have to endure. Well today was no different. Cleaning, x-rays, fluoride, check, replace two old crowns with rotting teeth underneath, yep that sounds about right.

Which brings me to today’s personal lesson about writing and going with the flow. I frequently try to plan my writing out, from outlining to character and location sheets along with lists of equipment and specifics my characters would use. In the writing world this is sometimes called a “plotter” though I like to call it “OCD Planner”. The flip side is called a “pantser” as in flying by the seat of your pants. I don’t do well with just going with the flow, but every time I do the results produce random and, quite frankly, my most creative work.

The point being that as I was sprawled across the dental lounge chair it made me think, “This wasn’t how I had planned for my day to go at all! It’s kind of like I’m pantsing the dentist.” Of course I followed this with a laugh which the dentist didn’t understand, but the point was made. Maybe I should try to be more of a pantser with my writing, because it literally isn’t pulling teeth.  Thank you. I’ll be here all night and happy writing!

 

4 Feb, 2019

Post Super Bowl Hate

By |2019-02-04T19:56:20+00:00February 4th, 2019|

Short post, quick thought.

It bothers me when people say they hate the Patriots or any other sports team that is consistently successful. This strikes me as a loser mentality. Now I’m not saying that I think those people are losers, I get it, it can be frustrating when you want something and someone else always seems to get it. But the problem here isn’t the winning team, it’s your attitude about them.

Instead of disregarding them, maybe it’s time to start looking at what they do right. Robert Kraft is a good team owner. He doesn’t cave to an ego centric player’s demands, but he is loyal to players who have done him right. On any other team, Tom Brady would be out and Jimmy Garappolo would be the starter (as a Niners fan, thankfully this isn’t the case), but Kraft knows that Brady isn’t just a football player. He’s smart, he’s loyal and he’s willing to do whatever it takes to win. Tom Brady also has an insanely dedicated regiment to his life as a football player. Sorry, but he makes sacrifices that most athletes would never make.

I grew up cheering for the Lakers during the Magic and Kobe eras, I get it, people get tired of seeing the same team win all the time especially when you don’t live in a big city. Nowadays, it’s the Warriors era in basketball. Do I hate them? Nope. I want to beat them and I know my Lakers aren’t complacent and sitting back griping about it they’re doing their best to get back on top, because that’s what winners do. And at the end of the day, doing your best has to be enough, even if you’re the Rams.

3 Feb, 2019

Super Bowl of Accountability

By |2019-02-03T20:44:50+00:00February 3rd, 2019|

As the Super Bowl rolls into our lives today I keep seeing stories of bitter Saints fans complaining about how their team was robbed because of a bad call. In my quick opinion, yes it was a bad call, but your defense still failed to stop the Rams on the next possession and that Brees interception didn’t happen because of a bad call.

Either way this whole thing has me thinking about taking accountability for one’s actions instead of focusing on someone else’s. Personally I do this far too much in my writing or more specifically, my lack of it.

I woke up too late, I got sidetracked on an errand, I watched TV, I browsed the web…the excuses pile up higher than my dirty laundry which will of course become another excuse.

It’s time as a writer and as a person to stop blaming the world and to start looking in the mirror. It’s not Game of Thrones’s fault I didn’t hit my page count today, it’s 100% me. And until I can wake up every day and remember that, life will just end up being a series of bad calls and I’ll never achieve my goals.

2 Feb, 2019

Writing and Cooking

By |2019-02-02T22:59:15+00:00February 2nd, 2019|

I’m a big fan of both, but only one gives me anxiety, which would be our dear friend writing. And so when I’m stressing out and wanting to quit I remind myself of how related they truly are.

When you are cooking a dish you think about what you want to make (idea), then you go to the cupboard or store and get the ingredients (characters, settings, basic plot), after that you follow a recipe (outline, beat sheet) and when it’s done you cook/eat it (publish). Sometimes it’s good, other times it’s inedible, but no matter what you know you’re going to be eating again in a few hours so you have to move on.

I’m sure I read this somewhere along the way and I wish I could credit the originator of this theory. Either way, it’s a very comforting analogy and one that gets me through a lot of tough spots. I love to cook, I do it almost every night for dinner and it calms me down after a long day of writing. Which makes it all the more ironic I suppose that I find the two tasks so similar. Cooking rarely stresses me out, so I look forward to the day when I can treat the two tasks equally.

Happy writing and happy eating 😉

1 Feb, 2019

First Draft Done

By |2019-02-01T17:52:04+00:00February 1st, 2019|

I finally finished the first draft of my new book, The Children of the Screaming Church. Unfortunately, this draft is closer to being a major rewrite than a final version, but such is life. My characters are sounds, my dialogue is pretty good, but my plot is still not feeling right. What was that quote from the Big Lebowski, “Sometimes you eat the bar/bear and sometimes, well, he eats you.” So onwards and upwards to draft number two!

31 Jan, 2019

The Lizard Brain!

By |2019-02-01T17:53:33+00:00January 31st, 2019|

Seth Godin is one of my favorite authors/teachers, so if you follow my blog you’ll see me talk about him plenty. This interview with Stephanie Ruhle is completely on point, enjoy and get unstuck.

30 Jan, 2019

Steadicam Operator Daniel Fritz2

By |2019-01-31T23:47:37+00:00January 30th, 2019|

In this episode we discuss Daniel’s education, some of his favorite Steadicam moves and his advice for up and coming operators.



Email Daniel at: danielcfritz@hotmail.com

Find his reel on Vimeo at: https://vimeo.com/132645990

Hosted by Director Jim Harmon, Copy That! is a podcast featuring stories about filmmaking as told by the people that actually make them.

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30 Jan, 2019

To whom it may concern

By |2019-02-01T17:52:42+00:00January 30th, 2019|

If you’ve come here, it was probably by accident or because your search for “manga tentacle porn” and the “daily struggles of a smart ass writer” met in the Google cosmos. Either way, I welcome you.

This blog isn’t designed to teach or share some sort of bountiful wisdom, it’s just to show you that there’s others out there like yourself. People who stare at the screen every day and in-between bouts of crippling depression, procrastination and multi-hour naps somehow get the work done.

You are not alone, even though while you’re reading this you probably are. Hmm. Ok, so maybe you are alone.

So faithful reader, I will try and post my daily adventures as boring as they might be and in the course of multiple weeks, days and years hopefully we can bond over the mundane, share our creative endeavors and have some fun doing it.

I’m also into motivational people, so I may share links to them from time to time and if I ever get my act together I’ll post more episodes of my podcast and movies I’ve made in the past. It’s a lot of work and as stated earlier, I have a lot of shit to overcome on a daily basis just to wake up, so quit riding me. I kid. See you soon.