Replacements

I had initially headed into this weekend wondering if I would regret my decision to sit out the NoWD in favor of Arsenic and Old Lace’s closing weekend cast party.  Of course, there were several different reasons for said decision, but most importantly was the fact that three of my castmates and one of the crew (who are also 4 of my closest circle of friends) very much wanted me to attend.  I could not have anticipated how much I would gain from having made this choice.  

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I won’t go into great detail here, I will simply say that I had more fun than I had at last year’s NoWD, and that I had quite a few more revelations.  I now know where I’m going with my novel, and, whether or not I have time to hit my 50K before the end of the month, that is immensely valuable.  I saw last night what I needed to get things to tie themselves together, and which characters I would need to do this.  The great thing about the writer’s block I had previously is that I don’t have all that much to rewrite, and I DO have a great start with what I DID manage to write. 

I also deepened a relationship with one member of my circle, and solidified a new friendship that had been dancing over that acquaintance/friend line.  This is my life, and these are my people.

Lastly, a major reason for writing this experience out (if vaguely) here, is to remember what one of my wonderful castmates told me last night.  A bit of background first: this castmate has already done what I plan on doing in attaining his English major, and he is now training in preparation to get his MFA in Acting, though he hasn’t decided from where he will attain this.  The only differences are that I plan to double major, and I plan to avoid teaching as much as is possible.  Though, as we all know, the universe does like to laugh in the face of plans, particularly when said plan does not serve you as well as the alternative. 

Anyhow, this friend told me something that got me thinking.  He said, ‘Actors are not human.  We’re meant to pretend humanity and normalcy, but how we are, are treated, and what we go through… we’re not human.”  It got me thinking, and on this I will not speculate here because I haven’t yet fully gathered my thoughts on the matter.  I just felt it was something that needed to be remembered, thus my reason for writing it down.

To those who made it this far, thank you for reading my journalistic (and unfortunately individualistic) ramblings.  I hope you have a lovely Monday, and a relaxing holiday if I don’t ‘see’ you.  ^-^