Thursday, July 31, 2008

Thursday, July 31, 2008
Dark Moon
Pluto Retrograde
Jupiter Retrograde
Neptune Retrograde
Hot, sticky, humid, disgusting

A new group of young artists who love and support all artists is going to feature me on their new blog, The Creative Heartbeat Collective. I’m their very first – okay, let’s not go there with the jokes, because I’m way ahead of you , and we have a mixed audience here. Check them out when you get a chance, and spend August reading my interview! 😉

I have a feeling they will also be my first review, on Friday.

There’s a banner for the book on the post below this one.

Spent most of the day getting things ready for the novella launch. I’m doing a full-sized card with cover art and links on one side and an excerpt on the other. This way, at least those attending the party have something to take away with them. I’m still waiting to find out for how much the novella retails – it would be helpful to put the price on all the materials! A shipment of 20 CD copies of the book was supposed to arrive by noon yesterday . . .and didn’t. There are more press releases to be sent out – when aren’t there? And more loops and groups on which to sign on and try to promote. I’ve set a goal for the amount I want to sell over the next few months, and it’s going to take a boatload of work and quite a bit of inspired marketing to get there.

So who’s going to interview me and feature me, huh? I’m available for blog tours, people!

The latest travesty by American Airlines is totally unacceptable. Your software to read the baggage failed? Then get some of your so-called managers off their lazy asses to come down and READ the luggage tags. Baggage was moved perfectly well for decades before computers were used. The airlines DESERVE to go under. They do not have the right to ruin people’s lives on a daily basis without consequence.

People need to stop flying the carriers that screw them regularly.

Caught up on email, did some more interviews, outlined a new short story. Missed my colleagues from the show terribly. After so much intense togetherness, I’m feeling rather isolated. Even though I need a lot of solitude to do what I do. The intellectual reality and the emotional reality are not in alignment.

And the show’s soundtrack still starts running in my head as soon as the show starts – for instance, I was working last night on the articles, and wondered why a particular song was in my head. Then, I realized that, had I been backstage, that’s the song that would have been sung at that moment. Time and distance, that’ll cure it.

And some new CDs, which are on the way.

Although trying to play other music while the show’s soundtrack runs inside my skull just causes a mishmash.

Obviously, there’s too much room in there right now.

Far too many of my characters are eerily silent.

I don’t like that.

I also realized that there’s no law that says all the promotional items HAVE to be specifically for HEX BREAKER. I can create a gift pack that has “stuff” that refers to the Devon Ellington site, to Ink in My Coffee, etc., and have a mixed bag, so to speak. So I have to sit down and think about it. Also, since the Jain Lazarus adventures are a series, some of the stuff can be specific to the series, and not just to HEX BREAKER.

By the way, there may be some exciting Jain Lazarus news early next week!

Managed to write four of the eight articles due tomorrow, which means the other four have to be written today. Well, okay, they’re not completely written – by midnight, I had a couple of partials and my mind was wandering, which it seems to do lately. And I’m playing with some other stuff, and trying to sort out the priorities of the various WIPS, because they’re draining me. I need to get things finished and OUT. A couple of tasty carrots are being dangled in front of me – if the contracts are serious, and the money’s actually on the table . .I’m listening.

Because the jobs on the job sites right now are complete and utter CRAP.

Started a new short story, “The Possession of Nattie Filmore” with some familiar characters. I hope to have it available to all of you early next week. Fingers crossed.

Devon

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5 in 10: Create 5 Short Stories in Ten Weeks
by Devon Ellington. This ebooklet takes you from inspiration to writing to revision to marketing. By the end of ten weeks, you will have either 5 short stories or a good chunk of a novella complete. And it’s only 50 cents, USD. Here.

Writing Rituals: Ideas to Support Creativity by Cerridwen Iris Shea. This ebooklet contains several rituals to help you start writing, get you through writer’s block, and help send your work on its way. It’s only 39 cents USD. (Note: Cerridwen Iris Shea is one of the six names under which I publish). Here.


Full Circle: An Ars Concordia Anthology
. Edited by Colin Galbraith. This is a collection of short stories, poems, and other pieces by a writers’ group of which I am a member. My story is “Pauvre Bob”, set at Arlington Race Track in Illinois. You can download it free here:

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HEX BREAKER releases on August 1.

