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January 23, 2018:

THE HOME STRETCH OF THE HOME STRETCH

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Well, dear readers, had a lovelier than lovely conversation with Muse Margaret and read her the revised character’s new and improved description and dialogue and she loved all the changes, including the other minor ones I did and read her. So, that was a big load off. Otherwise it was a perfectly productive day with only one annoyance early on that I chose to not deal with. Trying to buy another day or two, but do keep sending those most excellent vibes and xylophones for the two miraculous miracles still needed.

I was up at ten but remained in bed until ten-thirty. I’d been up very late doing all the fixes so didn’t get to bed until almost three. Once up, I answered e-mails, then futzed and finessed. I had to do quite a lot of it – just little things here and there that weren’t quite up to snuff, moving stuff around, adding, subtracting – the usual stuff. Then I wrote a few lines. I then took a walk to the bank and made a deposit, then I came right home. As you may remember, they’d put sealer or whatever it is they do on the street so I couldn’t actually drive anywhere yesterday. But I had food – pinwheel sandwiches was the food o’ the day basically. Later I had a bagel, and then snacked on some cheese slices.

Then it was back to writing. I just hunkered down and did about seven pages, maybe eight. I took a little break, listened to the soundtrack to The Post by John Williams, which I very much enjoyed, then it was back to writing. I had the telephonic conversation with Muse Margaret, and just kept writing. I took a little break to finish watching the motion picture I’d seen most of – the thing with Nicholas Cage, Vengeance: A Love Story. I cannot tell you how bad the script was – written by a guy who’s done a lot of TV. It’s based on a novel by Joyce Carol Oates called Rape: A Love Story. But clearly Mr. Screenwriter was most interested in the Vengeance, which is actually just perfunctory. There was a lot of schmacting going on, but that’s probably because the director was formerly a stunt coordinator, this being his first time in the director’s chair. I cannot recommend this thing.

Then it was back to writing. By the end of the evening I’d done about sixteen pages, so that was good. I got past the big penultimate sequence and now I have a transition sequence that should lead me to the final sequence of the book. How many pages that will all take is unknown to me – I just write it as it comes to me and as I feel it. After that, I had one more telephonic call, and then listened to music.

Oh, and all domestic orders of Levi and Villa-Lobos have now been shipped, with only the Internationals left – those will get done today. I also made Levi available on Amazon. I’m not sure if I’ll ever make it available digitally – certainly not for a few months anyway.

Today I’ll futz and finesse, then write new pages, hopefully pick up some packages, write, relax, write, and I suppose there’s a chance that I might finish the book. If not, it will definitely be finished tomorrow. We shall see. IF I were to finish it, then I will find someone to have a celebratory meal with. Then I’d futz and finesse tomorrow, Xerox and get the pages to Muse Margaret.

Tomorrow, if I haven’t finished the book I will. Then I’d find someone to have a celebratory meal with. And I’d futz and finesse on Thursday, Xerox, and get pages to Muse Margaret. Also on Thursday I may have to see a performance at a high school. Friday I think I’m going to an opening night at the Group Rep – or not, don’t quite have that firmed up yet. And of course hoping for the two miraculous miracles. Not sure what the weekend will hold, but if the book’s done I’ll read through it and begin to make my first set of fixes before getting it to the proofers. There’s no hurry in that regard as Grant is busy on a book project for Taschen and probably can’t get to designing mine until April, although I will do my best to annoy him so much that he’ll just want to get it done.

Well, dear readers, I must take the day, I must do the things I do, I must, for example, futz and finesse, write, hopefully pick up packages, write, relax, and write – at which point I eat will wholly depend on whether I finish the book or not. Today’s topic of discussion: What are your favorite revenge movies – it’s a genre that’s been done a lot and one I’m fond of if done well. Let’s have loads of lovely postings, shall we, whilst I hit the road to dreamland, happy to be in the home stretch of the home stretch.

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