INT. LOUNGE, HOME – EVENING
I lie in the arms of THE GODDESS.
I haven’t done ANYTHING this year.
What were you busy doing at the beginning of the year then?
... The short film.
And what have you been doing with those playwrights, hm? And that stuff for the guild?
I open my mouth, then close it.
And then there’s your radio play. Well?
You can’t just let me feel sorry for myself, can you?
She kisses my forehead --
No, I cannot.
What have I achieved this year then?
- I wrote a ten-minute play in twelve hours, and watched it premiere (and close) twelve hours after that;
- I’m facilitating a disparate group of Pasifika playwrights (four months straight and counting);
- I’m an (increasingly) active Board member of the New Zealand Writers Guild;
- I’ve had a short radio play accepted for broadcast on National Radio;
- and I did some script consulting on a couple of projects.
I’m tempted to skew my stats a la the police leadership in The Wire but, for me, a project isn’t finished unless it’s finished, knowwha’Imean?
- To’ona’i crawls towards completion;
- I’m co-writing a play, to premiere in 2012;
- I have my own play to push – and thanks to the joys of
misery likes companypeer pressure, the first act is due by mid-January 2009;
- the diversionary feature spec has copious thematic and strucutural notes… but an actual story has yet to emerge;
- enamoured with the short radio play’s ‘success’, I’m writing an hour-long radio play: I’ve got the opening and closing acts while the middle is currently all rough notes – forty pages to go!
- and the long awaited spec feature of 2007 has been roughed out and is approaching a proper first draft.
[Takes a few steps back and squints]
Okay. I suppose it’s just about perspective.
INT. LOUNGE, HOME – LATER
Maybe this is my dash. Maybe this is IT. Maybe –
Maybe you needed a year to consolidate.
I thought last year was a consolidating year.
It’s a bit hard to consolidate when you’re juggling paying work, don’t you think?
I mumble something.
... I suppose.
She nods, knowing, as always, that She’s right.