Lord knows I had my issues with the Aaron Sorkin series Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, but there are a few moments from it that stick in my head, the best being in the second episode, I think. Matthew Perry is playing the late night comedy show’s head writer, and he’s moved into the office vacated by the previous guy, who had just been fired for a live on-air rant about how awful teevee is, or something. That’s not important. What’s important is the the old writer had a digital clock on the wall that counted down the time to the next episode’s airing, which meant that he had a constant reminder of how he had to always be working.
Well, in the second episode, our writer guy and his director buddy (played by Bradley Whitford) put together the first episode of their era in charge of the show. It’s a long, slow struggle, and they barely pull it off. The very last scene has the Perry character realizing that they’ve done it, they’ve got the show finished and it’s good and it’s on the air and it’s all over — and then Perry happens to turn to the “Countdown to Next Episode” clock, just in time to see it reset and start counting down again.
That’s it. Moment’s over. Back in the saddle.
Or, a wonderful moment (one of many) in the best baseball movie ever, Bull Durham. Our pitcher, Nuke LaLoosh (Tim Robbins), has just had a pretty good inning, retiring the side in order after spending most of his early season struggling with his control. He comes back to the dugout and takes a seat next to his veteran catcher, Crash Davis (Kevin Costner):
NUKE: I was great, huh?
CRASH: Your fastball’s up, your curveball’s hangin’. In the Show, they would’ve ripped you.
NUKE: Can’t you just let me enjoy the moment?
CRASH: Moment’s over.
My point? Stardancer is out (and really, if you haven’t ordered a copy yet, what are you waiting for!), and I’ll have more to do to sell it and market it and bask in its inevitable glory, but for now, the clock has reset, and the moment’s over.
Time to keep writing.
It’s a good think I happen to love writing, but I’d still like to punch the person who said, “The reward for doing good work is the opportunity to do more work.”
Now, if you’ll excuse me…I’m off to do some work. Sigh!