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Author Jamie Sobrato's Diary

5.22.2006

Random Stupid Thoughts

So life is whipping my ass lately, and writer's block is a raging problem here in naked page land, where the pages really are, literally, naked. I have tried in vain to convince my editor that the blank page is a story in itself, a minimalist commentary on the utter futility of the story as an artform, but she's not buying it. Really just not buying it.

Shit.

I saw a report over the weekend that Tommy Hilfiger bitch-slapped Axl Rose. This is the kind of news headline that makes me think for a moment that I need to stop drinking whatever it is I've been drinking, but no, it really happened. On an only loosely related note, I named the family dog after Axl Rose when I was a teenager. It was going to be either Axl, or Barry White, and I just couldn't do that to Barry.

So. Um. One way to know you are fucked as a writer is when you can't even think of random stupid thoughts to write on your blog. Somebody help me out here. Please post a random stupid thought or two of your own. Please. I'm on my knees--no, not doing THAT--begging you.

20 Comments:

At 4:16 PM, Anonymous melissa said...

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star and the alphabet song are the exact same tune.

Am I only moron who didn't notice that until last week when I heard my toddler singing? That there is crazy. Real crazy. And hopefully qualifies as a random stupid thought.

Jamie, sorry you're having a hard time. When I'm in a writing rut I find the three C's work for me: coffee, chocolate, and, um, that other c-word that is oft-used in Blaze novels. Tee hee.

 
At 8:13 PM, Blogger Jamie said...

Also, Bah Bah Black Sheep shares its melody with those songs. More news you can't use, huh?

Melissa, really? C-word that's often used in my books? Cock? Cum? Cu--I'd better stop. My editor keeps removing all the good C-words from my books. She acts like I'm supposed to have, like, standards or something! So anyway it cures writers block? Does this have anything to do with Bethany's Sex-is-tied-to-creativity theory?

 
At 10:54 AM, Anonymous Cindy Procter-King said...

My random thought for the day is it's better to watch The DaVinci Code, the movie, if you haven't already read the book. I saw it last night, and it's a decent movie. But it felt too "surface" for the first half hour or so, I think because I already knew what was going to happen and of course it doesn't go into depth the way book does. I didn't think the book was the best thing on the face of the earth, either, but if I had it to do over again, I'd watch the movie first.

Paul Bettany does a great job and do does the old guy.

I still can't get over the pyramid thingie at the Louvre. It wasn't there when I backpacked through Europe and just looks totally out of place to me when I see it on film. Guess I'll have to go back to Paris...

Cindy

 
At 12:43 PM, Blogger Jamie said...

Somehow I managed to not register the fact that anyone bothered to make The DaVinci Code into a movie. How did I miss that? I should have something good to say to make fun of the book, but I'm too brain-dead.

I listened to it as an audiobook a few years ago, and I was appalled at the male reader's attempt to do a French female voice. There aren't many sounds more pleasant than the French language, and there aren't many sounds more unpleasant than some middle-aged American guy trying to sound like a French woman.

I love the pyramid at the Louvre. Great post-modern contrast to all that stuffy traditionalism.

 
At 2:52 PM, Anonymous bethany said...

Melissa- I could babble all day about kids songs, my kids love anything with music. Happy music pops into my head at all sorts of weird times.

Don't know if I want to see the Da Vinci Code, we will be seeing X-men 3 this weekend. At an amazing rate of 1 movie per 3 months, we have to pick what we're going to see very carefully. Well Lee picks the movies carefully, I just plan my consumption patterns - the new theater near us has Pizza and funnel cakes!! Pizza, funnel cakes, a super expensive drink, then sour patch kids? junior mints? Oh the possibilities.

At the moment when everyone in the theater was bawling at Titanic, I had just discovered a nearly full package of sour peaches, so I was on a super-sugar high. I had been sitting on them for nearly 3 hours, so they were warm! Is this a random stupid sort of thought, or what?

 
At 4:24 PM, Anonymous melissa said...

Bethany, I envy you! Hubby and I really really want to see XMen 3, but we have to wait for our next kid-free date, which I think is next month sometime. Last weekend we saw M:I 3, which was a pretty good action film despite its weird-ass star. lol

 
At 4:30 PM, Anonymous Theresa said...

We rarely see movies too. We often look at eachother and say "what was the last movie we saw?" Though we almost never remember because it's usually been months.

We did manage to sneak out and see M:I 3, and I agree with Jamie's assessment. Once you forget you're watching Tom Cruise, it's pretty good.

I'm dying to see X-Men 3, Hugh Jackman.... what more is there to say?

 
At 6:06 PM, Anonymous Cindy Procter-King said...

Yes, we're seeing X-Men 3 as soon as our youngest returns from his band trip (he leaves tomorrow). I think Ian McKellen (in DVC) is in XM3, too.

Cindy

 
At 6:07 PM, Anonymous Cindy Procter-King said...

Okay, I have a random question that's been bugging me for weeks. How did you finally get that funny little white line out from your header? It looks perfect now.

C

 
At 7:02 PM, Blogger Jamie said...

Hey, I didn't say anything about Mission Impossible! That was Melissa. I have not seen a movie in the theater since Brokeback Mountain, and I'm still crying about it...

Did anyone see American Dreamz or whatever the hell it was called? That's the only recent movie release I've had the urge to go out and see.

 
At 7:05 PM, Blogger Jamie said...

Cindy, it's really bizarre--that little white stripe just disappeared. I'm not even sure when it happened. I think someone, maybe my former web mistress since she has my Blogger password, must have randomly had mercy on me and fixed the template. Big sloppy kisses to her or whomever fixed it.

 
At 10:05 PM, Blogger Tim said...

I read DVC and I really liked it. I'm not really a movie person -- with one exception: The Crow with the late Brandon Lee -- so chances are, it could be bigger than Gladiator (which I also did NOT see) and I still wouldn't go see it... never mind the religious controversies surrounding it.

 
At 10:50 PM, Anonymous Theresa said...

Oops, sorry Jamie, confused your post with Melissa's. If it's any consolation, I haven't seen Brokeback Mountain. ;)

 
At 11:04 PM, Anonymous Cindy Procter-King said...

Jamie, actually it was me who fixed it and I've been waiting for you to notice!

Just kidding.

I rented Brokeback Mountain one night when hubby and kids were gone and just cried buckets at the end.

Tim, I can't see how Da Vinci Code could be bigger than Gladiator (what religious controversies were in it????) I loved that movie (maybe it's the pun...) LOVE The Crow, too. Not something I would have watched if not for my overly-testosteroned household, but I'm glad I did...I think about three times now.

The great thing about having kids over twelve is that you don't have to pay for babysitters--voila, "movie dates" with the husband are once again possible. I love movies.

Cindy

 
At 12:09 AM, Anonymous Theresa said...

I'm only really aware of two Brandon Lee movies, The Crow and Rapid Fire. I own them both.

 
At 6:32 PM, Blogger Jamie said...

Hey, um, does anyone even care who wins AI now? I...don't. Both of their "first singles" were so bad last night, I am pretty sure i'll never watch the show again.

 
At 5:13 PM, Blogger Tim said...

Cindy: the reaction I've seen and heard from my Catholic and Protestant friends taking the story's message about Christ and Mary Magdalene WAAAYYY too seriously instead of just spreading the message that it's FICTION and spending more time hammering Dan Brown for writing such a story.

 
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