January 29, 2007

Monday, January 29, 2007
Waxing Moon
Saturn Retrograde
Sunny and cold

Hop over to Circadian to see  “flashback to summer”, Sylvia C’s poem.

Click over to Kemmyrk for the latest on The Celtic Oracle.

And zip on over to A Biblio Paradise to see my picks for my favorite books of all the reading I did over the past few months.

Oh, joy! The virtuoso biographer Claire Tomalin has another book out! This one is about Thomas Hardy, one of my least favorite authors. Yes, I know his craft is superb. However, I loathe Tess of the D’Urbervilles – yet another male writer punishing a woman for being sexual. However, if Tomalin writes it, I’ll read it. Her biography of Pepys is one of the best books I’ve ever read, period, and her other biographies are excellent.

And Thomas Mallon, one of my other favorite authors, wrote the review in The New York Times Book Review.

Train was late – gee, there’s a surprise! – but I got to the theatre in plenty of time. All sorts of buzzing going on, as usual. Because of the lessons learned during this (and the last) Saturn Retrograde, I can somewhat disengage and not get caught up in the bullshit, which is nice. Do my job, be pleasant to everyone, and move on. I genuinely like about 90% of the people with whom I work, but there are always going to be the shit-stirrers, who make trouble just because they can.

And one can choose not to engage, and let them spin their silly little selves into their own knots.

There’s something very freeing about choosing not to engage, and it certainly cuts down on the stress!

After the matinee, my friend B. and I went to one of our premiere hangouts in the neighborhood, Sosa Borella, for a few glasses of wine, some appetizers, and a good chat. We were shortly joined by an actress friend of ours, who got royally fucked (pardon the language, please, but believe me, in discussing the situations of these last few paragraphs, the four-letter words truly are the BEST descriptions in the English language) by a producer she’s known and regarded as a friend for twenty years regarding a series job. Fortunately, she’s got a fascinating play to do instead, and the series is most likely going down the tubes anyway, so the Karma Dogs are taking their bites now rather than later, always good to see.

What can I say? This is a brutal business, as well as being cyclical. Right now the cycle is at the point where all the clichés ring true. Most of the time, things run along, and there are the daily frustrations, and oh, well; but every once in awhile, one is confronted by the ugly side of the entertainment business, and the truth that those who make the decisions and hold the purse strings are usually the least creative, the most manipulative, and genuinely believe that the people who make it possible for them to earn these obscene incomes should pay to work, not the other way around.

Came home and puttered for a bit. The cats alternated between being glad to see me and mad that I left in the first place.

Because I got such a late start this morning, I haven’t done my pages yet. I have to get a lot done today, including a lot of admin done this whole week, so I can be in the city full-time next week without worrying about anything on my desk out here. I have to get a great deal of both creative work and practical work done, and must manage my time carefully.

And, now that it’s been two full months since I finished the first draft of Assumption of Right, I’m allowed to go back and start the edits. I think doing so while I’m working in the theatre full-time is a good choice – I’ll have that energy flowing along with the revision (since it’s mostly set backstage).

If you have tarot questions, please send them here by Friday; I’ll answer some of them on Kemmyrk next Monday.

Another issue of Devon’s Random Newsletter will actually go out by the end of the week (can you believe it?). If you haven’t signed up for it, you can sign up here.

Off to get organized, always a monumental task after a few days on the show.

Devon

7 Comments

  1. I can’t get over some of the trash that’s out there. (TV shows) I mean, at this point, I see a preview and I’ll turn to Hubby and say “Oh, that one won’t get past three episodes.”

    You’re absolutely right. About the “money” people. I mean, HELL, they wanted to do a show on O.J.! 😉

    I admire your ability to “stay out” of the pot-stirrer’s web. I always think it’s fun to listen, but NOT good to get involved. You’re smart.

    Have a good day!

  2. “…Tess of the D’Urbervilles – yet another male writer punishing a woman for being sexual.”

    Well now, Devon, I disagree with that. Won’t go into a dissertation on it here, but one of the primary themes of Hardy’s novels is the plight of the individual against an oppressive society. He creates strong characters and deliberately stacks the deck against them. He was a fatalist. d:)

  3. Debra, that interpretation does get tossed around a lot, but I disagree with it. I’d have to re-read the book (which made me so furious I literally threw it across the room when I read it years ago) to quote chapter and verse, but I just hated the story and was infuriated by it. However, I’m eager to read Tomalin’s biography of Hardy!

  4. Devon:

    90%

    That’s impressive, really – if you can honestly like 90% of those with whom you work, it seems to me you’re on the way to a very pleasant experience. You must, beneath all the sputtering and fuming, be blessed with a patient spirit…

    Thanks for the updates and the great read,

    tim
    http://medicalmigrant.blogspot.com/

  5. I am an observer. I don’t engage with anyone outside of my family, in real life.
    Glad to hear you’re looking back at Assumption of Right. I’m curious as to why you wait 2 months to look back over it?
    I’m curious about the tarot, what do you learn from the readings?

  6. I hate office politics. I go in, do my job and go home. Life is less stressful that way.

  7. I’ve got Florence Hardy’s The Life of Thomas Hardy. I’m going to have to get Tomalin’s biography now. d:)


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