At the risk of sounding like I’m writing something just to write something, I thought I’d just give a brief status update on what’s going on here in Chris World. I have this goal, see, that I would post 300 words here twice a week. It is a modest goal, and yet I keep getting bumped off schedule. All the political wackiness of the last couple weeks helped, but I want to try and maintain some level of consistency.
As astute observers might have noticed, I did not return to school this fall as I repeatedly said I would. A number of factors went into this decision, but it all boils down to money and my lack thereof. With temp assignments being unsteady at best and a discouraging response from the resumes I’ve sent out, I find myself more and more needing to make sure I am available for any money-earning opportunities that may arise. A couple of such opportunities have appeared in the forms of theatre work. The last twelve months saw my heaviest theatre workload since I first started acting, and the majority of it was paid work. After having relegated theatre to a hobby several years ago I now find myself having to re-evaluate my position. I seem to be somewhat “in demand,” as it were, and my wife and I seem to agree that I owe it to myself to see where, if anywhere, this might take me.
The other reason I am not in school this year is less exciting: I just didn’t get the financial aid I needed. If I had, this might have been a very different blog entry, but perhaps not. The theatre work was raising questions about my plans before I knew the financial aid was going to be an issue.
I started rehearsals last week on The Mark of Zorro for Lifeline Theatre. I’m performing in the show, and I’ve also taken on the duties of fight captain. Mostly that involves making sure the cast remembers the choreography before each performance and then cleaning the weapons afterward. It’s not glamorous, but I really enjoy the work. I also am working on my Spanish and Mexican accents. I think they are coming along.
This weekend I will also join the rehearsal process for Shakesploitation!, which should be a hell of a lot of fun. I’m choreographing the fights for this one, which will mark the third show I’ve choreographed that involved ninjas. Pretty much all of my spare time this week is split between working on the choreography for Shakesploitation! and learning my lines for Zorro. As a result I am awake at 1:00 AM writing for my blog even though I have to be up for work in five hours.
Since I am not in school this fall I am seriously considering taking another crack at National Novel Writing Month. My writing has lagged sorely this year, I am ashamed to say, and I need something to push me back into that mode. I was frustrated when the stuff I worked on for the class I took a year ago just kinda fizzled out, and then when I got laid off I spent a lot of time moping around the house, unwilling to do anything that required actual effort.
I just got hit with a wave of tired, and so I’m going to wrap up this pointless little note. At least I passed my word-count goal.