I just thought that the blog had gotten a little too serious, and that life had been a bit depressing lately, so I wanted to improve the mood and restore the positive vibe.
On Sunday night, I had a conversation with Mathias, my producer/director friend, about the state of our movie making endeavor. We’ve discussed turning my screenplay, .33 REVERSE GUNTHER into Matthias’ next feature film (he previously directed THE RETIREMENT PARTY from my screenplay), so when he asked me how I’d feel about making WATCHING YOU before GUNTHER, it not only intrigued me, but also gave my inner screenwriter the chills.
Our conversations have always focused on GUNTHER, so finding out that Matthias wants to produce at least one more of my screenplays was an unexpected and much needed jolt to my confidence.
Even though I never get too caught up in the hype because deals always fall through at the last minute, I did allow myself to daydream a little. I started to wonder what I’d do with a little extra money in my life from the sale of two screenplays, but I knew enough not to dream too big.
If these movies get made, they will have small budgets, which means no major payday for the talented and awkwardly handsome screenwriter. I was paid $10,000 for the option on CLOSE TO ME, the screenplay that got me “discovered” in Hollywood, so I used that as the amount I’d hypothetically make in this deal.
The first thing I bought with my CLOSE TO ME money was The Police’s Greatest Hits CD since the script was inspired by “Don’t Stand So Close To Me”. I also bought a new bed and a futon. Hopefully, I managed to use some of the money for something a little more exciting.
This time around, I have to admit that my first thought was very responsible. Should I use the $10,000 to pay off a debt? The mortgage is too high for that amount of money to make any sort of substantial dent, but it would pay off the second mortgage with plenty left over for a little fun.
Then I thought about getting new windows for The House on the Hill. This is an ancient structure with old, drafty windows and it costs a small fortune to heat it every winter. New windows have been discussed a great deal lately, and $10,000 would go a long way towards paying for that job to be done.
I could definitely use a new car since I’ve had Zombie Car almost 15 years. $10,000 wouldn’t get me anything brand new, but it could buy me a nice used vehicle, or serve as a down payment on something new.
The House on the Hill needs new furniture, a new fridge, work done on the electric, new insulation, and basically an entire facelift if there was money around to pay for it.
Of course, not every thought was a responsible one. I’d enjoy going on an amazing vacation to some dream destination I could never afford. I’ve always wanted a pinball machine, my own Snapple dispenser, and a proper writer’s room.
I’d love to be able to spoil my special someone with the gifts she deserves, take her to New York for the weekend just to see the Yankees and then eat hot dogs on a carriage ride around Central Park, and buy her that one piece of jewelry she really wants.
I also wouldn’t mind a new laptop, a better phone, a cooler TV, and year round lawn mowing and snow clearing services.
Then again, I would also calculate how long I could survive on $10,000 before I’d have to work again, and figure out if that were enough time for me to do whatever it would take to become a full time writer.
The animal lover in me would also want to make a sizeable donation to the Bangor Humane Society. Can’t forget about the kitties and the puppies!
There is so much I’d do with $10,000, Modern Philosophers. How about you?
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