The upside of the writers’ strike

December 16th, 2007

rudy.jpgA freelance writer pal and I were talking the other day about all the reading we’ve been getting done now that half of Hollywood’s on strike and network TV reruns are beyond unwatchable (except for Rudolph, of course). And while I wholeheartedly support a writer’s right to not sign crappy contracts and to get paid what she’s worth, in some ways I’m kinda sorta somewhat selfishly glad the strike is on — even if it means I’m going to Freelancer Hell — because it’s left me no choice but to unplug the tube. Truth be told, my remote and I had been getting a bit too close for comfort in recent months.

Add my change in work schedule to the mix and you’ve got a gal who not only can hear herself think but can retain a creative thought for more than a fleeting nanosecond. So in addition to doing some extra writing, I decided to amuse myself with these goofy new pastimes:

  1. Read the bible. Not because I’m born again or anything, but because I’ve always wanted to. Besides, I’m a sucker for stories filled with family feuds, heaving bosoms, and natural disasters. And who knows? Maybe when I’m done with god’s word, I’ll tackle all of Shakespeare. Maybe. Unless I get lazy and/or the writers’ strike ends.
  2. Listen to my CDs in alphabetical order. The other day my beau bought me two new CDs. As in, CDs just released in 2007. At first I looked at them — then him — in horror, because everybody knows I’m stuck in my 1970s jam and prog rock rut. Which is precisely why my schmart beau bought me these two fabulous CDs, both of which rocked my world. This prompted me to then declare that instead of listening to the same CD over and over while I write, I will make my way alphabetically through the couple hundred CDs I own but haven’t listened to in ages. Of course, if I was really ambitious, I’d listen to them in autobiographical order a la John Cusack in High Fidelity. But I shot my memory doing things I probably shouldn’t have in my twenties, and anyway, I had all my CDs stolen a couple years back and don’t have a “true” lifetime collection.

So what about you? Any unexpected new hobbies or creative endeavors you’re taking up now that prime time’s all but imploded and the new year is upon us? Do tell.

Entry Filed under: Creative process

5 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Laura  |  December 17th, 2007 at 10:36 am

    The writer’s strike has kind of been a blessing for my reading and writing life. The dust gathering pile of books on my nightstand is actually diminishing these days and I’ve taken to writing in the evening, which I hardly ever do. Could all those “kill your tv” people be right?!

  • 2. skykomie  |  December 17th, 2007 at 12:25 pm

    dude, you’re insane! i can’t wait to see what cd you’ll be on by the time i land!

  • 3. Michelle Goodman  |  December 17th, 2007 at 12:33 pm

    laura, maybe… probably. :)

    skyk, probably the beatles since thor burned me like 50 beatles CDs. durn!

  • 4. Justin Steffen  |  January 3rd, 2008 at 7:34 pm

    Funny, I came across this article soon after expressing many of the same feelings with Family. I have enjoyed spending time with my wife much more than the “Desperate Housewives”. I have discovered communication with friends and Family over the internet to be just as entertaining and more rewarding then the the Thursday night line-up.

  • 5. Michelle Goodman  |  January 4th, 2008 at 9:50 am

    justin, i’m with you. still, i’m ready for my evening soap (grey’s anatomy) to return. ;)

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