Dumpling is one of my favorite Asian appetizers. I can eat it every day. I just had seafood dumplings and noodle soup with shrimps and beef balls for lunch. I didn’t make the dumplings myself, though. But I do make it myself sometimes when I’m in the mood for it. I just bought the seafood dumplings from an Oriental shop in Chinatown the other day. It just makes my life easier. Cooking and preparing Asian food can take time. It depends on the dishes you make as well. Some dishes take no time at all to make, but some do need hours of preparation.
So, I bought some bags of frozen, ready-made dumplings, beef balls for the noodle soups, and the like. Then I don’t have to spend all day in the kitchen. I can utilize the time to work on my screenplay as much as I can instead. So once a week or once in a while, I like taking a trip to Chinatown to buy the necessity stuff for Asian cooking. Because, I can’t live without Asian food. No matter how long I have been living in Europe, I still eat Asian food almost daily.
I rarely polish my nails. I think, I use nail polish once or twice a year. I just get impatient waiting for the varnish to dry. But this nail varnish I have on now is so amazing. It dries very quickly, which is good. It really makes the fingers look nice. So today I paint my nails to transform my nails to something new and nice, not just boring nails and fingers. I use beige nail polish – my favourite color. It really makes my fingers look different than before. When the result is this fantastic I shall paint my nails more often, then. I only have 3-4 nail polishes in various colours: Beige, red, blue, and even black. Maybe I will buy some more, but not the strong colors anymore since they don’t look good on me. I seldom use makeup and nail polish. But when I do use it I like to keep it discreet. The bright colors do not suit me anyway, so.
Time to relax and watch a good movie and eat ice cream. I’m halfway through the film already. When I’m done with the film I will continue to work on my screenplay. I really hope I can finish Act 1 today. But I can’t work on my script constantly. I need to take some time off as well, to restart my energy and free up my mind. I may go to bed late again tonight. Last night, I went to bed around 1 am. I just worked and worked on my screenplay. Today is also going to be the same, I think. It’s good that I don’t have a TV. I can feel, I have achieved a lot since I don’t have a television. So when I want to watch a good film I just subscribe to a streaming service, rent or buy a film. That way, I can control myself when I want to be entertained. If I had a telly it would be difficult for me to refrain myself from turning it on all day long, although I didn’t really watch anything. Then, it would distract me from accomplishing my work. So, it was the right decision to throw the TV away.
I love fashion. So once in a while, I do buy new fashion clothes. I like to keep the color tone of my clothes in neutral colors, such as beige, gray. I just think these color palettes suit my skin tone better than any other colors. For example, strong colors are not for me at all. Sometimes I try to wear some colorful and bright colors. But they just don’t look good on me for some reason. The same with makeup. So, not just outfits.
I like jeans, especially ripped jeans. I just like denim. It can be denim shirt, denim skirt, for instance. I think, I will still wear jeans – no matter how old I am, as long as I still can wear them. And I like to mix casual apparel with formal or smart clothing, to create a unique look that’s just so me.
Yesterday, I had made an outline of every scene to about 100 pages of my screenplay. I just wrote and wrote whatever came to my mind. Or whatever I could remember since it’s inspired by a true story. It’s not about the correct grammar and good plot at the first phase. It’s about making it to FADE OUT. So when I have made an outline of everything till page 100 or something that’s a good start. If I stopped to wonder what if the whole thing didn’t make sense and the grammar was horrible I might never make it to the end. So I just kept on going. And I did make it to about 100 pages. It’s such a relief.
I did try to finish Act 1 yesterday, but only made it to page 14 or 15. I did write to page 10 or so some days ago. But then, I analysed it and corrected the grammar yesterday which delayed my writing process. And that’s why I could only write 4-5 more pages from the 10 pages yesterday. I also had lots of things to do, such as making self tape auditions, reading the scripts from others to prepare myself for the filming. Yes, I have lots of filming coming up this year. So, there are lots of screenplays to be read all of the sudden. I also attend acting class, which I also need to practise for the workshop as well.
So, it’s not easy to both be a writer and an actress. Especially, it’s my first time trying to finish a feature-length screenplay. I haven’t written that many scripts, yet. So, there are still lots of things to be learned for a new writer like me. I also love reading. I try to finish reading the novels I have bought which I haven’t had time to read them all to the last page. I will try to allocate a few hours or so each day to read books.
The best thing is that I have made an outline of my screenplay to page 100 or so. And plus, I have also written a summary of it. So I know what my story is about exactly and what are the major scenes in it. I don’t want to write a treatment. But now that I have a 100-page outline, I may write a treatment anyway because it’s easier after the outline. But today, I will try to write 10 more pages. Then I will have completed Act 1.
