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March 4, 2017:

GOOD FRIDAY

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Well, dear readers, let me just start by saying that I am still fighting the good fight and taking all my preventatives. So, keep sending those most excellent vibes and xylophones for no sickness and a strong voice – only two more days – we can DO this.

Otherwise, yesterday was a Friday and a good Friday it was in most ways. I got a little under ten hours of sleep and I kind of had a little allergy thing when I woke up but immediately took my Claritin D, which helped pretty quickly. Note to allergies: Don’t need you right now. Then I printed out quite a few orders, but I have to say I was disappointed in the number of them – until I actually went to Paypal and saw there were fifty more orders than I’d gotten via e-mail. At some point I called Paypal and they had some bug in their system – it’s fixed now, but even as I’m writing these here notes, I still haven’t gotten about twenty-five invoices. Hopefully they’ll all be here by morning, or I can just print out from Paypal directly. So, Two for the Road is doing very well so far and my main dealer is taking a lot of them, too.

I then went and had my cup of chicken soup and a bagel, then came back home, took more of my preventatives, printed out more orders, and, happily, got the galley and covers from the publisher. We approved the galley instantly, and approved the softcover cover, but they’d neglected to italicize two titles on the back flap of the dust jacket, so they’re doing that now and I’ll approve that on Monday, most likely. Then the book will go to the printers for my test copies, which should come within a week or two, then I can place my order and we’ll get everyone’s books shipped.

Then I got the redos from the book that Brittney Bertier did – unfortunately two of the most important lines didn’t get recorded at all, so she has to go back AGAIN, and that can’t happen until Tuesday. Then I went through the first chapter of the book and flagged lines that have to be redone – and there are a lot of them due to wrong words or pronunciations. This is going to be a complete nightmare to edit, and it’s going to fall to me to come up with a road map that makes it as easy as possible. I really should have done this a different way, but it’s my first and live and learn, as they say. Michael Sterling dropped by and brought me a chocolate peanut butter donut from K’s Donuts, which was very sweet. I looked at it and thought about eating it – which I immediately did. Later, I had some rice. Then I sat on my couch like so much fish.

Last night, I finished watching The Lost World – Jurassic Park. I really found it quite a poor sequel to a film I didn’t like that much to begin with. What shines through is Mr. Spielberg’s command of film and its language – it’s always a pleasure to watch his work, even if I’m not that fond of some of his films. Anyway, this film is just all action and no substance, and the villain is a bore. I couldn’t even keep straight what was happening at the end.

Then I printed out more orders, relaxed, took a hot shower, took all my preventatives, and that was good Friday.

Today, I’ll have my chicken soup and a bagel early in the day, then I’ll relax until it’s time for the stumble-through. After that, I’m sure I’ll snack on something, perhaps watch a motion picture, and relax.

Tomorrow, I’ll relax until it’s time to mosey on over to The Federal at three-thirty for the end of the band rehearsal, and then sound check. Then we do our show. I’m not sure if we’ll go out to Little Toni’s after, although that would probably be nice. Monday I need to catch up on things, approve the dust jacket, and other stuff. The rest of the week is digesting the material for the new musical I’m directing, some meetings and meals, and a meeting with the creative staff of the musical on Saturday, at which time we’ll discuss how I see the show, style-wise, how I’d like the set to function, and then casting, too.

Well, dear readers, I must take the day, I must do the things I do, I must, for example, have chicken soup and a bagel, take all my preventatives, relax, have a stumble-through, and then relax some more. Today’s topic of discussion: What are your favorite movies of Steven Spielberg? Let’s have loads of lovely postings, shall we, whilst I hit the road to dreamland, happy to have had a good Friday.

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