Well, maybe not the best night ever, but right up there! I had SO much fun last night I thought I’d share.
First off, my very bestest friend Julie came down from L.A. (she moved there for L.O.V.E a couple years ago) ANYWAY, Julie was down because she had a business meeting in the early a.m. on Monday.
Julie and I always have so much fun together. We can laugh together and cry together, and talk about really serious stuff, and stuff you would never ever ever talk to anyone else about. And sometimes we just get really silly. She brought her harmonica and her juice harp, and we noodled around on my guitar, and made our own radio show. Even though I am not doing a radio show.
So we add to the mix my friend Rich coming over so we could finish working on the audio production of Lil Soldier, a short story in his collection of stories, Julie In Mittens.
And Judy G joined us… another of my very talented writer friends from my Read and Critique group (led by Judy Reeves). (we’ll be recording Judy G’s story next!!)
We each got to read dialog parts from Rich’s story. I was Mrs. Cartwright the teacher, but couldn’t really get the exasperated-over-worked- under-appreciated- pissed-off-teacher tone so I needed a LOT of direction. Julie was the oh so sweet Miss Mindy, and Judy G nailed it as Davy’s mom. (Rich was Davy, the 10 year old narrator with a very deep voice)
My favorite part was when I decided that the scene under the wheel barrow would sound better if it were spoken under a giant soup pot for the echo-effect. I especially liked the part where I made Rich wear it on his head for full effect even though he didn’t really need to do that. But he looked really funny and I should have had my camera but I did not. oh well. next time.
I wish I could have creative fun like that every night. Writing can be such a solitary and sometimes somber (I love alliteration) experience.
Last night, bringing Rich’s words to life, speaking them out loud, fumbling over them, working together, laughing…. it is what I imagine being in a band is like– getting together to jam and make great music together.