Gotta love the electronic madness!

I do all kinds of things that no seasoned writer in their right minds would ever do!

Remember how they always tell you: Copy and save your original file and don’t make revisions to it! Always revise your copy — not the original!

Well, I have to say that it is indescribably easy to have your only, non-copied original file in front of you and to blithely start making revisions to it without even realizing your doing it!


This is what I did a couple of years ago, when I was making my first revisions to my TV pilot script of Cleveland’s Burning: I accidentally made revisions directly on the Final Draft (software) file, and hit ‘save’. Forever changing it into gobbledygook!

Also known as Mumbo Jumbo:

'Sorry, but this report is simply unacceptable. Way too much mumbo... not nearly enough jumbo.'

And now that I have some bona fide revisions to make to Cleveland’s Burning, I need to put the script back into Final Draft from scratch. Luckily, I have the original version in a PDF file.

I thought, I’ll just print out the PDF version and start a brand new version of Cleveland’s Burning in Final Draft right now.

Holy-freaking-COW! It turned out that the “free” PDF converting software that I’ve been using for years is suddenly no longer free, and try as I did — for about 30 minutes — I could not get that PDF file to print out, without getting a pop-up to order the not-so-free version of the once-free PDF converter. I tried to convert the PDF file to Word and then print that, but people who suddenly want you to start paying for their not-free-anymore PDF converter are smarter than that! They wouldn’t let me do it.

Honestly, I was at it for nearly an hour before I was finally able to download a “new” free PDF converter program, drop the old PDF file into it and get a Word conversion that I could then convert back into a PDF file that would print!


But drat! I had loaded the 3-hole punch paper into the printer the wrong way, so the holes were coming up on the wrong side. I had to stop printing and fix the paper and print again.

And print it did — for half a page before the printer ran out of ink! I put in new ink and printed away…

But wait!! “Sorry, we can’t print that until you align everything!”

Aaaarrrrgh. Yes, I have a very inexpensive (cheap) HP printer and I still have to align it every time I put in a new ink cartridge…

So I took a deep breath, aligned it, and hit ‘print’ again!

And print it did — in the most convoluted fashion I have ever seen! It started printing pages that were close to the end of the script, then printed pages from the middle, then chunks from the beginning. I did finally have the entire PDF printed out and I put into numerical order myself, but wtf????

not-easySo, my dear friends, heed that advice: Make a copy and never start re-writing on your original file!

And now that that’s done, let me say that the revisions they are requesting are not that extensive. I can hardly believe it. I think it will end up having been more complicated printing out that PDF file, than it will be to give them the rewrites they’re requesting.

Meanwhile, I’m closing down the laptop to go watch a 14-year-old rerun of Vincent D’onofrio in Law & Order: Criminal intent. It will calm me down, I’m sure.

Oh, and PS: It looks like Johnny Depp won an award last night! And no, it was not for selling more property in a nanosecond than you ever dreamed of owning. And no, it was not for finally getting a legal divorce decree from whatshername.  It was because people still love him. (Myself included, although I was not aware that there was some sort of award for this, hovering in our midst.)

(Oddly, I had a dream about Johnny Depp last night. I was carrying him around on my back. But it was not an effort — sort of like, “He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother.” We were in an old theater lobby and, rather than carrying him into the theater with me, I locked the door and said to him, “Let’s just stay out here and talk.” He got down off my back and seemed happy to do this! To just hang out and talk. BTW, this was the 30-year-old version of Johnny Depp; not the current 50-some-odd-year-old version you see out & about now. It was a beautiful dream. I know that there was suddenly a swimming pool out in this lobby but I don’t really remember anything else about it.)

Well, on that note! Vincent D’onofrio and big comfy couch in the living room, here I come! And I leave you gentle folk with this:

Enjoy! Thanks for visiting, gang! See ya.


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