Hey, I’m back. It’s been a crazy good week. My best friend of 15 years (!) came to visit. I haven’t seen her in years, so it was good to catch up, even though we email and talk and text fairly regularly. I feel like you can just get into deeper and more meaningful conversation in person, you know?
So I thought I would share a few things that didn’t make it into Sailing Le Cirque. Like I mentioned in this post, I find the process behind a story really interesting, and that is why I decided to share
Though every line was changed, many, many times, there were a few that were cut out completely. This set
Come one, come all, all ages delight
In the fun and fancy of this one magic night
because it was too cliche.
Caramel corn in paper cones
Funnel cakes you can’t eat alone
Turkey legs roasted on the bone
because after doing research, these foods would be hard to store and serve from a ship, even if its a magical one filled with circus folk.
And Other Things
The other things I refer to here are the animals. Le Cirque carries only human performers. In early drafts, I planned to have animals as part of the show, but after doing research, I did away with the whole concept. Between animal cruelty issues and the impracticality of having animals living on a boat, it just made more sense. And, this decision gave way to my favorite line
Then they dance, they prance, pull tricks, entrance,
Make fire burn, stand on their hands
so it was a good choice.
Check out this post if you want to read a little more about the cutting process of this story. And to read all about Sailing Le Cirque, check out these 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 posts. The next (and possibly final) post about Sailing Le Cirque will be to share any new sketches I come up with.
But before I go I wanted to share this Florida weather report.
Have a happy summer night!