Thursday, August 18, 2011

Brain dump

Posted by Melanie Bennett at 11:20 PM
And here's how you know you're a writer. I went on vacation and wrote TWICE as much as I usually do in a day. And I count that as a GOOD vacation.

Why, yes, I am a barrel of laughs and an amusing travel companion. Assuming you're not married to me. And that if you are, you WANTED to take care of our three kids way more than usual.

Assuming that, I'm a vacation delight.

I read lots on vacation. When I think back on all the uninterrupted reading I got to do, the feeling I get is the one I think the pirates mean when they talk about their timbers getting shivered.

I had three fights with my sister today. I'm wrong every time and I still get in there and swing. I wish someone could explain our dynamic because I don't understand it. It baffles my husband. My brother, in one of the middle of our squabbles today, said to my sister about me at one point, "She's being passive aggressive. Ignore her." And also about me at another point, "She's being a nerd. Let it go." But she wouldn't. Which I'm sure is exactly why I kept it up. I think I'll have no choice but to write soon about siblings who behave like this so maybe I can figure it out.

Finally, name a great movie or TV series about a writer. I'm in the mood for one all of a sudden. My favorite is Stranger Than Fiction but I'm open to other ideas.


Jenny P. on August 19, 2011 at 5:02 AM said...

Have you seen Midnight in Paris? It might still be out in theaters. It was fabulous.

Jolene Perry on August 19, 2011 at 9:54 AM said...

You're so funny.
Glad your vacation is/was so productive :D

The only ones I can think of right now are Stephen King movies . . .

Except that old Chevy Chase one - the one I can't remember the name of.

OH! Love, Actually. There's a writer in there!

Brittany Larsen on August 19, 2011 at 2:19 PM said...

I thought you were pretty fun on vacation. Plus I got more writing done on our "writers' retreat" than I had on the rest of my vacation.

Becoming Jane.

The Chevy Chase movie to which Jolene is referring is Funny Farm. Loved it. 25 years ago, that is.

Karen Peterson on August 19, 2011 at 2:35 PM said...

I'm glad you've had such a good (and productive) vacation.

The writerly movies that just popped into my head were Little Women and Miss Potter.

Becca on August 19, 2011 at 3:08 PM said...

I rather loved Miss Potter, considering that I am so not a RZ fan. Also, I loved Stranger than Fiction and that kids' movie Nim's Island, which I totally forgot all about except that Jodie Foster was so great as the reclusive/neurotic writer.

Stephanie Black on August 21, 2011 at 9:27 PM said...

Now I kinda want to be a fly on the wall when you're hanging out with your sister . . .

Susan on August 23, 2011 at 7:36 AM said...

Your sister rocks. But so do you. I'd love to see a disagreement between you two. And I'd love to watch your brother referee. Good times.

Giles Hash on August 24, 2011 at 6:08 AM said...

That sounds like an awesome vacation! I have to get up at 5 in the morning to get any writing done. That's what sucks about having a day job and wanting to become a published author some day.

Jessica Love on August 26, 2011 at 6:35 PM said...

I don't watch a lot of movies, but I've heard nothing but good things about this one, so I really need to check it out.

Sarah on August 29, 2011 at 10:53 AM said...

I'd love a vacation like that. :)

I loved stranger than fiction, too, but my favorite has to be Dan in Real Life. Just laughed and laughed.

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