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May 29, 2008:

BRILLIANTLY BRILLIANT OR INANELY INANE?

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Well, dear readers, it is almost one in the morning as I type these here notes. I would have to say that my brain is not functioning at peak capacity, and therefore I have no clew as to what these here notes will be like. They could be brilliantly brilliant or inanely inane at just the drop of a hat. At some point I shall go get a hat and drop it so I know if I’m being brilliantly brilliant or inanely inane. Speaking of inanely inane, yesterday was a busy little day in which I did busy little things. I got up in the morning hours, and had several telephonic conversations. The Miss Beth Malone came by and we put her Nudie songs on her Mac (recorded directly into Garage Band). Then I worked for quite a while on the new opening to Nudie and pretty much got it the way I think it should work. Then I went to lunch and went through the Nudie script line by line, making cuts mostly, and fixing a little of this and a little of that, not necessarily in that order. I got through the first act, and will do the same for the second act today. I didn’t do any casting, which I must do today. I then shipped a few packages, did some errands, then came home and did some work on the computer.

And then it was time to go to Mr. Grant Geissman’s home environment. We had a marathon four-hour work session, but got all the fixes in, all the style things in, and the book looks quite lovely. I’ll be printing out a copy this morning and going through it very carefully. Just for fun, I took a quick look-see at the PDF and already found ten more fixes – really minor stuff we hadn’t caught, and all bad breaks. Easy to fix, and I’m sure I’ll find a few more when I am going through the hard copy carefully. But I’d say we’re ninety percent through – all that’s left for me after the final little fixes is to do the dedication and the acknowledgements, and then I’ve got to get copies to my blurbers, who can hopefully read it soon.

I got home quite late, answered a bunch of waiting e-mails, and tried to relax, to no avail. If one can try to relax, to no avail, can one also try to relax, to yes avail? Just asking.

Well, why don’t we all click on the Unseemly Button below because frankly I haven’t been able to figure out if these here notes are brilliantly brilliant or inanely inane, although I suspect it’s the latter rather than the former, unless it’s the former rather than the latter. Since I no longer have a clew as to what the HELL I’m going on about, click away, dear readers, click away.

Today I must concentrate on casting. I must also go through the second act of Nudie, lock as much as I can, because then I’ll have to get scripts printed for the reading and I also want to send Mr. Cassidy and Miss Malone theirs via e-mail. I’m also in the midst of doing new arrangement bits for the songs, mostly intros and outros, but also some new tempo and rhythm things, a few new key changes, and stuff like that. Then I’m going to record the entire thing into Garage Band – that way I can send the ensemble the group numbers to learn.

Today or tomorrow I’m hoping Grant and I can lock up the galley and send it off to the publisher. And tomorrow or Saturday we’ll be having another rehearsal with the gals who are doing the charity event.

On the weekend, there’s a book fair in Pasadena – it’s usually not very interesting, but I have some dealer friends who’ll be there, so I’ll go down and be supportive.

Well, dear readers, I must take the day, I must do the things I do, I must, for example, print a galley, do Nudie work, cast, and record songs into Garage Band. Today’s topic of discussion: We haven’t had an art topic in years, so – what are your all-time favorite paintings, and who are your favorite artists? Let’s have loads of lovely postings, shall we? And I’ve decided that these here notes are neither brilliantly brilliant or inanely inane – they’re simply averagely average. And I’m jiggy with that.

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