I didn’t work
on my script on Saturday.
In the morning I
worked on my taxes; hence my understanding of the costs of my dressmaking hobby
in the last post. I was so proud of myself I had some chocolate cake.
Then it was
Spring Cleaning time. I did three loads of laundry (including bleaching my
bedding), washed all my floors, went grocery shopping and got some dressmaking
supplies. I did ironing, tidied my closet, did some sewing and I worked on my
aquarium. I was so proud of myself I had some chocolate cake.
The rain made being
so responsible easy. I lit Pine incense (then Fir, then Alder) and listened to
lovely music while I worked. It was a great and productive day. I had fresh
sweet speckled corn on the cob for dinner. Oh … and chocolate cake.
Today the sun
is back. I'm moving' slowly due to all the work yesterday. Beth is chillin’ today and I'm going to Crystal’s for her son, Cole’s, nineteenth
birthday party. Cole is a charmer I’ve known his whole life; it’s a privilege to be
part of his party today.
comes for dinner. We’re having champagne and tortiere. Oh … and chocolate cake.
|My eau de vie.|
department: Beth is working today, dining with a
friend and then going to a play that's performed on ice in a skating rink. I’m
on my own today.
Our visit is
going excellently; I am really
enjoying life with her. My speech is perfect due to the deep level of trust and
long history we share. I’m very stimulated by Beth’s visit and the things we’re
doing. Consequently, here at home alone, I’m having trouble with the phone and
my arms and I’m mute in stores with clerks. But I wouldn’t have it any other way.
We’re having so much fun. She loved riding in my little red Fiat convertible
last night; she’s christened it, The
Tomato and I like it.
department: This morning I added up my receipts for
my Defiant Dress project. I’m doing
my taxes. In 2016 I spent $2,778.82 on mannequins and materials; in 2017 so far
I’ve spent an additional $699.76 and I’ve three more dresses to go. Plus there
are production expenses if I were to produce it. (That’s $3,478.58 to date.)
department: My trips to India and Africa (fifteen
months for twenty grand) cost me $1,300 per month. My Defiant Dress project is costing me $496 per month so it's a
no shit department: The Defiant Dress is pure drivel. Is a short script of simplistic
silliness worthy of production? At a modest price and with the dresses viewed
as an exhibition with their letters (stories),
perhaps. The script definitely improves with each re-write — the dialogue lands
a little more naturally — but until I get objective feedback I have absolutely
no idea of the merit of my silly script. It’s just fun and I like fun. When I
get through this draft, I’ll get an idea from Beth and Colin.
what you think department: The Piano Teacher is a work in progress, I think. I was
disappointed in it — only because the reviews were so extremely positive. But I
found the student too flat. Her part is weakly written, was poorly acted or was
poorly directed; grief has far more variety in my experience — especially two
years after the tragedy. And in contrast, the teacher is well conceived and
very well performed.
however, says she is not a therapist and I’d cut that line given the things she
does and says for the rest of the play and given all she says about music and
its power and purpose. It’s full of wonderful music and ideas. That’s the only
reason I quibble.
I also had
trouble with the handyman trope. In this show, he’s too perfect as cast and
written; he’s too unbelievable. He’s a female fantasy, not a real man. But
there’s a lot there and it will evolve in future productions. This was a
another sunny day. Costin came in the morning to work on my tank and then I had
a speech assessment. After that Beth and I took a walk to the park for tea and
a walk through the gardens.
afternoon, this old man napped. Chris.2 has limited energy; the rest of the day
was groggy until an early bedtime.
started with a seizure and so today I’m on two medications. It’s a no driving
day, therefore. But the meds work. I’m excited about an early afternoon walkabout
with Beth and then seeing a play, The Piano Teacher, with her in the evening (about which I’ve read
and heard great things); it’s by Dorothy Dittrich,
an incredibly talented musician and thespian.