Friday, 11 February 2011

Procrastinating With Rowan Atkinson

Came home late tonight to find that there was nothing on TV, as usual. Does watching the first season of Blackadder for the umpteenth time count as research?





There's the wonderful line: "Let all those who go to don armour tomorrow, remember to go before they don armour tomorrow."

Somewhere in there among all the episodes is one of my favourite lines: "Fortune vomits on my eiderdown once more."

Ah, who am I kidding? All the lines are quotable.

I feel as though I'm slacking off, yet truth be told I penned a few thousand words of dialogue between yesterday and today. All of my dialogue scenes start off the same way, as two or three talking heads in a void.

All along the margin I scribble "need tags!" and other notes like "link to later scene in Selonika" or "Arcturus makes a face here". Somehow, I can't seem to describe the characters' actions and focus on their words at the same time, though I do visualise their faces and movements as I write.

What kinds of drafting quirks does everyone else have?

6 comments:

Al said...

Ahh Blackadder, almost as quoted as Monty Python :-)

Chris Phillips said...

I will never get English TV

Carolyn Abiad said...

Lol! Now I'm procrastinating with you! :)

Deniz Bevan said...

Every time I watch these shows I come up new favourite lines.
I think it depends on how early in life you got into British TV, Chris. I've been watching it since I was a child and I'm used to their speech, the word play, the pacing, and so on. I can see how it might be off putting if you're not accustomed to it.

Solvang Sherrie said...

I've never heard of this, but we LOVE Mr. Bean. I'll have to look for this!

Deniz Bevan said...

I'm sure you'll enjoy it Sherrie! Though it's really nothing like Mr Bean :-)

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