But I’m not sure if I will stop and analyse and correct the grammar after Act 1?, or just continue to write it to FADE OUT? Then I can revise it later when everything is done. Then I don’t have to worry about I still have lots and lots of pages to accomplish. An absolute, crude script is better than no script at all.
I may decide to make the movie out of my own screenplay, once I’m done with the script. So I try to write a low-budget feature film as much as I can.
I went out all day today. I went to National History Museum to see people ice-skating. I was tempted to ice-skate as well. But it was a long time ago I ice-skated. I therefore didn’t want to look like a bambi on ice. So I didn’t try anyway. I also wore ripped jeans. So if I did ice-skate I might damage my pants. When I wear a pair of proper trousers I may try to ice-skate. But I did take some amazing photos of the ice rink and the National History Museum. Last time I was there was about a few years ago or something. Now I only pass it when I take a bus. Today, I finally stopped by and visited it once more.
London has many interesting spots to take selfie. If I didn’t have to work on my screenplay and tried to finish it as soon as possible I would be out all day and almost every day, to take some selfies with beautiful locations around London. I love going around and exploring new scenes in London, or just visit the places I like again and again.
If I get stuck on words I listen to music, to free my mind. Don’t underestimate the power of music. I was so tired before after dinner and after watching a film. Then I listened to music, afterwards. Now, I’m ready to continue to work on my screenplay. The music really tops up my energy. I will work on my script again, until I get tired and go to bed. Music also inspires me, to come up with new ideas, new perspectives, and more. I will not go mad with my screenplay. I will work with it bit by bit. I have now finished the first 12 pages. Then tomorrow, I hope I can write 13 more pages, to finish act 1. It can be challenging, writing my first spec script. But I enjoy every step of it because I love writing. Let’s see how far I can go with my screenplay tonight.
Tonight, I will just work more on the characters. I will take my time to develop each main character, getting to know them better individually, so that I can write about them more realistically. I think when I know my characters so well I can create a compelling plot more easily. Then, I will finish my script faster. I don’t know yet. If it will work. But, I just have to try. It just makes sense, though. If I don’t know what my characters want, what makes them tick, how they see the world, the environment they live in and the influence it has on them, and so on, how am I going to make people care about my screenplay? So when I take all of these things into consideration I know I have to work more on the characters.
I just had spicy beef noodle soup for dinner, which I made it myself. I bought everything in the supermarket. I didn’t have to go to Asian shop at all. I could since there’s a Thai shop close to where I live. So, if I wanted to I could go to Thai shop as well. But if I could buy everything in one place, then why not? Now I think, I will have more food for the rest of this week. I don’t have to order the grocery online anyway. I have everything I need now.
Now the shopping task is out of the way, I can then focus on writing my screenplay 100%. But as I said earlier, as the day goes by my energy and enthusiasm also become less active accordingly. But I have the whole this week and next week to complete my script because it’s a holiday time at the moment. Today is too late to work on the manuscript since now I just want to chill out. But who knows, after some time I may gain my energy again and begin to work on my screenplay all of the sudden. And that’s why I let my script stay open because when the inspiration strikes I can just continue to work on my screenplay straight away.
I am in the mood for finishing act 1 of my screenplay today. I intended to only write the first 10 pages, but I wrote and wrote on Friday and Saturday last week up to page 12 or 13 anyhow. That’s almost half of the 1 act already which is about 25 pages. I have written half of the 1 act so far. Why not complete it anyway, then? And it would give me a real good sense of the 1 act and how the story would unfold from there. The inciting incident kicks off in act 1 and act 2 begins: the new world.
But I have lots of things to do, including do some shopping. I can’t order grocery online either. There will be no delivery until this Friday everywhere. Maybe I haven’t checked EVERYWHERE, yet. Anyway, I must go out and do some shopping now to get it out of the way. And tomorrow and the day after tomorrow, everything will be closed. So I have no choice but to do some shopping today. And by the time I get back home again, my energy to write may not be at the top as it is now.
I will maybe just go out very quickly and buy anything that I can eat for 3-4 days, just to survive. Then order the grocery online today, to be delivered on Friday. Then I don’t have to spend too much time in the supermarket. Then I will quickly be home again to start writing and finishing act 1, hopefully. I think, I will do that.
I am in love with funfair. It just evokes good times from when you were young every time. I remember whenever the fair started my dad would take us to the fair. For kids, it’s like a fairy tale. It’s like you walk into a whole new, hidden world that promises there will always be fun. And I would always get a princess doll with a very fancy dress. Our family would walk around and had a pleasant experience at the fair. It’s almost the only time I was waiting for the whole year. So funfair was my top favorite place to go when I was a kid. It’s also fun as a grown-up if you go with good friends, or with that special someone. There’s something magical about it. It just puts a spell on everybody. And I don’t only love going to funfair, I like taking pictures of it as well. It always reminds me of pleasant memories every time I look at the photos of it.