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Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Waning Moon
Pluto Retrograde
Jupiter Retrograde
Neptune Retrograde
Hot and sticky

I’m in a weird kind of disconnect right now, and I don’t like it. I don’t really feel a part of the show anymore, because I’m not there and I’m not sharing the daily experiences, and I feel rather adrift; and I don’t feel fully back in my writing life.

Get over it, right? Life goes on.

A lot of the day was taken up with party arrangements. I decided to stop stressing about promotional giveaway items – unless I can run them off myself here at home, I cannot get anything done by Friday. So I’ll concentrate on the food and the company.

I went to Party City, which was just depressing. If I wanted to decorate as tacky tiki, no problem. But pulp retro goth? Nothing. I went to Michael’s, though, thanks to Lara’s suggestion, and they had some really cool stuff out already for Halloween – some of which is right within the theme of HEX BREAKER. I picked up a few things to toss around on the table that are fun, the food and drink will be elegant, the company will be good, and we’re done. Other than worrying about what to wear, it’s time to get over myself and concentrate on other things.

Paid some bills (always painful), caught up on a lot of stuff I’d been ignoring in my various inboxes in email. Spent some time honoring the 36th anniversary of my father’s death, which was yesterday. Broke up with one of the men in my life who has become more of a liability than a support, and I just can’t have that in my life right now.

In other words, it was a busy day.

And not much writing got done, so I have to make up for it today.

Finally, had a good morning’s yoga session. That’s one of the unfortunate things that slid during the intense weeks at the show – the yoga practice did not get the attention it deserves, and I feel the results in my body. So it was good to get back to the mat this morning for a mindful practice, not one where my mind is racing trying to solve show issues.

Got an email this morning from another colleague, whose mother passed away last night. Lots of loss, lots of transition in this cycle. Lots of emotion.

Devon

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5 in 10: Create 5 Short Stories in Ten Weeks
by Devon Ellington. This ebooklet takes you from inspiration to writing to revision to marketing. By the end of ten weeks, you will have either 5 short stories or a good chunk of a novella complete. And it’s only 50 cents, USD. Here.

Writing Rituals: Ideas to Support Creativity by Cerridwen Iris Shea. This ebooklet contains several rituals to help you start writing, get you through writer’s block, and help send your work on its way. It’s only 39 cents USD. (Note: Cerridwen Iris Shea is one of the six names under which I publish). Here.


Full Circle: An Ars Concordia Anthology
. Edited by Colin Galbraith. This is a collection of short stories, poems, and other pieces by a writers’ group of which I am a member. My story is “Pauvre Bob”, set at Arlington Race Track in Illinois. You can download it free here:

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Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Waning Moon
Pluto Retrograde
Jupiter Retrograde
Neptune Retrograde
Hot and humid

Day work was fine yesterday. The building was quiet, which always helps. There was a lot of dry cleaning to haul up four flights of stairs and sort out, and haul some of back to the basement, but it was fine.

I went over to the restaurant where the party will be held for the launch of HEX BREAKER to order the h’ors d’oeuvres and take care of the last minute details. I’m having anxiety because I should have SOMETHING to give away, some sort of promotional whatever, but since the cover art was just approved, it’s too late to order anything without huge rush charges. I was thinking of getting some nice cardstock and printing the excerpt on it and giving that out, but I don’t know. I have to think, and I’m really feeling too tired to think.

It was odd not to be on the show last night. At a few minutes past eight, the soundtrack began running in my head. So I was hearing the show inside my skull (guess there’s a lot of room in there), but not doing the cues. Very odd.

Today, I have to deal with some practicalities – like paying the bills I’ve ignored for three weeks – and then get back into the writing. I need to write at least three of the eight articles due by the end of the week. Laundry would also be a good thing to deal with.

I also have to get back to the revisions on REAL and back to work on OLD-FASHIONED DETECTIVE WORK and the other dangling projects.

Lots to do – better get moving.

Devon

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5 in 10: Create 5 Short Stories in Ten Weeks
by Devon Ellington. This ebooklet takes you from inspiration to writing to revision to marketing. By the end of ten weeks, you will have either 5 short stories or a good chunk of a novella complete. And it’s only 50 cents, USD. Here.

