Okay – Exhausted Now!

But it was a really great trip.

I got so much done! Did so much – took TONS of Lyft cabs. And I had to just sort of stay open to everything, energy-wise, in all the various meetings and interactions with people (some were total strangers until now, whom Peitor introduced me to) and it opened up some unexpected avenues, for both the TV pilot and the theater projects I’m doing with Sandra.

Plus, Peitor and I formed a production company to write and produce micro-short  films and theater pieces – all comedies.

And now it’s just more waiting for answers re: the TV pilot…

Even though I now have to tackle the re-writing of the show bible, I want to sort of relax, take advantage of LA shutting down now for the season;  work on Blessed By Light ( my novel) some more because that is where I am truly happiest, and ponder how to come up with the energy to put up the darn Christmas tree!

This is my first real home – ever in my life. My whole life, I have been dreaming of Christmas in my real home (which until now, I’d assumed would come in the afterlife), and now that it’s here, I’m too exhausted to drag everything out of the closet.

I am still in love, deliriously so, although it is hard to be in love and live so far away (and be in love with a man who is so incredibly busy) because it leaves me alone with just the contents of my mind most of the time, which is never a good thing, folks. You can trust me on that.  It remains in the forefront of my brain. It’s like keeping little insects under a microscope, or something. You know, the way I cannot turn my thoughts off.

On another note… Diane broke her wrist, so the re-upholstering of my dining room chairs took awhile, but here’s a slightly blurry idea of what they are looking like!! I’m so thrilled! I think she’s bringing them by tomorrow, in time for Christmas (even though I probably won’t have a single soul here to visit for Christmas, my chairs will look great.).

And the very day I was leaving for LA, the insulation guys showed up to start the work on my house! Thank goodness Diane was staying here, because I’d been waiting for the insulation to get done since May! It took them 5 days to complete it all, but, wow, what a difference it has made.  And on the 5th day (yesterday, while I was gone the whole day), the workers did something really cute. They not only vacuumed my downstairs, they plugged in my new CD player (pictured here, on my kitchen table) —

CD player that looks like a jukebox, plus tons of leftover Halloween candy that you’re welcome to have because I don’t eat it

— They also played a Tom Petty CD!  They chose a really old one – songs from 1976-78, which of course captured my heart because I also love those old songs! It was still in the player when I got in at 10 PM last night. I just thought that was so cute.  And they left their invoice/receipt on my kitchen table, with a note scrawled on it that said, Merry Christmas, Marilyn. Good luck with all you do.

I tell you, Muskingum County is just the sweetest place to live. I’m guessing that if I had such a thing as a liquor cabinet, they would have gotten into that, too! But I honestly don’t care. I love it when people feel at home in my house. And so far, it’s been repair guys.  Quite a number of them. They sit down at my kitchen table and chat. Not just about the furnace, or the electrical wiring, or the insulation,  but they chat about all the books I own, and all the vinyl records I still have, the tons of DVDs and VHS videos I still have, and they all talk about rock & roll.

THEM: “I noticed you have a guitar in your closet. Do you play?”

ME: “Yes. I used to.”

And then I leave out the part about my whole world crashing down and how I felt like I wasn’t even alive anymore for the longest time…

But I do like it when people feel at home in my house.

Oddly enough, even while I’m typing up this post, I’m also working on a new  script with Peitor  – via texting on my phone. Yes, 2 intense things at once. At the very same time. So life is a little full right now. I keep going, but I’m really, really beat.

Oh, and my stepmom is really deteriorating in the nursing home. Getting really dire there. I’m trying my best to remain in denial about that. Because whenever my thoughts actually land on her eventual passing, I want to just fall over and collapse. Block it all out.

But meanwhile, I must close this and get myself to the grocery store. An hour’s worth of driving. Such is the price of living in the middle of nowhere.

Thanks for visiting, gang! See ya.

Off I Go!

This is probably my last post before I leave for LA on Tuesday, gang!

Diane will be here taking care of my many impossible cats while I’m gone, so I have a lot of housecleaning and laundry to do before I go.  Plus I still want to try to get more writing done on Blessed By Light.

