Sunday, June 3, 2007

Fear and Loathing in....writing

I was sitting here today thinking about why I don't like writing. Well its not that I don't like it, it's just hard for me to motivate myself to sit down and do it. I think part of it is I'm way too critical of myself. There have been countless times when I've sat down to write a script and within 20 minutes of just daydreaming and scratching out thoughts, I give up on it or give myself a reason to take a break. But I want so much to become great at writing. I even wish there were more writing assignments in school. I know they'll be a lot of writing this coming school year because of AP English IV and the creative writing class I'm taking so that gives me some hope for the dilemma. You may being saying to yourself, "well he's not too bad at writing in here", I guess its just easier for me to write out personal thoughts like this. When I try to write scripts, I should probably mirror the way I think when I'm writing in here. I don't subject...


I had the pleasure of watching this AMAZING film last Wednesday. It brought together all that I love about film and was just so amazing to watch. I was captivated from the title credits to the "fine". I know I get a little too excited about all the movies I see and I'm not the best at critiquing them (I'm a little to easy on most movies) but this just blew me away. It's one of those films that you can watch over and over again and it still has the same charm and beauty as it did in the first viewing. One thing I'm very grateful for is that I had never really heard that much about Amélie before I saw it. I knew it had been nominated for a lot of awards but other than that, I had heard nothing of it. I've been constantly thinking about it for the past week and I can honestly say that it changed who I am. After watching the film I was left with this awe and happiness. The plot is that Amélie is a shy introverted woman who works in a cafe. After returning a long-lost childhood treasure to a former occupant of her apartment, and seeing the effect it has on him, she decides to set out on a mission to make others happy and in the meantime pursues a guy who collects discarded photo booth pictures. The message the film sends out is one of making others smile, taking risks, and finding love in the midst of it all. So basically, it's a film about life in general.
Jeunet, the director, was flawless in his direction and Audrey Tautou is a brilliant actress. She was so captivating and interesting...and beautiful!
Ok, well enough of my infatuation with Amélie. I'm sorry! I can't help the film is one of the most amazing films I've ever seen!

Anyways, after tomorrow, my insane part of the summer begins. I'll basically be gone for the next 3 weeks on 3 different vacations that are days apart from each other. Tuesday morning, I leave for Washington D.C. with my Dad. He's there on business and we happen to have enough credit card free miles for a plane ticket for me. Geoff Davis, our Representative, got us access to a White House tour -of the West Wing (Oval Office, etc.) and a tour of the Capital. I'm pretty excited about it all.
Then there's the mission trip after I get back from D.C., then Orlando for my sister's dance competition. Then, in July (11th), I have to have my molars pulled (all 4). I'll be out for another week and a half...on the constant pain (I'm getting a head-start on pitying myself).
This summer will be a lot different from last summer....I did nothing last summer.


The time I hit my childhood bully on the side of the face with a snowball...and the results of the incident.

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