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January 15, 2017:

SNAP TO IT

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Well, dear readers, I have had a very long day of writing, interspersed with some eating and attending a nearby birthday partay. Therefore I am sitting here like so much fish, staring at my computer screen whilst music plays and I have no energy whatsoever because sometimes the writing drains me of energy by the end of the evening. As Charlton Heston might have said, I feel like I’ve been through De Mille. I mean, I am zombified right now, but I must snap out of it, I must snap into it, I must snap like the Jets, I must snap like ginger, snap like the pans in the pantry, pans, of course, being snap spelled backwards. There now I’m back in the swing of things. I’m here and present as well as present and here.

I was up at ten after about seven hours of sleep, and around ten-thirty, when I was coherent, and after I’d had a fun telephonic conversation with Kay Cole about doing a release party for her CD, I began futzing and finessing the previous day’s writing. I added, I removed, I smoothed, and did all but one page of the twelve I’d written. I then went and had chicken tenders, which were quite yummilicious, then came right back home. Over the course of the next four hours I wrote about seven new pages. Then I took a brief break to relax a bit, listening to one of those RCA early stereo SACD things, this one Pictures at an Exhibition. It sounded absolutely amazing, as all the RCA Living Stereo SACDs do.

I then wrote another two pages, took a hot shower, and after that wrote two-and-a-half more, which put me a little over eleven pages so that was really nice to be done early. Then I moseyed on over to the nearby birthday partay, at a local pizzeria called Reno’s. The partay, which happens every year, was for a soundtrack producer. So, I knew a few folks and had a good time. I sat next to John Morgan who, with partner Bill Stromberg, is responsible for a huge number of excellent film music recordings. We had a lot of fun gabbing. The owner of La La Land Records was across from me and we chatted a bit. I said hi to composer Lee Holdridge – we put out a few CDs of his music back in the Bay Cities days – and I knew a few other people and yakked with them, too. I had one VERY tiny piece of pepperoni pizza and I left after about an hour.

I stopped at Gelson’s on the way home and got about two ounces of the seafood salad from the salad bar, and some “light” popcorn for the microwave. The “light” popcorn is VERY low in calories but very filling, so I had that and the bit of seafood salad for the rest of my evening snack. Then I looked at where I’d left off, got inspired, and wrote another two-plus pages for almost fourteen pages. I talked to Muse Margaret and I’ll be delivering her the latest batch of pages today. Then I listened to some music.

Today, I’ll be up by ten, I’ll futz and finesse and try to write three new pages. However many I do, at about 11:45 I’ll stop and print out all the pages from the past week, and then I’ll go get them Xeroxed and take them to Muse Margaret at about 1:00. After that, I’ll eat something, and then I’ll pick up one little package that’s arriving today, and then I’ll come back home and hopefully write a total of eleven pages. But with today’s writing I think it’s safe to predict that I’m in the final 100 pages of the book.

Tomorrow is more writing, and finally getting to the commentary, Tuesday I have a brief work session for the Kritzerland show, and then the rest of the week is writing, writing and more writing.

Well, dear readers, I must take the day, I must do the things I do, I must, for example, futz and finesse, write new pages, print out pages, Xerox pages, bring pages to Muse Margaret, eat, pick up a package, and write. Today’s topic of discussion: It’s free-for-all day, the day in which you dear readers get to make with the topics and we all get to post about them. So, let’s have loads of lovely topics and loads of lovely postings, shall we, whilst I hit the road to dreamland, happy that I snapped to it and wrote some damn notes.

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