Disclaimer: if the person (or persons related to the person) I am about to discuss happens to read this post, all I can say is — please forgive me. You (or that woman) can talk about yesterday’s news like no one else I know. Though tedious, (she) is so genuine with her concerns, worries, and alternating compliments, I defy anyone on the planet to just try shutting her down without feeling like a bad, bad dog. She’s that sweet.
Sweetheart or not, it was two hours of my writing time gone like the proverbial wind. After said phone call I felt the need to recover. I very seriously considered taking a nap — even laid down on the futon briefly. But then I remembered I had less than two hours remaining before I had to pick up my two youngest from school, which then made me remember last night’s mishap combining a broken bottle of maple syrup and my long-haired cat. I had a few floors to wash, some bureaus to clean and sheets to launder. The cat, however, was on her own.
I did my motherly duty of cleaning up as much of the stickiness that I could find. I cleaned up other things too that I’d neglected for a while, and soon my time to write was completely kaput. I felt worthless. Like a bum. I’ve got three separate books on film production started that I must finish reading, several periodicals, and a stack of film scripts and accompanying films I’ve been trying to catch up on — and here it was, time to pick up kids, cook dinner and be the homework harpy.
But then I remembered the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival begins tomorrow. I have time to buy a pass, view several films this week, and squeeze in as many panel discussions as I am able. The thought of it excites me and somehow redeems my loss of progress today. I have so much to learn and very little time to learn it. I say this with a great big gulp: I am determined to follow through with my plan to produce a short documentary before September. Attending this event seems like a necessary step.
I did learn a few things today, though. Let the answering machine do its job and as soon as it is possible, hire a maid.