School’s In Session

hello darlings,

Last night was the second installment of my screenwriting class. Our instructor gave us an assignment – write a 2-3 page script about something that you did during the break. 

So I did.

Mostly.

I mostly followed the directions.

For the assignment, I wrote about an amalgamation of interactions that I’ve had with my Aunt over the past year and then put it in a holiday context. I called it The Twelve Lies on Christmas. Here’s an excerpt:

AUNTIE

You not lonely?

ME

No Auntie, I’m not lonely.

AUNTIE

I have a friend. They like clam-digging. I think you’d like a clam-digger.

ME (VOICE OVER)

She secretly thinks I’m a lesbian because I’ve never been married.

ME

That’s okay Auntie. I’m not really dating right now. I’m too busy with my new job.

FLASH CUT TO:

Giyen swiping left on the Bumble app.

It went to talk about weight issues and drinking – it was mildly funny. Randall broke out the “red pen” and had some excellent feedback for me. There were a few formatting pieces that I didn’t know about and I learned a lot about what screeners look for in a script.

However, what I was unprepared for was that he pulled up my script onto the big screen and we digested as a group during class. Randall is standing there in front, pointing at the screen and reading the text – “YOU NOT LONELY?” and asking me questions like, “What do you mean about swiping the Bumble app? Where are you swiping the Bumble app?” And there was so. much. more. talking about the single-45-year-old-never-been-married-woman.

It was hilarious and had I been a younger person who cared more about what other people think, it may have been a little humiliating. But I’m past getting embarrassed about these types of things now. It’s all fodder for self-growth.

Oh dear.

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