July 13, 2014

Greetings

Acknowledgements (Part I of III)

On my first posts I wanted to recognize a few blog chums that have made a special impact on me.

But first, I want to thank the wonderful Jennifer Connolly from A Well Styled Life who was kind and generous enough to lend a helping hand to this lumbering Luddite and get my long overdue blog set up and operational.  She had a lousy client but showed remarkable patience in assisting me.  I am most grateful Jennifer.

BeBe, back in the day, about to head out West.

 

                             

                                        The Co-Conspirator


BeBe from American Alconleigh

Bebe and I only first connected back in January as she had just begun her blog American Alconleigh and we ran into each other on other blogs and Pinterest.  I was struck by how in sync we were almost immediately. Via email and more recently on twitter we've been having this very modern age "relationship" albeit with my respectful acknowledgment that she's happily married to what my intel reveals to be a fine man who is a devoted husband and father.  Bebe is whipsmart, wickedly funny, and has an ear for dialog as good as anyone I've ever come across.  Furthermore, she has the makings of a great writer which I want to encourage her to pursue more diligently as her two beautiful daughters will soon be off at college and she'll then have more time to develop her great gift.

One Sunday morning a couple of months ago, I read an interesting article by the Chicago Tribune's chief Theatre critic, Chris Jones, who mentioned how well collaborative writing worked for those excellent cable series such as House of Cards, Game of Thrones, Mad Men, et al and a similar collaborative environment could also benefit the Theatre community. I immediately emailed Bebe the article as I just so happened to have a storyline that had been bouncing around in my head for a couple of years that had a male lead a little like me and a female lead that would be very well served  if she bore some resemblance to Bebe.  I started sending her summaries on scenes and she gave very helpful feedback and soon a rough draft for an outline took shape that I am hopeful we will one day soon complete together into a novella or play.  It was the excitement of connecting to a kindred spirit that kept the ball rolling as I always felt she was drawing the best out of me.

That collaboration with Bebe showed this Lone Wolf that we operate much better when we have others with which to hunt, share the spoils, and defend.  Mother Nature has always struck me as the most sensible of women and now I can finally see her logic behind discouraging isolation.

 ~GSL



34 comments:

  1. welcome to blogland!

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  2. Bebe sounds delightful! I'm always so happy to learn of fascinating blogs. Good luck GSL!!

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    1. Jennifer, this reminds me that I never do tags anymore - do you know what the tags do?

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  3. Yay you are here! Such a good point about collaborative writing. Mind you bebe is fab on her own too! I wish you much luck on that project but of course hope you have great fun in your new den too.

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  4. Anon- thank you

    Jennifer- again, many thanks and I see you got comments enabled!

    Naomi- I am now the zealous recent convert on collaborative writing and yes Bebe is fab on her own!

    Thank you my dear Tabitha!

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  5. A champagne toast to you and The Lion's Den,GSL! May you always be inspired with a little help from your friends...cheers!

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  6. We have all been waiting, and now the day has finally arrived! I want to congratulate you, of course, but your readers are the ones who enjoy the Lion's share of good fortune so congratulations to us.
    Thank you for the kind words-you have made me blush once again

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  7. Trudye- thank you my dear and welcome.

    Bebe- thank you for your patience

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  8. Welcome to the The Den Curator!

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  9. Did I miss something, GSL? Did you win an Oscar or the Nobel Prize for Procrastination? Glad to see you're finally up and running, handsome! Claire

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  10. Welcome to the Blogosphere! I'm glad you've made it! Your comments are so good on my blog (and over at Very Verve!) that I'm happy you are going to pen your own blog as well. And I see you have some of bloggers I love checking in already. Let the fun begin!

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    1. I'll says! His comments are better than my blog posts

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  11. Ah, look what the cat dragged in.

    So, behind every man of action there is at least two women.

    Happy hunting on the savannah blogland.

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  12. Thank you Jill; I just stumbled onto your blog about a week ago and could tell immediately you are a woman of great style. I'll be combing through your archives in the coming weeks as I see we share similar interests.

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  13. Hello Bertie and welcome! Yes, there are even more than two women behind this man of action I am most grateful to say.

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  14. Welcome to blogging GSL - I have high hopes now for a witty read, your comments have always made me laugh on others blogs. Love the sound of the screenplay and the collaboration...

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  15. Ecstatic that you have your blog up and running and very interested in your collaboration with Bebe, you do seem a synchronized pair! xoDani

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  16. Heidi- thank you and hope to make your visits have an occasional giggle

    Dani- welcome and yes Bebe is great to collaborate with although I think Young Rascal and I would make a good team too!

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  17. well well! glad you decided to join us all. :) i'm presently helping a gentleman neighbor of mine start a blog too. i will add you to my sidebar pronto. x juanita

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  18. Darling G,

    What a happy homecoming this is!

    We have just returned from our travels to Blighty and, joy of joys, here we find you snug and warm in your very own Lion's Den. We have to say that we thought that this day would never dawn. So many promises, so much anticipation, hopes raised only to be dashed and, yet, just as the proverbial Phoenix, darling G, you have raised yourself from the construction dust to enter Blogland at last! Oh, happy day!

    And, we must add our own encouragement to darling Bebe who is indeed a writer of distinction. We were so pleased to be introduced to her via you, darling G, and, what a synchronised pair you make. Better than Torville and Dean!

    So, a very warm welcome to Blogtopia, darling G. A place where everyone can be a poet, a writer, a photographer, a celebrity, a creator of quilts, a gardener, a philosopher or whatever they will. It will be a happier and more erudite place with you here. Xxxxx

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    1. I was just thinking about you Darlings Jane and Lance. Welcome to The Lion's Den!

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  20. Welcome to the other side!!

    Lovely - isn't Jennifer wonderful? I was lucky enough to meet her and she seems so up with all the technical things as well as having a beautiful blog.

    I am very much a lone worker, bit of a hermit these days. I love having friends and workers around me but even when I was at a newspaper I was not great at doing those collaborative articles. But I desperately need a good editor or someone to bounce ideas off and that is what I really really miss these days.

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  21. My goodness, why is it only now I learn that you have a blog? Heavens! Congrats on making the leap from erudite commenter to erudite blogger. I look forward to joining in on all the merry banter. Let the games begin!

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    1. Oh, and I shall add you to my blog list pronto, which may help spread the word that you've finally joined us in the blogosphere. I'd hate for anyone to miss out on all the fun.

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    2. Welcome CD and your merry banter is most welcome around here!

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  22. Brother GSL
    First, I am so glad you have made the decision to share your writing. Your comments/observations are always spot-on and witty (not an easy thing to do), plus I just dig the fact that you rock the Cagney look; the man was a true baller.

    Oh yes, we should all be like Bebe…

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  23. Just wanted to say that I really enjoy your blog.

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