Plays and Stuff

Plays and Stuff

Holy crap, people. It’s December already. I’ve got to pay the mortgage bill again. I swear I just did that like a month ago.

The new season with A Crew of Patches Theatre Company started up last week. We had a performance of Macbeth at Belvidere High School in Belvidere, IL. Two more Macbeths plus one Romeo and Juliet this week. Sadly I will be missing the R&J on Friday because I booked a small guest spot on a network TV show. So not that sad, really. While I will miss my fellow Patches and I am sad to miss our first R&J of the year… Dude! I’m gonna be on TV! It’s a short, two-line, blink-and-you’ll-miss-it role, but I don’t care. It’s my first TV booking. I am all kinds of excited about it.

So NaNoWriMo has come and gone, and I fizzled out at just over 10,000 words. I feel bad about this, but at the same time I don’t. I mean, I didn’t write a book, but I did finish separate drafts of two plays. Plus I squeezed in a short story that I’ve submitted to a magazine. Fingers crossed, there. Also, I’ve been plowing through the archives of my favorite podcast, Writing Excuses. A couple days after I decided to put my NaNoWriMo project to the side, I encountered an episode in which they said that editors will run away in horror if presented a manuscript in the exact specific genre I was attempting to write. So I guess I dodged a bullet…? Actually, after listening to that podcast I spent a couple days in a funk, thinking I must be the worst writer ever if the idea that got me so excited in the first place is the last thing an editor would ever want to read. But I got over it. And I’ve got some thoughts on how to make it better when I get back to it.

In the meantime, A Tale of Two Cities begins rehearsals this week, and I can’t wait to get started. Also, the Super Special Secret Project reached an exciting stage which I’d love to talk about but can’t quite yet. The official announcement will be coming soon. (I’m starting to think I’m hyping this a little too much. I worry that once it’s announced you guys are gonna just say, “Oh, that’s nice.” But I’m really excited about it.)

And last but not least, after today there are just two weekends left of Street Justice: Condition Red, including a special industry performance next Monday, December 9th. You can still get tickets by visiting thefactorytheater.com.

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2 responses to “Plays and Stuff”

  1. Tiffany Lawson Inman says:

    Ok, I’ll bite.

    What sub-genre is a no no according to your podcast?

    Could you tweak your 10,000 words into a different light?

    You really should reach around for a pat on the back because it sounds like you did a decent chunk of writing last month.

    All I did was edit OTHER people’s writing and never even got out of the block on my own. *cue sad trombones

    • Christopher says:

      The story I was working on was a YA fantasy with several tropes and a lot of imagery borrowed from Westerns. According to the podcast (hosted by Brandon Sanderson, one of the best-selling fantasy writers working today), editors will groan when presented with anything Western. Of course, I haven’t heard that anywhere else, and the podcast itself is a few years old now, so it may not be the case anymore. The stuff I was borrowing wasn’t necessary to the plot – it was more just that I thought the idea of cowboys and wizards sounded cool. It’s easy enough to tweak.

      And I’m glad the reason I didn’t finish my NaNoWriMo project was because I had a bunch of other writing I had to get done. It’s a nice problem to have.

      What kind of editing do you do? Are you freelance? Do you work with a publisher? Do you focus on specific genres or styles?

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