Sunday, January 01, 2006

Long time no see

Rambling towards the New Year

Hello to anyone on the other side of the screen. I know you’re reading this. I know I’m writing this. Telepathy is a freaky thing.

It’s been a while since my last post on this blog, I pay more attention to the Spanish version, but still, that’s no excuse to neglect my little English baby.

I don’t really know what to say, so I’ll do what I do best: ramble!!!

I’ll start with saying I had the lamest New Year ever. I’ve never been a big fan of New Year. I mean, it’s okay, but, is it really necessary to give it so much credit? It’s just midnight, every night has midnight… Sure, Janueray 1st, another year starts, hurray. I think New Year had more meaning in the past. In ancient cultures it had a deeper, more spiritual meaning. Today it’s yet another excuse to get drunk.

I don’t believe in New Year resolutions because every day you live your resolutions, not for the New Year, but for your life. I think we’ve become so freakin’ lazy we have to set a date to make up our minds about something. “Hey, tomorrow is the New Year, got to think of some goals!”

Maybe it’s not like that, not literally, but people seem to really make up their minds about something they’ll never really achieve just to feel like they’re doing something for themselves. And then they get drunk. To hell with the resolutions, gimme some champagne.

I’m turning 21 on March, which isn’t that big of a deal since in Chile we can drink as soon as we turn 18 (eat your heart out). I have no great plans for this year, except to continue college and keep doing what makes me happier: writing scripts. It’s amazing how much experience time can give you. I started a script about 18 months ago and it’s in a totally different place since the first draft. I rewrote the entire thing about a month ago and I took it from there. It turned out to be a pretty sweet, mind-blowing, belly-laugh screenplay, if I do say so myself.

The big change is that I decided to make every character a character and not someone to fill up the scenes. I actually enjoy writing for the supporting, smaller parts. It’s really challenging to create 8 different voices for people who are involved somehow but still have to keep their uniqueness and individuality. God, I love writing…

It gives me a sense of freedom only compared to skydiving or free falling. It also gives you power, a very attractive, very addicting and compelling sense of power to create your own rules, your own characters, your own world, your own society. I think all of you out there who have a blog or a media to expose your writing or your work knows what I’m talking about.

Like right now I could say “Tom Cruise is a cuckoo” and nobody can touch me, maybe most of you agree with me. That guy is losing it… His laugh is really getting on my nerves. But he sure knows what he’s doing. If I didn’t know better I’d say he has an evil plan to take over the world and build a Scientologist airport with John Travolta.

Maybe they already have one…

If I was to take over the world I’d make everyone wear sneakers and listen to good music. Enough of Britney, let’s have some indie rock. Or some Rolling Stones. Or some Björk. Isn’t she the coolest? Who else could wear a goose to an award show? Which reminds me of Ellen Degeneres’ parody at the Oscars.

Ellen Degeneres is the most promising, most brilliant and most talented female comic in the US. Hell, she’s the best comic of all. Just the way she talks and how she appears to feel out of place everywhere she goes, and how she carries herself… She’s the woman. If I ever become a well-known actress/writer/director I wanna be in her talk show.

Who doesn’t?

Anyway, elections are coming up. They wanna elect an Elton John look-alike to be the first female president in the history of my country. Personally, I think she’s nice and funny and approachable and has the best laugh I’ve heard in a long time. But so do I, and I’m not running for president. Michelle Bachelet is a socialist who deserves all my respect, but she’s not cut to be president. At least not yet, because she had other jobs in public departments (health, defense) and she didn’t deliver. But she’s just too damn charismatic to ignore…

Lately she’s been acting kind of funny. And by funny I mean insulting. Since the other guy in the race for the big chair is loaded (and I mean a 1.2 billion dollar fortune) she said: “Not all of the money in the world will buy the Chilean people.” Uh… Is it me or did she just say that the people can be bought? Did she just compromise the integrity of our country?

Whatever, Michelle… Just go back to being the nice, giggling, soft-hearted lady we all loved to watch struggle with the seat of the convertible in the Army Parade.

Happy New Year.

Song of the week: Flake Music – Spanway hits (you can hear it in my other blog)