(Yeah, I know about the Information on the Email Receipts issue. There's nothing PayPal will let me do about it.)
So. I caught the Death Blarg from my mother, a mere three days after my stomach ordeal, which has been fun. On the other hand, foresthouse's first eye surgery to halt the progression of her keratoconus went wonderfully, as she found out at her post-op check-up the other day; in fact, her vision in that eye is actually better now. She hasn't updated on that since, I don't think, but she found out afterwards that her left eye is actually getting worse faster than they anticipated, so she's probably going to have the second surgery right after Christmas, rather than in January like she thought. I have something else I'm going to try to auction off for that, but we'll get to that in January.
Meanwhile, I have a couple of things to iron out on the new Secret Life, but it should go up on Saturday with no (foreseeable) problems. I have enough Varney done that I think I can start posting a little of that, maybe tomorrow.
HOWEVER. We have more important things to talk about.
Peoples of the internet, I am here to tell you about Best for Film's Write Christmas contest, namely because I am a judge! Exciting. Basically, the idea is to write a synopsis for an imaginary Christmas movie ("Any ideas will do; from Tim Burton’s unmade fantasy Twas the Cheekbone Before Christmas to Michael Bay’s never made classic When Santa Exploded") In fact, Best For Film mocked up a couple of examples:
Film Title: A Very Orcy Christmas
Starring: Benedict Cumberbatch, Hilary Duff, Bill Nighy
Directed by: Peter Jackson
"Benedict Cumberbatch plays FlArGHHhgog – a teenage Orc with a grown-up issue. It’s gearing up to Christmas, and once again the symmetrically-challenged members of his town have begun their age old tradition of shouting at and then burning down all the trees in the surrounding area. If only, FlargGHHhgog thinks, there was a way in which they could continue with their fondest ritual, and yet preserve their natural habitat. However, when the murderous (and sexy) GGGHHHHHHHP (Hilary Duff) arrives in town with a murderous (and sexy) score to settle, looking after the nearby shrubbery becomes the least of Flarg’s problems…"
Film Title: The Holiday Centipede
Starring: Will Ferrell, Christopher Walken, Michael Cera
Directed by: Judd Apatow
The Holiday Centipede is a festive treat for the whole family, provided the whole family is aged 18 or over...
I'll let you read the rest of that one on your own. Point is, you can go as black-comedy as you want on this one.
Here's the cool part: yes, yes, you get £100. (One of the reasons they brought me in is because they do want international entries as well.) But you also get a poster of your Imaginary Christmas Movie as designed by people who make REAL ACTUAL MOVIE POSTERS, such as THESE:
I am so pissed that I can't enter this myself, I can't even tell you. Well, pleasantly pissed. You know what I mean. So go over to Best for Film for more info; I think submissions have to be in by December 24th. MAKE ME PROUD, GUYS.