Faust Gets Real After Earth

(Why am I naming days?)

2/17/14, Day 13,781: Faust Gets Real After Earth

This day is so named for two occurrences: a great if challenging rehearsal of Faust,  and my recommencing writing the YA novel, After Earth.

The meta-devising technique that we’re currently using to develop the relationships of Faust is proving to be both useful and uncomfortable; we have to debrief and hug each other afterwards because there is a certain rawness and vulnerability working in this exposed and uncertain way that shakes us all up. It does, however, make for some riveting interactions that could not arise from a more traditional script-making method. I think there is a life for this method even beyond Faust. The overall arc of the play is beginning to be clearer now, and it’s getting easier to trust that this work without a net will pay off.

The second half notes that for the first time since June 19th, 2011, I have recommenced work on my young adult novel series, After Earth. I spent a good part of the day researching my notes and conditions on Mars, which is useful and a also a form of dithering, and then on the train ride home after rehearsal, fell easily back into Zou’s world. I’m just so excited to be working on this again, and really hopeful that I can finish a first draft by year’s end.

Technique never stands still: it only advances or retreats…

Writing: 44 out of 50 days (Faust, After Earth)
Spanish: 44 out of 50 days

What small things did I do the past three days to help build the Honeycomb?
(And what does it mean to “Help build the honeycomb?)

  • Participated in rehearsal for the devised Faust
  • Signed a petition to Ingham county officials in solidarity with The Enbridge 3
  • Cooked all my meals vegetarian (mostly organic and vegan, some local)
  • Signed a petition to the Olympics that no country with discriminatory LGBT* laws should ever host again
  • Signed a new petition against the “filthy chicken” act
  • Sent an email to my Senators asking them to support the renewal of the Wind Energy Production Tax Credit.

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