I am indeed flying American Airlines (pictured above) out to LA. And in exchange for the lowest round-trip fare I ever saw for a nonstop flight from here to LA, I agreed to sit in any seat they deemed suitable for the likes of moi. That should be really interesting. We’ll see how that goes. (HINT: I’m the absolutely last person allowed to board the plane!)

In addition to working on a couple of scripts with Peitor Angell, whose apartment I’m staying at in West Hollywood; and in addition to my meetings with TV producers regarding my CLEVELAND TV pilot script, I will indeed be having dinner with this gal!

Blare N. Bitch, from the road, summer 2018

Loyal readers of this lofty blog no doubt recall this photo from the post I made somewhere around my birthday this past summer, and about how awesome Blare N. Bitch still looks at age 59!!

I wish I had photos of what she was like in the 1980s, when I first knew her in NYC, because man, her hair was awesome!!

I actually do have one Polaroid photo of her that I hope to put in my memoirs if she approves my use of it. I can only say that it was 1985 and we’d been drinking all night at the infamous 7B Horseshoe Bar on E.7th Street; it was 4 in the morning and we were in my room in my hellhole tenement apartment on E.12th Street, and she was smoking a cigarette on my bed when I snapped the Polaroid. I mean, she’s fully clothed and all that. But her enormous hair is just to die for.

If you are too young to know what NYC musicians’ hairstyles looked like in the mid-1980s, I guess you can google it. There’s one of me on my “About Marilyn Jaye Lewis” page above – scroll halfway down. Look for the Oscar De La Renta earrings… I was no stranger to Aqua Net super hold hairspray myself!! (Yes, you’re blaming Donald Trump for the current  climate problems, when actually I was the one who destroyed the ozone back in the 1980s, when I was still a musician and daily trying to get my hair to stand up on end.)

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Well, they were heady days – if you’ll excuse the pun! I’m glad they’re over and kinda not. You know, the decades pass and you start to only remember the good things. There were actually two good things that happened to me in the 1980s – Blaire was one of them! I won’t mention the other good thing because I don’t remember what it was!

Anyway…

So, yes, I will regale you with all the news that’s fit to print upon my return next weekend! Try to keep things to a low roar around here while I’m gone.

Thanks for visiting, gang! See ya soon!

No more for me, thanks; I’ve had enough!

Of life, that is!

Or at least that’s how it feels today. I’m just so worn out.

Yesterday was the 4th day in a row that was being beamed to me directly from somewhere beyond Mars.  By this, I mean, that I awoke yesterday feeling that I had regained my emotional balance; my delicate mental wiring was somehow back in place. I was looking forward to a productive writing day.

It was not unproductive. I got more done than I’d gotten done in the last several days, but that isn’t really saying a whole lot. I had hoped to have this novel done by the end of the year. At this point, the only way it’ll be done by the end of the year is if someone else takes over the writing of it.

This current novel, which I only anticipate being about 180-200 pages long, was going along at quite a steady clip until I went off to NYC. And then when I came home, I had to focus on the TV pilot, and turn that in, which went great. But then once I was ready to focus on the novel again, I promptly fell in love with somebody.

So then I was caught up in texting deliriously and trying to write a novel at the same time. It wasn’t working out. At all.

And then, suddenly, I have to go to LA and, you know, be of sound mind because there will be witnesses. To my mental state. And then suddenly I’m caught up in this whirlwind of overwhelment of love & confusion and saying, “I have to break this off; it’s not right.” And he was, like, — well, I’m not going to get too private here, but it became 3 days of the kind of texting that nobody wants to do, especially when one of those texting participants is me losing my mind. And then it was like the whole world went splintering off into a million pieces.

Then, back in professional/work mode,  I googled myself because I know producers are googling me and I wanted to see what they were going to see – hopefully not some lurid 100% sexually graphic piece of writing of mine from 10 years ago or something like that.  But if that indeed was the case (it kind of was, unfortunately) I wanted to be prepared.

