With playwriting (my not often mentioned passion) conserving words is important and frequently I have to remind myself to show not tell.
For example, in a novel, a writer might have the luxury of devoting a whole paragraph to describing a character's clothing and demeanor so that we a sense of who he or she is. However, in a play, there's no room for this, so sometimes, we need one single action on stage that an audience can see and from that immediately know the character.
Playwrights rely on a smart audience and I don't mean smart as in book-smart, but smart as in our ability to make connections and form opinions about what's happening on stage, the same way we do when wind up in a new social situation.
I love playwriting because it forces me to conserve words and you regular readers know...I love my words!
I'm writing about this now because due to camera issues, I am writing one of my few photo-less posts. I'll admit...I'm not a super fan of the "photo-less post"...I like show and tell.
My photographer situation didn't quite work out. This is hard, but I'm going to try the light box route and see what happens. First step, get a new camera.
I haven't posted in awhile mostly because I'm in the middle of a big-time customer service crisis over here...behind on everything. I'm overwhelmed. It's good to be busy, please don't misunderstand, but I am phobic about breaking commitments and it seems that I'm breaking many. I have three new shops to stock which is wonderful, but Lynn over at One By One is my first priority this week. Thanks for your patience Lynn.
I love my blog and love posting, but when I am behind on phone calls, stocking and special orders, I feel guilty even taking a few minutes to post. I know it's probably not the case, but I feel like my customers will see a post on the blog and wonder where in the heck their passport case is...and don't even get me started on my checkbook cover backlog. I have to remind myself that I'm not a machine, but also learn about making realistic time commitments.
It's good to be busy, but also...I have to admit to not "working smart". I'm still new at this and developing the discipline and work method is hard. I'm easily distracted. And, let's hope this election is over soon and with a clear winner or I may have to disconnect both the Internet and cable...Is anyone else as obsessed as I am? No matter your party, if you're passionate about it, it's a huge problem! Is there a 12 Step Program for giving up the Huffington Post?
I do have one great free fabric score to share. I was leaving The Urban Frog after a restock and saw a woman from the design studio next door headed to the dumpster with "things". I waited and when she left I hurried over and retrieved two huge books of fabric samples!!! Each piece is about 14x14 and will be perfect to use to make pouches, wrap small presents or even cover small journals with. SCORE!
We haven't put our place on the market yet...I'm behind on painting and cleaning. Mark loves representing his Eau Claire members and clients, but still isn't happy about living sans spouse. This has been hard and is an unexpected strain for both of us.
One thing that I'm REALLY proud of is that even with all the commotion, stress and what feels like a serious lack of time for fun...I've been walking and last week I even went on a 5 mile hike along the Ice Age Trail...Five miles is far less than I used to do, but this was very up and down and I read later that it is considered one of the more challenging sections of the trail. I feel good about it.
I wish I was totally caught up with my work and could just relax and enjoy a fall Sunday, but alas, it's a studio day. Which, to look on the bright side is still a great day. I'll be listening to A Walk In The Woods and considering my obsession with the Appalachian Trail, it should be a real treat.
Have a wonderful Sunday Kitchenettes and please forgive my absence on your blogs and my own.