Thursday, June 19, 2014
Cloudy and muggy
Yesterday was a busy, busy day. I was up by 5:30 and at my desk to work on script episodes, then headed over to the library an hour before my “start” time to get a few things done in peace and quiet before setting up for the author event.
We did the set up — we know how to feed people. Not only are we “the fun library”, we know how to feed people at events.
Our author this morning was Ron MacLean, who wrote HEADLONG. I absolutely love this book. It’s technically shelved as a “mystery”, but it’s so much more — it deals with the complex lives we have, trying to juggle and made decisions and walk our talk on a daily basis in a complicated world.
Ron is one of the best speakers I’ve heard in a long time — maybe ever. He’s funny, articulate, intelligent, and thoughtful. He gave me a lot to think about, both as a writer and as a human being. Since writing and reading are about exploring experience and viewpoints, it was the best type of take-away from an event — not just agreeing with what he said, but “oh, I didn’t think of it in those terms before. I need to spend some more time thinking about it now.”
On a personal level, it was hugely satisfying. On behalf of the Writers Center (as a board member, and with authorization from the Executive Director), I invited him to present at a WNO next season and at the 2015 Conference. Hopefully, that will all work out.
I was a little disappointed at the low turnout, in spite of the publicity that had gone out about it. The people that were there were delightful, lively, and engaged, which made it interactive and fun, which was great. Trust in the adage that we were all where we were meant to be in the moment.
A few people came in and were surprised we were having an event. Now — it was clearly posted on flyers IN the library; there was a sign OUTSIDE the library; fliers went out two weeks ago to ALL the libraries in the CLAMS network; it went out to newspapers, blogs, events calendars, radio stations. It was in our monthly newsletter. It was on the landing page of the website. If you are a library patron and STILL don’t know about it — that’s CHOOSING not to pay attention to anything around you, and I can’t help you. I’m tired of people making excuses for remaining oblivious. If I remained oblivious when I worked backstage, I would have been taken out by a two-ton moving pylon in a set change twenty years ago. Or shot on a NYC subway platform. I realize that I’m somewhat hyper-aware at times — I couldn’t have lived on the Deuce in NYC otherwise — and it literally saved my life on more than one occasion.
After we cleaned up, I was happy to have several boxes of books to unpack. I’m so excited about the new titles I’ve ordered. I’m in the process of the administrative work to get them on the shelves and out to patrons as soon as possible. I hope the people who come in to the library and scour our shelves for “new” books and “new-to-them” authors are excited, too.
We had a communications glitch about something for today, but I think it’s all straightened out. Mercury Retrograde — we need to all have a little extra patience and compassion, which is often hard.
Came home, cooked dinner (I could keep food down! I was very excited). Sat on the deck as the sun set with Tessa, reading. Went to bed pretty early.
Up early this morning to get some writing done before heading back in to the library.
I’ve got the episode due for delivery today done, and I wanted to have the final episode done, too, but it needs a bit more work. So hopefully, I can polish it this morning and tomorrow morning, and send it off tomorrow, and then focus on revisions for all the episodes next week. And then, the Big Script Project is done.
Onward, and to the page.