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January 27, 2018:


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Well, dear readers, I must write these here notes in a hurry for it is late and she of the Evil Eye will be here all too soon. So, we had one miraculous miracle yesterday, which alleviates all but one of the merde problems, so just one more miraculous miracle and I can breathe easy for the first time this month – so keep sending those most excellent vibes and xylophones for one more miraculous miracle.

Yesterday was a day. I got a little over eight hours of sleep – would have been nine were it not for the fact that I was up at six in the morning for an hour. The alarm didn’t go off again, so I got up at eleven when Fed Ex arrived to pick up a mis-delivered package. Once up, I answered e-mails, had a telephonic call, and then I went and had a turkey sandwich and a side Caesar salad and began proofing the book. I’m finding the usual typos, and getting rid of my egregious overuse of hyphens, leaving only the ones I feel help what I’m trying to convey. I’m also splitting some of the longer paragraphs into smaller paragraphs. But so far, at least, I’m liking the book.

Then I picked up no mail or packages and came home. Once home, I had another telephonic call, got the miraculous miracle, started hearing nice reports about the Levi CD, and then I went back to proofing. Then I got to a section where I just had to stop and think, “What?” It was a descriptive section that got a little too detailed and I felt hurt rather than helped, although I knew why I wrote it the way I did. I did a quick revision of it, keeping what worked, adding a bit to it, then cutting almost two-thirds of a page. Then I called Muse Margaret and she knew right away what I was talking about. It had made her uncomfortable when she first read it and we did, in fact, cut a couple of things even then, but she was okay with it because she felt I wanted to make the reader feel uncomfortable reading about something that wasn’t pleasant for our lead character. But I read it and really didn’t like it and found it very out of place with what came before and what I knew came after. I read her the revised version and that she loved. Funnily, it says the same thing, just without the detail – you get the point and in a way it’s almost more uncomfortable just imaging things. So, I made that change right then. Part of it is that I want young adults to be able to read it – it’s not geared to young adults at all, but I do think they’d enjoy it, and this one page would not have worked in that regard. I’m much happier with it this new way.

Then I got ready to attend an opening night. I arrived at seven-thirty and had a lot of trouble finding a parking space. Normally their opening nights aren’t completely sold out, but this one was because it’s a REALLY big cast and everyone had their friends and family there.

After the play, they had their usual little partay backstage – I just went back there for a minute, then went to the Coral Café to meet up with Leslie and her daughter Alexa. But when I arrived there was a whole gaggle of girls – sister Mia and friends Hayley and Tess, all of whom had been to see Alexa’s variety show. We all had fun. I ordered a pasta and chicken dish, which several people tried – it wasn’t too great but I just ate the pasta and spinach that was in it and it really wasn’t that much actual pasta. Fun was had by all and then home I went.

Today, she of the Evil Eye will be here early and I’ll hang around for an hour or so, but she’s pretty much got the routine down by now. Then I’ll go have a light breakfast and continue proofing. I’ll hopefully pick up some packages, then at three I have a meeting with some fun folks at Hugo’s – I’ll probably just have a salad there, but not pasta papa. Then it will be more proofing at home.

Tomorrow, I’ll relax and proof, eat, and perhaps watch a motion picture. Then this week is proofing, meetings and meals, and casting the Kritzerland show and finalizing its songs and getting them assigned. There’s also a Robby Awards show to plan so I’m meeting Rob Stevens at some point this week to go over all that stuff.

Well, dear readers, I must take the day, I must do the things I do, I must, for example, proof over a light breakfast, have a meeting, proof, and relax. Today’s topic of discussion: What are you most wanted unreleased soundtracks on CD. I want to see if anyone lists the three that I’ve just done the deal for. Whether these will be three releases or a two-CD set with all three is unknown to me. They are all thirty-minutes long and part of me would like to keep it three separate releases, but the other part of me would like to do the three on two CDs idea. It will totally depend on what they’re going to charge me. Let’s have loads of lovely postings, shall we, whilst I hit the road to dreamland, happy that I got one of the two necessary miraculous miracles. One to go.

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