When you google me nowadays, you usually get about 1/2 a million links in 44 seconds. Well, yesterday, it was FOUR and a 1/2 million links in 44 seconds.  Holy crap. 4,570,00 results. People have been googling the heck out of me. And links from all over the world were popping up. In all kinds of languages.  And suddenly I was finding out stuff about myself that I had totally forgotten.

I used to give a lot of interviews  – TV, radio, print, and online – and apparently I had the habit of being very candid because there are quotes all over the Internet that are really personal, about me, that are being attributed to me, and apparently I said that stuff because all of it was true. There was some stuff about me out there that was erroneous and not true. But still. I really felt like I was suddenly on the alternate version of Earth, where the past 10-15 years of my career  had not yet happened.

It didn’t feel violating at all, just intensely weird. And it totally fucked even more with my stomach because I couldn’t figure out who I was, you know? Who am I? Apparently I used to know every last detail about myself and willingly told it to “the press.”

So I finally took a piece of a little pill in order to calm down, fell dead asleep by, like 8:30pm. Then was awake at 3am and on Instagram, looking at one of Tom Petty’s daughters getting surprised with a birthday cake as she walked into her apartment, fresh from a trip to Paris.

And I thought: as interesting as this seems at 3am in my bed in the dark, why am I knowing this? She’s been alive for 44 years now and I’ve never seen any of her birthday cakes before.

Instagram is so goddamned addicting now that I have my amazing new iPhone that works at warp speed.

But really the only reason I was on Instagram at 3am was because I was wondering why the guy that I had told in an amazingly lush, dense, and indescribably articulate collection of words that it “was over,” was not writing to me.

Yes! I had become that woman! First, in tons of elaborate words that I won’t repeat here, I said: “It’s over.” Then, I said, “Why are you ignoring me now?” Jesus.

But in my defense (which, albeit, is weak), the last thing he had texted to me was “I’ll text you in minute, honey” and then it was 33 hours later and still no reply… On my planet, a minute is 60 seconds. On his planet, apparently a minute is over 33 hours long.

You know that I know darn well I’m out of my mind. If I weren’t, I wouldn’t be an oddly “famous” writer barricaded in obscurity in the tiniest town on the planet, hanging out at the cemetery talking to dead people that I never, ever knew, and writing down the things they’re saying to me so that I can put it in my novel!

After Instagram assured me that my direct messages had not been so much as looked at, and after I watched Adria Petty get surprised with her birthday cake about 4 times, I turned over and went back to sleep. And I awoke at 5am thinking I could handle life, possibly. Maybe. Perhaps. And of course I looked directly at my phone, out of habit, and there he was. Twice. And being very polite.

And I was, like: Okay. Thank you. Now I’m gonna attempt to be sane – or at least do a good job of pretending to be. I’m gonna read up on how the “sane” people look and act and I’m just gonna follow their lead. Jesus. The truly unfortunate part of all this is that I’ve been out of my mind my whole fucking life…

Me, in my alternate world, where everything I do makes sense.

 

The “Doh!”s Just Keep on Coming!

Yes, three years ago when I sold my old house and was expecting to move back to New York, in my zeal to somehow achieve 2 things at once:  throw my entire life away and cling tenaciously to things I will never use again, I did something inexplicable.

Okay. I did an ungodly amount of inexplicable things.  (I was grieving and it was too much loss at once.)

However, the thing I’m talking about here is that I was closing down a 1700 square foot house, thinking I would wind up in something the size of a peanut shell back in New York. So I had to ruthlessly divest myself of just so much stuff.

And in that ruthless divestiture [you’re probably thinking I didn’t know how to use that word in a sentence – Ed.], I threw out every single solitary – incredibly expensive – piece of luggage I owned.  (And mind you, I managed to cling to more incredibly cool cocktail glasses than any single woman should be legally allowed to own and I don’t even really drink anymore, but my cupboards are bursting with fancy barware!)

