Saturday, January 28, 2006
Sunny and warmer
Got a call yesterday afternoon to work on yet something else, so I went off and did it. So now the show is mad at me because I wasn’t available at the last minute to drop everything and come in to do a track I don’t know with new actors and no notes. Ah, the life of the theatre! You know, I can’t sit around and wait for the possibility that they will call me at the last minute – I have to take the work offered.
When I got home, I worked on the revised Chapter 10 of Clear the Slot and then read through everything I’ve got so far. I’m happy with it, but I was dismayed by all the typos. I flagged everything and will go in and do the fixes page by page (there were a few more edits and tightenings I found, too, but the majority of mistakes were typos – disconcerting because I’ve gone over and over and OVER those chapters). I want to brush everything up and then move on to the second half of the book. The massive restructuring/edits/rewrites are in the upcoming chapters. I figure I’ll need most of February to finish this revision. So it will be March before I can start querying.
Did some work on Hearth Phoenix. It’s difficult. Pushes a lot of buttons. But I’m also making interesting discoveries as I work on it. I can’t actually articulate them yet, but I work on a section and then I realize what it means to me on various levels.
Booked all weekend (not at the show), so I have to fit the writing in and around everything else that needs to be done. As the writing needs to be done.
There were two interviews on television last night with French philosopher Bernard-Henri Levy, about his new book, American Vertigo, detailing his travels around America. He was fascinating in both interviews, truly filled with ideas, not simply opinions on ideology, and his book has now made my Must-Read list.
PS Anyone else really pissed off that Ford is laying off 30,000 employees? They claim it’s a “last resort” – yeah, right. I wonder how many executives have been laid off and how many six-figure salaries – including the CEO’s – were reduced before this “last resort.” When the executives earn the same as the workers, then I’ll believe they tried to do everything they could to avoid this. Because, let’s face it, without the people who actually do the work, the executives have no reason to be there. Typical.