I enter the second last day of the residency. Inevitably, some thoughts of the city take hold: what will need to get done, who should be contacted. The longer the residency goes the earlier I seem to wake…this morning the monkish hour of 4.30am. I continue with Bill Gammage, write a letter, check some emails…kangaroos churn across the back paddocks and the morning light arrives saying – sleep no more. Today I’m going with Vic for an interview at ABC Riverina where we’ll talk about the project we’ll endeavour to pull off next year. Sarah, who has been tirelessly preparing my meals and being such an accommodating host leaves for Wollongong later in the day and a rehearsal room to get the band she plays drums for, Bambino Koresh, into shape. We begin to disperse. In some ways, the immediate past will be hard to go back to. In other ways, I feel some good writing progress has been made here and there’s been good news too for the playwrighting in 2013. Now, the life of Dr Lethbridge and his wife Gwen awaits to be developed further and there’ll be talk of how’ll we’ll incorporate the local choir into the monologues. I begin thinking of actors: Mark Lawrence and Lee McGlenaghan to play two roles each. The show has a long way to go but at least we’re out of the driveway.