This week's Answer:
that's an interesting dilemma, Stuart, and I'm glad you
posed it to me. (If you were already weightlifting,
you might be doing a different kind of posing.) I
think I get that same question four or five times a
week: Weightlifting or Screenwriting. Which
direction should I go in? I came to those very
crossroads -- weightlifting or screenwriting: what
will I do? -- came to that fork in the road where I had to
choose one path and look down the "road not
taken," as they say (actually, I think
"they" were highway workers and "they"
were glad to not have to take a road. Less work
Since they were highway workers, maybe they saw it
as "My way or the highway." Maybe the
phrase should be, "My way or the highway not
taken." It's hard to tell.
guess you could say that both vocations have their plusses
and minuses. Weightlifting builds up your muscles
and endurance, while screenwriting builds your literary
"muscles" and endurance. I guess it
depends which skill is more important to you now.
Hey, maybe you don't have to choose one over the other and
you can combine them and lift screenplays! (Scripts
can seem pretty "heavy" at times.
Especially those that are over 120 pages.)
You'd be a...
an anomaly you would be. A screenplaylifter.
You could join a circus. People would come from
miles around. Hurry, hurry, hurry! Step right
up, ladies and gentlemen; step right up! See the
greatest screenplaylifter in the land! You could get
strong while being involved with scripts. It's
perfect! Or maybe you could bypass the circus
circuit and just go into training and enter
screenplaylifting tournaments. You'd be up there on
stage, matching your prowess against other
screenplaylifters. Possibly screenplaylifting could
become an Olympic sport!
Crowd, now in a frenzy, SHOUTS AND YELLS towards the
1: Oh, My. That was
incredible. This is huge, Bill. Really HUGE!
2: I know what you mean, Stan. (beat) What do
you mean, Stan?
1: I mean the crowd loves this screenplaylifter,
Stuart, from England! Just listen to them!
crowd goes suddenly quiet.
2: I don't hear anything.
1: Uh... well... You know what I mean.
2: Sure, sure. (beat) What do you mean,
1: I mean... didn't you just love Stuart's
last lift? The way he pressed those 65 "Water
World" scripts. Amazing!
Incredible! That's HUGE!
2: Right you are, Stan. And he didn't fall
down from boredom, either.
Crowd SCREAMS for more.
1: Just look at his scores, Bill: 9.5...
9.6... 9.6... and... a perfect 10!
P.S. And, yes, I am a computer graphic