Monday, January 17, 2005

Monday, January 17, 2005
Waxing Moon
Saturn Retrograde
Cloudy and cold

Martin Luther King Day
May we all work together to live in harmony and tolerance.

They promised us six inches of snow last night. They lied.

If you get a chance to visit Dave Pell’s Electablog (link on right), do so and read the interview between W and the Post. Absolutely made me froth at the mouth.

And, again, with all the money spent for the Inauguration: to me it feels as though the Republican Party dances on the graves of all those who die every day in Iraq and Afghanistan, all those who died on 9/11 and all those who died in the tsunami. It is disrespectful. It is more important to them to put on an extravaganza to mock those that didn’t vote for them than it is to respect world events. It is disgusting.

Matinee was fine yesterday. We had a bit of monkey madness with split tracks and more monkeys entering on one side than usual, which meant we were short on monkey sheaths coming off on the other side and the extra sheaths mysteriously vanished during the show. The wings are fabric and metal, and when the monkeys come off, they retract the wings and we put sheaths on them so they don’t catch on to anything and hurt anyone. I don’t know to where the extra monkey sheaths keep vanishing. Hopefully, we’ll have more by Tuesday.

And, of course, the suspenders worn by one of my actors snapped at the “Places” call, so I had to race down three flights of stairs to the wardrobe room, dig for another pair of suspenders, race back up three flights of stairs, get them on him, and finish dressing my actress. But it all worked.

The wonderful makeup artist left and invited me to the party at Sosa Borella, a lovely Argentinean restaurant on 8th Avenue. It was a good time. It’s really the first time I’ve had to go out and socialize with the company, and that’s such an important part of the show. It was fun, and I was still home reasonably early.

Tapestry week starts today and I’ve written all ten episodes already. I have to edit and then send them off, and then turn back to Widow’s Chamber and Charlotte. The historical serials always take more time because of the amount of research and fact checking involved.

The arc ended perfectly at the end of the month’s episodes, and now I can take a bit of time to decide on the next arc. I think I’ll do a short arc where Nina works on an even for Zack’s sister before sending Nina to Chicago, and then do the arc in Edinburgh at the Festival. That will be five short arcs, and then I’ll be ready to go into another novel-length arc, which will be the “Finding Jake” arc – because she can’t move on with her life until she knows for sure whether or not Jake is alive or dead.

I also want to revise “The Literary Athlete” and get it off, and do one more pass at “Muse” before submitting it.

There’s creativity mixed with the craft today, but I also have Show Fatigue. I have to get a LOT done this week, in and around my 14-hour days at the theatre, so I just have to push aside the fatigue and get to work.

In the newspaper yesterday, in an article about something unrelated, it mentioned that the Cedar Tavern closed. It can’t be! I have to check and maybe call them. They’ve been a hangout for decades for writers, artists, poets, etc. It’s one of my favorite places in the city! I hung out there through college. We went there in and around shows. I always go there for lunch or dinner after a blowout at Strand bookstore. That’s where I was with a friend when Desert Storm began. It’s important to the history of literature in New York as well as to my own personal history. I will be devastated if it’s actually gone out of business.

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