Writing Rituals: Ideas to Support Creativity by Cerridwen Iris Shea. This ebooklet contains several rituals to help you start writing, get you through writer’s block, and help send your work on its way. It’s only 39 cents USD. (Note: Cerridwen Iris Shea is one of the six names under which I publish). Here.


Full Circle: An Ars Concordia Anthology
. Edited by Colin Galbraith. This is a collection of short stories, poems, and other pieces by a writers’ group of which I am a member. My story is “Pauvre Bob”, set at Arlington Race Track in Illinois. You can download it free here:

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Monday, July 28, 2008

Monday, July 28, 2008
Waning Moon
Pluto Retrograde
Jupiter Retrograde
Neptune Retrograde
Cloudy and sticky

Woke up exhausted. The past three weeks caught up with me. Got a slow start this morning. Tomorrow, I’ll have to do things like go through the mail I haven’t opened in three weeks and pay some bills.

I’m already missing my actors; I’ve been lucky to be in a positive (mostly) environment for the past few weeks with people I care about. Not being there regularly will leave a hole in my life. However, we’re all scattering to follow our paths, and, again, it’s about trusting in the bonds created.

Revising REAL is like watching an episode of the TWILIGHT ZONE. Things I wrote about as fiction a year and a half ago have actually happened in life much the way I wrote about them in the book. Now the dilemma becomes do I change that and re-fictionalize it, or do I keep it in, even though it’s too close to the bone for my comfort? I have to sit back and ask, “What serves the story best?” and follow it from there. But it’s a little disconcerting.

I ordered some CDs put out by friends; I need new music for the next few months. Also, since some of them are by people I worked with on the show, it’s a way of keeping them close.

I have to figure out what I’m going to do about the promotional stuff for HEX BREAKER, and now that the cover art is final and the edits approved (less than a week before release), I have to get back on track with promotion.

This will be a busy week. I need to re-gather my energy and focus it on the launch and on the other writing that needs to be done.

I’d like another day off to just “be”, but that’s not an option.

Off to catch a train for day work.

Devon

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5 in 10: Create 5 Short Stories in Ten Weeks
by Devon Ellington. This ebooklet takes you from inspiration to writing to revision to marketing. By the end of ten weeks, you will have either 5 short stories or a good chunk of a novella complete. And it’s only 50 cents, USD. Here.

Writing Rituals: Ideas to Support Creativity by Cerridwen Iris Shea. This ebooklet contains several rituals to help you start writing, get you through writer’s block, and help send your work on its way. It’s only 39 cents USD. (Note: Cerridwen Iris Shea is one of the six names under which I publish). Here.


Full Circle: An Ars Concordia Anthology
. Edited by Colin Galbraith. This is a collection of short stories, poems, and other pieces by a writers’ group of which I am a member. My story is “Pauvre Bob”, set at Arlington Race Track in Illinois. You can download it free here:

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Sunday, July 27, 2008

Sunday, July 27, 2008
Waning Moon
Pluto Retrograde
Jupiter Retrograde
Neptune Retrograde
Hot, humid, sticky, thunderstorms

So my big excitement today was grocery shopping; which, considering how tumultuous the past few weeks have been, was a lot of fun. The larder is re-stocked, finally, although as soon as I got home, I realized I forgot a bunch of stuff. Oh, well.

My actor had popped several buttons Thursday and Friday (on Thursday, he popped a suspender button during one of the songs, and Friday a jacket button just as he had to go on stage at the top of the show—nothing like having to stitch a costume under time pressure with the actor in it). So, Saturday, when he was out for the matinee, I took all his costume pieces and stitched everything down, whether it looked like it needed it or not! The only other thing I can do is stitch him INTO the costume and leave him there for his final week! 😉

I had the understudy for the matinee – I love working with this guy, too. Both of the actors in this role are terrific, both on and offstage, and I’ll miss then a lot now that I’m not on the show regularly. I miss all my boys, because they’re wonderful. They’re a special, special bunch, and I feel privileged to have had this time with them.

But it’s time for me to put the focus back on the writing.

