Stirred, Not Shaken

One of my classes this term is a screenwriting class. “A screenwriting class?” you may ask. “Why, yes, I am learning how to write scripts.” I shall reply. Our first assignment is to write a one-act play. A play. A. Frickin. Play.

I am honestly not a fan of plays. Probably because my high school teachers, in which were the only classes I ever read plays in previously, chose the most boring and tedious plays they could find. No offense, Shakespeare, but Romeo and Juliet and Hamlet are getting kinda dusty.

And if I ever, and I mean this, if I ever have to read Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller, I’m going to personally find  Mister Miller’s grave, and I’m going to dig it up. I don’t know what I’ll do after that, but you get the idea that I am willing to mess with a grave if I have to read that stupid play again.

So we’re working on a play. We did some stalking observing of the people around us and we took the ones that we liked best. I almost mowed over a little old lady as I was walking towards the bookstore on campus, and I just wanted to know what she was gonna go do and why she was motoring around so fast. Literally, the only resemblance of a little old lady in college in my play now is a little old lady. So that’s character one, Little Old Lady/Grandmother/Muriel.

Ever watched a man watching a football game by himself? My dad is great for that, seriously. He sits there quietly, with the occasional exclamation about what the heck is happening, staring intently at the television. I don’t usually know what he’s talking about, because I don’t keep up on football. This is Uninterested Father/Bruce, our second character.

And then our third character is Sylvia, who is the bitchy ex-wife type. Bruce and Sylvia have a child, Tommy, who Sylvia doesn’t allow Bruce and Muriel to see all that often. No, I did not actually see a bitchy ex-wife type, I just decided that hey, we have an excited grandmother and a football watching dad, why not add the pain in the ass ex-wife who has to have it her way or she’ll tear you limb from limb?

And tah-dah, we now have some semblance of characters for the play!

My professor asked us to write a minimum 20 lines of dialogue per character last week, just to get the action rolling. I wrote 124 lines in about 2 1/2, 3 hours. It’s so easy to write dialogue. I’m pretty sure I should’ve looked into script-writing earlier. Here’s a sample, taken from an argument between Muriel and Sylvia as they browbeat each other, with Bruce trying to calm both women:

Muriel: No, I do not see what you mean, I just see a filthy little floozy who won’t let me see my grandson!
Sylvia: I am not a floozy! I –
Muriel: I don’t care for your excuses, Sylvia, I just want my grandson to come over so I can spend some quality time with him! And if you don’t let me see him, I swear on my late husband’s grave, may he rest in peace, I will take you to court and declare you an unfit parent!
Sylvia: Me the unfit parent?! Your son is the unfit parent! My mother told me he was no good and I knew I shoulda listened to her!
Muriel: Your mother has got the brain size of a pea. She wouldn’t know a good thing if it came up and socked her in the face with a bunch of cinder blocks.
Sylvia: My mother does not have the brain size of a pea! And even if she did, she’d be a lot smarter than you!
Muriel: Only because she knew my son shouldn’t have married a witch like you!
Bruce: Ma, stop provoking her! I told you that already once!
Muriel: Don’t you try to stop me, I’m protecting your honor!
Bruce: Ma, I ain’t got any honor left. She took it when she took my house.

We’ll see if I’m willing to post more when I’m done! Till then, be content with that little excerpt.


And, We’re Back…

Before we get started, here’s a link you should totally go to and participate in: Lillian’s January 2013 Challenge! It’s pretty good. I’m hoping someone follows up on that purple-footed grapefruit-banana people lead. 😉 Hint, hint.

The winter term started yesterday, but I didn’t go to class till today. So far, two classes and a wait listed one I’m just gonna drop. I have my reasons, but those aren’t important.

If you’ve gone back to the first posts I’ve written, you’d recognize my Trash Talk post.

I went back into that bathroom and it just reminded me… And I avoided that stall like there was a pack of wolves in it. Someone actually used it and all I could think was “Someone’s gonna get herpes…”

Yeah, I’ll keep you posted on the creepy toilet.

The (My) First Post of 2013

Wow, to think that a year has passed and a new one has begun. It’s… Amazing!

No, not really. I think what’s more amazing is the fact that in exactly two months, I turn twenty. Two months. And then another year till the real, and legal, fun begins. But I’m hoping that this year is my year. You know, when everything goes exactly like you want it to.

Well, maybe not exactly, but pretty much good things happen to me. That’s what I hope. I hope that this year will be a good year; in what, I have no idea. I guess I’ll see what happens.

I’m already started, don’t ya know. I am in the process of changing my hairstyle. It’s a bit slow, because I don’t know exactly what I’m doing or what I want, but I’m figuring it out. I’ve decided to keep my hair long, that I should embrace its natural curliness and get a hair cut/shaping/style/whateveryouwanttocallit that embraces my curly hair. And that it’s going to be red. Yes, that’s right, red. I’ve ruled out the current purplish brownish nightmare I’ve got in it currently, but I’m gonna find that red, and when I do, watch out, world, cause here. I. Come.

Happy New Year’s, all. And, in honor of Effie Trinket, may the odds be ever in your favor!