Hello! It is I! I have returned to the real world from the depths of the Salem Witch Trials (though I will say that Abigail Williams is proving a difficult character to let go of). Our production of The Crucible went really well. Audiences on both days were very impressed (even though we were all really tired by Sunday and it was not as good as Saturday’s performance). We raised $2500 all together, $1500 of which will go to the charity we support and the other $1000 of which will pay for theatre hire for our next production in October. Our director is still forwarding us emails from people telling us how great the whole thing was. One of my co-stars has given me the details for her agent and told me I should get on her books, which is incredibly flattering, and I am thinking about it, but she also gave me the details for some people she’s done various acting classes with, and I think I might follow those up first. I have no desire to make a career out of acting, but there are some short film festivals in Canberra and that sort of thing, and it would be fun to have the contacts to participate in something like that.
Here are a couple of photos taken by our director’s daughter-in-law (whose daughter played my little cousin, Betty). The first one is from Act 3, when I’m claiming that Mary Warren is sending a cold wind on all of us because she’s clearly a witch (this is what happens when you decide to dob on Abigail Williams). The second is earlier on when I am arguing with John Proctor over whether or not he’s still into me (he totally is, at least a bit, and we both know it, hence the look on his face). Also, check out those wigs. I have a pixie cut, only the bangs are mine.
All right, you’ve now indulged me enough, so I shall give you what you came for. It’s Wednesday, and that means a WIPpet is in order. To be honest, I haven’t actually done any work at all on my writing in the past couple of weeks. Rehearsals are my main excuse, but I am basically up to give-it-to-a-proofreader stage, and I really need to find myself a new writing project, since AMCF really is in its final stages. As such, today I’m just going to pull five paragraphs (for the 5th month) from one of last year’s NaNoWriMo stories, An Eventual Happily Ever After, which is a sort-of-sequel/companion piece to AMCF, starring Cait’s younger sister, Ginny, in the lead role. Ginny is only 12-13 in AMCF, but she is 18 in this one, and certain people are thinking its time she got paired off with a nice gentleman somewhere.
“I hope you’re not going to meet Sir Kieran with that expression on your face.”
“I don’t know. It will depend on Sir Kieran.”
“I’m sorry.” Ginny turned on the dressing table stool to face her mother. “It’s just that you and Father and the King and Queen have decided that this man is a good match for me and I don’t know a single thing about him. Cait was a commoner and Prince Felipe convinced his parents to let him marry her because he loved her. I’m not a Crown Princess, why do I have to marry someone of a certain station?”
“Unfortunately that’s the way it works,” her mother said, and Ginny thought she sounded almost as glum as Ginny felt. “Cait’s a part of the Royal Family now, and by extension, we are, too. Sometimes we have to go along with these things.”
If you want to join in on WIPpet Wednesday, please do! It’s very easy. Just post an excerpt from your WIP with some correlation to the date. Then join us at the linky here. I’m going to dash away now, and continue to cross-reference this GoodReads list of novels set during the Salem Witch Trials with my public library’s catalogue. Since I have no rehearsals or performances this weekend (sadface!), I hope to be able to get back to visiting you all on a more regular basis. 😀 Laters!