Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Noelle

Happy December, Folks!

Good news!  One of my dear friends and writing buddies from university days at Purdue has published an e-book for the Young Adult audience.  It is a novel in verse, no less.  Wow!

Please check out the book, Noelle, on Amazon.  A perfect gift for the teenage reader, just in time for the holidays.  I know it was years in the making, but worth the wait.

Congratulations to the author, Colette Huxford.  She is a talented and kindhearted lady.  Lots of happy dancing coming from my neck of the woods!  Yay for dreams realized!!

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Chess Update

When I sit down with my laptop, chess is one of the ways I enter the writing mode.  Some days, I may play only one game.  If I'm on a roll, I'll play two or three.  Something about engaging the logical part of my brain prepares the creative side as a sort of call to action.

It's been a while since I've updated my statistics.  I'm still testing Malcolm Gladwell's theory that 10,000 hours at a task will provide mastery.  Here is where it stands as of this writing:

2300 games played.
1360 won.

That's 59% won outright and 13% drawn. 

Winning streak: 17
Drawing streak: 3
Losing streak: 7

Any long term goals you're working on?

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

The Mother Problem

As requested, here are some photos from the short play, The Mother Problem, from the performance over the weekend of October 16-18th in New York City.  Thank you, Thespian Production for a fun festival.  Thanks too, to Kathe Mull, the director and all of the actors involved.  What a pleasure to work with all of you! 

Bruce Jones as Gerald and Molly Makselan as Sylvie
Gerald, Sylvie and Mother.  (Mother played by Jean Scales)
Gerald, Sylvie, Herman (played by Connor Smith) and Mother

The playwright, Stacy Post, in Times Square.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Reading Without Her Glasses

Seen Reading:

On a recent flight from Washington, D.C. to New York City, a well-aged fashionista in a tailored black and tan cardigan, black slacks and shiny penny loafers read across the aisle from me for the duration of the flight.  Her tortoise-shell reading glasses were perched on top of her head rather than on her nose.  She had straight gray bobbed hair and red lipstick.  A gold chunky statement necklace graced her slender neck.  Occasionally, she would gasp, which caught my attention.  What was she reading?

John Sandford's Deadline (a Virgil Flowers novel)

Seen anyone reading in public lately?

Friday, October 10, 2014

Still Here. Still Writing. Still Striving.

It's fall in Indiana.  Today is one of those days that people don't speak of: cold, drizzly, windy and gray.  Winter is in the air but not quite here. I was recently gifted with poet daffodils and grape muscari. Both will be a lovely addition to the flowerbeds. I need to get out in the yard and plant them now for spring flowers.  But it may have to wait for the drizzle to end.  (Thank you generous friend!)

Another dear friend recently reminded me that success is perseverance through failure.  Thank you for that too.  For every acceptance, I can hold up both hands and count each finger for the number of failures that came in between.  (Sometimes, I have to count my toes too.)

It's a funny business, writing.  Just when I think I have a handle on what the world wants...it changes.  But I keep writing.  Keep editing.  Keep revising.  Keep sending the work out into the universe.

Many times, the universe says no.  But once in a while, it says, YES!  

Like those bulbs I need to plant now, submissions need to be sent.  Even though typically, I have to wait months for any news.  So if you're wondering what I'm up to, know that I am still here.  Still writing.  Still striving.  Waiting for acceptance to bloom.

What's new with you?

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Collaborators on Board!

More details are below about the production of my ten-minute play, The Mother Problem.  If you didn't catch my last post, it will be produced in New York City with Thespian Production, as a part of their Halloween Festival, "Pumpkins, Poison and Plays...Oh, My!"  I am so delighted!

Director:  Kathe Mull

Cast:

Gerald: Bruce Jones
Mother: Jean Scales
Sylvie: Molly Makselan
Herman: Connor Smith

I am looking forward to seeing what they do with the script.  Break a leg, guys!  Thank you, Thespian Production, for this opportunity!


Sunday, August 31, 2014

Pumpkins, Poison and Plays...Oh, My!

In the summer of 2013, I took a playwriting class at the Indiana Writers Center with instructor, Andrew Black.  Challenged to write a ten-minute play for Halloween, I devised a Twilight Zone inspired piece called, The Mother Problem, about a man, a Ouija board and a pesky ghost mother.

I am happy to announce that the play will be produced in New York in October.  Thespian Production had a call out for Halloween plays last spring.  I sent off, The Mother Problem, in hopes that it would find a home.  And it has.  It will be one of the short plays in their showcase, "Pumpkins, Poison and Plays...Oh, My!"

The show runs October 16th through the 18th at the Joria Mainstage Theater, 260 West 36th Street, 3rd floor, New York, New York.

I am SO excited to see this story go from page to stage.  Thank you, Thespian Production!