While I am no longer the production manager at the theatre, I have been hired as a freelance writer for the theatre. My project is to read all of the scripts for the 2020 season (and the first two months of 2021) and write a hook sentence, brief synopsis, and extended synopsis for every show.
I also had an interview at the main branch of the public library to be a materials handler, a job that I’ve wanted for quite some time but no one believes because it doesn’t mach my education and experience. 📚📚📚 After reading my honest, open cover letter, the materials handler manager interviewed me, and I think it went well. I should hear back soon.
This Week in Reading: Finished Books
Winds of Change by Mercedes Lackey is the sophomore novel in THE MAGE WINDS trilogy. While there are two B-plots that I didn’t care for, the setting and characterization are better in this novel than in the previous. The end makes me want to read the last novel in the trilogy, but is not a cliffhanger. Review will be posted Monday for #ReadingValdemar.
One of the scripts for work: since the 2020 season is not released yet, I can’t name the plays (in case any theatre people read this blog). While it’s a funny show, I wish it had more women in the cast. 🎭
This Week in Reading: Books in Progress
In a few days, I should finish A Detroit Anthology, edited by Anna Clark. The collection has essays, poetry, and photos. I don’t think anything is fiction? Each piece gives a different perspective of Detroiters: black, white, Muslim, Italian, Jewish, old, young, male, female. Granted, there are pieces by men, but I chose to include the collection on Grab the Lapels because it is edited by a woman. 🌇
Fat Angie: Rebel Girl Revolution by E.E. Charlton-Trujillo started out just a wee bit confusing, mostly because it jumps in right where it left off in Fat Angie. I’m settling back into the narrator’s style of hyphenating things that don’t make sense to Angie, such as “Jake, holding-not-holding hands with Stacy Ann. . .” when their fingers keep grazing. I re-learning to love Angie.
My husband and I are nearing the end of Once Upon a River by Bonnie Jo Campbell, another book made in Michigan. After her father is killed and her mother abandons her, Margo leaves high school and tries to make her living on the river and off the grid, taking lovers and making unlikely friends as learns how to live. 🚣♀️
Things are going VERY slowly with Trainspotting, as I try to catch up on my reading schedule for Grab the Lapels and integrate the new reading/writing project for the theatre into my day. I read a bit here and there. 🚇💉
I said I would just get started on Forward by Abby Wambach ⚽⚽⚽ and I did, just a little. I’m not as far into some of the books as I would like to be, but as it turns out, breaking up with your job takes a lot of brain space, so I’m behind on my reading. To cheer myself up, I used a bunch of emojis in this post. LOL.
Next Week in Reading:
The second play of the 2020 season is a title already released because it’s part of a ten-year commitment to produce the plays in August Wilson’s The Pittsburgh Cycle or The Century Cycle. Each play is about a decade of African American experience in the U.S. Gem of the Ocean, set 1900-1910, is up first. In it, Citizen Barlow enters the home of the 285-year-old Aunt Ester who guides him on a spiritual journey to the City of Bones. I need to read six other plays before next Sunday, including the musical West Side Story, which is another 2020 title that’s already been released. Other than these six plays, I’ll keep reading my books in progress. Wish me luck! 😐
Books I Obtained This Week:
I got a couple more books with birthday money sent from my lovely sister-in-law and her family. 🎁 An American Radical: A Political Prisoner in My Own Country by Susan Rosenberg. Raised on New York City’s Upper West Side, Rosenberg had been politically active since high school, involved in the black liberation movement and protesting repressive U.S. policies around the world and here at home. At twenty-nine, she was on the FBI’s Most Wanted list. While unloading the U-Haul at a storage facility, Rosenberg was arrested and sentenced to an unprecedented 58 years for possession of weapons and explosives.
Also, I bought Girlbomb: A Halfway Homeless Memoir by Janice Erlbaum. At fifteen, sick of her unbearable and increasingly dangerous home life, Janice Erlbaum walked out of her family’s Brooklyn apartment and didn’t look back. From her first frightening night at a shelter, Janice knew she was in over her head. She was beaten up, shaken down, and nearly stabbed by a pregnant girl. But it was still better than living at home.
I’m Nobody! Who are you? a collection of poems by Emily Dickinson: I scored this gem at a swap party on Monday and can’t wait to dig into it. ✏️