|Wow we are awesomely happy! And Aerobic!|
Firstly I am not always just automatically thrilled that I wrote at all, I am hard on myself and flick dismissively through hard wrought words and punctuation with an impatient school-marmly air. I don't laugh all the time. Sometimes I laugh, but it's more of a "Oh God, GOD, when will this stop! Make it stop", followed by an uncontrolled high pitched whinny of a laugh. Horses and dogs alone can hear it. And the burden of the play is ALL mine. I am used to that. That is how I always work, alone in my windy garret with only the flickering candle and my trusty cat to keep me inspired. Can you imagine if that was actually where I was working and under those conditions. No plays written ever, if that were the case.
|Hemingway and I, so much in common.|
We all read the original script and decided that we'd just go away to our respective garrets and just write some things around the theme. When we met again we had magically started the play and made scenes that fit together almost perfectly. I would have cried if I hadn't had my tear ducts removed in the war. Scenes fitting together perfectly doesn't happen often. However when you are working with the very funny Jane Miller then you are already a step ahead. Chris and I have written comedy together for over 10 years we know each others style, but we weren't so sure about Jane. She seems very nice, but perhaps she's a tiny little tyrant. Jane is short - she won't mind me saying that - it's not like she hasn't noticed.
|This is Jane, in knitted format.|
We have about 60 to 70 minutes of material and we are done with the active editing process - what we did was put the first draft into dropbox and then suggest that as people edited that they increment the version and then we put it together. Given that I am used to Christina and her "take no prisoners" style of editing I have a hide as thick as some sort of glamourous rhino. I wasn't sure about Jane - so I diplomatically made my edits and then Chris made hers - slightly more vigourous than mine and then I made more and Jane never once complained. She is a good girl and will have a lollypop.
|There's Jane, enjoying her lolly pop, what a nice girl.|
It's a big thumbs up for group writing as far as I'm concerned. Next post - Group sex.