work mode on

So I finished my first article of the year. I hope to be able to write more frequently in Juice and really make my work there come out at least twice a week. If not a movie review, write about upcoming films and the like. I’d really like to be more present at the site. I have so much to be grateful for with them.

me working on script revisions on the set of Sonata (April 2013) and I'm hoping I can be this fastidious about work now that the holidays are officially over

me working on script revisions on the set of Sonata (April 2013) and I’m hoping I can be this fastidious about work now that the holidays are officially over

Getting out of the holiday rush is tough. Inertia sets in and its hard to get a groove going when you’ve spent the better part of a month just going from one social engagement to another and running errands left and right. It’s not easy. You kind of get into this groove and it’s hard to get out of it. It’s inertia and I’m an object at rest.

I am glad, in a way, that my Mom and brother Jubal are back in Bacolod and that all social obligations have been pretty much met and are done with because it’s really time to get cracking. There’s so much I want to do this year and I can’t do any of it if I’m not in the right head space and, to be honest, I haven’t been in the right head space since I did T’yanak and I’ve got a lot of work ahead of me right now that I have to start wrestling with fully.

I’ve discovered an interesting writing challenge about my process and I’m trying to work around it. Or rather, I’m trying to overcome it. It’s about creative freedom and as a screenwriter, I’m facing with it on all fronts and I have to overcome it if I’m going to move ahead with the projects that are right there on my lap.

I started working on the Juice article first because I need to get the writing gears moving again. Writing for my work is very, very different than writing poetry because the poems aren’t for anyone but myself. It has no forced structure except the ones I make for it. The article and these scripts I’m working on are meant for someone; the articles are for Juice, the screenplays are for my directors. I undergo a different process altogether when I work on them but now, I’m faced with the task of attacking my screenplays the way I do with my poems and I feel lost? Is that the word?

It’s a difficulty and I’m going to overcome it. I know I will. ButI have to keep the gears working and not fall back into the comfortable routine I’ve established in the past month during the holidays.

Inertia has set in. I now need to exert a more powerful force to get myself back into full work more. It’s not easy because it’s just so cold right now and I finally have breathing space but it’s not an excuse.

All right. Back to work.

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