And yet, the sun will come up tomorrow. When it does, Yom Kipper, the day when Jews atone for their sins of the past year, will be half over; one final, ironic example of absurdly exquisite timing – right up there with CBS’s announcement of Guiding Light’s cancellation last April Fools Day.
Also ironic, that this week’s Red Room blog topic is transition. It’s been almost a year since I closed not a good time to be a soap fan…, with these words, “not surprisingly, I find myself pondering how I’ll fill the time when my shows are no more. Lots of books to read – and a couple of plays waiting to be written…” I’m about to find out – sooner than I would have hoped. At the time, I had written, “One Life to Live has become what fear may be my final port in soap's choppy waters.” That was still the case when As the World Turns was cancelled in early December. But, as I discussed here, things change – OLTL certainly has – sadly, not for the better. So, I’m going to have some time on my hands, and while I’ll continue, as always, to read books, I’m thinking that writing plays may have to wait for a bit longer.
For me, blog has always been more of a noun than a verb – a place to post my writing; Red Room has provided me that place since May 2008. In that time, I’ve posted over 100 pieces, all but a handful about soap opera, most written while I channeled Red Smith’s observation that, “There’s nothing to writing. You just sit down at a typewriter (of course, any keyboard will suffice:) and open a vein.” For someone who’s always considered herself to be a fundamentally lazy person, I still can’t quite believe the body of work I’ve created these past two-and-a-half years.
I’ve never been much for organized religion, but every so often, I attend a Quaker meeting. Last year, a woman spoke about that old adage that when a door closes, a window opens. It seemed to her so passive. She said that when we face a door closing, the window wasn’t just going to open itself; we need to evaluate all the parts of our lives and use them to build our window, then open it.
Soap operas, the shows, have been a part of my life since I was a small child. While that part of my life is closing, soap opera, as an important part of the popular culture landscape is not. So, I’ve been looking over what I’ve written these past two-plus years. I think there’s a book there – a collection of essays called Soap Opera Elegies. There’s also the documentary film on soap opera creator, Irna Phillips, that came out of last year's “Guiding Light Project.” And a project to identify the elements of soap opera that I discussed here and here. Then there’s a piece on how the on-line soap media have evolved – and the new breed of Web-based soaps. And one final piece on As the World Turns. Maybe a biography of Irna Phillips to tie into the film…
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