Two years. Two years since the last post and a lot has gone on that I won't go into, other than to say, the theme has changed, both here and in other aspects. Why didn't I do it sooner? Who knows. Suffice to say we get where we get once we're ready to get there. We evaluate, we lie to ourselves until it hurts, and then we make the leap off the cliff that really wasn't there to begin with. Or, as it was in my case, we stopped teetering on the edge of that rocky crag...
I decided to change the theme here because I've recently slowly begun to embrace the concept of Minimalism. I suppose it started post-divorce in 2009 when I'd moved whatever I could fit onto a 16ft trailer and lost a good portion of the items to the vacuums of the cotton fields of West Texas. 'To hell with it all' I thought, 'if I can't carry it, it probably isn't worth keeping anyway.' The idea germinated for a while, and so now, I'm downsizing possessions as much as I can, slowly but surely. My last overseas trip to Paris cured me of the need for a suitcase. The goal for my next trip is to reduce my travel items to a single backpack so I'm completely mobile within ten to fifteen minutes. We had a saying in the Marine Corps - 'Pack Light, Cold At Night.'
Yesterday I completed the first draft of a new play that is due to be produced sometime in 2014 at the local Jewish Community Center near where I live. The whole project came as a result of an email I'd sent about just wanting to be around the workings of live theatre, which is my first love. That email turned into a request from the Artistic Director for a play with a Steampunk/Jewish theme. Not an easy task for a Gentile, let me tell you. But I am proud of that first draft...it's a good skeleton to add some muscle to later on. I've learned a great deal about Judaism in working on it, and since having lived in Los Angeles and being around the religion and culture, have an even greater respect than I had previously. Wonderful people and I am hopeful they will find my effort worthy of their respect.
So I'm back on, and while I have virtually no idea if anyone will be reading any of this blather, it's good to get something down every so often. Holler if you hear me...
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