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February 10, 2018:

MAKING THE COVER CHOICE

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Well, dear readers, I do believe we’ve settled on the cover art for the new book. We went through about fourteen different covers, some variations on ones I was okay with, but funnily in the end we went with the first one I saw that spoke to me. None of the others really did and my idea didn’t work at all. So, I just kept going back to the one I’d originally thought was interesting, which was in the second batch I received. So, tonight I got more versions of things and I forwarded five choices to Muse Margaret and her choice was instantaneous and without hesitation – the same one I’d responded to. She felt there was something magical and enigmatic about it and it gave her goose bumps. So, that’s the one we’re going with. Grant saw most of the choices and didn’t care for any of them, really, but I think he’ll come around to it. And we may use the other one I was okay with for the back of the book, ghosted back so we can have the blurbs there. So now I’m just waiting for the proofers to get me their stuff. Hopefully I’ll have all three by Monday so I can go through everything.

Yesterday was a day in which things happened and a lot of merde was slung. My head is truly ready to explode. And an old Jew’s head exploding will not be pretty. I was up at eight, did the morning stuff and then headed over to LACC for a meeting about the Robby Awards show. That went quickly and easily, so that was nice. I then came right back home, did some work at the piano and on the computer, and then ate my first Freshly meal, meat loaf – 400 calories.

Then I did more work at the piano and finished a song musically but with some lyrics still to be written. I got reports about the ongoing drama at the Group Rep, then got the cover stuff and sent that along. Then Muse Margaret and I had our conversation, I gave Doug the news about the cover choice, and then I had my second Freshly meal, sausage and peppers – 380 calories and I must say really tasty. I had two dinners left but I’m going out to eat today after the play so I gave those to Grant – in fact he’s gotten a total of three from this batch of six and he’s really enjoying them so we may go in on a weekly delivery together. Then I finally sat on my couch like so much fish.

Last night, I finally found something to watch on the Flix of Net, and six year old film called Erased with Aaron Eckhart. It’s one of those thrillers with one plot point borrowed from every other thriller and characters just like every other character from those films. You know, former CIA operative with a shady history there, let go, now working in Belgium with his daughter with him, a teen who has a – wait for it – strained relationship but who comes to admire him. He’s working for a firm and everything about his job is established so carefully and the set-ups with the people he interacts with is so heavy-handed that I said out loud, oh, he’ll go to work the next day and it will be an empty building and all those people won’t be there. And, voila. And so it goes throughout the film. It moves along, is not very good, but I watched it all the way through because it was mindless and stupid, which I was in the mood for.

After that, I shaved so I wouldn’t have to in the morning, and I relaxed and listened to music, the very weird Tomita electronic version of The Planets. I must say, I don’t find it very good.

Today I’ll be up at eight again, I’ll shower, then she of the Evil Eye will arrive. I’ll hang out for a bit, then I’ll go have a really light breakfast, hopefully pick up some packages, then come back. Then I’ll go see this Guys and Dolls production, and then it will be somewhere for food afterwards. I’m thinking that Factor’s Deli might be the easiest, although my last visit there was a bit disappointing, food-wise. We shall see. Once that’s all done, I’ll come home and relax.

Tomorrow will be a ME day and if any of the proofer stuff comes in I’ll start dealing with that. Then next week is all meetings and meals and getting the Kritzerland cast their music.

Well, dear readers, I must take the day, I must do the things I do, I must, for example, have a light breakfast, see a show, have a light early dinner, and then relax. Today’s topic of discussion: What movie clichés do you absolutely hate? Let’s have loads of lovely postings, shall we, whilst I hit the road to dreamland, happy to have made the cover decision, which I’ll share at some point in the next couple of weeks.

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