There was some discussion about the budget; we watch much less on Netflix because there are very few movies that are any good. Someone suggested that there are other things to watch on Netflix besides movies. Try serial drama.
It was at the end of season one, after 20 episodes of “Friday Night Lights”, that it occurred to me that the writers or directors or producers- someone was packaging up passion in a way that kept us watching, addicted. I have a deal breaker when it comes to television or movie drama. I will not tolerate a dirty cop. It so happens that there was a particular scene that allowed us to snap out of it and stop watching. Landy had just killed a man for the second attempted rape of Tyra. The dialog shifted to state that Landy’s dad was a cop (here is the epiphany) so the teen agers decided to throw the dead body into the river. In reality, if Landy’s dad was a cop he would not have acted that way. Landy was shown to be really smart so his actions were way out of character.
I learned later that his dad decided to destroy evidence when he learned about his son’s gallantry, but that’s another story. I was able to stop the addiction. The drama was no longer compelling.
A few days later, after a failed new-year’s resolution to stop watching TV, the extended same thought flashed across my mental filter. While watching Law and Order, my all time favorite show, it occurred to me that all TV dramas are a packaging of passion. (click)
I sat down here, at the blog, to renounce Law and Order. It feels good right now, let’s see how that plays out.
John’s father died when he was young. This will serve as a model to relate to other fatherless souls.
Mike’s dad was deaf. This will help relate to those whose fathers did not listen very well yet still made a living.
Resolutions, early on, have little happiness as an effect. Also, motivation to comply with the plan is almost non-existent. The two sentences above are a result of last night’s sleep-thinking. It seemed like a lot more information at the time. Later on, as the saying goes, edits and revisions will occur that will flesh out the body of a good idea. For now, they serve as markers on a new path. Anne Lamont would smile sarcastically at my minimal effort.
“Christendom Destroyed, Europe 1717-1648” by Mark Greengrass, Viking, 2014
“Cervantes, a Biography” by William Byron, Paragon House, 1978
Why mention this in a blog? For one thing this blog is not very busy. It has not been sponsored by a moneyed agenda or analyzed with Google Ads. I am the only reader, as far as I can prove. This posting is an exercise, shades of Anne Lamont who recommended writing to writers who want to write.
My talking about writing has been going on since my stillborn graduation from college over 5 years ago. This good book is hitting so many points in my own thinking and talking that I know I must finish it before I get back to my roman a clef about John and Mike.
Could be that I am not a writer after all. My talking about writing may be a coping skill that I invented in order to save face upon graduating into a vacuum.
As long as the domain name and site server has been paid for I can at least use the blog as a personal journal.
St. John of the Cross wrote over 100 one line advisories that he handed to individuals that were interested in his way of strengthening their faith. Cervantes’ sister was the prioress at a convent across the street from John’s first legal monastery so it is likely that she received or read some of John’s “maxims.”
Cervantes wrote 17 maxims as advice from Don Quixote to Sancho Panza when he was Governor of an “insula.” Insula is usually translated as “island” but I find it curious that the modern translation is an area deep within our brain.
I will use this post to give the first example. (later)
With this posting I hope to start to use this blog as a place to showcase my writing skills.