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January 13, 2017:

THE DANCE OF THE SEVEN VEILS WITH TWELVE VEILS

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Well, dear readers, am I crazy or is this month almost halfway done? I gotta tell you – this month is flying by, like a gazelle doing the Dance of the Seven Veils but with only three veils as the gazelle likes to switch things up. I personally have done the Dance of the Seven Veils with twelve veils which is a much more veiled way of doing the Dance of the Seven Veils.

Yesterday was quite an okay day, save for luncheon, which was wretched and for which I entirely blame Jerry’s Deli and the ridiculous people of the City of Studio. I was up at ten after almost eight hours of sleep. I got a slow start again due to some thing or other – can’t remember what, whether it was a telephonic call or something else. But I did futz and finesse, adding, smoothing, and then writing a couple of new pages and beginning a new chapter. Then I went for some lunch. It was pouring rain. I got to Jerry’s Deli at 11:50 to find not one single parking place and seeing at least six people heading in. It’s like it rains and then entire population of Studio City decides that the only place they can eat is Jerry’s. But that wasn’t the reason for the full lot – the reason was they’d closed the bowling alley lot for a movie shoot’s crew vehicles, and those idiots used up most of the Jerry’s spaces, too. But I wasn’t about to wait for either a space or a booth, so I drove over to Du-Par’s, where I was seated pretty quickly.

Since no one had brought me a menu, I winged it and just ordered the mini Caesar salad and the mac-and-cheese. The former is always consistent and good, the latter has been different every single time I’ve had it. I just don’t get it. This time, it wasn’t macaroni-shaped noodles at all – it was more like Kraft noodles and it may well have BEEN Kraft noodles. Add to that a runny, thin sauce and it was just gross and not cheesy at all. I only ate about half of it and got the HELL out of there.

Then I picked up a couple of packages, after which I came home. I got right to work and wrote another three pages, then another two, which left another five. I did a bit of revising before I went on. Then I took a break for a couple of hours, listening to two different SACDs of The Planets. One was the John Elliot Gardiner recording I rather liked on regular CD, and one was a performance by Walter Susskind from, I think, the early 1970s that was particularly well thought of, especially sonically. It was mastered pretty low but as soon as I pumped the volume it sounded pretty good, although I didn’t think it was anywhere near as good as the reviews led me to believe. What else is new? The Gardiner sounded pretty excellent, better than the CD – cleaner and more detailed. There are actually a surprising number of The Planets performances on SACD. I’d love to have my favorite, the William Steinberg, but alas that one doesn’t have an SACD release. After that, I realized I had about three ounces of spaghetti left in a package, so I made that, sautéed some onions in butter and that was my evening snack – not even a helping really, but very good and it hit the spot, after which the spot, not being a pushover, hit it right back.

Then I wrote more pages and actually ended up doing just a bit over twelve pages, and that was pre-shower. I then showered, and came up with what I hope is what I’ve been waiting for – I’m not sure about it yet, and I certainly have to think about how to write it if I go with it, but it IS a device I was hoping would present itself to me. I could be fun if I did it the right way, and it would serve an important purpose, and I also came up with an idea of what would happen directly after that sequence – all that happens in what will be the final thirty pages of the book. But I do believe I’m now either approaching the halfway mark or I’ve passed it – that depends on the final page count, of course, but I suspect that I did indeed pass the halfway mark about three pages ago. I then listened to some ravishing Ravel.

Today, I’ll be up by ten, I’ll futz and finesse, and then I have to be on my way to LACC for a noon o’clock video shoot that will probably not last longer than thirty to forty-five minutes. Once that’s done, I’ll probably grab a bite to eat at the House of Pies – maybe even some of their yummilicious broasted chicken. I would be happy with one chicken breast and one piece of cornbread, oh, yes, I would be happy with that. After that, I’ll hopefully pick up some packages, then come home and write, write, and write until I’m done with eleven pages, maybe even a bit more.

The weekend is all writing, and of course on Sunday I’ll print out another eighty pages or so for Muse Margaret to read. Next week is all writing, as well, with a work session for the Kritzerland show and a couple of other things that need doing.

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, do a video shoot, eat, hopefully pick up packages, and write, write, write, relax, and, of course, do the Dance of the Seven Veils with Twelve Veils.  Today’s topic of discussion: It’s Friday – what is currently in your CD player and your DVD/Blu and Ray player?  I’ll start – I have no idea.  Your turn.  Let’s have loads of lovely postings, shall we, whilst I hit the road to dreamland where I shall dance the Dance of the Seven Veils with Twelve Veils.

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