I love to read, but reading is not a mindless activity. When I read, I think. I keep my brain fully engaged. Television, on the other hand, is what I like to do in the evening. It's a different kind of fantasy world. As a result, when the television season screeches to an abrupt halt for the holiday season, I feel as though my brain is crying out for visual stimulation, for color, for action, for easy entertainment.
My brain wants MOVIES!
In the old days, I would have gone to half a dozen theater showings over the holidays weeks. It's easier now. I subscribe to Netflix (the three-DVD plan), and I have a Blockbuster card for emergencies. So far I've watched Australia, Inglourious Basterds, Beyond a Reasonable Doubt, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Julie and Julia, My Sister's Keeper, Star Trek, New in Town, and the first two discs of The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency. I have Is Anybody There? and Defiance waiting by the DVD player.
On top of that, I've read two books this week and also worked on my novel. I went into Christmas Day wondering how many more books I would read and how many more movies I'd need to rent to get me through my resting hours.
Then we opened our Christmas gift from my oldest son.
He bought us a Roku digital video player. This totally cool contraption hooks up to the televison and the internet and allows the user to buy movies from several different providers. The great part, however, is that the service is covered as part of the normal Netflix monthly rental fee. For not one cent more, I can watch a whole slew of movies from Netflix without waiting for the DVD to show up in the mail. And I can watch the movie instantly if it's already in my Instant Queue. And I can log on to my internet account, select another movie, add it to my Instant Queue, then go down to my television and watch it there. Before we opened that package and I stared at the Roku box, wondering what the heck it was, I did not know there was such a thing as a digital video player option for television via Netflix. And it's so cool.
Dear husband hooked up the Roku yesterday and we tested it to make sure it works. Yay! The first evening he's not glued there watching football or basketball, I'll watch my first instant movie, just because I can.
I know. You're asking, what does this have to do with writing? Sounds more like an infomercial for Netflix and Roku. Uhhh, well, if you're thinking about writing a movie script, or a script for a television series, you need to do research by watching lots of movies and series (on DVD...or via your digital video player). Right? Absolutely.