The first draft of my play--the play I've been wrangling with for almost two years now--is done. It's rough and raggedy and definitely needs a rewrite. Said rewrite will start on Monday, when the wife and I return from a weekend in Vegas and some much-earned vacation. Hopefully that rewrite will take no more than about a month, after while time I'll...what? Send it out into the world to struggle and (one hopes) prosper. Of course what 'sending it out to the world' actually entails, or how I will do that, or how I SHOULD do that...I have no idea. But, that's a problem for another day.
I have a lot to say about that. The play was basically scrapped in its entirety on July 3rd (a very important date for me). I then rewrote it almost from scratch. The scrapping and rewrite were the result of what seems to me still to be maybe the most crucial insight or discovery about how to structure long narratives that I've ever had. In a way I feel as if I've unlocked the secret, although I now that feeling is at least in part illusory. Still, it's been a big month. I've understood something for the first time and I think it will help a huge amount going forward.
Also, totally unrelated as this is: I've decided that not only will I be voting for Obama next year but that I may actually give money to the Democratic Party. The Republican shenanigans with the debt ceiling last month, on top of the increasingly persuasive proof that our current deficit is as much the fault of George W as anyone else (J Chait in the New Republic has a good piece on this right now) combined with the fact that somehow Sarah Palin remains someone who's embraced by a sizable minority (at least) of the Republican Party... it's all too much for me. Obama hasn't been perfect, and the Democrats irk me in non-trivial ways. But, it doesn't matter. I'm done with them. They showed their true colors this summer I think and I for one did not like what I saw. (I suppose that opinion could change if the Republicans manage to nominate a moderate like Huntsman. But, they never will.)
Okay. Off to Vegas. Posting to resume (I hope) next week.