Tuesday, August 09, 2005


And not a moment too soon, I might add. What were you people drinking while I was gone??

So, had a fabulous time driving around the state of Cal-ee-forn-ee-ah (best pronounced as Arnold does). Visited the giant Sequoias, Yosemite, San Jose, some garlicky Gilroy town (passed through on way to San Jose...smelled VERY BAD in Gilroy) and then down the PCH. Visited Hearst Castle yesterday and the Winchester Mystery House in San Jose, both fascinating tours.

I live in a beautiful state. Pity I don't get out of the city much. What was strange was the feeling of relief being back in Los Angeles today. Maybe it's just the feeling when you get home from a trip, like 'I missed my bed' or other comforts of your home, but I was genuinely happy to be back. Happy to leave, happy to be back, the most I could hope for.

So, I didn't write a thing all weekend, and I feel recharged, ready to tackle the rest of my spec script and then dive into my next feature script. I'm looking forward to what I hope are some very productive days and weeks ahead.

Oh, and as for the film I wish I had seen in a theater, my vote goes to "House of Flying Daggers". Some may criticize how many films I see in theaters, but there are very few films out there I *wish* I had seen in a theater. My runner-up was "Dirty Pretty Things" just because when I read the screenplay I was dying to see it and I had to wait until it came out on DVD by that time.


Kira said...

Welcome back! Sounds like a lovely trip.

Did you make it to the Mystery Spot? I love that classic old-style tourist trap: five bucks for a 20-minute tour of Strange and Unusual Phenomena in the Santa Cruz woods, plus a bumper sticker!

John Donald Carlucci said...

I wish I had heard of this when I was up there. The Mystery Spot is on my list of spots to hit when I move back. Very cool.


TN_Dreamer said...

see, shawna, you're the glue. I'd hate to see what happens if you left for a full week! ;)

Fun Joel said...

Welcome home Shawna! :-)

The Awful Writer said...

The Mystery Spot! I remember that. My family took a vacation to San Francisco/San Jose area when I was a kid and we went to The Mystery Spot. I remember it having a number of interesting optical illusions in a woodsy setting. There's this short platform where two people can stand facing each other. At one end one person looks taller than the other. When you switch places the taller person now looks shorter. I was picked out of the crowd and given this tiny 6 inch long level to 'prove' the platform was level. It wasn't, but I was too intimidated by being singled out to say anything. Still, it was a fun place to spend an hour or two.

Kid Sis said...

Ohhh, that's a good one. Okay, Dirty Pretty Things, too. Love that inciting incident.

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