I haven’t been able to order any of the fun promotional stuff for HEX BREAKER because cover art, page proofs, etc. are so far behind. I may just pick a few things, create my own logo and go for it. It still won’t be done for the release date, but at least I’ll know it’s done and I can start some of these contest things. I mean, don’t ALL of you just want to win a copy of HEX BREAKER and it’s gifty stuff?! 😉

I’ve got a friend in town, so I’m actually going to spend some time acting like a grownup today. And I get to cook, which I haven’t done AT ALL in the past three weeks – I’ve just tossed together something at the last minute or eaten take-out.

Tomorrow I have day work, but that’s it; I hope to get some writing done before I go in, finish the reading for Confidential Job #1, and maybe get to work on the 8 short articles that are due at the end of the week. I also have to finalize the arrangements for the HEX BREAKER release party.

As much as I’ll miss my actors, especially both the one heading out on tour and the understudy about to take over the role, I’m confident and secure in the seeds of friendship sown over these past weeks, and that, although we don’t see each other every day and in the context in which we’re used to, we will continue in each other’s lives. So it’s not as much of a wrench as it would be if I was worried they’d be out of my life for good. You often say you’ll stay in touch with people, but then they drift away – I don’t think that’ll happen to us here.

Now . . .to actually enjoy A DAY OFF!

Devon

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Friday, July 25, 2008

Friday, July 25, 2008
Waning Moon
Pluto Retrograde
Jupiter Retrograde
Neptune Retrograde
Sunny and pleasant

The weather finally broke, and it’s not as hot and disgusting as usual.

My editor accepted the tweaks I made in the edits, and the book goes to press this weekend for its release date of August 1. I’m nervous. I want people to like it, and I want the book to find its audience, so that the series can grow.

I wasn’t particularly productive yesterday, although I got in some work on REAL. It amazes me that I wrote the piece about a year and a half, two years ago, and some of the work-related things I fictionalized have come to pass since I wrote it.

I’m exhausted. And I’ll be tired for awhile. The past few weeks at the show have been challenging, with all the transitions, and there are more this weekend, at least for me, which includes saying goodbye to the actor on the show with whom I’ve worked the most closely. The leaving part is always hard, even when all of you go on to good things.

But I haven’t gotten enough writing done in the past weeks, with all this other stuff going on, and I need to get back on track. These books won’t write themselves. If it’s not written, it can’t go out into the world.

I’m working onsite in CT most of the day, then doing the show, then going back out to CT and going in to do two shows tomorrow – doubt I’ll blog again until Sunday or Monday. I plan on giving myself Sunday as an actual day off.

And then, the big push for the HEX BREAKER release begins.

Devon

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5 in 10: Create 5 Short Stories in Ten Weeks
by Devon Ellington. This ebooklet takes you from inspiration to writing to revision to marketing. By the end of ten weeks, you will have either 5 short stories or a good chunk of a novella complete. And it’s only 50 cents, USD. Here.

Writing Rituals: Ideas to Support Creativity by Cerridwen Iris Shea. This ebooklet contains several rituals to help you start writing, get you through writer’s block, and help send your work on its way. It’s only 39 cents USD. (Note: Cerridwen Iris Shea is one of the six names under which I publish). Here.


Full Circle: An Ars Concordia Anthology
. Edited by Colin Galbraith. This is a collection of short stories, poems, and other pieces by a writers’ group of which I am a member. My story is “Pauvre Bob”, set at Arlington Race Track in Illinois. You can download it free here:

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Thursday, July 24, 2008

Thursday, July 24, 2008
Waning Moon
Pluto Retrograde
Jupiter Retrograde
Neptune Retrograde
Rainy, hot, humid

Exhausted. It’s been a busy couple of days.

I was supposed to have Tuesday off completely from the show, but the supervisor was sick and asked me to sit in the chair. It was no big deal – she’s very organized, and everything was taken care of. It was only dealing with daily details and any emergencies that might come up. But it was still hours in the building, when I really needed to be elsewhere, working on the page proofs. I brought them with me, but for awhile the room was like Grand Central and I finally had to put my foot down.

Earlier, I’d gone into the city and wandered around. I had to go to Aphrodesia on Bleecker St. to pick things up to put together a Wellness Kit for my actor who’s going out on tour, and I wandered around looking for a birthday present for another actor with whom I’m close. I also stopped by Stick, Stone, and Bone on Christopher Street – they have wonderful crystals and all kinds of things. It was a long, hot day and I wasn’t feeling too well myself, but everything got done. I decided to give the actor his birthday present early because one of the creative team minions had been particularly vile and destructive towards him the night before, and I figured he could use the boost. I didn’t see him at all Tuesday, but he thanked me yesterday. The gift meant a lot. I found him something with particular meaning to both the current situation and looking forward to his new year.

