Rex (Gene Bervoets) and Saskia (Johanna ter Steege), a Dutch couple, are travelling in France when they stop at a service station and Saskia disappears. Dutch director George Sluizer’s adaptation of Tim Krabbé’s novel The Golden Egg is concerned with the aftermath of the disappearance, and focuses on Rex’ obsessive quest to find out what happened to Saskia, but also on uncovering the mind of her abductor.
Content note: sexual harassment, reference to rape
So I’ve recently been pitching articles to magazines and applying for journalism work experience, some of which required me to put together a ‘writer’s CV’ and an online portfolio of existing work. I’ve managed to publish a few creative and factual pieces, all on scattered websites and for free, but I’ve been pretty disorganised about keeping note of what was published where, so tracking them all down meant a lengthy and frequently revelatory odyssey through my preoccupations and writing styles of the past.
I’ve just discovered the ‘Distraction Free Writing mode’. It allows you to write your entire blog post on a blank white slate, cutting out all the side bars, putting you in a pure frame of mind where you can just concentrate on honing your prose until it expresses the important thing you said with perfect clarity. The way the great writers of the past wrote, on parchment or a typewriter.
Of course, you can still instantaneously open another window. What’s distracting me when I’m trying to blog isn’t the other stuff on WordPress (no offence, WordPress), it’s the other stuff on the Internet. And there’s quite a lot of it.
If I’m never going to be a great writer because I need to constantly check whether The Editing Room has a new script up when I should be writing – would I rather not be a great writer? It’s depressing, but sometimes it looks like it.