October 17th, 2006
We're about to have our weekly JK Show meeting -- to talk about upcoming programs, possible guests, etc. -- and I'm catching my breath for a moment.
In the next week and a half, we'll be taping five shows (three more than usual), in preparation for our Nov.-Dec. taping hiatus. My series producer, Lori Halloran, will be going on maternity leave (I like to think that working with me has prepared her for dealing with a small child) -- and I figured that, rather than bring in a substitute producer, the whole show should go on maternity leave as well.
Actually, I personally won't be having a new baby during that period. Rather, I'll be working on my upcoming stage monologue, Citizen Josh (opening next May 9 at the Magic Theatre in San Francisco): mostly touring college campuses, doing improvisations about democracy and talking with folks about politics. I'm really looking forward to it.
But in order for us to stockpile enough episodes of this program to tide us over till January, we're doing a whole lot of them now (and with fabulous guests!). This kind of schedule puts a strain on my usual habit of working for a little bit, then spending a long time decompressing and gloating about having finished that task, followed by a rising panic as I realize that I am already way behind on preparing for the next task. This week and next, that whole cycle will have to be condensed down from days or weeks into hours or minutes. Kubler-Ross should write something about this, stat!
In the meantime, I just thank the heavens that my beloved Oakland A's were knocked out of the playoffs -- allowing me much extra time to focus on my work.