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.|
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.