Monday, August 3, 2015

A Year in Pictures

I had noble goals as we packed up and headed to Paris for the long-awaited sabbatical year. When I wasn't dragging my younger son to museums ("too many museums"), I revised a novel (accomplished), submitted a few opera libretti pieces to composers (check), began a middle-grade novel, and wrote a jazz opera summary for an upcoming project. When I returned to Texas, I was seized by another wave of Do-It-Yourself mania (a form of writer's procrastination) and made a sliding door. What I didn't do was this: blog. Nor did I update my website.

Thus: A Year in Pictures. With subtitles.

I went to a writer's retreat in the French countryside:
said hello to this peacock every morning
 
trekked through these grounds at the retreat
 
saw his lady
slept and wrote in this glorious room
visited this grand cathedral
And took part in this book singing for my Young Adult novel Some Act of Vision, at American Library in Paris:
I'm surrounded by cool people.
the toast afterward



We moved into in a cute apartment:



And I dragged Julien to museums with weird art:




Madonna's clothes (by Gaultier)

this odd fellow
gagged at these earth tumors

My libretto, Lingerer, a collaboration with composer Max Perryment, premiered at Meadows School of the Arts in September 2014. (No pics. Sad face.)

I geeked out at a special opera exhibition at the Grand Palais:




I ate too much food:


I watched Julien begin middle school in Paris (eek):

a brave soul, this one. 

And walked home from his school on this street:


visited castles and a cave with Mother:



wine tasting at this cave


I said "so long" to my sweet friend, Amy, who made Paris feel like home:



And then, in February, my son re-enrolled in a Texas school for 3 months and I watched his first performance on the violin:
The kid is in there somewhere


My libretto, EVARISTE, a collaboration with composer Helgi Ingvarsson, premiered in London at two venues in July (and...no pics for this either because I was not in London).

And recently, I gave in to my DIY cravings and made a sliding barn door for my laundry room entrance:






And I baked this year, too:



Now everyone is all caught up and I don't feel as though I've completely abandoned my blog.

Sunday, April 5, 2015

On discovering cool opera cartoons

AH! I've just stumbled on Opera in Brief, a cartoon-like summary of operas that is finally (finally!) entertaining.

I have to admit, when I go to the opera and I'm waiting for the curtain to rise, the thing I want most to do is read the summary. Two sentences into the summary, I realize that, oh yeah, this is the thing I least like to do. Because opera summaries are, by nature, just incredibly boring. They manage to confuse the heck out of me, too.

Not anymore. I watched this little clip posted by the Dallas Opera, and I'm going to the opera because of this video. I kid you not. Watch it for yourself and tell me you don't want to go, too.

Thanks, Dallas Opera! Make these for all your operas for infinity, please?