Thursday, February 20, 2003

So. This journal has been oddly quiet of late. As is usual with blogs, this is not due to me being particularly busy. Busy periods often cause increased blog activity as there’s just so much more to write about.

Well, actually, that’s a bit inaccurate. I have been busy, but busy doing jobs of my own devising.

Particularly, I’ve been keeping up on my commitment to my three part-time jobs: Working at NLX in the mornings, working at NLX in the afternoons, and writing (or otherwise working on something that could contribute to self-sufficiency) in the evening. Much of my time on my third job has been spent writing for various projects.

And here’s the odd thing: I’ve been doing a heck of a lot of writing. As you can see on my in-progress writing page, I wrote twelve pages last week. This is a very good thing; it’s proving to me that I actually can produce content over a certain length of time.

Most of that writing has been for my Gettysburg project, which is as follows: I want to film a half-hour documentary about the American Civil War Battle of Gettysburg, with the help of Saalon. I’m responsible for the content (research, writing it, etc.); Saalon will handle the camera and the technical aspects.

Why on Earth should I make a documentary about Gettysburg? A couple of reasons:

  • I’m sick of boring, unimaginative Civil War documentaries. Ken Burns does not define the boundaries of all that can be done here.
  • I visited Gettysburg last year, and came up with the idea while I was there. I figure that if one is inspired to do something, that’s a pretty good reason to attempt it.
  • It’s an interesting project for me, which will give me some first-hand experience with video production.
  • It’ll be another project for Saalon to put under his belt as a filmmaker. It can’t hurt to have this extra experience.
  • I could sell it and make money.
  • So far, it’s been a ton of fun.


Other than that, here’s the latest on my moving out: I’ve been trying to arrange a meeting with a friend of my Dad’s, who is renting out her basement as a one-bedroom apartment. She’s interested in letting me take it, and I’m very interested in the place based on Dad’s description. I’m planning to go over tonight, providing her street’s been cleared of the two feet of snow dumped on us in the past week. Based on tonight’s meeting, I’ll make a decision.

Right now, I’m leaning towards taking it.

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