Day 119: Fast Motion

Posted by on Apr 28, 2012

Day 119:  Fast Motion

Day 119.  Unexpected information about a surprise trip arrives this morning.  Did not see that coming.  Totally awesome.  First of all, let me say that I have the most amazing romantic partner in the world—uh-mazing.  I’ll spare you my love goggled gushing and get to the point.  Long story short, my work schedule for May now has an eight-day detour smack dab in the middle of it.  It’s super fun and exciting but it throws a bit of a monkey wrench in my crusade’s completion.  I can probably still finish on my current schedule even with the eight day sidetrack but, I don’t like the idea of counting on it because I simply can’t risk my crusade failing.  And trips, you know, they always throw off your flow.  You usually need a week or two to transition once you get home—a vacation from the vacation!  So, I have a crazy idea.  Let me preface the crazy idea with this:  I finished scene 26, 27 and scene 28 in the last three and a half days—I reached my weekly goal!  Yeah, I know.  I can’t believe it either.  Well, I can believe it because I did nothing but edit every waking minute and I didn’t sleep very much either.  But, it doesn’t seem to matter because Unexpected Trip has me rather jacked up.  Okay, so here’s where the crazy comes in.  What if I just keep this insane and intense schedule going—putting my crusade in fast motion—until I leave for my trip?  Instead of doing three scenes a week I do one scene a day?  Just typing that last sentence feels crazy.  Feels impossible.  It probably is.  Doing both the crusade and Script Frenzy was impossible.  The deadline is in two days and there’s no way I’m going to be able to write my last 25 pages.  I’m ditching that frenzy in order to stay on schedule for the crusade.  But, I did write 30 new pages for my script while staying on the crusade’s schedule and that is 30 more than I had before I began.  Impossible?  Yes.  A failure in the end?  No!  Interesting, isn’t it?

The look of "crazy"

From this moment on, I no longer give a shit if what I want to do is crazy.  I’m officially giving up caring whether something feels, seems or even is impossible because going for impossible gets me way farther along than I am.  And who knows?  I might just succeed at impossible this time.  So, I say, “feck it!”  If I do a scene a day until I leave, I can actually complete the crusade before I leave.  Even if I have to go back into these last 12 scene bins once I’m back from the trip and tinker with them, I’ll still have almost two weeks left in the crusade’s original timetable to do it.  I can fix whatever needs fixing.  The new plan is as follows:  do a scene a day until I leave for Surprise Trip with Uh-mazing Romantic Partner—that’s 13 scenes in 15 days.  Deep breath.  I’m about to hit the fast motion button.  Ready, set.  GO REALLY FAST!

Until tomorrow, create from what you have…unexpected trips and crazy ideas.

Kelli Joan Bennett is a filmmaker, actress, writer, entrepreneur, advocate for creative thinking and Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Think Outside The Box Inside The Box Media.

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