After a really good cold reading of Lf&Tms Thursday night, Ariel and I - my ace collaborator - Ariel Aparicio - note how both our names end in CIO. I don't think I've ever met anyone else whose name ended like mine. In any case, we were so inspired by our director's questions, we went into a re-write - both text and lyrics - that went further to express what we've needed to express in the show. So much of the main character's emotions are our emotions and it was so great and freeing to get further clarity and to further express and deepen. Love this show. Love working on it and with Ariel.
Then I turned to The World Avoided. Got some good feedback on new pages with my Lark Play Development Center group. This play is so tricky and such a fine line being non-fiction and about science. I am learning where and how i can be fun and theatrical and where and how it is of interest to the audience to hear the science.
I just read notes on writing by Hemingway that someone posted on FB. And he suggested paying attention as you have experiences to how you feel. What it was in the moment that gave you that feeling. Was it an action, a color, a sound, a smell, etc. what exactly gave you the emotion. Remember so you can create that emotion for your reader/audience. Want to think more on that. I spend a lot of time as a writer thinking about action. And I do think a lot of my audience and how they might respond. But I like this specific notion of thinking of how to create a specific emotion in someone else.
Then I spent time with my collaborator Sandra Daley on our new to be revealed secret project. I love banging heads with Sandra and seeing what we can come up with.
Then I had to do some money work which is economic analysis. I don't mind this work, though I wish I could always only write plays and whatever I want to write. I do value that my world is bigger than the theater. But I really had to push out this major piece.
I'm a tad grumpy. I've been working hard and still money seems to move out faster than it moves in. And I haven't had a bump from royalties in a bit and that makes me sad. I do love royalties because it means my work is out there and I am working. I love to work. Ha ha ha.
Back to it now. Still got more pages to write which is a gift which is my life which is my joy.