I can just imagine you with hands outstretched, various fingers in various pies. Hope you managed to finish the book illustrations and that you're spending this Sunday happily engaged in your new collaborative project with Ruth. I've spent the morning working on the play I'm being commissioned to write, about the former "school" for developmentally disabled children and young adults. I'm writing research grant proposals, which involve submissions to our College ethics committee, and surveying what I can on the web about the depiction of the dd in theatre. Found a great Youtube piece by a woman who says she doesn't mind being called retarded because to her it means slow and she is slow, but she minds it when people equate retarded with being less of a person. An affecting statement she makes in that video. I'm also scratching out ideas for the play itself. A challenge, but the more I work on it, the more hooked I get on the idea. The story of Woodlands itself is reasonably well known. It was one of those institutions that opened with good intentions, but where systemic abuse of the people who lived there evolved over the years. The place closed about ten years ago and there are "survivor" groups that have formed for mutual support. Now I have to come up with a good idea for dramatizing the story and contextualizing it. I'll keep you posted.
Meantime, good news to report about the opening of David's play, Up Island. It felt great to sit in a beautiful old theatre with 650 or so other people laughing their heads off. He writes funny lines, and as you might have guessed from meeting him, characters who appeal because of their human-ness. It was especially nice for me to see many of David's old friends and colleagues working together. A great cast, and he even wrote a part for his dog, Flip (who behaved charmingly!). This seems sure to be a success, and he deserves it after sticking with it (in general) so long. I'd say that he'd write you to report on it himself, and maybe he will one day, but he isn't much of a correspondant, as I think I've said before.
Finally, weather news. Well, it's been beautifully sunny, a little cool. Now it's raining again, so maybe we're finished with the extremes. And yet...seismologists warned of tremor activity that could be the beginning of a big quake within the next few weeks!