I'm a little late again this week - but I think mid-week postings will become the order of the day, as I tend to be much busier during the weekends than on weekdays.
Been working on the story "Much Like..." and "Trolls" this week. "Much Like..." is very short so I have been able to finish it. I will leave it now until the next phase - the rehearsal/writing phase - where it will get polished and worked. So, with "Sleep Inc.", I've got two shorts complete now, and hopefully a couple more by the end of the week.
The way I work on monologues is fairly lengthy - though I have written some pieces very swiftly indeed. It isn't the writing of the monologue that takes the time, it's the re-writing and rehearsal phase that takes forever. Let's put it this way - at the moment I'm enjoying writing because the pieces are just coming out, fairly swiftly and without fuss. However, once I start saying the words outloud, then it get HARD. There are quite a number of agonies that I will have to go through trying to make a load of words work. Then I move to phase three, which is the rehearsal proper phase - preparing the stories for performance and fit them into a vaguely unified show.
"Trolls" is taking longer, partly because it is longer, and partly because it's just more complicated. It is about lots of things - themes, ideas, characters and emotions - whereas a short monologue tends to work on just one or two things. In the last week I've nearly completed a first draft - any day now and all the sections of the text will have been drawn together. The only problem is that the rewriting will now take forever.
But I need to get ahead, as the closer I get to summer the less time I will have each day - as other projects butt in and administration for the autumn rears its ugly head. Advertising, publicity, design work - plus the rehearsals themselves. No time for writing - or much rewriting - then.
Had a little meeting or two to confirm a few other shows I'll be directing in Suffolk between now and the Storyteller shows, as well as confirming a cast member for "The Ghosts of Lavenham" special in October. I can now start plotting out the story and look for details from Lavenham's past to create the character of the Ghost herself.
And, breaking news, there will be a one off, end of the line, performance of "Teaching Gods - The Ultimate Selection", in London in May. It'll be a farewell to some of my favourite stories for a while before I move onto the new set I'm writing now. It will also, by an amazing co-incidence, coincide with the launch of the Teaching Gods audiobook, which we're recording at the moment. In fact, my big task this coming week is to re-rehearse "Teaching Gods" to get it ready for recording, as a couple of slight adjustments may need to be made to carry the meaning in the audio format. Details on all this will follow shortly.