That weekend morning, my normal life re-engaged as the girls discover I was home and jumped in bed with us. Then came recitals, squabbles, meals and, eventually, work.
I returned to my job on Monday. My co-worker Joe was aware what was going on and had a lot of questions (none of which I recall) but with my typical luck, there had been a massive computer crash leaving the whole department in a mess. Talk about your buzz-kills.
OK, here’s the thing; I never really made mention of my hopes and dreams of writing to many, least of all my co-workers. I just couldn’t deal with the “Oh, you should write about this place,” “Oh, here’s a good idea for a story,” or “Can I be in your next movie” comments that ALWAYS got made when my freelancing came up (and of course, years later, when word at work got out, those were the remarks made). A writer friend used to say he didn’t talk about his writing at work either. He considered it his secret super-identity that only a few were aware of. But as certain things did happen that involved me needing days off (Adventures of the Galaxy Rangers, stage shows, and finally the trip to LA), I started to tell Joe about stuff. So he was excited for me. But other than him, it was all on the down-low.
Calls came in from the coast to make sure I made it home OK and let me know everyone in Hollywood “loved me.” Producer Joel mentions he wishes he had someone like me to rework a comedy he just got. This is something I discovered that happens a lot; People keep saying you’d be prefect for some project or other that’s elsewhere and then simply don’t hire you.
I was slow to begin the next draft. I’m a remarkable procrastinator. I’d be every better at it if I wasn’t so lazy. And to help me along, I finally did make a big decision that would affect my work for years to come…