Let's see what happens.
I was rooting around the interwebtubes earlier, procrastinating like all writers do, and I came across Robert Hewitt Wolfe's Untitled Novel Blog, wherein he lists word count by the day. DAMN, he was disciplined during the strike! I hope he finishes it and sells it and it makes him a gazillion dollars and more famous than JK Rowling. So there.
That aside, I thought it was a fun idea and since I started a new book today, I will play along. Although don't get too excited -- I'm not that disciplined. But anyhow. The new book was started. Chapter one was vomited forth. The word count for day one is 2029, which is a good number and an excellent science fiction title.
I don't think I'll get anything done in the next few days because we'll be breaking our Moonlight episode. See? I said there would be excuses right out of the box. But 2029 for a first day? Not bad. It will all be rewritten in the end, but not a bad opening salvo.
I don't have a ton of time for content today (remember -- 2029 words!!) but there's a lot to talk about. Here's something I can mention but don't feel the need too build into a gazillion word rant.
Diablo Cody won an Oscar, as y'all know, and the Diablo backlash has gone a bit mad. Some dude who writes for the LA Times (friend to no writer -- see strike coverage) had this to say:
"Everybody was ... rallying behind her before `Juno' hit $125 million at the box office, and now comes the inevitable backlash where they see her selling out to Hollywood," observed Tom O'Neil, a columnist for the Los Angeles Times' "The Envelope" Web site.
"She always seemed like a rebel, a social rebel who now seems to have cashed in and joined the club. And I think what we're witnessing is resentment to that," said O'Neil, who noted that Cody's raunchy backstory likely proved irresistible to Hollywood types who don't get a chance to show their bohemian, darker sides in public.
Hilarious, right? Diablo Cody wrote a SCREENPLAY, it got MADE, she won an OSCAR, and now she's sold out. What exactly was she supposed to do with a screenplay? She's not that DIY band playing in their parents' front room. SHE'S A FUCKING SCREENWRITER. She writes screenplays. She's reached the goal of all screenwriters -- to see their fucking words onscreen. So WTF? Is she not supposed to succeed? Even a hipster (in a good way) like Cory Doctorow makes a living as a writer.
I love the notion that Diablo Cody's a rebel, too. Exactly what is she rebelling against? What the dude really means, frankly, is that she doesn't look like the rest of the schlubby writers. Girlfriend's got a persona, she worked it, and it got her noticed. But what seems to be lost in the shuffle is the fact that she can also write. She's got a gimmick, but she's NOT a gimmick.
And her "raunchy backstory" makes "Hollywood types" jealous because they "don't get a chance" to be that way? WTF does that mean? They're not clergy. If some "Hollywood type" wants to get all up in the world of pole-dancing, then go for it. Nobody's stopping you.
Seems to me that this dude is pissed off that somebody he considers a novelty has garnered acclaim and legitimacy. Seems to me that buddy-boy's jealous. Look, no matter what goes on with Diablo Cody's persona, she's got to put the work on the page. Maybe she'll be a flash in the pan. Maybe she can't top Juno. But maybe she'll have staying power and she'll really make her mark. It's impossible to say now, and it's ludicrous to begrudge her the success she earned by writing a script people really liked.
In the interest of full disclosure, I enjoyed Juno but do not consider it anywhere near genius. But then my geniuses include people like Paddy Chayefsky and Billy Wilder, so maybe Diablo will forgive me for not including her in that illustrious group just yet.
In this age of the internetwebtubes, we should all take advantage the way she did. It's hard to get noticed and just sitting down and writing is, unfortunately, less and less a part of that than ever before. Anybody who can game the system is a hero in my book.
There's an "oh, SNAP" moment from another dude:
Movie critic Robert Wilonsky of the Dallas Observer thinks potshots against Cody are rooted in jealousy.
"She deserves what she has coming to her," Wilonsky said. "This is not accidental and it's not undeserved. Anyone who says otherwise is just a would-be screenwriter with a movie script sitting in their desk that nobody has any interest in."
Word, other dude, even though I fit the latter category, I ain't jealous of Diablo Cody. Well, not in the bad way. In the "Gee, I wish that were me" way, absolutely. Because we, too, have that funny, weird script that we're totally proud of, the script that makes people go, "Um... what?" in a good way, the script an agent won't touch and a producer won't read. But we haven't figured out how to get it noticed yet.
But that isn't Diablo Cody's fault. So congratulations, Diablo Cody, for winning an Oscar and having the ride of your life. Thanks for raising the torch for all female screenwriters, for making writers hot, and Goddam you to hell for giving sleazy producers the idea that they can find hot female screenwriters by searching the web for porn.
Now we all have to start hitting the gym, trade in our jeans for animal print sarongs, and figure out our stripper names.
np - Crash My Model Car, "the Flying Rodleighs"