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Staring at giraffes

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For a long time, I’ve used two categories (among others, of course) to classify people, to better understand how they function and the purpose toward which they use things in their lives.

Uppers vs. Downers

To me this actually references recreational drug use in a parenthetical way, something I’ve never been particularly interested in. But there’s a type of drug that has always been peripheral in my life, through no fault of my own.

I was born on April 20th.

Now if that date jars any thoughts in your head, you’re probably thinking

“Hey, that’s Hitler’s birthday!”

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“Hey, 420. Sweet man.”

Or some version of the same.

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Silver Lining

One unfortunate thing led to two important things that happened last night. I slept for an hour and then was awake for an hour almost the entire night. That is until 5 when I couldn’t fall back to sleep at all, and was just awake until my alarm went off at 7:30 to get my daughter ready for school.

That unfortunate night of sleep allowed two things to happen. Firstly, I remembered a second benefit of Narcolepsy! I’m more contemplative and creative in the middle of the night than any other type of day. So last night I had about 5 hours of thinking time while lying in bed waiting to fall back to sleep. [On a side note, if I have too many days of inadequate sleep, it can kick-start a manic episode. And not a fun one, where I’m happy and spontaneous, but a nasty one where I’m irritable and irresponsible.]

Secondly, those 5 hours of thinking time led to a couple of great breakthroughs in regards to my screenplay project. I did some research last night on basic screenplay structure and how to arrange the scenes as cinematically interesting and plot efficient as possible. [I like to make up my own damn words. Why is cinematically not a word? It should be.] I realized that there was a lot of bloat in what I have outlined, because it is currently very close to what actually happened in my real life. I started to be able to see my real story from an outsiders perspective and thus able to change certain scenarios to a more movie compatible scene. I figured out clever ways to incorporate several elements into one scene as opposed to spread out through the movie.

Breakthroughs! Super inspiring breakthroughs! Thank you, sh-tty night of sleep! Thank you, Narcolepsy!