I only allow myself to watch television on Sundays, though I have a small color set in my office. Somehow I feel guilty if I'm not doing something else at the same time. Know what I mean? Today I'm torn between watching a movie of The Phantom of the Opera on television and answering e-mail. I must confess I'm as drawn to spectacle as much as anyone. "Genius turned to madness." My take: sets, costumes and makeup are fabulous (though they might have been drawn from Fellini's Satyricon in many cases), but the music leaves me cold. Maybe I'm missing something.
The heroine's pure voice is compelling, as it was in an obscure movie called, Songcatcher. Don't know her name. Of course it's even more surreal when there is a cut to "America's Top Model Moments," featuring a scantily-clad man and woman making out on my small screen. Yikes!
Yesterday I did another reading with the California Writers' Club Redwood Branch, and sold several copies of Accidental Cowgirl. That was fun, and I could only do one thing at a time. That's what we're supposed to do.
Time now feels so limited to me. I envy younger writers who found their niche before middle-age and went for it. Like Zadie Smith (White Teeth), many are wise, or thoughtful, beyond their years. Good for them. I'm just so happy that writing has no age limit. That's good for me. Must get back to my new book (and turn off the TV).
About Mary Lynn
Causes Mary Lynn Archibald Supports
Battered Women's Shelter, SPCA, Healdsburg Animal Shelter, Nature Conservancy