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February 8, 2017:

BETTER HOLMES AND GARDENS

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Well, dear readers, this week is flying by, like a gazelle tweeting on the state of the musical in Paraguay. The gazelle is all over social media right now and it’s a little frightening, frankly.

Yesterday was a day in which things happened. I got about seven hours of sleep. Once up, I answered e-mails, finally got the LACC campaign launched at Indiegogo, so that is off my plate – I’m still adding perks though, including some signed photos from Cindy Williams and Penny Marshall, Mark Hamill, Joan Van Ark, and others. After that, I moseyed on over to the Coral Café for lunch with Adryan Russ. She is proofer number two so I got her hard copy of the manuscript with her suggested fixes and was happy to hear how much she loved the book. I had eggs benedict and she had a wrap. We had fun catching up, and then I went on my merry way. I picked up a package and then came home.

I entered all the easy to enter fixes and she caught some typos and a few other things that we hadn’t caught. Then I ran everything else by Muse Margaret and we decided on which were okay to do and which weren’t. Then I entered all those and will now wait for proofer three to get me whatever she has.

And I finally am having detailed conversations with Rupert Holmes about our show. Our song list is now at fourteen and I’ll choose three more beyond those. Most interestingly, I thought I was going to have to beg him to sing the Pina Colada song, but not only will he do that one, he’s going to sing three or four others – color me thrilled and I’m now rethinking how I’ll cast the rest of the show. Kay Cole will be doing Moonfall, too. So, it’s coming together and his assistant has begun getting me the music. I also asked Rupert to blurb the new book and he’s said he would, so I sent it to him. He saw what it was about and e-mailed me right back saying I could have written this story just for him because it’s about something he loves. So, hoping to have that blurb sooner than later. After all that, I finally sat on my couch like so much fish.

Last night, I watched a motion picture on Blu and Ray entitled Love in the Afternoon, directed by Billy Wilder and written by Wilder and I.A.L. Diamond (the first of many screenplays they’d write together), and starring Audrey Hepburn, Gary Cooper, and Maurice Chevalier. I don’t think I’d ever seen it all the way through, although I don’t know why that is, as Wilder is a favorite and the cast can’t be beat. The picture didn’t do well in the U.S. but it did well overseas. A common complaint was the age difference between Cooper and Hepburn, but that stuff never bothers me and I’m a big fan of both actors. Hepburn is at her best in this film, and Chevalier is charming as all get out, and I think we all know how charming all get out is. John McGiver is amusing, too. It’s all a frothy bubble, with some classic Wilder bits, has luminous black-and-white photography, and comes recommended by the likes of me. It may not be at the very top of the Wilder canon, but it is so far above most other films of the current era that it probably seems better now than it did back then. The transfer is really lovely.

After that, I went and got a bit of no-calorie salad with red wine vinegar from Gelson’s, along with some baby shrimp to put in it. That hit the spot and then the spot hit that, and all was well. Then I relaxed and listened to some music.

Today I will cast our Kritzerland show and begin getting folks their music. I have some errands and whatnot to do, then I’ll be preparing the first Kritzerland release of 2017, which I hope to announce on Friday and we’ll also start taking preorders for the new book at that time – we will of course have a little something special for those who pre-order the book. I’ll eat, hopefully pick up some packages, and do some work on the commissioned song.

Tomorrow and the rest of the week is meetings and meals and going and doing as well as doing and going and even a little seeing.

Well, dear readers, I must take the day, I must do the things I do, I must, for example, cast, get folks music, prepare a release, eat, hopefully pick up some pacakges, and work on a song. 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, whilst I hit the road to dreamland, happy to have made some good progress on the Rupert show.

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