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What an interesting writing day today yesterday proved to be.

As I said in the prior post, I woke up knowing what I wanted to write, by which I mean that I knew what it was about, not necessarily what I specifically wanted to say. Should have been easy, yes?

Not so much. I wrote 1/2 of a poem, then scrapped it. I wrote 2/3 of another. Ditto. (On the plus side, the lather-rinse-repeatness of the process reminded me to dye my hair, so at least that got done midway through the day. But I digress.) I read my own blog posts on Much Ado About Nothiong. I listened to Mumford & Sons song, "Sigh No More", which cobbles together bits from here and there within the play to form coherent lyrics. I listened to Patrick Doyle's setting of "Sign No More", just because I like it so much. I read scenes. I watched the BBC's ShakespeaRetold version of Much Ado About Nothing starring Damian Lewis and Sarah Parish (God, I love that version! And not just because of all the Tom Jones songs. Here - see a wee bit of why. In this version, Benedick and Beatrice are news anchors with a history, and he's a bit of a ladies man. They have both been led to believe that the other person is in love with them just before this bit.)

But again, I digress. None of that really helped. Neither did watching Zac Efron in 17 Again, but boy is he cute or what? (I know, another digression.)

Anyhow, after flailing around like a muppet for a while, it occurred to me to give more thought to the particular form of the poem first, and then start. So I did some thinking on how to characterize the sort of poem I wanted to write, and some research on what sorts of forms are generally used for them (come on - you're not actually surprised by that, are you? You all have to know what a geek I am by now!),and hey presto! A sort of success! Half a poem written, and I want to keep it. The rest will wait for tomorrow morning's writing session.

*capers off to bed, thinking fondly of my lovely new project, singing hey nonny nonny*

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Aug. 1st, 2010 12:31 pm (UTC)
I absolutely ADORE that modernization of Much Ado with Damian Lewis and Sarah Parish. Used to show it to my kids in Shakespeare class. Such a thoroughly enjoyable adaptation! (And Hero has some cojones in this one, eh?)
Aug. 1st, 2010 01:00 pm (UTC)
That's one of the things I like about it, although it's really the performances of Lewis & Parish that I love. I mentioned this production last year during Brush Up Your Shakespeare Month, where I said "I should note that in the BBC's production of Much Ado About Nothing for its Shakespeare Re-Told series back in 2005, Claude turns out to be a prat, and Hero (played by Billie Piper) will have nothing to do with him once she comes out of her coma, and tells Claude off, saying she's sick of being treated like someone's property. I clapped like a seal at that point."

Edited at 2010-08-01 01:00 pm (UTC)
Aug. 1st, 2010 03:59 pm (UTC)
Hurrah for that half a poem! Love hearing about your working method, too.

Your post's title immediately sent Emma Thompson's voice into my mind, from the Brannagh/Thompson version of Much Ado About Nothing.
Aug. 1st, 2010 04:58 pm (UTC)
Well hello, Miss Rumphius!
I love your new icon photo!

I finished that half poem this morning, and am about to embark on the next. So much for a month of uninterrupted reading and relaxation, but I'm not minding in the slightest - I LOVE this project!
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Aug. 2nd, 2010 03:10 am (UTC)
Heh. You think?

I finished the half-done poem this morning. Wrote another this afternoon. Am nearly done a third just now.

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