As for the assignment, I had one objection: a prompt. Whenever I write a story, I really don't like getting a prompt. It seems that a prompt for the sake of an assignment really only yields trite stories about winning a soccer game with one's friends (a fact for which I have made no attempt to hide my hatred; there's few things more irritating than when someone tells me what to write). When given a prompt that could be mistaken for a fortune cookie or a cutesy platitude to be found etched on a pice of wood, hanging in the kitchen of a Mexican family, I suddenly lock up. Many of the ideas I get for stories/short films/what have you don't really adhere to things like "Write about a time that you worked together with a group of people to accomplish a goal," or "write about a time that you learned a lesson." It's very annoying when a story has a clear-cut moral that reads as though its creator is pointing to you and saying "THIS IS A MORAL AND IF YOU DON'T ACKNOWLEDGE IT AND FOLLOW IT FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE WITHOUT QUESTION THEN YOU WILL BE A BAD PERSON."
|"Good things come to those who wait...if your definition of 'good thing' is a lame life lesson."|
|[Joke about Roger Ebert not having a lower jaw]|