Morning, munchkins. …

Morning, munchkins. Slow morning -- I woke up too early, for no good reason, a little before 5. Spent the last few hours pleasantly enough, drinking tea and reading Susanna Clarke's Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell, with occasional pauses to straighten the living room up or do last night's dishes. I'd still be reading now, if I hadn't come to a good stopping place, the end of the first section, along with an awareness that it is a very big book, and I do have a fair number of things I'd hoped to get done today. :-) Essentially a Victorian novel, but with magic -- good fun so far.

Had a good time last night at Sharba Das's staged reading of Mausi, an immigrant drama sort of thing, that is apparently in the works to be made into a feature-length film. A strong cast overall, and I particularly enjoyed the performances by several of the actors: Parvesh Cheena, Anita Chandwaney, Jaya Subramanian, Barnali Das, Fawzia Mirza and Sonal Shah -- seeing them work made me want to write material just for them. Where did I put that script I started last spring?

It was also interesting, watching a staged reading and thinking about what that would translate to on-film. Of course, I spent some time daydreaming about how one might take Bodies in Motion and turn it into a film (or ideally, several, in a Godfather-like generational saga) -- I know, I know, tremendously unlikely. But it's nice to think about nonetheless. I appear to be blessed with a nature that lets me take a great deal of pleasure in anticipating happy possibilities, while generally shaking off sad eventualities without too much lingering grief. As time goes on, I become more and more aware of just how lucky I've been in my life.

E-mail and errands this morning, and the afternoon writing in a cafe (without wifi, eep, so I'll have to actually work...), with a possible lunch with Sapna. Sounds like a good day to me. I've discovered that Small Beer Press chapbooks are the perfect size to slip into your bag to carry with you when you go to a cafe -- and short enough so that even if you decide to procrastinate by reading one, it isn't too long before you're done, and you turn back to your own writing, fortified and inspired. :-)

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