Friday was a big day for me… I delivered my novel MR. MONK IN OUTER SPACE to my editor (and learned they’ve moved the pub date up to November) and emerged from a marathon casting session in London with the remainder of our actors. The cast is finally locked…and not a moment too soon. I flew back to Berlin that night, got back to my hotel room a little after midnight, and collapsed into bed.
Yesterday I had my first free day in weeks and I spent it outside, sight-seeing with our two of our four leads, Erin Cahill and Andrew Walker, who arrived in Berlin on Friday afternoon (our other two leads, Alexia Barlier and Joseph Beattie, arrive on Monday). We walked all over the city. I had a great time. It felt so nice to be out in the sun for a change, instead of locked in my hotel room, my office, or an airplane. For the first time in a very long time I didn’t have to worry about meeting any deadlines, finding actors for roles, making production changes for the budget, locating the right race cars, and all the other problems I’ve had. It was a genuine day off.
I went to bed 1:30 in the morning and didn’t wake up today until 11. I feel like a new man…which is good, because I am going to need the energy going into the next week. My days are jam-packed with meetings and rehearsals…and I’ve already got to start thinking about my outline for MONK #6.
But today, none of that is going to be on my mind. Today I am getting out of my hotel room and exploring the city.