Every time I start a new show, I have a moment of pure panic. The moment I send the cast list, it hits me, and I have to stop and think, "Okay. I'm doing this again."
Every show is a gamble. You decide to create this production, and you plan. You advertise. You hope people show up. They do! (this time) You cast the show. You spend a long time fitting the actors to the roles and picturing your vision with these people. You start to rehearse. Things go well. Things don't go well. You get through it. The cast is incredible. The show is incredible. For a moment, you have had a part in creating something great. Then it's over. And the process begins again.
I love it. I love every bit of it. Even the things that don't go well. I enjoy the spontaneous problem-solving. I love creative collaboration. I love watching the show come together. Creating something out of an idea.
I just sent out the cast list for Merrily We Roll Along. I was hit with the double whammy of excitement and pure terror. Because anything can happen, and the show must go on. I'm really looking forward to this one. I absolutely love the music. I love the way the storyline is presented. I love the complex, flawed characters. It's going to be fun.
And the process begins again...
I've had a really nice Mother's Day. I started the day with a long walk and some time with my weights. I had a lovely breakfast delivered to me in bed while I read. I'm reading the Song of Ice and Fire books, and I cannot put them down. I've spent most of the day reading. Normally, an hour of uninterrupted reading time is hard to find. Several hours is almost unheard of. It's been an incredibly relaxing day.
When I haven't had my nose in a book, I have been working on the first draft of a new book. It seems like all of my projects come in waves. I am currently revising SuperGym, developing a first draft of a musical, working on an outline for a new play, and yesterday I started the first draft of a new book. I couldn't ignore it. Even with everything else I am working on, I had to start. When I have an idea that I think is good, I have to write it while I can. Ideas tend to fade over time.
Time management is my biggest obstacle right now. I work. I have a family. I am directing one play and auditioning for the next. Life is crazy busy. But, I still have to find time to write. I've been working on putting it into my daily schedule, and I am doing pretty well with meeting my goals. I only work on one project a day. My writing is better when I am focused on one project. I just need to make sure that they are all progressing. I have set my own deadlines for most of them, and I am working hard to stick to the plan. My new job has made it a little more difficult, but I am determined to stick with it. I'm not giving up on the dream.
Em is a writer, theatre director, and hiker. She likes mixing horror with magical realism and adding sci-fi twist.