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Donald Gavron
Tuesday, 8 January 2008
Focus
Mood:  don't ask
We all have the same amount of time. 24 hours. And yet it is more difficult now to focus on a single project than ever. There are so many things to do, books to read, concerts and plays and operas to attend. Trying to juggle them all is difficult. If I had all day and no job I think I would be able to handle it. Another novel to get working on. Stories and manuscripts to edit. Books to read (specifically Against The Day by Thomas Pynchon and Tree Of Smoke by Denis Johnson). Focus.

Posted by dgavron at 5:35 PM EST
Updated: Monday, 14 January 2008 10:22 AM EST
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Sunday, 30 December 2007
Aftermath
Mood:  irritated
After everything is over there is a definite letdown. The new days seem like the old days. As Beckett says: "I can't go on ... I'll go on." And that sums it up. Vain attempts to conjur happiness only brings unhappiness. Don't look for happiness, it will find you -- or not.

Yesterday I watched "Sweeney Todd," Tim Burton's adaptation of the Sondheim musical about the barber (hair stylist?)/murderer. As usual, Johnny Depp is great in the title role (and he can sing also!) and this is the perfect vehicle for Burton. The film is as exhilirating as any musical about a murdering barber can get.

Posted by dgavron at 10:52 AM EST
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Thursday, 20 December 2007
HOLIDAYS
Mood:  a-ok
Everyone has some form of the blues around the holidays -- it's inevitable. I try to combat it by making plans for the new year. In addition to the usual diet and exercie thing (I want to start jogging again), I write down projects I want to work on, places I want to submit my writing to (publishers and agents) and send out a boatload of resumes to agencies looking for graphic designers. I try to see some films (The Golden Compass and Beowulf are on my list this year) and watch the usual holiday films at home. I have an extensive library of films and I always have something new on hand. The holidays come very fast (it seems) every year and just as soon they are gone. It helps to have some goals to aim for after the holiday lag sets in.

Posted by dgavron at 3:35 PM EST
Updated: Thursday, 20 December 2007 4:52 PM EST
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