DESPISE NOT THE ASHES : A MEMOIR cont’d

To pay for the trip I began selling all the antique rugs I had, some Chinese cloisonne lamps, a Navajo rug and other things. I then called the S.S. France that made trans-ocean voyages and made reservations for a ship leaving New York in September, for four of us, one way. The four were me, …

WORKBOOK FOR THE GHOSTS OF VENICE finito

November 15 “Thought of a “socko” ending while on the treadmill today – carnival!! It will be a great ending- upbeat and colorful. Now- I have to find one more scene after the Wagner ‘Tristan and Iseult’ scene. Feeling positive about it.” November 30 “Have decided to have an opera singer to play Tristan and …

WORK JOURNAL FOR THE GHOSTS OF VENICE CONT’D

OCTOBER 28 “I’ve written myself into a temporary corner at the ghetto in Venice. The Woman has sensed the magic- but how do the alchemist, magicians and Kabballists appear? What do they say? Later I believe I’ve a solution for the magic scene. As the couple exits the Ghetto square, the stage darkens and one …

WORK JOURNAL FOR GHOSTS OF VENICE CONT’D

Often, I find that I wake in the middle of the night with the current book or play writing itself in my dreams. I’ve learned, the hard way, not to depend on remembering in the morning what I thought of the night before. So the following excerpt from my Ghosts of Venice work journal is …

WORK JOURNAL FOR THE GHOSTS OF VENICE cont’d

September 24 ” Just read an excerpt from my journal of January-June 1994 – the entry of May 14th (speaking of people I admire) ‘ I discovered all of them and in loving them, took them inside me where they remain alive, even as their ashes scatter all over the world, memory being a better …

WORKBOOK FOR “GHOSTS OF VENICE” CONT’D

September 13 “I must look up some Robert Browning things. He lived at Ca’ Resonnico in Venice. Maybe a bio of him? Also Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice and Othello. Had another image ‘pop’ into my mind – of Jeanmarie reciting ‘Drowning’ or acting it, or something, while also making an appearance as the Marchesa.” September …

WORK JOURNAL FOR “THE GHOSTS OF VENICE” cont’d

September 7 ” I met my son Joshua and his friend Jan at Borders in San Francisco. She is a musician so I picked her brain a bit about Venetian music. She had a lot to say – very helpful She spoke of Monteverde’s ‘Orfeo’ and some music at its end when Orfeo goes into …

WORK JOURNAL FOR “IMPOSSIBLY BLONDE”

When I began the work journal during the writing of my play on Marilyn Monroe, I found it very reassuring as I had wanted to write something about her after the experience of visiting her house a few hours after her death, then attending her funeral. In the play, I finally decided that it was …