At this past weekend’s writers conference, I realized one of my dreams in life: I made an agent laugh.*
*Ok, that’s a lie. My dream is to be published, and by someone other than myself. She really did laugh, though, and it was a “Hahaha, that was funny” laugh, not an “Are you kidding?” one.**
**Have you noticed my footnotes are often longer than the main part of the post? You hadn’t? Then I’m sorry I called your attention to it.
So I’m on my way to a writers conference in Purchase, NY and I leave my laptop in the cab from Penn Station to Grand Central.* I do not have the cab driver’s medallion number. I am in the last ring in Hell. An hour later I get a tweet from a wonderful man.**
Found your laptop in cab.
And he gave me the driver’s medallion # and phone. I got my laptop back.***
Of course the destination is irrelevant. I just added it for local color.
**I would tell you his name, but then you’ll expect him to find your laptop, too.
***Which you already guessed, because I don’t tell sad stories, unless they’re also very funny.
Bad news: There is no quiet car on the 8:03 to NYC. Good news: Everyone’s asleep.
One of the problems with doing revisions is sometimes* the timeline ends up totally screwed up, as in, Thursday becomes the day before Tuesday, and a character enters 8th grade at age 3. So I’m working on timelines this week, which is hateful, but essential, as none of my novels involve wormholes.
Francis Ford Coppola asked the extras in Gardens of Stone if it was ok if he joined us for lunch. He wasn’t being ironic.
*A somewhat smaller category than “Nice famous actors,” because A. There aren’t as many in total, and B. %wise they’re not as nice, except me, of course. Ask my actors.
Why is it some of the worst shows I’ve ever seen had no intermissions? It’s almost like the playwright said to himself, “If I put in an intermission, everybody will leave at the end of Act I.” Some people will leave anyway, but not me. I’m afraid I’d hurt the actors’ feelings, unless I yelled, “It’s not you. IT’S THE PLAY.”*
*I have excellent theatre manners, so I wouldn’t, tempting though it might be.
First in a long series. ANNIE Saw it in previews in DC. Said it wouldn’t last a week on B’way. Still think it shouldn’t have.