Saturday, September 27, 2008

Saturday, September 27, 2008
Waning Moon
Neptune Retrograde
Mercury Retrograde
Hurricane Kyle

I’m posting this before I go to bed instead of when I get up, because I have to hit the ground running this morning (Saturday), and won’t get online before I have to leave for the theatre.

I’m reading a memoir. I should love it. It’s written by someone (previously unknown to me) with whom I seem to have a lot in common, as far as interests, work, etc. Unfortunately, I dislike the persona of the memoirist as it comes across in the book so much that I’m struggling. She spends so much time hurting her friends and people who love her and then justifying it, instead of apologizing and fixing it. There’s a point in one’s life, certainly by middle age and hopefully before, especially if you’ve been in therapy for god-knows-how-many-years, where you need to stop blaming the past and create your INDIVIDUAL life. Perhaps by the end of the book she does so; I don’t know I’ll get that far. Bluntly, by three-fourths of the way through the book, she does not earn the love and support of those around her, in fact she throws it back on their faces with deliberate cruelty and then makes excuses. I don’t like her, I probably won’t read her other books, and, if I manage to finish the book, it’ll go in the giveaway box. I was excited about this book, and it’s disappointing to have such a reaction. Fortunately, she’s a strong enough writer to incite such a reaction, but not in a way that makes me a fan of the work – or the person!

Compare that to the journals of May Sarton (currently, I’m re-reading RECOVERING): As annoyed as I get with her narcissim and her refusal to break out of unhealthy patterns, there’s enough in the journals that is outside herself, that shows insight, that shows interest in the world and how she processes it into her art, that I keep going back to them. She is not someone with whom I would have gotten along in person, but I can read and appreciate her work.

I put in the requested changes in TILL DEATH THEY DO PART and sent it off. I only disagreed with one, which I feel makes the particular character sound too much like the others and lose her unique cadence. So we’ll see how that goes. (Update: the producer thanked me for my input – I hope that means they’re going with my request).

Did some leisurely work on ANGEL HUNT and the Big Project. Read a lot. Had a calm day.

Did the show – dressed the boys tonight, including one of My Favorite People Ever. We have an excellent working rhythm together. The boys kept me busy – fixing a jacket, adding insoles, one popped a button during a big number and I fixed it at intermission – but it was all fun, all good, and I am fond of my boys. They’re very sweet. I’m in for the matinee again tomorrow, and then, hopefully, get a chance to hang out with a friend at night.

My friend is actually taking me grocery shopping first thing in the morning, picking up my laundry and DOING IT FOR ME while I’m at the show, and then we’ll have dinner together (if I’m not doing the evening show). How nice is that?

Because, you know, we are in the middle of Hurricane Kyle in all this. Or maybe he’s a tropical storm. I don’t know – I’m going to bed!


Published in: on September 26, 2008 at 11:49 pm  Comments (4)  
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  1. Hope you had an awesome kip; sounds like you’ll need one for today. I’m glad you’re in a good writing place alongside being in a good theatre place. Not often those two coincide so well together, so it makes me happy to read it.

  2. Hurricanes suck.

    I hope you have a good weekend.

  3. Sounds like a great day.
    I think you nailed it on the head my biggest problem with memoirs – I want people to snap out of it, take responsibility for their own actions.

  4. I have no admiration or patience for those who are deliberately cruel. You are more patient than I, I would make that book a DNF.
    I truly hope your day went well!

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