I stayed up to finish the page proofs – more difficult than it should have been, but not something I can diplomatically discuss publicly. Most of yesterday was spent putting the corrections into the proofs. Then, I ran a clean copy and worked on them at the show last night. I dressed the girls instead of the boys last night, so I had more time, especially in the first act, to work on the proofs. Show was fine; it was strange not to be in the track I’ve done steadily the last few weeks, but I like everyone in the track I had, so it was all good. And the boys stopped by to create a moment here and there just to say hi and catch up. I’m with them for the rest of the week, so we get to play again.

Came home, put in the changes, and sent off the proofs around 1:30 in the morning. I just can’t look at them anymore, and I hope that the places where I stood firm on certain things will remain. The book is set to release a week from tomorrow, and this down-to-the-wire stuff makes me tense.

I can take a breath today. I’d love to do some work on THE BALTHAZAAR TREASURE and/or OLD-FASHIONED DETECTIVE WORK, but I’m so weary, both physically and emotionally, that I might just cut myself a break.

Confidential Job #1 finally sent me a new assignment (rate cut kicks in). It’s been over a month. So I want to get started on that.

I’m a little worried because I haven’t pursued freelance jobs in these past two weeks of chaotic theatre stuff, and I don’t want the work to dry up. But working so closely with the actors makes me realize that I want to keep pursuing other theatre opportunities as a writer. Several have come up in these weeks, and I’m going to see if I can land a few. I love the dynamic with actors, the creative process. However, it would be very easy to fall back into doing this full-time again and lose the writing, and that, ultimately, would wind up eating at my soul.

Finding that balance is always tricky, and it’s gotten even trickier these past weeks. Last week there was no balance – with everything going on, my entire life revolved around the show, and the writing suffered. And I have to remember to always protect the writing first.

So, I’m tired, and I have a lot to think about. I’m finishing the Wellness Kit today and taking it in with me. I have to run a few errands, like getting wrapping paper and picking up another bottle of wine.

But I’m going to try to take it easy.

Devon

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5 in 10: Create 5 Short Stories in Ten Weeks
by Devon Ellington. This ebooklet takes you from inspiration to writing to revision to marketing. By the end of ten weeks, you will have either 5 short stories or a good chunk of a novella complete. And it’s only 50 cents, USD. Here.

Writing Rituals: Ideas to Support Creativity by Cerridwen Iris Shea. This ebooklet contains several rituals to help you start writing, get you through writer’s block, and help send your work on its way. It’s only 39 cents USD. (Note: Cerridwen Iris Shea is one of the six names under which I publish). Here.


Full Circle: An Ars Concordia Anthology
. Edited by Colin Galbraith. This is a collection of short stories, poems, and other pieces by a writers’ group of which I am a member. My story is “Pauvre Bob”, set at Arlington Race Track in Illinois. You can download it free here:

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Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Waning Moon
Pluto Retrograde
Neptune Retrograde
Jupiter Retrograde
Hot, humid, cloudy

There’s a fun interview with me on Michelle Pillow’s Pillow Talk Blog here:</a

Exhausted.

Yesterday was busy, trying to finish the changeover. The regular dresser was back in the track, and I was there to smooth the transition. The new cast members had their Broadway debuts last night, which was always fun. The understudy was on for the actor who was sick, so I got to see him in the role, and I thought he was terrific. This guy will take over the role in a few weeks; his interpretation is very different from the previous actors in the role, and he fills it with a passion and a vitality that then turns to pain and anger and despair – he’s going to be wonderful in the role on an ongoing basis. He’s such a passionate force of nature offstage and to see him translate that into the work is wonderful. If he’s this astonishing at nineteen, I can only imagine what he’ll be like by the time he’s thirty and fully grown into himself.

It was wonderful to see the show. I’d listened to it every night working it, but to see it from the front was an entirely different experience. It’s beautiful. I hadn’t realized the BEAUTY of the piece, the way the space is used to its full theatricality, and the detail work. It was a great experience. I can see why people connect so strongly to the show and the performers. I am truly proud to be associated with it.

