John Holton (john_holton) wrote,
John Holton

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Bad John...I turned the computer off yesterday evening and didn't write a word on the novel. I've got to come up with something over 3000 words today to get back on track. I am taking this a little too seriously, I think: I actually have an Excel spreadsheet that tells me where I am, where I'll end up at that pace, how far off of the pace I am, etc. On the other hand, I'm learning something about putting my ass in the chair and actually writing, instead of just talking about it.

Part of the reason that I didn't write at all last night is that I recently purchased the complete set of SCTV shows that were shown on NBC in the early 1980s. It's amazing just how damn funny they are and how well the comedy stands up over time. Each disk (there are ten of them altogether) includes some extra material that was added specifically for this collection. Last night, I watched scenes from the original Second City troupe (which included Alan Arkin, Nichols and May, and Edward Asner, among others) that had me on the floor laughing. (One bit was about trying to revive the football program at the University of Chicago, and the coach attempting to explain football to the intellectuals.) We're three disks into the collection. It's cheaper than therapy.

I've also signed up to take a course in comedy writing at Kennesaw State University. With any luck at all, it'll begin on January 25 and run for five weeks. The last week is me (and my classmates) doing a standup routine at a local club.

More news from brother Pat: the baby is 9 lbs and 21 inches long, which, as I recall, is the size that he was. He was born via c-section.

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