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January 21, 2017:

THE LIGHT AT THE END OF THE TUNNEL

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Well, dear readers, I must write these here notes in a hurry, for she of the Evil Eye will be here all too soon. As I write these here notes in a hurry I’ll note that I am listening to music, specifically the eighth symphony of Kurt Atterberg. I finished my writing for the day just a few minutes ago. But more about that in a moment. Okay, a moment’s up.

Yesterday was a perfectly fine day. I was up at ten, I answered e-mails, and then at around ten-forty I began futzing and finessing. And there was a lot of it to do – adding things, removing things, and completely rewriting things, especially for the sequence that I felt wasn’t clear enough or written well enough. It took me a while to get that right. I finished about half of the futzing and finessing and then I went and had a chili, cheese, and onion hot dog and some fries, after which I came directly home. It was pouring down rain for most of the day.

Once home, I finished the second half of the futzing and finessing and wrote a couple of new pages. Then it was just writing, taking a break, writing, taking a break from then right through to the end of the evening. I went back quite a bit to fill things out and I had to adjust the structure a few times until the flow of the new pages felt right. At some point in the very late afternoon I think I’d done eight pages.

Then I wrote the additional three pages by seven-thirty, at which point I took a nice break, listened to the rest of the Ravel SACD, and then I came back to the computer and wrote an additional page. At ten I took a hot shower and thankfully got a few good ideas, principally adding four things to what I’d been writing, and one little thing for what’s upcoming. I then added the four things, writing what turned out to be about two new pages. I think those additions helped to fill out what I’d written. Of course, we’ll see how it all feels when I futz and finesse today, but I definitely see the light at the end of the tunnel. Then I put on the music and that was that.

Today, I’ll be up by eight-thirty and I’m not sure if I’ll be coherent enough to futz and finesse, but if I am I’ll do a little bit of that before I leave. I’ll have a tiny little breakfast to tide me over until dinner, hopefully I’ll pick up some packages, and then I’ll finish futzing and finessing and I’ll begin the new pages. Depending on how the final sequence goes I could conceivably finish the book at some point, but if I don’t, I can definitely finish in the morning. It just depends on how many pages it’s going to take to tell this final bit of the story. I think it will be at least ten pages but could go as many as fifteen or twenty. I certainly have written those number of pages in a day, especially when I’m finishing a book. We shall see.

Tomorrow, should I not have finished, I will finish, then I’ll print out this batch of pages, Xerox them, and get them over to Muse Margaret. Whichever day I finish, I have alerted certain folks that I WILL want to have a celebratory dinner as I do every year when I’ve finished a book. Who that will be with I won’t know until I actually finished. Then next week I have to get the LACC Indiegogo campaign up and running, and we have the first Kritzerland rehearsal. I’ll also do the commentary. I have a dinner on Tuesday night, and there are probably a few other things that I’ll attend to.

Well, dear readers, I must take the day, I must do the things I do, I must, for example, futz and finesse, have a very light breakfast, hopefully pick up packages, and then I shall write, write, and write, with not too many breaks. If I finish I will then have a nice meal with whoever can do that. Today’s topic of discussion: What are your favorite film history books or theater history books? Let’s have loads of lovely postings, shall we, whilst I hit the road to dreamland, happy to be seeing the light at the end of the tunnel.

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