Musings & Thoughts for Thursday, May 20, 2021, or: Sierra Squared, Delta Squared….

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Hi, there, Dear Reader. It’s late morning here in New Hometown, Florida on Thursday, May 20, 2021. It’s a breezy day; currently the temperature is 81˚F (27˚C) under mostly cloudy skies. With the wind blowing from the east-northeast at 16 MPH (26 KM/H) and humidity at 36%, the feels-like temperature is 82˚F (28˚C). Today’s forecast calls for partly cloudy skies and strong breezes throughout the day. The high will reach 85˚F (29˚C). Tonight, skies will be partly cloudy and the low will be 70˚F (21˚C).

Morning in my neighborhood. (Photo by the author)

Today I woke up at 8 AM, which for me is akin to sleeping till almost noon. That’s because I went to bed extremely late – sometime after 1 AM, I suspect. The last time I saw the time on my computer’s clock was around 12:45 AM, and after I shut down the PC for the night I still wasn’t sleepy, so I watched some of the behind the scenes stuff in the bonus disc of The Incredibles, the 2004 Disney-Pixar action comedy directed by Brad Bird.

I watched quite a few of the featurettes in that bonus disc, but eventually I did go to sleep. Not soundly at first, and I woke up once to “use the facilities” while it was still dark. After that, though, I did fall blissfully into a restful slumber that lasted until, as I said earlier, eight o’clock. The smell of Cuban coffee wafted into my room all the way from the kitchen, you see, and that – plus the increasing level of light coming through the curtain – woke me up.

If I buy it today, it will “only” cost $124,95. (Screenshot taken on May 20, 2021)

Today I will look to see if Write Brothers has a download-only version of Movie Magic Screenwriter in its online store. I won’t buy it right away; after purchasing the new Lenovo IdeaPad laptop that cost me $644.99 earlier this month, I don’t want to have a bigger credit card bill than I can afford to pay. But I do need a copy of Screenwriter in the IdeaPad; I bought the laptop so I could work outside my study-bedroom or if – unlikely but you never know – if I have to go to New York or Miami to do rewrites on the script I’m presently working on.

In any case, even if I don’t buy the software today, it certainly doesn’t hurt to look. After all, I’d rather make an informed buying decision rather than not. Write Brothers might have – like Final Draft often does – come out with a newer version of Movie Magic Screenwriter, with new thingamajigs and doodads that the one I have on this PC does not have. Also, knowing the manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) will allow me to make a budget for its purchase and help me decide which credit card to use.[1]

I don’t have any major news to report. Every day here is unremarkably the same as the day before, especially since the routine is always the same and can be summed up in the pithy military phrase “Sierra Squared, Delta Squared.” Translation: “SSDD” or “Same Shit, Different Day.”  Or, as I sometimes like to say, “Today is Blursday!” Ugh.

Anyway, I’ve rambled long enough, and I have to get on with the rest of my day, even though all I feel like doing is resting and listening to music. I’m going to have to settle for a shower, shave, and a change of clothes, and maybe 30 minutes of reading from The Screenwriter’s Bible. But first…I have to do that bit of “informed consumer research” I talked about earlier.

So, Dear Reader, this is where you and I must part company. Stay safe, stay healthy, and I’ll catch you on the sunny side of things.

[1] It can’t be, for instance, the Amazon Rewards Visa I use most often because I already have a few items on pre-order charged on that account, plus that’s the card I use to pay my Amazon Music and Disney+ subscriptions. And it definitely can’t be my MasterCard, because that’s the one I used for the purchase of the Wayward Laptop. If I wait until July I could use the Amazon Visa to buy a new copy of Movie Magic Screenwriter, which (in my opinion) is easier to use than Final Draft.

Published by Alex Diaz-Granados

Alex Diaz-Granados (1963- ) began writing movie reviews as a staff writer and Entertainment Editor for his high school newspaper in the early 1980s and was the Diversions editor for Miami-Dade Community College, South Campus' student newspaper for one semester. Using his experiences in those publications, Alex has been raving and ranting about the movies online since 2003 at various web sites, including Amazon, Ciao and Epinions. In addition to writing reviews, Alex has written or co-written three films ("A Simple Ad," "Clown 345," and "Ronnie and the Pursuit of the Elusive Bliss") for actor-director Juan Carlos Hernandez. You can find his reviews and essays on his blogs, A Certain Point of View and A Certain Point of View, Too.

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