I did not discover my foolhardiness regarding the luggage until I was preparing to leave for NYC last month and discovered the only things I own that resemble luggage are one very small flight bag and a white, sparkly beach tote. Luckily, that was a crazy-quick trip and I drove to NYC, so I could just throw everything that didn’t fit into one very small flight bag and a white, sparkly beach tote into the backseat of my Honda Fit.

But now I am preparing to fly to LA for 5 days, and I’m only allowed, of course, one carry-on. I have a reputation to uphold in the world beyond Crazyland. I want to be seen as a tall, silver-haired, overly serious woman who thinks too much.  And a white, sparkly beach tote is simply not going to cut it. Nor is there room in that thing for even 1/4 of what I’ll need for 5 days.

So, yes!! I bought this cool thing and it arrived last night!

It doubles as a backpack and a carry-on, and it is full of little secret zippered mesh compartment thingies!!

I just love it!! Even though all the fake stamps & postcards from around the world bespeak of someone who loves to travel, and that is so NOT me. I hate to travel. I hate to see new things and meet new people! I hate to get a fresh perspective on the world and hence on my own existence within it! I hate having an expanded frame of reference from which to write my many glorious works of fiction!

I prefer to just stay at home, sit at my desk, look out the window at my maple tree… However, all that other stuff happens to me anyway.

But I’m super excited to have my new backpack/carry-on! I’m gonna try like hell to not throw it away!

All righty.

I got next to no writing done yesterday, even though I sat at my desk in front of the laptop the entire day. I wrote about 9 lines – and most of those being incomplete sentences that this new novel is becoming famous for.  However, I had the little weasel of love scurrying around in my belly all day, really just making me distracted and sick. So that’s my excuse. Today, I’m better, though. Even though it’s sad to be out of love, by my own choosing; no more delightful little pings of loving texts popping up merrily on my phone.

It just has to be that way. So on we go, ever nearing the completion of Chapter 16 in Blessed By Light.  And it’s a wonderfully snowy day here in Crazyland, so it’ll be nice to just sit here all day and write.

Thanks for visiting, folks! I hope you have a really good, love-filled day, wherever you are in the world. See ya!

Snow falling outside my bedroom window right now

The Little Weasel of Love

Yes, that little weasel of love is burrowing deep into my tummy-tum-tum and filling me with doubt again.

Did I do the right thing by breaking things off? Am I being mean? Am I out of my fucking mind?

Well, okay, that last question is a no-brainer, with or without the weasel… haha

Well, as I continue bouncing along on my rocky journey down the road of love to God knows where… the unexpectedly GOOD news is:

My newest revisions on the CLEVELAND TV pilot require no more revisions!

Yes, you heard it here first! No notes. No more re-writes for now. Send the script down the line to the next producer, with whom I already have an appointment in place. I was really happily stunned. So on we go, gang!

Today it is snowing in these fair Hinterlands. A light dusting, a heavy greyish-white weight all over the sky. I’m gonna go to the grocery store today, but other than that, I plan to sit here and work on Chapter 16 of Blessed By Light. Do a little yoga. And then, peppered throughout, a generous sprinkling of anguish over my broken heart and the little weasel of love burrowing deep into my tummy, making me want to get sick.

Sounds like a Terrific Tuesday all the way around, doesn’t it, gang?? Hope you have a really terrific one wherever you are in the world — minus the little weasel.  Thanks for visiting! See ya!

 

 

Gosh, what a rough week

I don’t know about you, gang, but my week has been that proverbial emotional roller coaster. Some seriously good highs, some very disturbing lows, some betrayals of trust, even.

Well, you can’t beat that, can you?

And very early this morning, I had to make a very difficult decision, a difficult break, that indeed broke my heart.

Why do I always feel like I’m better off just sitting at my desk and writing and avoiding the real world at all costs? Of course, you can’t really ever do that, can you?

Onward I suppose.

I hope it’s an okay Monday, wherever you are in the world, gang. And I hope that if your heart got broken – or if you actually had to break your own heart, which I seem to excel at these days – well, I hope you find all the love left in the world to ease your pain just a little bit.

Thanks for visiting. See ya.

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