Monday, 29 November 2010

Leslie Nielsen a Canadian Entertainment Export

Canada has lost a great actor, comedian, and iconic symbol of entertainment excellence. Felled by complications of pneumonia, Leslie is now on the other side making even George Carlin pee his pants. A popular dramatic actor for many decades here in Canada and down in the States, he found a new genre as a comedic actor in the disaster spoof film "Airplane" and the "Naked Gun" series of films. I loved his comedic work more than his dramatic work, which I think is due to the fact that he was such a prankster and funny man off camera. I remember seeing him on set of some film or TV show back in the late 60's when I was a kid and Paramount had studios out in the Mimico area of Toronto. They would always be filming around my neighbourhood and I would see and even talk to some of the biggest stars of the time. I never did talk to Leslie but do remember noticing his good nature and humourous personality between shots.

It's a shame that we have to lose someone so entertaining at so young an age of 84. But if Leslie took only one thing with him, you can bet that it was constant companion; his whoopee cushion.

Injuries Degrade Will to Write

I never would have thought that getting injured would directly affect my will to write. Not that I got injured in the upper torso at all. No arm or hand injury. No, I tripped and fell back on October 12, 2010, tearing the tendon from my right kneecap. Now, six weeks later after surgery, the cast is off and I'm wearing a physio brace. The pain in my knee is sometimes excruciating and the popping of pills only brings the threshold down one notch. Walking with a walker is slow.

Although I can now sleep in my own bed, which my wife is finally grateful for, I was relegated to the couch. I have my laptop here but whenever I tried to write, the desire, drive, and push was not there. Whether it was from the injury itself or the psychological side effects of it, I don't know. But my writing has suffered and has fallen behind what I would have liked to be at right now.

But now I have decided to press on and write. I have to. As a writer I have to keep writing. I need to keep writing. Rejection slips or not, I need to write, I need to get my work out there, I need the money coming in. Regardless of how "writer's block" occurs, a writer must overcome it somehow and continue to practice their art. "If you don't write it, it won't get written!"

Friday, 12 November 2010

Crash, Bang, Snap

A recent fall has torn my tendon from the kneecap and surgery has left me immobile and goofy on drugs while I recover, hence the lack of any blogs for a while. Hopefully I will be back to writing form within a few weeks.