Monday, June 09, 2008

Life is a sexually transmitted terminal disease

Since I dislike blog posts that start as apologies for not posting much lately (and why should I apologise? This is, after all, a blog kept primarily for my own amusement.) I won't start this post like that.

Instead, I might start it by sulking over the fact that I didn't get the Creative Fellowship at the State Library of Victoria I applied for earlier this year. I suspect I won't receive the Arts Victoria grant I've applied for either, being a pesemistic sort; which kind of throws a spanner in the works as far as my plans for the second half of the year go.

The grant and the Fellowship were all part of my plan to quit my job and refocus, at long last, on my creative writing, prior to my Morocco trip in October, but it looks like I'll have to come up with another plan instead. Bugger it.

On the plus side, I'm slowly re-adjusting to living on my own, and have started breaking a number of bad habits that I fell into during the last few years; ie, I've rediscovered my kitchen and have actually cooked regularly over the last couple of weeks since Mike moved out, instead of spending all my money on takeaway from the local Indian, Japanese, Vietnamese and Italian restaurants. I'm also drinking and drugging less.

God, don't tell my I'm finally starting to act my age?

Oh yes, I've also been out on a singular, uneventful, and certainly not leading anywhere date, but as it was, frankly, a bit of a non-event, I fail to see the point in blogging about it. Besides, I don't kiss and tell: not unless there's actually something worth telling, that is...

I've also seen a few movies in recent weeks that I haven't posted about: Iron Man, which was pretty dull; Prince Caspian, which was a definite improvement on The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe, but still lacked any real zest, imagination or passion (I direct the blame squarely at director Andrew Adamson, who also co-wrote the screenplay for both Chronicles of Narnia films to date: thankfully Michael Apted is directing the third film in the franchise, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, so it may actually be a decent film); and today, The Orphanage, which was actually scary, subtle and intelligent. Of course, an American studio will probably re-make it, and spoil it in the process, but such is life...

You'll note I haven't seen any theatre of late. (Apologies to anyone who's come here from the Malthouse Theatre Company's website expecting plentiful and detailed theatre reviews. Try Theatrenotes instead.) I'm not quite sure why. Possibly I became rather performanced-out post Comedy Festival? Not sure. There may be other reasons. Whatever the case, the last couple of months have seen me staying in a great deal, and watching a lot of old Doctor Who episodes on DVD, in between weekly installments of the latest series.

So, in summary, I've been rather introspective of late, but don't worry: I have no plans to do a Ms Fits and kill this blog off. But until such time as I find the enthusiasm to write in detail about things I've seen and done again, I suspect posts will continue in the recent vein: brief, sporadic and indicative of my current preoccupations and old obsessions.

That said, should by some freakish accident I actually manage to fall in love, or at the very least get laid, I'll blog about that, too. I promise!


Paul Martin said...

Thanks for not apologising, Richard, and nor should you. I've been quiet on my blog, too, and am trying to get back into the swing of things.

I concur with both Iron Man and Prince Caspian, both of which are way too long and whose weaknesses are most evident during the fight sequences. I haven't seen The Orphanage but it's on my list of films to see if the opportunity arises (but not to go out of my way for).

A tip, when Mike Leigh's new film comes out at the end of the month, make sure you see it. Happy-Go-Lucky is one of the best releases of the year, my third favourite after Paranoid Park and Transylvania.

Anonymous said...

Seems like we are all having a blogging re-adjustment.

Good luck with the getting laid thingy. And the chilling, and introspection, and job front, and writing, and the cooking, and the theatre..... my life seems so boring in comparison.

Thanks for the nudie film clip below. I also agree with iron man and narnia 2. I reverted to doctor who, the Tudors, and am on moving to 'Rome' which looks promising.

Fen said...

The latest two part Doctor Who was outstanding. Though more questions left unanswered!

Mel said...

1. I really liked Iron Man.
2. I loved The Orphanage. With my sharp intakes of breath and Karen's high-pitched squeaks, no wonder the chick in front turned around and said, "Ladies, you're not helping."
3. I should have a talk with you about your Moroccan trip, considering my current job...
4. As if nobody ever quit a blog before Ms Fits.

dlfan said...

you did know the title of this blog is also a song from Deine Lakaien... ??