It wound up I couldn’t make it to the writing group this evening. I didn’t have enough money for gas to get to the metro. The round trip winds up costing about $7, and I have $77 to last until Monday. Next Monday I’ll go. I’ll have more money then. Ah, economics.
I watched two independent horror flicks this evening. One (The Slaughter) was a 4 out of 10. The other (The Signal) was a 5.5 out of 10. The first film had the spirit and the determination to be a 6, but it was let down partly by its budget and very much by its dreadfully hit-and-miss direction. If I was rating just for myself, I’d give it a 5, due to the effort and grit of the filmmakers. I’m not rating it just for me, though. Rating objectively, it’s a 4. The second film was another ambitious effort, very well-realized. What brought it down for me from a 6 or 6.5 was it had three directors, a very different style in each act. While bold and very interesting, I felt the narrative suffered a bit. I wasn’t hard to follow. I’m not saying that. I found it a bit jarring sometimes. Others I know found that to be a boon for the film. I may later, but for now it’s a 5.5 of 10. (It’s really, really hard for me to rate movies higher than a 6 these days.)
I wrote a bit today, a few interesting little scenelets. (A “scenelet” is a very small, incomplete scene. I made that word up, as far as I know anyway.) One featured a “retired” contract killer in Witness Protection talking with a kid about bullies. One was about a physicist who just made a startling discovery… and then something totally unexpected happened. The rest were just rather meh bits of dialogue.
I’m working on trundling along and staying focused. It’ll be a little easier once the kids start back to school in a few weeks. (There won’t be arguing over video games and such then.)