Dateline 12-13-2017

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Today I'm finishing off another season of SNL which is crazy considering that I have yet to stray away from my minimum average of one viewing a day since New Year's and am still several seasons away from being halfway through this challenge. It's not only hard to believe how much more work there is ahead of me but it's also hard to believe that I've already been at this for almost a year.

I'm sure I've mentioned this several times in the past but I'm always blown away by how time can feel like it is both dragging along while it can also disappear with a blink of an eye at the same time. Sometimes it feels like it was just yesterday that I decided to move away from Seattle but then again it also feels like it's been decades since I left my old identity behind.

I often think about this when I fantasize about the future, daydreaming of a day where I'm living the life of a somewhat successful writer to the point where I could afford to buy some land and build a home... or have someone else build it if I'm being honest. These daydreams always start out pretty reasonable and then build up to become more delusional and grandiose to the point where it would take a lifetime to complete even half the tasks.

Meanwhile, I'm already at least halfway done with my time on this planet and getting to where my age-based health issues are starting to slow me down. At the pace that I'm going, either success will never happen or I'll be too old to fulfill most of my youthful fantasies but that still won't stop me from chasing these dream because I'm all-in at this moment with nowhere else to go.

Sorry for any negative tones to this post because it was supposed to show my cautious optimism which can come across as very negative by pointing out the potential for failure and the fact that I'll be dead someday. I think that I do this as a way to highlight that I'm not a delusional megalomaniac and that I'm aware that I tend to set unrealistic goals.

I do this because it feels like people don't think that many of my goals are grounded in reality. Though this may be true to an extent, I'm always aware of what realm I'm actually in and usually share my crazy ideas to hide the fact that I'm actually extremely pessimistic in thinking that nothing will ever go my way.  

Either way, I'm still excited to do what I do even if nothing ever gets recognized because I don't know what else to do with this crazy old mind of mine. Oh well, we'll see what happens and as always, I'll be back tomorrow to chime in with another update. Until then, it's now time to say good day and good luck to you and all of your projects.

Talk to you soon.

Sincerely, 

The Wicker Breaker

Matt Bunker

I started out with a goal of becoming a paid screenwriter. I had no interest in any other aspect of filmmaking. I received and scholarship to The Vancouver Film School's Writing for Film and Television program where I graduated in 2005. I fell in love with being on set during my first non-school produced short, . I loved being around all the creative people, seeing people having fun while working. The whole liking your job was a new world to me, so I decided to give it a shot. I volunteered for any project I could, doing what ever was needed. The set was my Film School this time. While working as a PA on a feature I was informed that the DP wanted the three tallest PAs to help out in the grip and electric department. That is when I found the department that felt like the best fit for me while I continued to write.

Dateline 12-12-2017

Dateline 12-12-2017

Dateline 12-12-2017

Here we go again with another day. Right now it feels kind of like it's going to be a rough one because I feel extra tired and a bit unmotivated as I try to psych myself up enough to go full-boar into draft three of the novel that I plan to publicly share very soon. I did manage to start writing a new Intro page to share my plan to start self-publishing and how any potential reader can help.

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Dateline 12-11-2017

Dateline 12-11-2017

Dateline 12-11-2017

Holy Moly, proofreading a novel is way more time consuming than proofreading than proofreading a feature-length script, as I learned from last night's efforts. I knew this would be the case, I just wasn't prepared for just how much a difference there would actually be since I figured the math would be twice as many pages would simply translate to twice as much time to read.

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Dateline 12-10-2017

Dateline 12-10-2017

Dateline 12-10-2017

I'm pretty impressed with myself because of how yesterday I was able to waste the day away wasted while still getting to all of my daily tasks. As usual, for my bi-monthly booze binge, I bought a box of wine on Friday night and drank continuously until it was gone the next day. That's not to say that I was up the entire time but for the hours that I was awake I was boozing.

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Dateline 12-9-2017

Dateline 12-9-2017

Dateline 12-9-2017

Though it was not in my plans, today might be the start to another one of my lost weekends due to the fact that box wine was on sale for $9.99 when I dropped by the store last night to get some supplies. Not only that but over the past couple days, I've managed to squirrel away a couple extra SNL reviews to where I can burn one from my backlog and still be ahead by a day.

