|“True friends are always together in
― L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables
Wow! It's been 23 years since JABB began! So
incredible to think this has been going on for the majority of
my life. Thank you all for being a part of JABB!
Because we just crossed the 600 newsletter mark and I did the
retrospective, celebratory stuff then, I'm just going to make
this one something of an update and ramble.
A Sort of Rambling State of the John/Andrew
Bucket Brigade Address
So, firstly, we're obviously still in the midst of a
pandemic. Because I chose to write COVID into the Dyeland
stories, I feel like I need to stick with that. Thus, I've
opted to shuffle some plans around due to the delta variant and,
admittedly, because I'm still not where I'd like to be with the
post-mice recovery at my house.
I intended for my next longish story to be about Andrew's and
JenniAnn's blessing ceremony in El-Chanan... and the unexpected
hurdles that pop up before that. I do feel like, because all
who can be vaccinated among the Friends are vaccinated, they are
gathering in groups. But a big ceremony and party with
children present seemed like a risk the risk-adverse Andrew and
JenniAnn would not take. So... I'm putting that off until
September/October. I might actually time it right around
Halloween because it seems like a very JenniAnn thing to do: pick
a date around Halloween so Andrew has no choice but to be happy on
Halloween. Sneaky! :-) This shift will also just
give me more time to get my own act together.
After that, the annual Christmas story will come out around the
usual time. I have no idea what that'll be about but
something always comes to me!
Then, finally, St. Genesius' Community Theatre will properly
re-open in the Spring of 2022. They will, of course, do Jesus
Christ Superstar with Joshua leading the cast for all
showings. Because they will have had to skip two years of
the show, they'll be expecting larger than usual crowds so will
offer more shows than they usually do. So no one gets
exhausted, many of the other roles will be split up. For
example, Peter and Eric will swap nights playing Simon Peter, Emma
and Ivy will both take turns with Mary Magdalene, etc.
Honestly, this is the story that I'm most looking forward to even
though it seems like it might be a bit redundant of "The
Carpenter." I've got a lot of new angles in mind.
As for St. G's, I don't think they've been fully dark this whole
time. They did virtual shows for a while. Then, once
the vaccine was out, they did small productions in more of a
revue-style with limited, socially distanced audiences. I
think it's also possible that, even though it's not really their
style, they might have done private events with the wealthier
patrons just to keep things afloat. So, for example, if
someone wanted to pay to do a birthday dinner and a show with
their loved ones... Peter and Emma probably made that happen just
so they'd have the money to properly re-open when the time
came. But they're very much looking forward to returning to
a normal schedule with affordable tickets.
Outside of Dyeland, I don't have a whole lot to report.
Dyeland makes up the bulk of the content these days just because
there's nothing new to cover, sadly. However, in an ideal
world, once I'm caught up around my house, I'd love to get back to
watching TBAA at least a couple of times a month and who knows
what that'll inspire. To be honest, I haven't watched it in
years and I do sometimes miss it. So that'd be nice.
Other than that, I still hope to do some short one-offs about some
of the characters. But I also have some Q and A type of
stuff and trope discussions on the back-burner. If you ever
have a question that you'd like answered in a newsletter, please
let me know. It can be a question for me or I can resurrect
"Ask Andrew" or "Ask the Angel of Angels."
Again, thanks for being a part of JABB! While it's pretty
different from how it started, I'm grateful it's still around and
that you're all a part of it!
This newsletter is dedicated to John Dye for being the
inspiration for JABB for all of its 23 years.
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