I realize it has been a really long time since I have updated this—and, furthermore, that a few people might actually care about this fact.
I apologize. Most of my writing time over the past many months has been devoted to scripts, both for live performance and for video. (More on that later.) And though the scripts tend to be pretty detailed, they are still intended to be watched, not read. So, I have not posted them here.
Still, that doesn’t mean I couldn’t have written and posted something. It is just one of those things where you get behind, and then the problem perpetuates itself. Like, you realize in the middle of the day that you have not done something that you should have, and you make a mental note to take care of it when you get home. But then you get distracted by other things, and completely forget about it.
A couple of weeks later it suddenly comes to mind again, and you realize with a start that you had not taken care of it as intended. Now it is well overdue, but still needs to be done, and is complicated by the fact that it now seems to require some sort of apology or explanation for why it is late. You hold off on taking care of it immediately, while you try to come up with a good-sounding explanation or excuse to help you save face. This proves difficult to do, besides being awkward and uncomfortable, so it takes you a while to figure out how to do it. A long while. And the entire time, the task is becoming more difficult, because now it is even more overdue.
In fact, it takes you long enough to try to figure out what to say, that eventually you forget about it again. Months later, something pops up and reminds you of it. Now you realize that it is hopelessly, ridiculously overdue. There is no real way to save face. You just have to own up to it, apologize, and accept the consequences. But nobody wants to do that, so you let it slide.
But wait—it has to get done at some point, you later admit, no matter what the embarrassment or consequences. Better late than never, as the saying goes. At this point it is late enough, though, that there seems no need to hurry. Might as well wait until an ideal moment, some magical time when it will naturally come up in conversation, and be less difficult to acknowledge.
Months later, you realize such a time is probably never going to come, and it was silly of you to think that it would.
At this point the matter has probably been forgotten about entirely by the other party, and you wonder if it would be justifiable to simply drop the issue and let it be forgotten. But, you know that is not the right thing to do, and you know the other person will likely remember it at some point. Maybe you should bring it up and explain that you, also, forgot about it. Maybe even explain the whole process of how you kept forgetting, and make light of it in a joking way, to diffuse the situation.
And then you don’t get around to doing that, either.
So now you are really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really late. Several shades past ridiculous. There is nothing you can do, really, except maybe turn it into a story and blog about it.
Which reminds me: JJ, I still have that book of yours I borrowed.
More updates to come, but until then, here is a performance of one of the scripts I worked on: Turkey, the Musical. This is actually only the first 2 acts of a 4-act drama; and I only wrote the first act, which means the first half of what is recorded here (also known as "The Circle of Turkey" or "Episode 1: The Turkey Menace").
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