Unfortunately, it meant no page proofs were done. I have to do them today.

But . . .I have to go in to the city this afternoon to take care of a few things, and then I’m supervising the show tonight, because the supervisor is out sick. I’m taking the page proofs with me.

What I really need is sleep, but that won’t happen until some time next week.

Devon

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5 in 10: Create 5 Short Stories in Ten Weeks
by Devon Ellington. This ebooklet takes you from inspiration to writing to revision to marketing. By the end of ten weeks, you will have either 5 short stories or a good chunk of a novella complete. And it’s only 50 cents, USD.
Here.

Writing Rituals: Ideas to Support Creativity by Cerridwen Iris Shea. This ebooklet contains several rituals to help you start writing, get you through writer’s block, and help send your work on its way. It’s only 39 cents USD. (Note: Cerridwen Iris Shea is one of the six names under which I publish). Here.


Full Circle: An Ars Concordia Anthology
. Edited by Colin Galbraith. This is a collection of short stories, poems, and other pieces by a writers’ group of which I am a member. My story is “Pauvre Bob”, set at Arlington Race Track in Illinois. You can download it free here:

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Monday, July 21, 2008

Monday, July 21, 2008
Waning Moon
Pluto Retrograde
Jupiter Retrograde
Neptune Retrograde
Hot and humid

Phew! Busy, emotionally charged few days. I’m looking forward to a bit of a break.

Friday was a long day, putting in the new cast, then doing the show with the current cast, and everyone handling separation anxiety in their own ways. I knew I had to cut everyone more slack than usual, but there were still moments where it got exasperating.

I tried to work on page proofs, but couldn’t.

Got barely 2 ½ hours of sleep Friday into Saturday before I had to turn around and head back in for the photo call. My understudy will take over one of the roles when the other actor goes on tour, and there’s a new actor coming in at the end of next month to take over one of the other leads. So, of course, they schedule a photo call at 8 AM on a two show day that happens to be the transition day for the casts. Nothing like planning, you know? Photo call was fine – typical b.s. and there are just times when you have to stand up for the actors and their comfort. There were some things I didn’t like, and I later spoke to the company manager about it, because I felt they needed to be said. Since I’m not there all the time, I have the least to lose and don’t have to worry about kowtowing to anyone, so I have no problem with being the one to say them. In this case, I’m lucky in that company management truly likes and respects me, so I don’t have to worry about diplomacy.

For the matinee, I had another understudy, one whose last show would be that night, in one of the lead roles. It was an emotional show for him, and he did a beautiful job. I got to have a lovely sit-down catch-up chat with the actor who left the role last December, and with whom I haven’t spoken in months. He went out of his way to be kind to me when I first started on the show, and it was great to be able to have an in-depth conversation.

Evening show was insane – the fans and former cast mates were screaming and cheering at every possible point for the performers who were leaving. And, one of my actors was ill, so it was a case of making sure he could get through the show in one piece, and then sneaking him out a different exit away from the crazed fans so he could get home. And then saying the goodbyes and gathering up costume pieces and laundry and all the stuff you have to do when they leave.

There was a party, but I skipped it. I was too tired. I got home a little after midnight, and went to bed pretty soon thereafter.

The cats woke me up early on Sunday, but I rolled over and went back to sleep. I finally got up and went grocery shopping – there was nothing in the house except cat food.

I managed to get out of the house a little after noon, and head upstate, to see my friend’s show. A group of us met up in New Paltz – only to find they’d blocked off the route in the directions due to a local fair. We were told to take a detour, but it was poorly marked, so there was a bit of chaos until it was sorted out. We got to the show with about five minutes to spare.

The production was LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS, which is one of my favorite shows anyway, and it was directed, choreographed, and costumed by the friend for whom I’ve been covering these past weeks on Broadway. We were a nice group from the city, and we clapped and cheered – because the production was WONDERFUL! Not only did it look and sound great – the beats were clean, the detail work was gorgeous, it was such a good, good, good show. Our friend really needs to direct more – this is his calling. He had young, and sometimes very inexperienced performers, and they were wonderful. He really knows how to reach out to them, find the best in them, and bring it forward. It’s a rare and beautiful gift. And I’m so glad he shared it with us.

