Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Tuesday, May 4, 2010
Waning Moon
Pluto Retrograde
Mercury Retrograde
Cloudy, hot, humid

Here’s my essay, from the Anita Blake anthology.

Of course, I hope you buy the whole book and enjoy everyone’s essays, but my essay’s on offer for just a couple of days on the SmartPop web site.

I got some work done on the urban fantasy yesterday, and I also started adapting BEHIND THE MAN from a three-act interactive play to a two-act proscenium piece. I have to add a few more pages — it’s too short for traditional stage time, but it gives me a chance to add some scenes and some business that had to be cut from the original vision because of the production needs. BEHIND THE MAN, THE MATILDA MURDERS, and FEMME FATALE are all solidly constructed, fast-moving, and witty. There’s no reason they can’t have lives in traditional, small/regional venues.

So, I’m adapting it to two act format, prepping proposal packages (most theatres want a synopsis and the first ten pages), and then starting the theatre query process. I’ve researched some of my favorite small and regional theatres around the country, and found several I think would be a good match.

Speaking of the plays, the first royalty check for FEMME FATALE arrived, and I’m happy with it. I will miss those checks when the company closes up shop in the summer and moves to Florida! I hope the producer launches a company down there, but, we’ll see.

Struggled with the Derby wrap article, but got it to my editor. I’m not happy with it. It’s long on workmanship and short on sparkle.

It was so hot and sticky, I had to keep turning off the computer yesterday so it wouldn’t overheat. I put in the fans this morning. I’ve hesitated on the air conditioner, because Elsa seems to do better in humidity. Which really sucks, because the rest of us wilt in it.

Hopefully, the vet will have some information from the test results, and hopefully, it will be good.

In the meantime, back to the page. I’ve got to push through this section and get to the next bit. What i have to do is sit down and plot the whole rest of the novel. Flying blind isn’t working for me.

Must back and haul boxes to storage today, and get some groceries in.

Colin, the foiled car bomb reminded me of Glasgow, too, and the more information we get as the investigation progresses, the more disturbing it all is.


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  1. I keep hoping the producer calls you within a few weeks of her arrival in Florida. If she gets up and running, it will happen. She knows a good thing.

    Are you finding it a weird week, too? Mine is weird in that I have no energy or gumption. At the moment, I’m staring at a very thin workload, too. Time to work on those other projects I’ve been putting off.

    • Yeah, I’m having trouble focusing. All I want to do is sleep. Clients are lethargic, too. It’s like we’re all on some sort of sleeping powder or something.

  2. It’s the heat/humidity. It sucks the life out of you. I’m not kidding. Heat makes even the most stalwart souls lethargic. Coupled with humidity, you are getting a double whammy.

    Here’s to a break in the weather, and some magic writing dust! Onwards and upwards!


  3. Read your Anita Blake essay…great! Loved it! I’ve been a fan of the Anita Blake books since I discovered them several years ago and have bought and read all of them book for book. I love the characters and have found LKH’s use of the ardeur to shape Anita’s hero’s journey intriguing. Excellent essay, Devon, and yes, I’m buying the book. d:)

    • I’m so glad — the essays cover a wide array and are just fascinating!

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