Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Ranger Station, Race Point Beach, Provincetown, MA

Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Waxing Moon
Pluto Retrograde
Rainy and cool

Yesterday was a good writing day, finally. I got about 2500 words done on the novella — which has to go out at the end of the week. I’m well into Chapter Eight, have streamlined it, and can bring it in under the word count, I do believe. I think another 6K and I’m there. It’s thrumming along pretty well. I’m upset, though — I outlined the whole piece, and only the first two pages of the outline saved. Which makes my life complicated, because the climax of the piece was pretty intricate, and I outlined it in January or something.

A couple of entertainment news stories sparked an idea and I wrote an insert into the audition chapter of POWER OF WORDS, about how bringing politics inappropriately into the workplace can poison a project. Most people in the business have a pretty live-and-let-live attitude — you kind of have to, because the arts are for people who see the world differently and don’t really fit anywhere else. Plus, for actors, you have to find a point of empathy when you’re playing a character whose views you disagree with. You don’t have to agree with the views of a serial killer to play one effectively. Most of the time, people will discuss current issues or share information and resources, but it’s not a big deal. Fourteen to eighteen hour days of intense concentration means you generally shut the rest of the world out for whatever period of weeks and months you’re working, or you couldn’t get the work done. But, every once in awhile, someone comes in who tries to force everyone else into their views and starts haranguing and harassing relentlessly. I’ve seen religious and political harassment cause more trouble backstage than anything sexual. That sounds weird, but if you’re manhandled in the wrong way, you can slap the person away and report them, and there are procedures. There’s nothing for political or religious harassment. But it usually hits the point very quickly where management has to get involved in something that should remain personal. And it’s poison. It can destroy the project on every level.

I’ve never explored that in a story before, and, because of the diverse group of characters in this piece, I thought it would be the appropriate piece. What makes it harder on everyone is that the perpetrator is really good in the production.

I have to weave it into the next few chapters as I put them into the computer, but I think it will add an interesting dynamic and conflict to the piece. I have to decide how long I want to keep this character in — through the rehearsal process, through part of the rehearsal process, do they cut her in final callbacks? I’ll see how it develops as I work on these upcoming chapters.

I may also cut someone I had as a major character in the early chapters, but, as the piece has evolved, there’s really no room for him. He’s referred to in some of the best dialogue scenes, but he doesn’t served the overall purpose of the story anymore, so I think he’s going to have to go. I think he belongs in another story, and wandered in here by mistake.

In addition to the writing, I’ve got to go grocery shopping. Cupboards are bare. And I talk to the vet today to see how Elsa’s bloodwork came out, and where we go from here.

Fingers crossed.


Published in: on April 27, 2010 at 6:05 am  Comments (6)  


  1. Thanks for your informative posts.

    Fingers crossed and prayers on Elsa.

  2. Good thoughts for Elsa today.

    Don’t you love that the news gives such great ideas? I was presented one yesterday and it’s blossoming in the cranium. I’m excited to get an outline in my head. Once the ending comes to me, I’ll be writing.

  3. Thinking of you and Elsa today!

  4. Oh no! So sorry to hear the outline save malfunctioned. I would not be amused either. Glad to hear you’re making good progress though, despite the set back.

    “I think he belongs in another story, and wandered in here by mistake.” That’s a great way of putting it!

    Hope the trip to the vet brings good news for you and Elsa.

  5. Fingers and toes crossed for her! And you!

  6. Sending good thoughts for the bloodwork results! Hugs to you and Elsa!

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