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Charles Deemer

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MFA, Playwriting, University of Oregon

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(Posts archived here are from 01/10/03 - 10/31/06)

Friday, June 10, 2005  
Time to get serious about judging the screenwriting contest. I'll read the first twenty pages of everything today and see if I can eliminate any of them. Usually that's all it takes but if these are all pretty good, I won't be able to and so I'll keep reading. Interestingly enough, each screenplay came with logline and synopsis but the first thing I did was throw them all away. These are necessary tools for buyers but I'm judging craft and in this context, I consider them crutches. I don't want to know what a script is about before I start reading it -- it's up to the writer to communicate that quickly and clearly!

The contest and reading is all I have planned for today. I won't begin the writing rhythm until Monday, after I've chosen the three winning scripts.

Finally heard from my two straggling students with late finals. One will send it tonight, in the nick of time. The other was the poorest excuse for a final I've read in many years. The final is only 30% of the grade, so the student still passes, but what a lame example of film analysis. The one coming in tonight, if really good, will help another struggling student considerably.

Need to get my camera down to the waterfront and see the ships in for the Rose Festival. In the mid-1930s, my dad, a young sailor, came to Portland on such a ship. His picture with other sailors in a Portland bar made the newspaper. This New Jersey kid never forgot Oregon as a result of the visit, and this is where he eventually retired many years later, in Medford in southern Oregon.

Great joy waking up today with the school year all but over! Maybe it's getting time to retire from teaching. I quit online teaching (I thought I'd quit the university first) this year because the experience was getting depressing, the quality of work dropping, the students disappearing. I don't miss online teaching at all, though I left it open with the company that I might return. University teaching is still fun -- in fact, the university is the last institution left to me that gives me a sense of community. I'm thinking the review may fill that gap. I really like accepting work I admire!

I finished the mystery. Found a few typos, unreal. They never completely disappear, no matter how many eyes go over it. I have to make some files now of the pages I saved with things I need to remember for the second. I'll begin that in earnest on Monday. I'll start the chamber opera on Monday, too. These are the two front burners right now. Then, back burner, the road story and the hypertext. These four projects will keep be busy, hoping to work on front burner projects six days a week and back three. I have a lot of reading/research to do for number two also.

The Moby Dick class started last night. It will be fun. I was surprised by the students. I expected retired people. Only two of 12 are over 60. And more men than women, which also surprised me. Informal, informative. Three college teachers, including myself. Parking was a zoo, next week I am using park & ride and taking the bus in.

Trying to decide whether or not to visit Idaho while Harriet is back east. I could make a quick trip there and back with the dog, might be fun, take my laptop. But all that driving is not writing time. Maybe not.

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