I have a confession to make.
I have never read Maurice Sendak’s Where The Wild Things Are.
There’s a film coming out in three weeks, give or take. Directed by Spike Jonze of Being John Malkovich fame. Screenplay written by Dave Eggers of A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius fame. Been in production for years.
I wrote about the film today. And products related to the film. For a variety of reasons, due mainly to efficiency on my part yesterday, my morning was generally open, and, needing something to fill the endless hours between sneezes and mint tea, I wrote an article about Where The Wild Things Are. The book. The movie. Toys based on the book. Toys based on the movie. Even a Lovecraftian parody of the book.
I was genuinely pleased with the way the article turned out. It ran to about 600 words. Lots of information. Dave Eggers gets mentioned. Arcade Fire, whose “Wake Up” features in the commercials for the film I saw last night, gets mentioned. There’s a link to McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, even. Someone would think the author of this piece, since the articles aren’t bylined, was a genuine fan. There’s a love of the material on display.
I’ve not read the book. I’m indifferent towards the film. *shrug*
The thing about that article that I am most proud of has absolutely nothing to do with my skill in faking fandom for the article. Rather, I’m absolutely pleased with how an HTML table I embedded in the article looks. The article is for a website, it needed a table, and I wanted to make the table look snazzy. It does. And I am pleased. 😎
I followed that with an article on the Muppets. Four hundred words instead of six hundred. Unlike the Wild Things article, this was one I had to write. Not specifically on the Muppets; I could have written about Pixar, but I’ll leave Pixar for another day or two. 🙂
Instead, I wrote about the Muppets. Specifically, the really good comics by Roger Langridge that BOOM! Studios are releasing. I don’t have the words in my vocabulary to tell you how superlative and sensational these comics are. All I can say is that if you’re a Muppet fan and you’re not reading them, you are either A) living in the United States (they’re not available elsewhere, unfortunately) or B) stupid and daft. They’re worth seeking out. The first trade paperback collection is a steal at ten dollars. Really.
I didn’t sound like quite the fanboy when writing about the Muppets as I did when writing about Where The Wild Things Are, though. :-/
Still, the writing was done. The articles were written, loaded into the CMS, scheduled, and sent. Not bad for before lunch.
After lunch? Different story entirely. 🙂