I’ve been trying to think of a blog topic and have come up empty. What interests me may not interest to you. And, my brain is going in so many different directions right now that I can’t seem to remain focused on one topic.
First and foremost in my mind is Twelve Angry Men. I love this movie but have to admit that I’ve only seen the 1957 version with Henry Fonda. I should watch the others, but how can you top Fonda? Now I find myself thinking about what kinds of pens were used, how thin or thick were the ties, what did the notepads look like and where can I get two identical switchblades (stage version safe). Some of these things I have accomplished, others I am still working on. Why such an attention to detail? Because I am co-directing the stage play and we open on October 5th. This is the first time I’ve directed adults and I must confess, I am a bit nervous.
On the heels of my show, my mind is thinking about hairstyles and makeup that span Regency to Victorian. I get to be in charge of hair and makeup for A Christmas Carole with only about 90 cast members (piece of cake – ha!). It doesn’t open until December so I don’t really need to concentrate on it now, but it is there lurking, along with The Little Mermaid. Another show I am doing hair and makeup for in April.
But I just shoved those projects to the back burner because I received edits back on a story. These need my attention and I have been working on it a chapter at a time, taking breaks and thinking things through that need to be fixed. I want to work quicker but I have learned that if I don’t force myself to step away during the editing process, things get missed.
Meanwhile, another story is in my mind and characters are demanding attention. But, I can’t write it until I do research. I am delving into a period of time I do not know much about: 1863. Why am I focusing on this era? I don’t know. I blame it on my daughter. I know, not fair. But, if she hadn’t moved to Portland, I wouldn’t have found myself interested in the history and then thinking about stories that could take place there, and for some reason, I want them to be in the 1860’s.
Of course, my characters had to come from somewhere because if they aren’t Native Americans, they came from (or their parents and/or grandparents) somewhere else. Did you know a number of Scottish settled in the area? Not only am I researching Portland, but New York as well and how to get from one to the other (my heroine is going to travel from New York). I’ve opted not to go by the Oregon Trail but by ship. Yep, this leads to more research. So, last night I put away all thoughts of theater and edits, and read about immigrants to America, tenement life in New York City, the Fifth Avenue Hotel (which was a luxury hotel in New York from 1859 to 1908 and employed 400 servants), occupations in Portland, New York Draft Riots, Portland Exports, Clippers, Cape Horn, Mail-Order Brides and a host of other things.
I thought any one of these topics could be a good blog post, but I can’t remain focused long enough to stick with one subject. So, instead of a thoughtful, detail post, you received my ramblings of the blog that almost wasn’t.
Do you ever have trouble focusing on one thing and one thing only?