I wrote nothing else about the vacation because it wasn’t that kind of diary...
Kevin also mentions he read “Like Magic.” It’s more or less an Abbott & Costello movie with wizards and magic. Basically he liked it. Some problems: feel the lead characters relationship isn’t as clearly defined (for him). I write: “Can be fixed with Benny making an entrance” (I have no idea what that means). Doesn’t like the name Chaz (can be fixed with search & replace). Doesn’t like the ending (well, now he’s a jerk). Too much like “Ghostbusters,” he says. Apparently I’m the only one who can’t rip off other movies. They can feed me the plot of “Santa Claus: The Movie” but I can’t (unconsciously) borrow from “Ghostbusters?” And besides, it’s nothing at all like “Ghostbusters.”
Four days later. Just having begun the rewrite, Kevin calls. Kimberly has the notes. He says it didn’t sound promising. During a follow-up call, it turns out Kimberly has problems with the Anti-Claus stuff. (Apparently some kind of throw-away thing I had in the outline. She got hung up on it). Wants the lumberjack camp back. Needs it as a “red herring.” The camp is next to the North Pole, which, of course, is known for its forests. The lumberjacks covet Santa’s Christmas Tree farm (what???). Make sure there’s a Tweedle/Trinket payoff (okay, I had forgotten about the elven couple in the outline). Something about Trinket being Santa’s secretary. Fibber the elf is a cliché. Trinket knows about Shifty the elf. She’s bothered by the stolen sleigh thing. This is all stuff lost to my memory now. But I write: “I’d go off and write my own script but frankly I’m afraid to. These people are nuts.”
It never did get easier.