Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Tuesday, March 1, 2011
Waning Moon
Saturn Retrograde
Sunny and milder

I was going to sign up for an intense inversion yoga workshop at the end of March (right after the teleseminar), but I’ve lost so much flexibility during the six weeks my back was completely out that I think I’ll be risking too much. As I’m easing back into my previous daily yoga practice, I realize how much flexibility I’ve lost in the past six weeks, especially in my hamstrings. The level of that workshop is more than I can safely and happily do, even working every day to regain the ground I’ve lost.

There are workshops in April and May that I think I’ll be able to handle and will sign up for those instead.

The Elsa Memorial Orchid is getting new buds,so I think it will bloom again this spring and summer. I’ll make sure to post photographs when it does.

Yesterday was rainy and dreary. I had to go to the post office, but other than that, I was home most of the day.

I found my notes for the play, but now I’m second-guessing if the play I want to write is the play they want. And the format they need it in is different than I’m used to, so I’m having to adjust. I need to put all that aside and just write the damn play, and then see what I have.

I finally found the 200+ pages of notes on POWER OF WORDS, which is a huge relief. I’d been inserting scenes for a necessary conflict — two of which I’m going to take out, because the only place they make sense in the story slow it down too much, and I think, with the other material, it works without it. And, with the notes, I can move forward. It’s not on my March list, it’s kind of what I want to work on for me, but right now, it’s pulling at me very strongly, and I want to balance it with the work on the play and the other pieces.

I got a short story out, and I need to get another short story out. I’m tempted to pitch a serial, but I have to look at the time frame and see if the time and money balance out.

The other day, I was talking to an actor acquaintance from the city about needing to buy a hoe for the garden. He thought I was talking about a ‘ho, and wanted to know why I thought a streetwalker could garden! I explained that really wasn’t a strong enough premise for FUNNY OR DIE, but hey, he tried.

I’ve been getting invitations to an event this spring where I’m supposed to pay what I think is a silly amount of money to have lunch with a Well Known Actor. Not someone I know personally, but I know the name and the work. I ignored the first few emails about it, it doesn’t fit into my schedule or what I want to do, but the emails got more and more aggressive. Funnily enough, it was an actor I’d been discussing with another friend that very day. I finally sent back a somewhat snarky email saying that I spent many years in wardrobe and I do not pay to deal with actors — I AM paid, and to stop these escalating demands to attend. The conference person forwarded the email TO THE ACTOR. Not cool at all. Fortunately, the actor has a similarly dark and warped sense of humor to mine and emailed me that he could always attend the lunch without pants. To which I shot back, “then I’d be forced to change you” to which he replied, “I’ll bring a rack of choices.” It worked out to be all in good fun (and he’s aware enough to know what a wardrobe person actually does), I’m still not going to attend and I think the conference intern or organizer or whoever it was who forwarded the email should be fired, but at least everything’s cool between the actor and me. I certainly did not want to hurt or offend him — but I won’t be bullied into attending an event I don’t want to attend, just because I could sit at lunch with a Famous Person. I can have lunch with “famous people” any time I want (although the commute is a little longer at this point). I don’t care about the “famous” part. I care about spending time with individuals like and respect.

The old water tower is already down — it took them only three days. That’s efficiency for you. I’m glad I photographed it before it disappeared.

Got some work to do this morning and then some errands. At least the snow’s gone from the yard and things should dry up a bit. I might even get to go and clean up the yard a bit tomorrow.

I thought of another exercise I want to insert to the Unstick Your Book Workshop which starts on Thursday — and is full, I’m pleased to add. And then I want to rearrange the exercises for the Advanced Dialogue Workshop in April and the Setting as Character workshop April into May. They’re still not quite where I want them.

Confidential Job #1 sent me my next assignment, so I’ll start that this afternoon. But for now — the page.

Hop on to Goals, Dreams, and Resolutions to see my To-Do list for March.

Devon

6 Comments

  1. Just stopping by to say “hi”

  2. That is just mean spirited to share someone’s email with that actor. That’s an organizer who has no people skills or common sense. Poisonous.

    Can’t wait to see photos of the orchid! It is such a lovely color.

  3. Mean spirited, Lori? I think it’s downright childish. And spiteful. And a bit jobsworth, if you ask me, which you didn’t, but just in case you did … 😉

    Devon, you know you’ve made the right decision about the Yoga workshop. And as there are others, you may as well wait until you feel comfortable going (and spending the money).

  4. Take care of your hamstrings! Once you injure them, they are NEVER the same.

  5. Re: the actor–OMG–Check your email!

    You’re smart to take it easy on the back for a little while. Your body will tell you when it’s ready for more “intensive” stuff. Hubby has to stretch his hamstrings every night, it eases the tightness in his lower back.

  6. Not only was sending the email inappropriate, but it was a nasty thing to do. You’re right, the person should be fired.
    You’re making the correct decision for the Yoga workshop, waiting until your body is ready.
    I hope you have a pleasant day!


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