Today's in the 80s, though, so I sat outside and read a little, which was very nice. I think I might go up to Starbucks and write later; my grad school roommate and I are pulling our old TV pilot out of storage. Scriptapalooza's having a TV contest in October, and usually those things only accept spec scripts for existing shows, but they're taking pilots. It's amazing how not looking at something in three years gives you absolute objectivity; it was easy to go through and see what worked and what didn't, and what definitely didn't. We're working on the beat outline now, and should start drafting by the beginning of September.
We're also still workshopping my new script in my local writer's group; we've got about 45 pages to go, or two or three sessions. Once we're done, I'll go through all the notes and come up with a revision manifesto. One thing I've noticed with each new script is that it takes me less drafts to get to something decent. With Flesh and Blood back in the day, it really wasn't until about draft four or five that it held up as a solid movie; Fall River took three; this new script, even though it's just a first draft, is pretty okay. I mean, it has problems, but there's no plot holes or huge characterization problems. I may be...getting better as a writer? That would be exciting.