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February 2, 2019:

THE PROOF IS IN THE PROOFING

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Well, dear readers, February is flying by, like a gazelle debating the merits of chewing bubble gum whilst trying to sing an aria from La Boheme.  I am trying to change my sleeping habits by going to bed at least thirty minutes earlier than the previous night – I did that successfully and I hope to do the same as soon as I finish writing these here notes.

Yesterday was quite an okay day.  I was up at ten-thirty after seven hours of sleep and very weird dreams.  Once up, I answered e-mails and had to have a telephonic volley, which started poorly but ended really nicely when I got the sweetest gal ever to help me.  Her name was Charlene.

Then I had an early lunch meeting with our very own Adryan Russ, who is one of the regular proofers.  She had finished and had my hard copy for me.  She loved the book, or so she said, was very specific about why, and it’s her favorite of the Adriana series, so that made me very happy.  I had a bacon and cheese omelet and a bagel.  After that, I picked up some mail and a very big residual of seven dollars for one of my Laverne and Shirley episodes.  Then I came home.

Once home, I began proofing, which continued throughout the day.  I only have forty pages to go, but my eyes were getting tired so I stopped and sat on my couch like so much fish.

Last night, I attempted to watch a motion picture on a DGA screener entitled Black Panther.  I heard it was the greatest thing since white bread, which was amusing in an ironic sense, and as we all know it’s up for Best Picture.  Well, I lasted just under an hour and found it no different than every other one of these Marvel things, and I could not stand a minute more of it. How this got up for Best Picture is anyone’s guess – although given the politicization of these awards, I guess it makes sense.  These films are just not for me.

I then watched a new Netflix thing called Velvet Buzzsaw, a rather silly satire/horror film of the “now” art world.  It’s enjoyable on a certain level (don’t fall for the “thriller” tag), and the performances are fine, and I do find it amusing that all nudity these days is done by men, but ultimately it adds up to nothing at all.

I made about three ounces of spaghetti with some Prego red sauce on it. It was good and a small portion – just for my evening snack.  I listened to music and proofed a tiny bit more, then that was that.

Today, I’ll be up by ten and I’ll decide whether I want to go to the book fair or not.  I was thinking of going tomorrow instead but they switched it up and it was actually yesterday and today, which I found out by looking at the pass that was sent to me. So, it’s today or not.  I have to be back here by three for a short rehearsal, so I wouldn’t have all that much time there – we shall see.  After the rehearsal I’ll hopefully pick up packages, eat something light but fun, finish proofing, and find something to view.

Tomorrow, I’ll just enter my fixes to the book, then begin entering Adryan’s, which she’s already told me are just typo, punctuation, and a few grammar things, so that should be easy.  Monday is the Robby Awards, so I’ll just relax until it’s time for sound check and then we’re off and running.  I know that I open the show and I’ve already prepared some of my own remarks in addition to the ones Rob has written.  So, that should be fun and I’m thrilled to be doing it with my old pal, Linda Hart.  The rest of the week is getting singers their songs for the March Kritzerland, meetings and meals, seeing some shows, and getting some relaxing time in, too.

Well, dear readers, I must take the day, I must do the things I do, I must, for example, maybe go to a book fair, have a short rehearsal, hopefully pick up packages, eat, and finish proofing.  Today’s topic of discussion: They say satire is what closes on Saturday night, but there have been some mighty good satires so what are your all-time favorite satires from any decade or century?  Let’s have loads of lovely postings, shall we, whilst I hit the road to dreamland, as I continue to understand that the proof is in the proofing.

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