Week 13by Jeannie Barroga on 01/13/12
Would it be discouraging to admit that writers don't always write? I mean, pen on paper, sitting, with tea...or the coffee one shouldn't be drinking.
There's the business of playwrighting that budding playwrights should know. Once anything is written, get it out the door, have people read it, fix it yet again, and get it out the door. So Thursday I was told I had the job to write the script on which I'd been fashioning a 5-p treatment since October (yay!) Papers to sign were shared; papers to counter-offer were also shared. And now the Wait. So, Sat. I sit at my computer to start the new project--after sorting through 2011 receipts for tax prep 'cause it's that time of year--when I get the email that a meeting of key Bay Area chapters will be on Sunday. Well, this means getting some handouts together to pass out that day--in Santa Rosa. Well, why not show a little clip of the workshop to intrigue folks as well? So, instead of writing, I'm PR person (again). There's the other project, too, where we still can't announce the cast for a play going up in 13 weeks. Sunday I VERY quickly edit the clip, print out order info, drive 60 MILES to Santa Rosa and enter a room just as the presenter is mentioning my name to plug the play! The entrance couldn't have been more timely. I spoke briefly about the exciting Workshop, group sales, and 'cultural nuances'. Within 2 hours, 3 groups were huddling together for their group ticket sales. The food btw was also timely.
This is the side benefit of leaving one's computer for awhile...and sorting receipts.
I met again with a playwrighting student of mine on Tues. sandwiched between two drop-offs in Richmond. Though it would've been nice to take a walk with a friend after dashing around, I headed home to rest. Alas, I must say no at times and to things I probably should do--something to re-consider, when I retire. . .
A writers' group met Weds. We heard a number of sketch skits; my contribution was an excerpt of one of three actual plays with two other playwrights. After 4 days of all this movement, I was pretty tired, and left the meeting with someone else's keys...so now I have to figure how to return them. Sat. is a brunch; Mon. is a possible South Bay visit. Did I say there's a hold on announcing the cast. . .? Lookie here: more receipts. . .