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Dateline 12-8-2017

Dateline 12-8-2017

Dateline 12-8-2017

You know how I was complaining yesterday that my YouTube was acting up after they implemented their new branding to promote their Rewind video? You know how I also said that I checked their Twitter pages only to find zero information about any known issues which led me to think the issue was on my end? And finally, you know how I said that this ruined the first part of my day as I ran all of my anti-virus and maintenance software in hopes to resolve the issue only to have nothing work?

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Dateline 12-7-2017

Dateline 12-7-2017

Dateline 12-7-2017

I don't know why it seems that not a single week can go by without there being some sort of technical glitch with my computer. For the most part, my computer as a whole works just fine but there always seems to be one little thing that is off just enough to drive me out of my mind. Today's agita is brought to you by YouTube where it randomly stopped working correctly in my Chrome browser. 

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Dateline 12-06-2017

Dateline 12-06-2017

Dateline 12-06-2017

Alright, things seem to be all back to normal as I am officially past the decompression phase that always follows the finishing of a long-format fiction piece. This round cycled through rather quickly considering it came after completing a major rewrite of one novel as well as writing a second from scratch. In the past, post project depression could last as long as a couple of months depending on how much time and emotional energy went into the piece.

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Dateline 12-3-2017

Dateline 12-3-2017

Dateline 12-3-2017

Last night I had a dream that I was back to my old self and was up in Seattle visiting old friends who were back to their old selves as well. At least, we all managed to suppress any issues and just had fun like we had in the old days. Though I had a blast while the dream was actually happening I woke feeling extra sad because dreams like this may be my only connection to these people and those times from here on out.

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Dateline 12-1-2017

Dateline 12-1-2017

Dateline 12-1-2017

Welcome back to the regular old non-NaNoWriMo edition of The Daily Breaker where I am proud to announce not only did I reach the NaNoWriMo goal of 50,000 but I also managed to actually complete the draft as well which wasn't looking like it was in the card when I checked in with yesterday's update. I may have rushed a little and cut a few corners but at least I now have the entire idea committed to the page to tweak and expand upon in future drafts.

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Dateline 11-30-2017

Dateline 11-30-2017

Dateline 11-30-2017

Welcome to day number thirty of this year's NaNoWriMo challenge where I am proud to announce that I've officially met the 50,000 word-count goal!!! This is only a half success in that I met the goals of the challenge but as far as the actual novel goes, I would say that I was only about halfway done. I'm okay with this because as I mentioned in a post a couple days ago, this novel is meant to be a capstone to tie several other novels, that I'm adapting from screenplays that I've already written, together which I need to finish before I can complete this piece of work. Not only that, I also feel that I have another 30,000 or so words to have a legitimate working first draft. 

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Dateline 11-29-2017

Dateline 11-29-2017

Dateline 11-29-2017

Welcome to day number 29 of this year's NaNoWriMo challenge where I should be hitting the fifty-thousand word-count target by the end of the day due to the fact that I am only two-thousand words away which is only three hundred words more than the daily recommended pace. As I've been saying over the past couple of days, even though I will be successful in meeting the NaNoWriMo goal, I think I might have one more week's worth of writing to get the story to the point where it's complete.

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Dateline 11-28-2017

Dateline 11-28-2017

Dateline 11-28-2017

Welcome to day number twenty-eight of this year's NaNoWriMo challenge where counting today there are three days left and I'm still on target to hit the 50,000 word-count goal on time. As I said yesterday, I'm still not fully sure if the actual draft will be compete but after last night's writing session I feel that it will be an extremely close call. I just might need an extra couple days and maybe 10,000 more words to not only get the NaNoWriMo win but a completed first draft as well.

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Dateline 11-27-2017

Dateline 11-27-2017

Dateline 11-27-2017

Welcome to day number twenty-seven of this year's NaNoWriMo challenge where I can't believe that, counting today, there are only four days left until I complete my novel. Though I feel completely confident that I will definitely hit the 50,000 word-count goal of the challenge, I'm not fully sure if the actual story will be complete as once again I went a little overboard in what I am trying to achieve.

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Dateline 11-25-2017

Dateline 11-25-2017

Dateline 11-25-2017

Welcome to day number twenty-five of this year's NaNoWriMo challenge where I am now done with my epic two day Thanksgiving break and can't wait to get back to my regular scheduled programming. Don't get me wrong, I loved the time off and but my body and mind feel better after two days with zero pressure, but at the same time, I feel guilty about wasting so much time without getting to the leisure time activities that I wanted.

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