I don't loathe Valentine's Day -- I just loathe the pressure placed on people. Buy a single rose, if you must. Buy an Otis Redding album (always do that). And watch a movie, preferably a movie in which romance goes terribly awry -- like Vertigo.
L.A. Times' Christopher Hawthorne continued his excellent series on L.A.'s boulevards with a piece on iconic Sunset Blvd. I was surprised that the critic didn't ride and record his observations from the painfully slow Metro # 2 bus.
The writing process is remarkably similar to filmmaking: both writers and filmmakers need to plan their work, commit their project to film or paper and edit and polish their work until it measures up as both enlightenment and entertainment.