Day 35 Reporting – 2,024 Words/Day Process Log –A Matter of Taste

I didn’t like the play I saw a couple of days ago. That’s unusual for me. I usually like plays or at least find something that I can like about them. After all, I really enjoyed the Percy Jackson Musical The Lightning Thief that was produced by a regional theater stuck in an industrial area with weeds growing out front and clearly a theater created and sustained as a labor of love.

The play I’m referring to had better production values than a show that featured a lightning bolt made of aluminum foil. But. I didn’t like play. I found it rambling and worse, I didn’t feel anything.

When I go to the theater, I go to fall into the story. I love that sensation of forgetting that I’m sitting in a chair surrounded by people and there is this magical moment in the theater when it becomes a communal experience. I didn’t have that with this particular play. However, I did see where other people had that experience.

Other patrons were laughing at the one – woman show. When I left, this lady behind me commented she should’ve been warned to bring tissues to the theater because it was so moving to her.

So, while I say that I didn’t find anything that I like about the play, I do have to admit that it reinforced a lesson for me as a creator and as a writer. Not everything is for everyone. Just because someone doesn’t like the show, doesn’t mean that the show was not moving or meaningful for someone else. I wasn’t the target audience for that play. The majority of the people sitting in that theater, however, were. It’s something that I’ve known for a while, but it’s nice to have something like that.

Keep moving forward. Keep getting better.

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As of Day 35, – 2/4/24

# of Words I Wrote/# of Words Written To Be on Track/Year Goal

65,648 / 70,840 / 740,784

About Irette Y Patterson

Irette Y Patterson is a writer of fantasy, science fiction, and romance. She has been published in FIYAH, Strange Horizons, Translunar Travelers Lounge and on the website of The Saturday Evening Post. When not writing, you can find her digging around in her garden or catching the latest musical in the theater.
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