Monday, August 22, 2005
Sunny and warm
Today would have been my father’s 84th birthday. He died in 1972, when I was a kid.
Finished the racing article and sent it off. It should publish tomorrow. This is a big week at Saratoga, preparing for the Travers and the King’s Bishop. I’m heading up there tomorrow and will be off line for a couple of days.
Everything my editor needs for the serials has been sent, and I let her know if anything goes missing at the last minute, there’s nothing I can do until I get back. There’s a chance I could go online at Kinko’s or something, but I’m not carrying all my story disks with me.
I need to consider investing in a laptop; but I also like being disconnected from the internet sometimes.
Watched the Emma Thompson-scripted Sense and Sensibility last night, since I recently read the book. Because the book was still fresh in my mind, I could appreciate the choices she made as a writer while adapting the script.
And, it’s one of my favorite of Alan Rickman’s performances. He can convey more in a single look than most actors do in an entire movie. I hope someday he performs in a play written by me. There are actors I enjoy, but don’t really care whether or not I ever get to work with them. And then, there are a half a dozen or so actors I hope are a part of my work’s future. Rickman is one of them.
A new piece is bubbling. I’m not sure what it is. I saw pieces of the world – quite different from this one – last night and took notes. It was triggered by a very specific kitchen image – which I can’t go into, because the piece is still to unformed and too fragile to expose. I’ve gotten a glimpse or two of the overall range of the project, but don’t yet have enough pieces to make it all fit. I need more bits of the jigsaw.
I was, however, introduced to a set of extremely determined characters.
I’m not pushing it, I’m not giving it priority, I’m not putting aside other work. I’m letting it simmer. I’m giving it its own time to germinate.
The Thirteen Traveling Journals Project
The Place and Space Journal Project
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The Widow's Chamber
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