Saturday, October 31, 2020

good things

 I'm teaching creative writing next semester and I've got a reading in October (next year/God willing, the creek don't rise, and there's a vaccine).

I want this year to end and I don't

 Whew!


What a time, what a time.


I have several projects to finish and back in March--when time felt like it was not moving at all--I thought I had, well, time!


Now it's almost November and I'm cursing the procrastinator in me. (Although these are days of distraction.)


Gonna go look at the moon and then get to writing.



Tuesday, December 31, 2019


The first page of this novel I piddle with now and then was on the short list for a "first page" contest.  Inspired me to spend some more time on it.

I thought I know the plot but nah; the MC is telling me and I'm just writing it down.  Am about 58 pages into it.  Clinging to some pages I wrote previously even though I'm sure none of them will fit into what the MC's tale truly is.

The plan (can we laugh here 'cause, well, me and my plans!) is to write on it every day in the new year/decade. 

The plan, the plan. . .

Oh is there a deadline today?

I will NEVER learn but my play about Diane Nash--DUE 12/31-- is almost there.

What to focus on was a challenge because she was so active in the Civil Rights movement and did so much.  Much too late I made the decision what the play would be about.  And then there's the part where Gwen wants the pressure to push her to get the best work.

Anyway there is opportunity for revision (yes I might take it) but there is also the opportunity to "sneak" one's play in tomorrow.  (yes, I'm gonna take that option!)

I hope I do her justice.

Monday, August 5, 2019

Who the hell is Diane Nash?

Do you know who she is?  Bobby Kennedy didn't when he was attorney general, but he found out. An absolutely amazing woman in history.

There is a project 365 Women A Year: a playwriting project where amazing women in history are focused on via plays.  Long list.  I chose Diane Nash, who I first learned about when I was living in Nashville.  Have wanted to write about her in some fashion for a long while.

Waited.

Waited.

Waited to hear if I was going to be given the green light for this project--you select three choices, then they get back to you.

And it would be a yes!

Yes!

Now to get writing. . .

Friday, June 14, 2019

Gi60 2019 US Edition is delighted to announce the 50 plays that will be performed on June 19, 20, 21 and 22 at 8:00 pm in the Studio 307 Theatre at Brooklyn College campus as part of the 15th annual Gi60 International One Minute Theatre Festival! The plays came from Ireland, Canada, South Africa, and from all across the US, from Cambridge to Spokane! Thank you, playwrights!!
1) 007 Retires by Jay Nickerson
2) a burial by Collin McConnell
3) A Very Common Remedy by Peter Dakutis
4) An Unexpected Fortune by Jasmine Dalrymple
5) Attachment by Ivy Vale
6) Authenticity by Tom Coash
7) Back in time… by Kris Rasmussen
8) Believe Me When I Tell You by Sophia Vitkovitsky
9) The Bench by Arthur Walsh
10) Beth by Rosanne Manfredi
11) Brothers by Rachel Carnes
12) Bugs are Not for Squishing by Tom Carrozza
13) Coffee Mug by Scott Mullen
14) The Confusion of the Bear by Kevin Clyne, Brian E. Miller
15) Crossing by Andrea Fleck Clardy
16) Faeries by Daniela Gonzalez y Perez
17) Fishfishfishfishfish by Edward Fuhrmann
18) Haunted House by Matthew Weaver
19) Hero Worship by Stable Cable Lab Co., Inter-generating Playwrights Workshop
20) Ira and Irving by Steve Ansell
21) Is This the Real World? by Jonathan Joy
22) It Creeps Up on You by Thomas J. Misuraca
23) James Retires by Karen Engelmann
24) Lady Parts by Gail Cory-Betz
25) Leaves by James McLindon
26) Ledge by Steve Alguire
27) The Lesson by Steven G. Martin
28) Marathon by Jessica Moss
29) Megan Versus The Horde by Patrick Delaney
30) Mom Cooties by Carol M. Rice
31) New Kitten by Jennifer O’Grady
32) News Twits by Cary Pepper
33) No Matter What, Ya Gotta Believe by Eugene Solfanelli
34) Nowhere Man by Mike Bencivenga
35) The Oldest Auditions for a Play by Michele Markarian
36) Once Upon a Time in New Mexico by Len Jenkin
37) One Minute More by Jackie Martin
38) Opening Line by Mark Harvey Levine
39) Remember by Gwendolyn Joyce Mintz
40) Resistance is Futile by Ruben Carbajal
41) The Skunk by Matthew Weaver
42) Sleep Tight by Ali Gallo
43) Smile, Baby by Claudia I. Haas
44) The Sofa by Aurora Stewart de Peña
45) Stargazers by Jason Rainey
46) The Story Before by Jim MacNerland
47) Twin Peeks by Arianna Rose
48) With This Ring by Allie Costa
49) Workplace by Jenny Mead
50) Workshop by Mark Oristano

Monday, April 15, 2019

Tick tock

11:59 pm. The time the play was due.
12:57 am. It's done.  "Type time in California" into Google on my phone. 11:57 pm.
12:58 am. Typing in the title.  But it's an hour earlier in Cali. Got a minute.
12:59. Hit send.
1:02 am (Not California time). Look over work and see that that line I added in last minute pushed lines down onto the next two pages.  I type in page numbers so those ended up moving down too.  😭😂😭😂😭
8:42 am(California time.) Write theatre organization. " I'm ridiculous."
12:04 pm. Grace given.

Hit send.  Again.😂😂😂😂😂😂😂

Saturday, April 13, 2019

Loved seeing my play on stage. It's about missing people in general--women and girls, in particular.

Two people said it made them cry. Great! Because it was meant to move and educate.  Sent it off for consideration in another festival.

Tomorrow is a deadline for another festival, but plays can be five minutes at the least.  Got something rolling around in my head.  Gwen the procrastinator might never learn, but with just minutes left I got a ten-minute play about OCS/hoarding completed and sent to a theatre for Black writers in Houston. So maybe.  Last minute means little if I get it done, right?

😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂

Sunday, March 10, 2019

A new ten-minute play --"Her Name is Alexis Patterson"-- opens Friday and runs through the weekend.

Excited to see what the director did with my script.