Thursday, April 07, 2005

Thursday, April 7, 2005
New Moon
Jupiter Retrograde
Mercury Retrograde
Pluto Retrograde
Cloudy and mild

I’m suspicious.

I haven’t seen last night’s episode of Lost yet and probably won’t for several days. But I saw Ian Sommerholder’s interview on Good Morning America today, and it set off some warning bells.

I see three possibilities:

1. That the creators of the show are determined to stick to their original creative vision even when one or another character takes off in popularity with the viewers. There’s nothing wrong with that. That’s one of the things I respect about JK Rowlings and her Harry Potter series – she outlined the entire series and world before she started, and refuses to be swayed by how the readers want to see the series go. It’s a possibility that these creators are also doing that.

2. That the creators are messing with the audience just to mess with us. Plenty of storytellers do that. They’re more interested in getting response from the audience than the integrity of the piece. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I stopped watching Alias because I felt they were messing with us just to mess with us.

3. It’s a publicity stunt. It’s always possible, given the potential of the island, that Boone will be in future episodes –whether he’s reanimated as himself or as something evil or comes back in dream sequences or one of the phantoms that appear to certain members of the group. The next question becomes – how much of this does the actor know? Have they let him in on it and was he acting in the interview today? Or does he really think he’s out of a job, and then, suddenly, he gets the call to come back? Remember, people, when you sign on to a series you sign a contract for anywhere between FIVE to SEVEN years. That doesn’t mean things don’t come up for negotiation in the interim, but that’s the commitment when you get a part in a show. If he’s genuinely off-contract now and gets another job somewhere (which he will – this has been a great opportunity for him), it could get interesting.

Last night’s choice is a step down one of the roads I hoped the series would not take, so it will be interesting to see where it leads. I hope it won’t be one of those Ten Little Indians roads (Agatha Christie fans will get the reference).

I’m looking forward to watching the entire episode.

I’m tired and achy. The shows went well yesterday, but it’s physically a difficult show – between the rake and the weight of the costumes. The matinee was a day in itself – at places, an actress tells me her shoes don’t fit –well, there’s nothing I can do about it now – you couldn’t tell me when someone could have actually done something? Anyway, we got her old pair of shoes ready for her and switched them out at intermission, so it worked out. A button broke as I dressed someone for the top of the show – but it was hidden under a vest, so I could get away with not fixing it until the hour before the next show, which was the next period of time I had to thread a needle. In the second show, one of my monkeys came up to be winged, but forgot to put on his harness – by the time he ran all the way to the dressing room, got the harness and got back – if we’d have five more seconds, I could have gotten him on, but there’s only so fast you can fasten on the wings. So, they were a monkey short. None of it was major, no one got hurt, and the audience didn’t know, so it was fine.

I had a nice dinner with two friends I hadn’t seen in a long time, and we caught up on our lives, which was a lovely break in the day.

I picked up a gift for a friend’s birthday, a guidebook I needed, and a novel, which I’ve almost finished. It’s called The Grand Complication by Allen Kurzweil. It’s fascinating, I’m reading it steadily, but I can’t decide if I like it, if that makes any sense. There’s something about it that keeps me at a distance, and, as a reader, I seek experiences that pull me completely on every level. But I can’t put it down, so it’s doing something right.

Also, over the past few days, I read Pride and Prescience by Carrie Bebris, a novel using Jane Austen’s characters Elizabeth and Darcy as its protagonists. I liked it. I was worried, at one point, that it would sink into cliché of “supernatural all bad and evil”, but it handled the situation gracefully and interestingly. I figured out “whodunit” early on, and how it was done, but was interested enough in the “why” to keep reading. I’d like to read more of her work.

Time to check e-mail to see if anything is urgent, get some work done on Widow’s Chamber, and do some research I promised for friends before heading back to the theatre.

Possibly I can rewrite Harriet’s speech in Glam Hearts. I’m not sure what to do with the “alligator” lines that I like and the editor wants changed. She agreed with my clarifications on some points, but didn’t answer questions posed. All part of the process, I guess.

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At 12:38 PM, Blogger Debra Young said...

"It’s called The Grand Complication by Allen Kurzweil. It’s fascinating, I’m reading it steadily, but I can’t decide if I like it, if that makes any sense."

Yeah, y'know, I've done that too with a book and it gives me an odd feeling to read a book that fascinates me yet I can't say or not if I like it. I remember I once read a book by a well-published literary writer that was one of the most boring books I'd ever wasted eyesight on yet I read it right to the end, and when I was done, I couldn't decide if I'd liked it or not. I think I was numb.


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