We went out to dinner at a lovely local restaurant, and then drove back. Traffic was bad coming back, and it was about 11 PM by the time I got home.

I checked in with my sick actor, who felt better enough to be funny, and went to bed. I’m headed back in to the show this morning (page proofs in hand to work on during breaks) – the new cast members start tonight, my friend is back from the directing gig, and I’m going to do the day work, help with the transition, and then stay to watch the show.

So it will be a long day, without much writing and without much time to work on the proofs – which I need to turn around quickly. But I was very clear with my editor that I needed the proofs EARLY last week because I couldn’t work on them late in the week and I didn’t get them until Thursday night, so . . .it is what it is.

Another long and busy day. But I think it will be a good one.

Devon

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Busy. Not Blogging

I won’t be able to blog until Monday, probably.

Off to the theatre for a put-in with the new actors; show tonight with previous actors. Back by midnight; stuff to do. On a 6 AM train tomorrow for an 8 AM photo call, and then a matinee with a different understudy and an evening show that is the final one for five company members. Back later than midnight, I’m sure.

And you thought a life in the theatre was GLAMOROUS! Pft!

Sunday, it’s upstate to see a show my friend is directing.

In edits for REAL (there’s interest) and the page proofs finally arrived for HEX BREAKER. How I’m going to turn them around this weekend is a mystery to me. . .

Devon

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Thursday, July 17, 2008

Thursday, July 17, 2008
Waxing Moon
Pluto Retrograde
Jupiter Retrograde
Neptune Retrograde
Hot, humid, sticky

Long day yesterday, but fine. Didn’t get much writing done before I left, because there was business to deal with. Had a good exchange with my PR person. Still waiting for page proofs, which concerns me.

Matinee was, um, interesting. I had my understudy on, and he had a rough show – one of those Murphy’s Law shows. But we got through it and lived through it and now it’s fine. I tossed a piece of a costume in the quick change and didn’t see where it landed, so, while the actor was on stage doing his scene, I was crawling around backstage with the bite light searching for it so I could re-set and put him back into it in the following scene. So that was my excitement for the day. I had a good dinner with a friend where we got to vent about everything that annoys us, and then back to the second show. The understudy was on a different role, which was fun. Everything was fine. There are a million little things going on backstage that wouldn’t make sense to anyone who’s not living in the day-to-day details of the place. And we laugh a lot. Which is good.

Got home around midnight; had trouble sleeping. I’m trying to pace myself for a long few days this weekend. It will be fine, it will simply be emotional and dealing with the various forms of separation, rather than just going in there, dealing with some clothing, and walking out of the building.

I need to get a lot of writing done this morning; I have to go in early to meet someone.

And, of course, the building crap is rearing its ugly head again.

Sigh.

Devon

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Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Waxing Moon
Pluto Retrograde
Jupiter Retrograde
Neptune Retrograde
Hot and humid

I got the article done and hit “send” about five minutes before I had to leave for the theatre. Not my best work.

Cover art discussions back and forth all day. My original vision is very different, but we’ve come to an agreement and will run with it. And Billy is not included in the cover, which is a disappointment – I feel all three of the main characters are important, but they want the focus on Jain and Wyatt.

Show was fine. Everyone’s dealing with the transition in their own way, and you just have to give them a lot of room. The actors coming in are trailing to learn the backstage as well as onstage maneuvering, so it’s pretty crowded. But it’s fine. It will be a long week, but it will all be good.

I’m going to try to get a little bit of writing done before I have to leave for the show – another two show, 14-hour day for me. Tomorrow, I have a bit of a break during the day, but Friday, we put in the new cast, so it’s another 14 hour day, and Saturday, I have to be at the theatre at 8 AM for a photo call and then do two shows, so, for me, including the commute, Saturday is an 18 hour day (6 AM – midnight). But it will be fine. The hours are long, but the people are pleasant, which makes up for a lot. Saturday will be intense, because it’s the last day for five cast members, but it is what it is. This is a transitional business – everything changes.

This week, my life is about the show, not about my own work, although I’m trying to keep somewhat of a balance. I have a lot of opportunities opening up for me, and I want to make decisions that are smart both on a creative level and a business level.

Devon

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