Nose to the Rhinestone: Wrap-up

Dear Constant Readers,

I just spent 30 days spending at least 30 minutes a day on burlesque-related matters. What did I accomplish? What did I learn?

Well, I discovered that I generally am doing about 30 minutes or more of burlesque related work a day. Often tedious, not very glamourous work. The BeauTease taking on a challenge that took about 30 minutes a day guaranteed that I’d make my quota.

I can’t say that I accomplished any big project. I started to make some improvements to The Faerie Queene — upgraded prop, costume piece, music, and choreography. Without the impetus of this challenge, I probably would have let it all slide into “someday”. Also, I read all of Goddess of Love Incarnate. I still have to write a review of it. And I blogged here every day…

I found this exercise was really more about mindfulness for me — being aware of how much and what burlesque-related things I did every day.

Would I do it again? Or course! Maybe even with pictures. : )

M2

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Published in: on 7 April 2016 at 1:21 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Nose to the Rhinestone: Day 30

Dear Constant Reader,

The last day! I’ll be writing some thoughts on the whole experience later.

I did a lot of B.A.B.E. admin today. We’re less than a week from the start of a class series.

Then there was rehearsal. We all did our Challenge, but I didn’t run anything tonight. Pearl is making her debut at The Tuesday Club next week, so she got the floor for feedback on all her acts.

Kind of a quiet day for the last one.

M2

Published in: on 31 March 2016 at 10:53 am  Leave a Comment  
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Nose to the Rhinestone: Day 29

Dear Constant Reader,

I did a little B.A.B.E. admin work and taught Burlesque Your Way. I also handed off my new Faerie Queene prop pieces to the lovely and talented Devastacia for the first round of painting. So excited to have a real artist doing the work instead of clumsy me.

Of course, I also did my Challenge.

I picked up Mama Rose's Turn: The True Story of America's Most Notorious Stage Mother for bedtime reading. I had abandoned it months ago as being kind of dull, but I want to give it another shot. Now that’s we’ve gotten into the Baby June years, it’s a little more interesting.

One more day…

M2

Published in: on 30 March 2016 at 10:54 am  Leave a Comment  
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Nose to the Rhinestone: Day 28

Dear Constant Reader,

Let’s see, what did I do? I was interviewed over the phone for WERS. I made some paper mock-ups to start playing with the shape of a new headpiece. And, of course, I did my Challenge (19 days!) and a little B.A.B.E admin.

I don’t know what to do with my evenings now that I’ve finished reading Goddess of Love. I was hoping to stretch it out for the full 30 days, but it’s amazing I took as long as I did with it.

M2

Published in: on 29 March 2016 at 10:46 am  Leave a Comment  
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Nose to the Rhinestone: Day 27

Dear Constant Reader,

Not too much to report. Sunday is BeauTease rehearsal day. We all did our Challenge and I ran The Faerie Queene a couple of times. I have to do something about the ties on my mask. It tends to slip.

And after deciding on a design for that new piece yesterday, I went back to the original plan.

M2

Published in: on 28 March 2016 at 10:42 am  Leave a Comment  
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Nose to the Rhinestone: Day 26

Dear Constant Reader,

A pretty light day. I did my Challenge and I did some design work on a new costume piece. No sooner had I decided on a really good idea for the base shape, I saw a picture on Facebook that made me change my mind completely. Now I’ve got to figure out how to create it.

I was going to do some rhinestoning in the evening, but I had the rare opportunity to lie on the daybed and snuggle with Albert, so I took it. You don’t pass up moments like that.

M2

Published in: on 27 March 2016 at 4:57 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Nose to the Rhinestone: Day 25

Dear Constant Reader,

On Friday I post my Friday Tip and send out the B.A.B.E. newsletter and this Friday was no different. There was a little B.A.B.E admin too.

I also did my Challenge and starting looking through the endnotes in Goddess of Love. A typical day, really. Nothing special.

M2

Published in: on 26 March 2016 at 7:04 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Nose to the Rhinestone: Day 24

Dear Constant Reader,

I picked up the newly-cut staves for my Faerie Queene fan at the fabricators. If you need anything weird made, I recommend Danger!Awesome. They did a good job and when my order wasn’t what I wanted the first time (because of a now-former employee who thought she knew better what I needed), they made it right. Next up, test assembly and off to the artist for painting.

I did a little costume work. Finally got the right color elastic for an old-school g-string I made for another performer. Added some rhinestones to the ties of my bathtub costume panties, so I can tell which ribbons are the front one by touch.

And I did my Challenge and finished reading Goddess of Love. I still need to take a look at her bibliography and notes before I can call it done.

M2

Published in: on 25 March 2016 at 9:44 am  Leave a Comment  
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Nose to the Rhinestone: Day 23

Dear Constant Reader,

I’ve gone back and forth about whether I include work-out time in my count. Yes, I do it for general good health, but also so I look good on stage. In any case, every Wednesday before rehearsal I go to a barre class, and this day was no different.

At rehearsal we all did our Challenge (14 days!) and worked on acts. I spent some time on one of my magic tricks for The Faerie Queene. The trick is finally starting to be where I want it. And then I ran the act, incorporating a suggestion that Scratch had, which really improved things.

There was also a little B.A.B.E. admin work and, of course, a couple of chapters of Goddess of Love. Lili’s life in retirement makes me so sad and angry.

M2

Published in: on 24 March 2016 at 10:24 am  Leave a Comment  
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Nose to the Rhinestone: Day 22

Dear Constant Reader,

My victory today was taking care of the issues with the Faerie Queene prop. It turns out that the employee who convinced me that what I wanted was not what I wanted no longer works there. I was not the first person to come back dissatisfied with their order. However, the fabricator is going to make good for only the cost of materials. Yay! That’s good customer service. I’ll probably use them again.

In the evening was Burlesque your Way. I think everyone left with solid ideas and inspirations for their acts. I’m looking forward to seeing the acts evolve.

And, of course, I finished off the day with my Challenge and a couple more chapters of Goddess of Love. I’m heading into the home stretch of the book. I’ll have to review it soon.

M2

Published in: on 23 March 2016 at 10:37 am  Leave a Comment  
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