A confession. And a major portion of my life I’ve managed to not mention before.
Hello, Internet, it’s Monday, November 29th, and I have a confession to make.
I gave up on NaNoWriMo.
Actually, I gave up on it a couple of weeks ago, but have been delaying saying so out loud in case I was suddenly struck by a lightning bolt of creativity and inspiration and simultaneously developed the ability to stop time so that I could write for hours and hours and not have to stop to do things like go to work or do laundry or eat food like human beings tend to have to do.
And as bad as I feel for all of the people who love me and believe me to be better than I am, who were known to say things like “I know you can do it!” and “You’ll get it done!”, the truth is that not getting it done is in no way a loss. Since November 1st, I have developed a main character, a plot outline, a structure and a setting… one that I might use to eventually write a novel (or at least a story) in a less compressed period of time… or maybe during a period of one month, but a month in which I am not teaching kids or doing a show or maintaining a blog project which continues to astonish me with its power to consume my time.
In the meantime, Momentum went very well. We had a sold-out run, and people went away saying very nice things about the play, the performance and the set and design. My kudos go to the crew in particular, who managed to go from all of the complications that arise from doing a show on a bus, to all of the complications that arise from doing a show that was meant to be on a bus on a stage, complete with special effects, film projection, and about 2 lighting cues a minute, in a little more than a week. It was an incredible thing to watch. Well done, team.
Also, thanks to all who came to see it. Lovely to see so many friends, and perhaps even more lovely to see so many people I’d never seen before. Even though the bus-set didn’t work out, because Metrobus is STILL on strike, it did attract a bunch of audience members who aren’t part of the usual theatre-going population, and that is ALWAYS something worth doing.
This week, for the first time since before my birthday, when I started this blog, I am in Fogo Island. It is very strange to have been away for so long, and even stranger to realize that I haven’t spoken about Fogo Island on this blog… ever. So. Some background:
I am the founding Artistic Director of the World’s End Theatre Company, which is a locally-mandated company based in Fogo Island and Change Islands. World’s End was officially incorporated in January 2008, right after its first performance, and has so far produced three summer seasons of original work, performed by local actors, singers and musicians, three winter concerts and any number of workshops and classes for islanders interested in becoming involved in the performing arts.
World’s End is a project of the Shorefast Foundation (if you don’t know about them, you should absolutely check them out), and they are the major financial supporter of the work we do.
This fall, World’s End saw a pretty drastic staffing change, which means that this week (my first week “off” since September), I am on the island to work out some stuff, shuffle some papers, talk to some people, etc. I have cunningly left my still camera in St. John’s, but I have my video camera, so hopefully I will be able to take some video of how startlingly beautiful it is out here. In the meantime, there are some pretty awesome pictures up at Shorefast’s flickr site.
And now, off to eat yummy home-cooked food and hug a lot of people I haven’t seen since July. Ciao!