Tuesday, November 24, 2009

The Ox is Slow But the Earth is Patient

I heard that line in a movie somewhere, sometime: it wasn't one of mine. I snorted at the time I first heard it I think, but I never forgot it. Forgot the movie though. The line sorta kinda describes my state of writing being right now. Slow, slow, slow. Dragon book is stuck in the muck of my not so creative mind these days and it seems I will seize upon any and every excuse not to write. "I have to do laundry. My acid reflux is too much. I need a nap. I have to look over the Christmas decorations and see what is usable." Blah, blah, blah. I do hope the earth really is patient. Just call me OX.

So here's some other great lines from movies that resonate with my un-a-mused state and stagnating manuscript:
"Game over, man. Game over! What the f-k are we gonna do now, man?" (Aliens)
"Ask yourself, Do I feel lucky? Well do ya, punk?" (Dirty Harry)
"You'll shoot your eye out kid." (A Christmas Story)
"Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn." (Gone With The Wind)
"I have a bad feeling about this." (Star Wars)
We'll always have Paris." (Casablanca)
"I'll have what she's having." (When Harry Met Sally)
"Come with me if you want to live." (Terminator)
"Show me the money." (Jerry Maguire)
"I'll make him an offer he can't refuse." (The Godfather)

I am imagining a scene with my muse as we sit across a battered table from each other looking over my sad 180 pages. It is late at night and raining.
MUSE: (shaking his head) That's it? That's all ya got, kid?"
ME: )pointing at the manuscript) I have a bad feeling about this. Its going nowhere. Maybe I should just try to write vampire books with silly shallow teenagers and one dimensional characters and no real action.
MUSE: (nodding) Don't forget the bad dialogue and too much narration. Like that nice Myer girl. Made a zillion bucks last year I hear. Everybody loves Edward it seems.
ME: Yeah, I'll have what she's having. Show me the money. I wish. But, I can't write that sort of stuff. So, I guess its just game over, game over, man. What the f-k am I gonna do now, man?
MUSE: Frankly my dear, I don't give a damn. I'm going to Disneyworld to hang out with Tinker Belle.
ME: No, don't leave me. How will I write without you?
MUSE: (shrugging) Well, we'll always have Paris.
ME: What does that mean? We've never been to Paris. We'll always have rewrites, though. If you just don't give up on me.
MUSE: (Pointing to my desk and laptop.) Oh okay, come with me if you want to write. Sit down there at your desk and ask yourself, do I feel lucky? Well, do ya punk? Just listen to what I say and you'll write your heart out, kid.
ME: (eagerly)Go ahead, make my day!
MUSE: Okay, kid, I'm gonna make you an offer ya can't refuse.

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I am ready for my close up, Mr DeMille. But, my manuscript isn't. And the damn muse is cavorting with Tinker Belle I think.

Live long and prosper. (Star Trek)


Ken Wesche said...

Tom Selleck in "High Road to China"

Abe said...

This line is from a movie called "The High Road to China"...:)