If it weren’t for the fact that all we would do is argue and try to beat the shit out of each other, I could really do with a few clones. I’m putting the finishing touches on the Kickstarter video for Cowboys & Engines, so we can launch the campaign in the next few days. That’s huge. That means it’s actually happening. No more planning for the campaign, no more waffling about when to start. We Go. Approximately 90 days later, We Shoot. I’m excited, anxious, and slightly terrified all at once.

I think of all the C&E-related things I haven’t gotten done, and it crushes me a little. So much is resting on my shoulders, and it’s nothing I can delegate. I’m dangerously close to becoming the bottleneck that strangles the movie. Sobering to realize and write it down, but the point of doing it is to make sure that doesn’t happen, right?

It’s no help that I’m waking up tomorrow to begin the busiest December I can ever remember. I’m shooting two superhero parodies I wrote for Axel & Vivid; prepping and directing a pretty big new cable show for Paul Fishbein and x3sixty; writing another Hustler script for Axel; oh, and getting back to editing Money Shot.

All without letting Cowboys & Engines fall between the cracks, and preferably without forgoing the occasional evening of debauchery I allow myself because I get really cranky when I got to long without abusing a gorgeous, willing victim.

Oh, and I’m hoping to take some time off and leave the country over Christmas & New Years. It isn’t really a vacation; it’s just that I have no one here to spend it with, and I want to distract myself from being a lonely, bitter old bastard, rattling around the apartment, just me and the cats, come Boxing Day. I’ve also been discussing stopping in Michigan for a bit along the way to meet an interesting creature I only know from text and pictures… Details, perhaps, to come.

At any rate, the most important film of my career officially starts pre-production this week. I felt it should be in the permanent record…

If it be now, ’tis not to come. If it be not to come, it will be now. If it be not now, yet it will come—the readiness is all.”

Hamlet, Act 5, Scene 2

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Will: Sharon, the NEA is a loser. Yeah, it accounts for a penny out of our paycheck, but he gets to hit you with it any time he wants. It doesn’t cost money, it costs votes; it costs airtime, column inches. You know why people don’t like liberals? Because they lose. If liberals are so fucking smart, how come they lose so goddamn always?
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Will: [to Lewis] And with a straight face, you’re gonna tell students that America’s so star-spangled awesome, that we’re the only ones in the world who have freedom? Canada has freedom, Japan has freedom, the UK, France, Italy, Germany, Spain, Australia, Belgium has freedom. [laughs] So 207 sovereign states in the world, like a hundred and eighty of them have freedom.
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Will: And yeah, you, sorority girl. Just in case you accidentally wander into a voting booth one day, there’s some things you should know, and one of them is, there’s absolutely no evidence to support the statement that we’re the greatest country in the world. We’re 7th in literacy, 27th in math, 22nd in science, 49th in life expectancy, 178th in infant mortality, 3rd in median household income, number 4 in labor force, and number 4 in exports. We lead the world in only 3 categories: number of incarcerated citizens per capita, number of adults who believe angels are real, and defense spending, where we spend more than the next 26 countries combined. 25 of whom are allies. Now, none of this is the fault of a 20 year old college student. But you, nonetheless, are without a doubt a member of the worst period generation period ever period. So when you ask, “what makes us the greatest country in the world?” I don’t know what the fuck you’re talking about. Yosemite? [Pause] We sure used to be. We stood up for what was right. We fought for moral reasons. We passed laws, struck down laws for moral reasons. We waged wars on poverty, not poor people. We sacrificed, we cared about our neighbors. We put our money where our mouths were. And we never beat our chest. We built great big things, made ungodly technological advances, explored the universe, cured diseases, and we cultivated the world’s greatest artists and the world’s greatest economy. We reached for the stars, acted like men. We aspired to intelligence, we didn’t belittle it, it didn’t make us feel inferior. We didn’t identify ourselves by who we voted for in our last election. And we didn’t… we didn’t scare so easy. We were able to be all these things, and to do all these things, because we were informed. By great men, men who were revered. First step in solving any problem is recognizing there is one. America is not the greatest country in the world anymore. [Pause] Enough?
— WIll McAvoy (Jeff Daniels), The Newsroom