Due to circumstances beyond our control, we are currently a one-computer family. Unfortunately, it’s my 6-year-old IBM laptop, which has become very tempermental in the past few months. My eyes roll and I swear under my breath every time “(Not Responding)” appears at the top of my screen.
But this week that’s going to change. After years of being a PC, I’m making the switch to a Mac. I have no idea what to expect, but it’ll definitely be interesting. I’ll have to contact the fine folks at Movie Magic Screenwriter to find out if I have to buy a new version or if I can switch over. I’ve used MMS since way back, when it was originally called Script Thing.
This will be the third Apple product in my possession. I already have an iPod and an iPhone. No doubt an iPad is somewhere in the future as well; it looks like the perfect venue for checking out a script without lugging a laptop around. It would probably just be easier to have an Apple logo tattooed somewhere scandalous and install an earbud jack and USB port somewhere easily accessible.
A benefit of having one computer is that while K uses the laptop for her purposes, it forces me to work with pen and paper. Since I’d rather use my computer time to write pages anyway, I’m using my spare time to work on editing my LUCY outline. It’s been more helpful than I expected.
Yesterday involved cutting out a big chunk of the first act – almost 9 scenes. While I hated to do it, it had to be done. But it tightened the story, sped things up and kept the action going. Besides, I can re-use some of the cut items later if necessary.
-I started reading an assigned script from TriggerStreet. I’m only on page 7, and so far, I’m not impressed. Only 115 pages to go. Oy. This ain’t gonna be easy.