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’s Bookstore:

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:

Published in: on July 24, 2008 at 8:34 am  Comments (2)  


  1. I was beginning to worry! Glad you’re OK. Taking a break sounds like a FABULOUS idea, and I think you should give yourself a day to rest and percolate.

    It IS hard to balance, isn’t it? But if anyone can…you know what I’m going to say!

    Have a happy restful day!

  2. You sound as though you do need to take it easy today. I hope you do so. I’m sure you’ll find a way to balance your theater work with your writing. Hugs! (Because it sounds as though you need them.)

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