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May 21, 2008:

A FINE TOOTH COMB

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Well, dear readers, every time I go through the Brain script, just to make sure everything is right, I find twenty more things that need fixing. I hate when that happens, don’t you? Where were those things the last time I went through, and the time before that and the time before that? I really want to be done, so I can then concentrate on doing the same for the new novel, but it seems like it’s The Neverending Story. I gotta tell you. I’m going through it once more today, with a fine tooth comb, and that’s going to be that. Of course, first I have to find a fine tooth comb, but before I can find a fine tooth comb I first have to ask just what in tarnation IS a fine tooth comb? If combs have teeth do teeth have combs? And what’s with the fine? I have fine teeth but no comb, so where does that put me? These are the questions that haunt the windmills of my mind. Speaking of the windmills of my mind, yesterday was quite a busy little day in which I did busy little things. For example, I got up and did busy little things on the computer, packaged up a few orders, and got ready to go to Mr. Grant Geissman’s home environment for a book design session. The first thing he did was the cover – once again, I provided a photograph that he really liked, and he did his customary great job figuring it out – I’ll be posting the image in the posts this morning and then you’ll all know what I’ve been slaving over. He then got the book imported, did all the various fonts for the text and the chapter headings and that’s all he had time for. Still to come are the specialty fonts and a few other “style” things, but I think it’s basically going to only take one more three-hour session to do all that, and then it’s just a matter of one final proofing of the galley he gives me. This one was easier than most because we already had the template for the last book. After that, I got some pizza slices and came home and sat on my couch like so much fish and ate them all up.

Last night, I watched an hour-long episode of Alfred Hitchcock Presents that I TIVOd, entitled Consider Her Ways, adapted from a short story by one of my favorite writers, John Wyndham (he wrote Day Of The Triffids, and The Midwich Cuckoos aka Village Of The Damned). The star was Barbara Barrie and it was quite a good show. Mr. Hitchcock’s intros and outros were, as always, hilarious. I’m also continuing to watch the second volume of Mod Squad season one episodes, and they’re a whole lot of fun. One episode in particular, with guest star Gloria Foster, was really excellent. One tremendously amusing thing is to watch all the ways they disguise shooting on the Paramount lot. In the episode I watched last night, a corner of the lot became a prison – of course, I don’t know many prisons that have walls that look like the outside of a soundstage, and a water tower, but there you are.

Well, why don’t we all click on the Unseemly Button below because I have to get some sleep, because I have a long day of proofing and other things to do, and I really must locate a fine tooth comb.

Today, I shall be proofing (Brain, Nudie, book), and I’ll be lunching with Mr. Patrick Cassidy, which I’m looking forward to. I also have errands to do, and some annoying e-mails to deal with. The latter never seem to abate no matter how I hope they will. Damn them, damn them all to hell.

There’s also some dinner thing this evening having to do with the Chance Theater and their subscribers – even though I really don’t want to make the drive, I may go out there and make an appearance, if I see the traffic isn’t too too horrid.

Tomorrow, I have a walk-through at the Wilshire Ebell and then a work session with Jenna L. Green and Emily Rozek, formerly of the LA company of Wicked. I’m looking forward to working with them.

Well, dear readers, I must take the day, I must do the things I do, I must, for example, proof, lunch, do errands, and deal with annoying e-mails. Today’s topic of discussion: It’s Ask BK Day, the day in which you get to ask me or any dear reader any old question you like and we get to give any old answer we like. So, let’s have loads of lovely questions and loads of lovely answers and loads of lovely postings, shall we, as I continue my search for a fine tooth comb.

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