Cleolinda Jones (cleolinda) wrote,
Cleolinda Jones

Thursday night, a little headachy

Today was better. Although... I have decided, and it kills me to say this, to let go of the birthday deadline. It had gotten to the point where I was going off on nervous crying jags, and I finally just said to myself, there's no reason to sit here and make myself crazy over an artificial deadline if the amount of work, the scope of it, just can't be finished by December 14. I hate the idea that I won't be able to say, "I'm now twenty-nine and I've finished this book," or even go to my friends' Christmas party and say, "Yes, I finished it." But at the same time, I don't really want to say, "I'm now twenty-nine and I'm having a complete nervous breakdown for no damn reason at all," either. And I had asked for a ton of researchative books for Christmas and my birthday--I usually spend the second half of December in an orgy of reading--which, obviously, I won't be able to read or even get until after my arbitrary deadline. So... that's kind of pointless. And the book is really looking like it could go up to something like 350-400 pages now, depending on what stays in, and... I just finally got a point where it was like, why set myself up to fail? I'm disappointed that it won't be done, but there's no point in ruining the thing in a mad effort to be done with it. Enjoy it, you know?

So. That's where that stands. I got about 2000-2500 words today (I wasn't really keeping track), and I'm just going to try to keep up the same level of productivity as before, just... with a smaller amount of artificial life-and-death stress.


LJ rolls out adult content filters and flagging capabilities. This is going to end well...

WGA reaches tentative deal with ABC News; Screenwriters and Producers Set 4th Day of Talks; Carson Daly Seeks Scabs; The strike's ripple effect: James Franco and Mila Kunis mimic The Hills.

Broadway strike ends; the shows will go on.

Jezebel updates on the Megan Meier case. In particular, the Drews (the names are very much out now) have disappeared and are probably in hiding. "So it's tough what to make of it. The small details that have fleshed out the personalities and motives of the Drew family don't paint them in any less cruel of a light, and none of their neighbors or friends [...] seem to have spoken out in their defense. Maybe they have nothing to say. Maybe they are still recovering from the big rush of shame the general public's outrage has unleashed. Maybe they're too far gone."

Overnight shift to be classified as 'probable' cancer cause.

Judge is sacked for jailing 46 over mobile phone ring.

Lottery ticket unlucky for winner.

For Toddlers, Toy of Choice Is Tech Device.

Stephen King names his top 7 albums of ‘07.

Stuart Kelly is my new hero. Re: an all-female Costa award shortlist: "If any aggrieved individuals out there want to set up a prize for the best white, male, heterosexual and rubbish novel, they can go ahead. I'm sure there'd be lots of entries."

From Raksha: Baby's first ROFL.

Hello, Kitty: "The [Brazilian ocelot] kitten, who started exploring when he was 2 days old -- before his eyes opened -- is named 'El Conquistador.' We love him."

Eva Green Roundtable; BBC Breakfast interviews Nicole Kidman, Eva Green & Dakota Blue Richards; Richards Saw Self In Compass; good Hollywood Reporter review; Is Compass Anti-Religion? (PEOPLE, WE HAVE BEEN THROUGH THIS ALREADY); 'Golden Compass' incenses both Christians and atheists (okay, that's just impressive). And, as previously mentioned (SQUEE), Golden Compass Sneaks this Weekend.

Craig Psyched For Bond 22.

The 50 Smartest People in Hollywood?

"Room of Requirement" Clip Online from OotP DVD; J.K. Rowling Wins Writer's Guild Award; More Pics of Beedle the Bard.

Remaining Sundance 2008 Non-Competition Line-Up Announced.

DVD Review: Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End.

First Look: Sci-Fi Neo-Noir Thriller 'Franklyn'; 'Franklyn' is Your New Favorite Sci-Fi Neo-Noir Thriller. I was kind of like, "Eh, Rorschach rip-off" after the first picture... and then I saw Eva Green.

Woody Allen Gets into a Lovers Quarrel with Spain.

'Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay' Shots; Movie Pics: 'Semi-Pro,' "You Don't Mess with Zohan' and 'Harold and Kumar 2.'

Liz Sherman Kicks-Off New Hellboy Art; 2nd Hellboy II Theater Lobby Display.

Website Will Be All 'South Park', All the Time.

Samuel L. Jackson Rocks the Cradle; Malcolm Lee to Direct Soul Men (starring Samuel L. Jackson).

Adam Sandler Tells Keri Russell Bedtime Stories.

Tin Man Explores New O.Z.

'The Orphanage' Trailer Encourages Raggedy Ann Fear.

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