A couple little things:
First off, the programming deadline for Portus
is MONDAY. Get your programming proposals in! We need round tables! Papers! Panels! There's a wonderful article about all the programming options, with LOTS of great ideas, that went out in an email which you can see here
. The "Call for Proposals" is avaialble here
C'mon, folks! Rediscover what made you fall in love with HP in the first place! The Portus team have some amazing plans in store, and I can't say enough about making friends and meeting like-minded geeks at one of HPEF's events.
Second...some errands to run today. My phone has been acting up, so I need to take it to the Spring store and see if they can fix it. Problem is that this is my only phone, so I can't leave it for a week while they do whatever they do. Has anyone else had this come up? Will they give me a temporary phone, or is the tendency just to switch it out for a new one (in which case, I don't want to pay for an upgrade, really)? I do have technology protection, thank heavens.
Third...I'm very smart. I outsmarted myself: in a nutshell, I sat down with my finances last night and discovered that six months ago, when I started the new job, I started budgeting as if I were already paying a car loan payment of a reasonable size. This means not only that I actually have some money (not a lot, but some) socked away for a downpayment, more importantly, I don't have to go back and figure out how to squeeze my budget--because I'm already squeezing!
Now, I'm not going to run out and do anything frivolous, like go to EyeCon (sorry!), because I still think money's tight and it's probably not the best idea to plan for that. Especially since
Three-A: The gods must have figured out that money wasn't quite as tight as I thought around the same time I did (or maybe a little earlier). Because this morning, in the post, I received a notification from my insurance company that they're slapping me with a surcharge because of the traffic ticket I got last October. The one I'm appealing next week. I have to find out if there's some automatic retraction deal, where if my appeal in traffic court is upheld, the surcharge is dropped, or whether I still need to then appeal the surcharge, as well--to the tune of $50 non-refundable filing fee (half the amount of the ticket in the first place) and the increase of my insurance by about $300 for the next three years. It's the gift that keeps on giving, folks!
And fourth...I auditioned the other night for Mystery of Edwin Drood
. And...it didn't go very well. That is, I thought it was going fine. I did something both wise and stupid, in that I changed my mind about my second song and decided to sing something in my top range (to show I had one), but I went up on the lyrics, due to not having sung the song seriously for something like 15 years. Yeah...I know. But in the grand scheme, that wasn't all that important. The dance went fine--I was actually one of the better dancers in the group they had. But when it came time for the readings, I sat...and sat...and she let me read for the role of Drood ONCE. That was the only time I got up to read all night.
And when I did? Okay...a couple people were trying their hand at accents (with varying rates of success). Just before I started, I asked the director, "Do you want the accents or not?"
Theatre folks, you know, and the rest of you, let me 'splain: This was not a stupid question. Some directors *do* want you to show off and give them what you've got in an audition situation. Some director's *don't* because they don't want to be distracted by the accent, or they don't want you to be worrying about intonation when you should be thinking character, OR they plan to go through some dialect coaching later with the whole cast and the accent question just isn't something they want to deal with in the audition process.
So it wasn't an inappropriate question.
Her answer? Was totally inappropriate and uncalled for. She said, in a HIGHLY condescending tone, "Well, that would be your choice. But," and here she took on a sing-song kind of rhythm, really stressing her iambs, "If it were me-ee, and I
tioning for a role
cents were reQUI
red... I might
think about throwing one in
, if I had one."
Seriously? I wanted to punch her.
So then I read, and I sat some more, and then she had virtually EVERY OTHER WOMAN in the house read a particular Drood/Rosa scene...except me. Yeah, thanks, lady. Thanks for your professional conduct.
Okay. Realistically, I know that being in Sound of Music
creates some conflicts, but honestly? They're not horrible. I did go up after and clarified the performance dates and the major rehearsal weeks, which admittedly do sound like they'd be a bit of a problem for the major rehearsal period of the show. So a large part of why I didn't get to read may have been that she just looked at the conflicts and decided "No Way."
But here's my MAJOR PET PEEVE about auditioning. If you're not going to ask me to read again? Just fucking let me go home. Don't torture me by making me watch EVERY OTHER PERSON there get to read the role you know I'm interested in, while it becomes more and more clear that you're not going to ask me to read again. Moreover, you could at least ask me to read again to even things out and not make it so BLATANTLY OBVIOUS that you're already favouring someone else in the room.
So, if I ever decide to cross the divide and direct? At auditions, I pledge that I will *either* let people read as evenly and diversely as I can, OR if there's someone I just know I'm not going to need, I'll read that person FIRST and then LET THEM GO HOME.
Gods, I hate that. And when they call me to tell me, sadly, that they can't use me, I'm definitely going to say something about her attitude during the audition itself. There was just NO call for her to be so bitchy about a simple and reasonable question.
Well. Laundry should be done, so time to get going. Oh - there should be fic, maybe later this evening. I have a chapter to beta *and* I really need to move my ass on reviewing the submissions for "Bad-Ass Faeries II."