Just a quick update as to what I’m up to at the moment. I just hit 37,748 words in Cross-Purposes. The book is really coming together at the third act, and while I was initially worried that I wouldn’t be able to connect all of my disparate stories, I now see them dovetailing together nicely. It just goes to prove the theory I have adhered to for many years now: I am awesome.
Second, Stephanie Meyer’s Twilight. Not since J.K. Rowling have so many people gotten obsessed over the works of a single author. Here’s the thing: my girlfriend loves these books. And my sister. And my aunts. And approximately 99 percent of the ninth grade girls I teach. This is the first time, in three years of teaching, that I have had students chasing after me trying to get me to read a book. So in the interest of keeping abreast of current literary events, I’ve borrowed Heather’s copy of Twilight and I’m reading it now. Erin even made me promise to see the movie with her next week, which I’ll be happy to do.
Speaking of Heather, she is currently hard at work directing her first play, Don’t Drink the Water, at the Thibodaux Playhouse. Don’t tell her I said so, but she’s doing a great job. And as of this week, we’ve almost got a complete cast and crew, which puts her wayahead of my last directoral effort. I’m both assisting her and playing Walter Hollander, which is a role I also played in this show back in college, a full ten years ago. Wow, I can’t believe it’s been that long. I’m having a blast, though, it’s one of the few shows I’ve ever been in that I’ve wanted to do again. It’s so different, but it’s so much fun.
And finally, speaking of Erin, you may have heard of this Thanksgiving thing we’re gonna be doing next week. I’ll be boarding a plane on Sunday to spend the week with Erin in Pittsburgh. My posting may be sporadic next week, but be assured, that’s because I’ll be extremely happy.