This is the most productive day I’ve had all quarantine. Fun! Not necessarily to read, but for me. It also makes this post ironically short for how much I got done. C’est la vie.
I woke up at 9:15. Still not a win, but better than the last two days. I’m hopeful for tomorrow – it will finally be my 8:00 am day!
I slowly woke up, had my coffee and breakfast, and got right into worldbuilding. I talked for a couple hours with an author-friend group chat about my magic system, and I spent literally four hours (working through lunch instead of having my traditional TV lunch) working through the magic (and various other details) with my sister.
After that, I took a break from worldbuilding to find a monologue. I did! And it only took me four more hours with only my dinner-TV break and a 20 minute phone call with my mom. Feast your eyes:
Sally Brown’s monologue from “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” by Clark Gesner
“A ‘C’? A ‘C’? I got a ‘C’ on my coat hanger sculpture? How could anyone get a ‘C’ in coat hanger sculpture? May I ask a question? Was I judged on the piece of sculpture itself? If so, is it not true that time alone can judge a work of art? Or was I judged on my talent? If so, is it fair that I be judged on a part of my life over which I have no control? If I was judged on my effort, then I was judged unfairly, for I tried as hard as I could! Was I judged on what I had learned about this project? If so, then were not you, my teacher, also being judged on your ability to transmit your knowledge to me? Are you willing to share my ‘C’? Perhaps I was being judged on the quality of coat hanger itself out of which my creation was made…now is this not also unfair? Am I to be judged by the quality of coat hangers that are used by the dry cleaning establishment that returns our garments? Is that not the responsibility of my parents? Should they not share my ‘C’?”
I’m very excited about it. Another contribution to my day and life by my sister – she sent it to me on hour four, and it’s perfect. It walks the line of “fun project to act” and “connects with part of who I am.”
I also have two backup monologues I’m going to have in my back pocket, because you can literally never go into an audition with too much prepared.
Granted, I still don’t know when this audition will happen. But it will happen! That much I am sure of! And I will have a good monologue for it!
After that, my sister and I segued directly into more worldbuilding for another couple of hours. Today was quite the marathon, and it was really a team effort the whole day through. It was mostly fine-tuning and detail-defining what we did earlier in the day, but we also dipped our toes into religion just the slightest bit.
I think I can maybe round out the rest of this worldbuild myself and then send it to my sister and my other go-to feedback-, sounding board-, help-people. Perhaps as soon as tomorrow or the end of quarantine.
The day went by quickly and I feel so good about what I got done. However, my headache has also been a little worse today, and I think the only solution is sleep, so we’ll see how I feel in the morning.
We’re coming up on 10:30, so I must shower and get myself abed swiftly. I have a self-imposed constraint to meet!
I’m debating sharing some of my worldbuilding document here, but I don’t want to tip my authorial hand to much, and it might be unreadable to anyone but me and the people who know me best. I don’t know, I’ll think on it. I’m just riding a high from the work we got done on it today.
Well, goodnight. I am so close to freedom, I can taste it.