A few weeks ago, the Hellboy reboot premiered in cinemas across the globe. How did it fare? Well, it’s got a 14% Rotten Tomatoes score and, as of this writing, it’s earned a worldwide gross of about $21.5 million against a $50 million budget.
Why did it do so poorly? The answer’s obvious, no? It’s a reboot that came too soon. One that nobody asked for. I think it’s very safe to say that we, the people, hate reboots, remakes, and sequels.
Hell, one of my mantras is “Not everything needs a sequel or reboot.”
And yet, here we are, in the midst of another reboot. What am I talking about? I’m talking about my blog, of course.
This is the umpteenth iteration of a Jay Fingers blog. Previous ones have had varying degrees of success (more often than not tipping the scale toward failure), and that has all largely been due to my failure to maintain any sort of consistency. I get frustrated, I get bored. I say, “To hell with it!” and I abandon the entire enterprise.
I’m even surprised at the number of blogs across the internet that I’ve left in the lurch, with their broken image links and sad little outdated WordPress themes. I really need to delete them all and put them out of their collective misery.
However, a funny thing has happened to me over the past year. I moved from New York City (Brooklyn!!) to Los Angeles, and I became motivated. I want to write again. I want to make movies again. I want to create again.
And I’ve been doing so. Last month, I successfully completed the VEDA (Vlog Every Day in April) 2019 Challenge, and that was satisfying for the mere fact that I was creating little videos (or movies, as uber-vlogger Casey Neistat would say) every day. That meant coming with topics, shooting and editing, and uploading these videos to YouTube on a consistent basis.
As a matter of fact, I’ve decided to take a short break from vlogging after the challenge, but it feels super weird to not have anything to edit or upload for the next day.
But my point is this: Doing the challenge instilled a motivation and confidence in me that, while was probably always there, wasn’t at all being utilized to the fullest.
This goes for my writing as well. The move to Los Angeles was so that I could be closer to the film and television industry in which I want to break into. Sure, I could have stayed in New York and continued to write, but being out here, meeting people, visiting studios, and soaking up the vibe, it’s all done wonders for my creativity and my desire to create.
With the help of a couple of successful screenwriters as my mentors, I’m working on several spec scripts. Additionally, I’m writing my fifth book, tentatively titled Side Chick, which I hope will be ready for publication by the holidays.
Finally, there’s the matter of this blog. Yes, yes, it always comes back to the blog, doesn’t it? I’m feeling so motivated, so ambitious, that I’m going to give this blog thing one more shot. And this time, instead of just diving into everything all willy-nilly, I’m approaching this endeavor with a goal in mind. I want to document my life in Los Angeles — and I plan on doing so through regular blogs and vlogs, which I’ll be sharing here as well.
I’ll be covering topics related to writing, but also to my discovery of Los Angeles and what I’m experiencing out here. For as long as I lived in New York, I don’t think I really took advantage of what the city had to offer. I’m not looking to make that mistake again.
And so, we’re in the midst of another reboot — the reboot of Jay Fingers’ blog. Hence the name JF2LA, the meaning of which should be painfully obvious.
I’m psyched, I’m pumped, I’m rarin’ to go… and I hope you are, too.
Here’s hoping this is one reboot that won’t crash and burn. One we won’t all come to hate.