WHAT THE HECK IS UP?
I've been back and forth between New York City and Maine this month. I had so much time in NY, I had to engage my friend Nan to put my garden in and she did an amazing job. There are only about 110 growing days in Seal Cove and I didn't want to miss too many of them. We ended up about a week or so late, but everyone was late because the winter had been hard and the Spring late too. Everything it growing well now especially after the July 4th deluge. I'll snap some pictures before I finish. The exciting addition this year is the Arugula box. My genius gardening friend Terry helped me put it together (note both she and I spell our names with a Y. Terry. Andy. Y.) We had an old large window box lying around. We placed it where it would get partial shade. Loaded it with hay, then soil and compost. Put in Arugula seeds really close together. They popped up soooo fast. What Terry does is she let's it grow fairly high and then cuts it with a scissor when she wants some. And it grows and fills that in pretty quickly. So it will be Arugula salads all summer long. Arugula and lettuce. Arugula and kale - my other new favorite salad ingredient. Photos start with the main vegetable garden featuring brussell sprouts, kale, swiss chard, spinach, lettuce, squashes, tomatoes and, off camera, garlic. The fencing is to save the veggies from the deer that sleep in the yard. Next is the potato sunflower patch. Next the arugula box.
In between World and after finally finishing the television spec and pilot scripts, I returned to Lf&Tms, the rock musical. We had heard it in March and gotten a ton of feedback we digested and slept on. I had started to work, but mostly hadn't had time until this month. I worked away. Sent questions to Ariel. He contributed some monologues. There was stuff we had we loved. And there was stuff we had that didn't work. The classic problem of Ariel and I got it, but not too many other people. We needed to open up the experience of the show. We also were grappling with the balance of story and plot. Mostly it doesn't have a big plot. Mostly it functions as story. The story of reluctant transformation. We feel we have that more now. We also, because it is a musical, have been looking for the dialogue song balance. this draft, we felt where the characters had shit they needed to work out through dialogue and let them have it. we also found more places where music is organically there. Bobby, the lead, will talk, but he often will talk with a guitar in his hands, so part of what he will express is through music. Finding those dynamics. We're digging this new draft at the moment. Next up: I'm seeing Hedwig to see what I learn - Ariel feels there is much to learn there particularly about how to set up and rock the songs. And then we'll hear the new draft and see what we have. Excited for that right after I get back from Paris. Did I mention I'm going to Paris?
That's about the shape of things, though I feel I'm forgetting stuff. It's been feeling like there's too much paper and bills in adult life lately. What is that about? But I'm pressing through it. Forcing myself to be organized so shit doesn't haunt.
The ankle is much better, but not all better. It is a process. I walk now without a limp most days, though I can have a set back and a limp. I'm still doing my exercises and likely will have to for a while. Hope is that by the time I'm back in late July I'll be mountain ready. I miss my hiking.
I think that's all the dreaming, achieving, yearning and hoping I have to report at the moment. I'll have wireless in Paris and will try to report from there with some good photos.
Signing off for now. Enjoy!