Relax…It’s A Holiday

Memorial Day, holiday weekend, life, humor, Modern PhilosopherIt’s Memorial Day, Modern Philosophers.

So many people asked me about my weekend plans, and my answer was very clear:

I plan to spend it not working.

Because that’s all I really care about on a holiday.  I’m just thrilled to not have to go to work and spend eight hours chained to a desk.  What I actually do is inconsequential.

However, it normally consists of: relaxing, running, writing, reading, and watching the Yankees.

I’m a simple guy when it comes to how I enjoy spending my free time.

No matter what the holiday, the plan is the same.  Unless, of course, it’s not baseball season.  Then I have to strike “watching the Yankees” from the list.

As luck would have it, though, the Yankees are televised in Maine for six straight days.  It’s as if someone was watching over me and wanted me to have an enjoyable weekend.

I went for a long walk this morning, since it’s my rest day from running, and was pleased to find so many flags flying proudly from my neighbors’ porches.

In fact, the cover photo for this post was taken during my morning walk.

I had planned to attend my town’s Memorial Day Parade, but eschewed that idea because of this weird urge I’ve been unable to shake.

Ferris Bueller, parades, Memorial Day, holiday weekend, life, humor, Modern PhilosopherYou see, I watched a documentary last night on the making of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, and now I have this uncontrollable desire to crash a parade and serenade the crowd with a Beatles tune.

I can’t find my leopard skin sweater vest, though, so I’ve decided to sit this one out and write a blog post instead.

I’m sure you can understand.  Life moves pretty fast.  If you don’t stop and write a blog post once in a while, you could miss it.

There’s been an interesting bit of movie making news from the long weekend that I’d like to share, since you were the inspiration for it.

I’ve written two short stories for the blog over the last few weeks, and they’ve gotten a great deal of positive feedback from you, Modern Philosophers.  Lots of comments on the dialogue, the twists, and the characters.

My blogger buddy Mark even went so far as to suggest that my little stories could be turned into an anthology show.

All that gave me an idea.  My producer friend has discussed filming the opening scene of my screenplay to use as a sample reel of sorts to lure investors to the film, and create buzz for the movie.

While I like that idea, I also hate shooting only a tiny portion of the flick, and then having to pick up filming again a month or two down the line.

screenwriting, movies, Memorial Day, holiday weekend, life, humor, Modern PhilosopherI told him about the great feedback I’ve gotten on the short stories, and suggested that we turn one of them into a short film to entice investors and fans.  My thought being that we could pitch my screenplay as the next project from the team that brought you this awesome short film.

He thought it was a brilliant idea.

So now I’m wondering, which of the short stories would be the better one to use?  Which made me realize I should ask you guys your opinion.  What do you think?

I will share the links for the short stories below so you can read them again and be a better informed voter.

The Blind Date

The Divorce Epiphany

Didn’t mean to turn Memorial Day into Election Day, but I’d love to hear what you think.  And who doesn’t love a two-for-one holiday?

If you’d rather see another of my short stories turned into a film, feel free to let me know in the comments section.

It’s almost time for the Yankees game, so I’m going to wrap this up.  Enjoy your day, and never forget why we celebrate this holiday!

Thank you for voting!

About Austin

Native New Yorker who's fled to the quiet life in Maine. I write movies, root for the Yankees, and shovel lots of snow.
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2 Responses to Relax…It’s A Holiday

  1. markbialczak says:

    I vote for ‘The Blind Date,’ Austin. I clicked the button. Glad to be a part of the important process, my blogging buddy. You have an excellent idea, here.

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