Wednesday, August 11, 2004
In true Mercury Retrograde fashion, the computer is having fits. I keep getting a message that my “Fire Daemon” is having problems. And that the “file extractor” could not complete its work. First of all, I don’t know what a Fire Daemon is. Secondly, I don’t want anyone or anything extracting files – unless they’re corrupt – without my permission. And I have to leave for the train and can’t call a tech to find out what the hell is going on.
I am so sick of constant computer problems. Why didn’t I go MAC in the beginning and save myself years of torture?
I managed to make some notes for the next arc in Widow’s Chamber yesterday. I had hoped to write an episode this morning, but the computer problems don’t allow it.
Day work was okay. Instead of writing on the break, I had a long talk with a friend who recently started to work on the show. It was nice to catch up. She’s in a very similar place as far is transition as I am, so it was good to chat.
Show was okay. There are little things I find irritating, but it’s not worth getting upset about.
Couldn’t find the book I wanted on Bora Bora so I didn’t buy anything.
Since Jasper Fforde’s writing requires complete concentration (in other words, he’s not a train or a backstage read), I’m reading a mystery set in NYC in the 1950s. It’s cute and fun and the period detail is lovely, but it’s not holding me the way I’d like it to. How much of that is my own distraction, who knows? I’ll probably read at least one more book by this author before making a final decision.
Hopefully, I can find a QUIET place to work during the dinner break and get some writing done. There are articles that need to be written as well as the fiction.
I’m in a holding pattern on the pirate piece until I do more period research. A timeline would be a good start – the political and social events of the particular era in which I want to set it. I want it to intersect with several historical figures, and I need to plot it all out.
I also need, next week, to sit down and do a major chart of the Widow’s Chamber characters and interactions. The structure is complex, and I need something I can look at quickly to keep on track.
A couple of new subscriptions came in for Tapestry and The Widow’s Chamber. Yippee! Always feels good to have the subscription base grow. I’d like it to take a real leap in the next few months.
Which means relentless publicity.
On top of everything else.
Must catch the train and put in another 14 hour theatre day.