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27 July 2006 @ 10:22 pm
not really here  

Life is kind of busy and it's bothering me more than a little. I could easily use a week to run catch-up on essential things like paying bills, cleaning, life admin. Arrgh! Work is about the only thing that I am achieving right now. And that was satisfying for about a week or so, but I hit a wall with it today. A big wall. I couldn't even rally any excitement when one of my projects won an award for excellence.

Me: *monotone* yay. whoohoo.

However, there is a sort-of silver lining. It's called MIFF (Melbourne International Film Festival) and it started yesterday. It's other name is That Torturous Annual Event That Usually Winds Up With K in Bed with Exhaustion and/or the Flu.

1. A month before the event, 50 page program released. Spend the month pouring over program, circling, crossing out, question-mark-ing and generally trying to narrow down the field. I'm running with a new policy this year of ruling out entire sections of the program (the Asian Metropolis, Backbeat) and entire countries (Denmark, Japan, Australia). It narrows the field, but still doesn't make it manageable.
2. Purchase pass but procrastinate until the last minute about booking sessions. It's ten movies, plus three during the day if you can skive off work, except I can't. So you don't want to waste your ten!
3. Start hearing rumours about sold out sessions and impulse-book online. Regret it in the morning when you drag yourself out of a Thai musical...
4. Inevitably end up with a schedule clash that has you sprinting across city blocks between movies.
5. Keep missing your friends but bumping into people you don't really want to meet in the interminable queues for tickets, seats, cappucinos and snackage.
6. Catch a cold. It's inevitable. That many people in drafty old theatres in the depths of the Melbourne winter? Fait accompli.
7. By halfway through the festival you're most likely grumpy as well as sick because you've misjudged badly on at least one session. The clock is ticking! The 'good' movies are already sold out. The bad ones start looking more appealing...
8. And it always ends in tears (sometimes literally), though hopefully the scars were worth it. Last year, for example, was the Year of the Bleak. I managed to pick a series of absolutely soul-crushing, annihilistic doom-ridden movies (Turtles Can Fly, Paradise Now, Darwin's Nightmare, etc). This year I'm hoping for at least one 'amusing', 'cute' or 'fun' movie. I may have raised my hopes to high.

So if I've been hideously slack about answering comments or commenting on posts, please forgive! I still hold hope of being back to 'normal' in a few weeks time. Or perhaps I'll just reach the 'don't care' stage at work a lot sooner than I should.
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carpenyx: Battlestar Galactica - Lee - Shirtlesscarpenyx on July 27th, 2006 03:14 pm (UTC)
*big hugs!* I hope everything settles down for you a bit & goes back to normal soonly.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: BSG Apollo towelbop_radar on July 27th, 2006 11:58 pm (UTC)
Thank you! *g* Naked Apollo makes me feel much better, but I miss my quiet life that allowed time for fannish activity!
carpenyxcarpenyx on July 28th, 2006 03:36 am (UTC)
Yes, naked Apollo can make it all better or at least mostly, hehehe
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Buffy/Faith whirlbop_radar on July 28th, 2006 11:44 am (UTC)
OMG--LOVE your icon!!
carpenyxcarpenyx on July 29th, 2006 05:53 pm (UTC)
TY!!! I love it too!! hehe
Nora Norwich: reading womannorwich36 on July 27th, 2006 03:54 pm (UTC)
::Waves at invisible person::

Wow, your film festival rant cracks me up, because I am just like you in my ability to turn pleasurable events into moments for anxiety and stress.

::Sends you stress-relief vibes::
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: House everybody liesbop_radar on July 27th, 2006 11:59 pm (UTC)
my ability to turn pleasurable events into moments for anxiety and stress
*giggle* Uh, yes... spot on! I spend all year waiting for it, it's one of the highlights of my year, and yet when it actually comes round, it's like Anxiety Central!

*takes a deep breath* I am trying to be zen today.
Talitha: eternalenigma chloe red hattalitha78 on July 27th, 2006 04:23 pm (UTC)
Wow, it sounds like work is really consuming your life. On the one hand it sucks, but on the other hand--think how great it will be for your future, your career, your self-actualization! Yes? Rahrah..yay job? Oh well, I tried. :)

That film fest seems intense. Do people come from all over the world to attend it?
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Aishwarya lanternbop_radar on July 28th, 2006 12:04 am (UTC)
Uh yes, work is all-consuming at this time of year--trying to get books off to press in time for them to be booklisted by schools. I like your attempt to rally me into motivation! It's true. I do many things that are good in the long-term. I'm also editing the newsletter of my state's Society of Editors, so lots of investment in my career there too. My ability to do a whole lot of boring and thankless tasks for abstract future payoffs amazes me sometimes...

Do people come from all over the world to attend it?
Yes and no. We get a lot of directors who fly in to introduce their films. And people come from all over Australasia, definitely. It's the biggest film fest down here in the southern hemisphere, but I'm not sure it registers as more than a blip on the event schedule of the film world anywhere else... But yes, here it is very intense. There's lots of jostling to see films that may not get a general release in Australia, or just to see the 'big name' films before they get formally released here (since we're often three or four months behind the US--for example, An Inconvenient Truth is debuting on Sunday, but won't be released here for several more months).
(no subject) - bloodygoodgirl on July 28th, 2006 03:52 am (UTC) (Expand)
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: BSG Apollo towelbop_radar on July 28th, 2006 11:42 am (UTC)
Oh, yay! More BSG fans! I'm hooking one of my friends onto the show at the moment. More converts good!