Nose to the Rhinestone: Day 21

Dear Constant Reader,

A light day. I submitted 3 class proposals to the Windy City Burlesque Festival. I did my Challenge and read Goddess of Love.

There were a couple of simple costume alterations I wanted to do and easily could have done while I was watching Daredevil, but just failed to even think about it. Bad burlesque dancer; no biscuit.

M2

Published in: on 22 March 2016 at 9:54 am  Leave a Comment  
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Nose to the Rhinestone: Day 20

Dear Constant Reader,

Scratch and I went down to RI for the Mode Merr open studio and on the way listened to Dita’s “Soundtrack for Seduction”. Does that count?

Whether it does or not, we had rehearsal in the evening. In which we tossed around ideas the group number for the next Expo. Brigitte had had a brilliant brainstorm which set everything in motion. Then we all* did our Challenge (that’s 11 days running for me!). After that Scratch suggested a rousing series of “Standing, Sitting, Kneeling”, a theatre improv game we adapted for dance. We ending up doing 3 songs.

Then we ran solos. Even though I had carted my Faerie Queen stuff over, I decided to dust off my bathtub act. Even though the tub still needs work, that’s no reason to let the act languish. I can’t wait to get my Glorious Pasties unders (I should check with Cheeky and see how she’s doing), although I’m a little concerned that the bra won’t fit over the pasties, since they’re going to be on a HardCore base. I’ll cross that bridge when I come to it.

M2* By all, I mean Brigitte, Pearl, and me, because Betty is in California preparing for her Bharatanatyam Arangetram and both Evie and D.D. had family things.

Published in: on 21 March 2016 at 9:37 am  Leave a Comment  
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Nose to the Rhinestone: Day 19

Dear Constant Reader,

Light day today. I did my Challenge. I read Goddess of Love. I listened to a song Scratch suggested for my new act. That was it.

It wasn’t laziness. I spent most of the day in the kitchen at Stately Babydoll Manor assisting Red with the construction of one of these:

An enormous Napoleonic-Era meat pie. Nothing to do with burlesque, but I think it’s rather impressive. It was tasty too.

M2

Published in: on 20 March 2016 at 7:49 am  Leave a Comment  
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Nose to the Rhinestone: Day 18

Dear Constant Reader,

Well, I tried to set in motion a fix to the problem with my Faerie Queene prop, but was thwarted. The fabricator was closed, despite their posted hours. I settled for an email outlining my issue. Waiting to hear back.

Also, I posted my Friday Tip and sent out the B.A.B.E. newsletter.

And the usual: I did my Challenge despite having a severe case of the I-don’t- wannas and fell asleep reading Goddess of Love, despite a fairly early hour.

M2

Published in: on 19 March 2016 at 10:18 am  Leave a Comment  
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Nose to the Rhinestone: Day 17

Dear Constant Reader,

I spent some time on improvements to The Faerie Queene. One involved picking the brains of some amazingly talented friends. I’d call that a successful start. The other was picking some items up from the fabricator, which was a fail. Not a total fail, but I should have stuck to my guns and not let someone I thought knew better persuade me to go in a slightly different direction. Also, always do the math. Math doesn’t lie. I can fix the problem by *sigh* throwing more money at it.

I submitted one class proposal to BurlyCon, did my Challenge, and read a couple of chapters of Goddess of Love (Lili goes on a belated honeymoon).

M2

Published in: on 18 March 2016 at 9:19 am  Leave a Comment  
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Nose to the Rhinestone: Day 16

Dear Constant Reader,

Wednesday is BeauTease rehearsal day (it’s like Prince spaghetti day, only with less carbs and more rhinestones). We started with our challenge, which does suck less when you all do it together.

Then we ran some solos. I’m still working on The Faerie Queene. Scratch identified a problem and how to solve it, which brought up another problem, but I know how to solve that too.

I spent a tiny bit of time scraping my bath tub. I’m going to have to find some time to some in when there’s not a rehearsal and devote a chunk of time to it. The act is kind of at a stand-still until I get the whole thing scraped and then resealed.

And yes, I read a chapter or so of Goddess of Love (Lili won her big court case; her career is really taking off.)

M2

Published in: on 17 March 2016 at 10:00 am  Leave a Comment  
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Nose to the Rhinestone: Day 15

Dear Constant Reader,

I spent a little time practicing one of my magic tricks for The Faerie Queene.

In the evening Scratch and I went to B.A.B.E. for the first session of Burlesque Your Way. I’m always so delighted to teach this class and see what fabulous things the students come up with. We have a great mix this time: 3 students who took the Mystery Box class (one of whom has also taken Your Way before), one of The Expositionettes, 2 brand-new Intro grads, and Pearl, our apprentice. I can’t wait to see how things evolve from this first class.

After getting home from class and mucking around on the computer, doing some iTunes management, I was going to just go to bed. Scratch reminded me I hadn’t done my Challenge and I crankily dragged my ass off to do that. That’s 6 days in a row. I seemed to remember that you need to do something for 3 weeks to make it a habit.

And then I fell asleep reading Goddess of Love

M2

Published in: on 16 March 2016 at 9:36 am  Leave a Comment  
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Nose to the Rhinestone: Day 14

Dear Constant Reader,

I have absolutely nothing interesting to report. B.A.B.E. admin, Challenge, book. That’s it.

M2

Published in: on 15 March 2016 at 8:51 am  Leave a Comment  
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Nose to the Rhinestone: Day 13

Dear Constant Reader,

Sunday is BeauTease rehearsal day. We all did our Challenge together, which still sucks, but at least we all shared the suckage. I did a little B.A.B.E. admin and ran The Faerie Queene. So rusty. I’m overthinking parts of it and I’ve got to just practice, practice, practice.

M2

Published in: on 14 March 2016 at 9:27 am  Leave a Comment  
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Nose to the Rhinestone: Day 12

Dear Constant Reader,

Not much today. I did do my Challenge (and went to the gym; does that count?) and I did read a couple of chapters of Goddess of Love, but much of the day was consumed with my taxes, the most time-consuming portion of which was for B.A.B.E.

M2

Published in: on 13 March 2016 at 8:11 am  Leave a Comment  
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