Wednesday, 28 April 2010

The Mountain Effect

You are flying along in a clear blue sky, humming a little song to yourself, when someone pulls along side in their jet-fighter and says they really like the way you fly. 'And incidentally, don't you like my jet-fighter?'
It's a cool looking jet-fighter. But when you take a good look close to, you realise it has some gaffa tape in a few places. Infact, it's quite a ropy old jet-fighter, but it has potential. There is quite a bit of rust that could do with a good scrape and respray/rebuild.
But small parts of the jet-fighter are quite breath-taking, angles, curves, the sheen and sleek of it. You can see the potential. You like.
If it's rebuilt it could be stunning. - - You say this.
'You wanna help rebuild it?'
Sounds like a plan.
But as you fly along in tandem, making a list of changes that really need to be made, it's becoming quite cloudy, until you can't see where you're flying anymore. And all the while the guy is distracting you with compliments.
"Look, I can't see because of all these clouds, and if I'm gonna work on it we really need to land, so you can sign the rebuild paperwork and I can get on with fixing it." He agrees, but keeps on flying through the clouds.
"Are you gonna land?"
He thinks about this for a good long while. 'Nope. I've decided the jet-fighter is fine the way it is afterall. Bye!' He peels away in a vertical climb.
The clouds part and you are nose to cliff face with a mountain.
Belatedly you realise that that wasn't cloud, it was all the smoke he was blowing at you.

Well, that was educational. Sometimes these things need hammering home.

So, the American re-write is well and truely dead. I suspected this was the case back near the start, but it was such pretty smoke that I allowed myself to get carried away and ignore the many warning signs.

Take heed kinder. If someone says they love you but won't commit, it means they don't love you at all, they just want the chance to use and abuse you.
*narrows eyes*

Goodbye Producer No#2. That was ... interesting.


Adaddinsane said...


Oh well, onwards and upwards - over that mountain!

Eleanor said...

:) Well at least I have a better idea of behaviour that indicates a probable 'no go'.

Phill Barron said...

A better idea, but you'll never crack it. Some time wasters are amazingly good at seeming plausible.

Eleanor said...

They sure are... I guess it's where you draw the line in the sand. The writer's balancing act. ;)

I may never crack it, but I can try to limit the time wasters that do show recognisable colours. LOL

You should make a list of things to look for!

Phill Barron said...

Moustaches. Dead give away.

Eleanor said...

Well, I already know that if I saw a moustachio'd chap in a black suit with some rope and a railway line I'd run like hell ... but mustaches, on their own?
... If you say so. I'll add it to the list.

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