Well, it’s been over 24 hours since I sent out my last email to my “friends” and teachers I respected. Friends is in quotes, of course, because exactly zero of them responded. Turns out writers are even more disingenuous than actors. Fine. It really doesn’t matter, because I never read anything from a one of them that was on par with anything I write anyway, so I’m not really losing any peers – just my lessers.
But of the two (out of three, unfortunately) instructors that replied, I was most comforted by… let’s call him “Rick”. (If we ever do any business, I’ll ask if I can reveal his name to my meager following.) From the moment I entered his class, he struck me as the kind of sharp cookie that was incredibly out of place (at the place which shall not be named). He has a dry smile that you don’t ever completely know how to read – it could be sarcastic or it could be genuine. Add to that that he seems to be every bit as cynical and misanthropic as I am, and you have a formula that adds up to someone I could possibly respect for a lifetime.
The fact that he said (and out of pure Narcissism, I have to quote) – “I’m saddened to learn you are gone. You were one of the more passionate an[d] intelligent students I’ve had the pleasure of teaching. Your pitch was as fully developed and imaginative as many of the best fantasy screenwriters in the biz,” just fills me with hope for the future and added inspiration to keep writing. I’m glad he’ll miss me, because I know I’ll miss him.
I’m giving myself the day off today because I’m going to see Jim Jefferies later tonight in Manhattan (after getting a primary care physician at the VA), and I just want to completely enjoy one last non-work-related thing before I throw myself headlong into this writing art.
Stay tuned, kiddies… this will be one to watch.