Sorry for being so scarce! (Enjoy the blissful silence while it lasts though!)

Been super busy because THE DREADED PLAY OPENS TONIGHT (AS IN TO-NIGHT!!!!!!!) and we've had to iron out a few eh... "minor" crises.

Like the fact that the leading man quit the show three weeks ago. Following hot on the heels of another actress who, on the same fateful weekend as our leading man's departure, simply failed to show up for rehearsal. And then, when someone eventually did manage to get a hold of her, she weaseled deftly manoeuvred her way out of it by feigning a sudden and somewhat mysterious (she was very sketchy on the details) family emergency.

At least, I suspect (and hope for her sake) that she feigned it. I think she really did fake it though, because she had the wise foresight to be nervous about the prospect of performing way back when we started the rehearsal prospect. Not like silly me who supressed the panic until today - Opening Day - when I'll only be able to die my way out of this... and really, I just might. Die, I mean. From sheer terror.

Which leaves only three of the original cast (or in my case, grossly MIScast) members.

The replacement actor and actress are FABULOUS though, and despite not being aware of this play's existence until two and a half weeks ago, they were already off-book a few days after stepping in. And here I am... still lustily forgetting my lines and my blocking AND still unable to grasp the basics of acting.

Please pray for me tonight at 8 - 10 (Eastern Time)? AND tomorrow night. And Saturday night. And Sunday night... (And all the weekends after that until the end of August.)

P.S. Charleston displayed all the expected Southern charm and then some! The trip was positively delicious. More about that later.

is a South African girl living in South Africa. That doesn't sound very original, we know, but you might find it remotely interesting when you learn that she has only recently returned to South Africa for the first time after a nine year, one month and two week (non-stop!) stint in the United States where she accidentally became an outlawed alien (also known, especially in immigration circles, as an 'illegal immigrant.' We prefer the term 'outlawed alien' ourselves). During her reversed exile from her homeland, she kept herself occupied by winning this website (but only after shamelessly bribing the judges) and thus being unleashed on the web where she slowly, leisurely became the World's Laziest Blogger; by being a nanny and by attending sci-fi conventions in search of other aliens. In the US, she also made her sailing debut, her international acting debut, tried and failed to learn the piano, and never learned to cook. She is hopelessly addicted to coffee, dogs (especially Labrador Retrievers), how-to books (with a particular fondness for her copy of the Time/Life A - Z Medical Encyclopedia), and she tends to grossly overuse parentheses (we're not kidding) during her attempts at writing, which you may - if you really have masochistic tendencies - subject yourself to by reading the words to the right of this column. If you REALLY and truly STILL want to know more, you can read her C.V. here.
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