This Week for Adriennewrites: Rocky Horror Picture Show, South Side Parenting

THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW: Let's Do The Time Warp Again:  L-R:  Staz Nair, Victoria Justice, Laverne Cox, Ryan McCartan and Annaleigh Ashford in THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW: Let's Do The Time Warp Again, premiering Thursday, Oct. 20 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2016 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: Steve Wilkie/FOX
THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW: Let’s Do The Time Warp Again: L-R: Staz Nair, Victoria Justice, Laverne Cox, Ryan McCartan and Annaleigh Ashford in THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW: Let’s Do The Time Warp Again, premiering Thursday, Oct. 20 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2016 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: Steve Wilkie/FOX

By now you probably know that I am a contributor to Forbes, where I cover TV, film and music for the online portal of the business magazine. I’ve written seven stories so far, mostly about television, since TV is hot right now as the fall shows solidify their followings and their ratings. Tonight I live tweeted the Rocky Horror Picture Show reboot, which aired on Fox, and I enjoyed following along with other tweeters. Many were a bit pissed that the remake deviated from the original. But, I already knew what to expect.

Lou Adler, the executive producer of the original Rocky Horror and the EP of the reboot, told me  that “what all the critics say is true.” He also said that the original Rocky wasn’t the best movie ever and was certainly “rough around the edges.”  He expected it to be panned by many, but he also expected it to be well received.

To that end, the show was a trending topic Thursday night- even as the Al Smith Dinner trended and the NFL game aired on TV. In the end, Laverne Cox as Dr. Frank-N-Furter, was magnificent, and I predict that lots of gold and silver costumes will be on the streets this Halloween.

In other news, I’ve started a new website, southsideparenting.com, where I detail all the cool places to go and fun things to do with your kids on the South Side of Chicago. I created this site because I wish such a site had existed when my oldest was too young for school but old enough for field trips with his mommy. Rather than wait for someone else to figure out that the South Side is pretty damn cool, I decided to make my own site.

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Journalism: One month after the professional cleanup…

I recently had my work desk organized by a professional. The aftermath was very lovely – if a bit devoid of personality. But I get it. Clear the clutter, take down the posters, get rid of the Rocky Horror Picture Show postcards and you have a desk that looks almost as neat as it did when you first got hired and had no stuff.

And yet, a month later, I’m still at an impasse with my work clutter. If you follow me on Twitter, then you know that I often talk about my mounds of mail. Though I now have a filing system and some neat places to store magazines, the organizational tips don’t really help with the source of the clutter: between 25-75 pieces of mail a week, much of it large Fed Ex boxes and oversized envelopes filled with Cds, DVDs, random stuff like Spongebob coffee cups, books and the galleys of books that I review.

To completely rid myself of the clutter would be foolish. Far better to purge more frequently than to get rid of the reason for the purge. My new shelving system won’t actually hold all the stuff that I get, but it does hold most of it. So the desk is definitely much neater now than it was when I stacked 100s of books up on the desk. (Sometimes those stacks became top heavy and fell down. Grrrr.)

I do need a few more DVD racks, and I definitely need more magazine files. It’s still a work in progress. But what I did learn in the process is that sometimes, no matter how well you plan to organize, sometimes it just won’t work if your space is too small. It’s like trying to put a square peg into a round hole. The space needs to match the workload, and a bookshelf is a beautiful thing. Also, I’ve learned that I prefer to just get press releases via email. Snail mail makes them add up, and makes them hard to file and access when I’m not in the office.

In the end, a neater workspace is less stressful for me and makes it easier for me to find what I need when I need it. But if everything is too neat, that stresses me out too. I hate feeling like I threw away something important. For me, leaving my current work on my desk is my “to do” list. I only get to put it away – or throw away the papers – when I’m finished.

Next up I’m going to tackle the email clutter… With 500 or so emails a day, things are getting a bit, uh, hectic. But that’s a whole other blog entry. More on that later.