I once again haven’t written too much this week; my weekend was rather busy and I have only had a few nights at home, on which I’ve been stupidly tired. I think I finally did combat this last night by going to bed at 8:30ish and apart from a couple of incidents, basically sleeping though until my alarm went off at 6 this morning. It was glorious. I’m blaming the exhaustion on the fact that Crucible rehearsals have now started and there’s basically no way to play Abigail Williams without being exhausted at the end of it… Last Thursday we were doing the part where Abigail is threatening the other girls into keeping quiet about their potentially witchcraft-y activities, which requires a lot of simmering fear and hysteria under the surface, which we’ve got to convey. And then on Monday we were doing the scene with Abigail and John Proctor, which required me to go from flirtatious to pleading to angry to mocking to passionate to devastated all within about three pages of script. And we ran it many times. Sleep was difficult on Monday night because it actually took me quite a while to relax afterwards. On the upside, since they kept running through my head, I now know ALL my lines for that scene.
Anyway, what writing I have done in the past week has mostly involved combining bits and pieces from the two versions of Operation: Sugarplum that I had sitting there. In the first one, Max and Clara were complete strangers, in the second they’d known each other all their lives. In this combined version, they’ve known each other a month or so, and I think I’ve finally struck the right balance. I still don’t really know where to take the story after what I’ve already got written, though I did find some notes I made back when I first started which might help…
For WIPpet Wednesday, I’m giving you 26 words because today is the 26th. Max is pretty sure that if they took Clara to see their own kingdom and ran into some of the bad guys, he and Drosselmeier would be able to handle it. Drosselmeier is not so convinced.
“Don’t start getting ahead of yourself, Max. You only defeated one of them last night, and from what you tell me, it was with Clara’s help.”
And now I am going to set up my new bedside lamp on my bedside chest and read for a little while before having another nice, early night. I’ll catch you all later! Check back here on Friday, though, as my post in Shah Wharton‘s Finding Esta will be going up. There are ten copies up for grabs! 😀