What a difference 24 hours makes - I'm told the sounds I cut for "McBride" were pretty good, which I didn't think they were yesterday. Even more exciting - on Thursday, I'm meeting with the writer/producer at Disney to talk about my script. He called the studio and asked if I would be in so he could talk to me about it.
Without getting ahead of myself - if he wants to talk to me, it at least means that he read it and has some observations. That's huge. Do you know how hard it is in Hollywood to get someone to read your material? Even if his comments are just a polite rejection (and realistically that's almost certainly the case) - at least I'll get feedback. Which means my next effort will be better, and closer to the mark - until finally someday someone buys my material and I get hired. I'm very excited, but trying (and succeeding) not to have unreasonable expectations.
Lastly, and maybe best of all; last September 11th, I did a spontaneous candle-light vigil back in West Chester for the 9/11 victims. At the time I was working for John Kerry's campaign, but it was a non-partisan event, people from all walks of life stopped by, lit a candle, and stood on the corner with us to show their support and their memory. We had folks from local churches, local anti-war activists, Republicans, Democrats, students and seniors. It was a great event. And today, one of the guys who just wandered by and ended up volunteering for the rest of the campaign, who I hadn't heard from or had any reasonable expectation that I would - wrote to tell me that he met the love of his life at that vigil that night, and that he and she (who is another friend of mine) are deliriously happy together. He just wrote to say "thanks".
Man, that's good stuff. I got all misty-eyed, and I'm not kidding. I wish every scheme or idea I had ended up with happy people like that. And knowing the good feeling I am experiencing at hearing about their happiness, I am resolved to be grateful to people who do right by me in my own life.