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Spring To Do’s–Check! Check! Check!

12 May

So seeing as it is almost half way through the month of May that can only mean one thing. SUMMER is right around the corner. Whoo to the hoo!

This got me thinking that I better check in on my Spring Want-To-Do list. So here is what I have accomplished since March 29:

Become a 3X Script Frenzy Winner – check

Paint that 24” X 24” canvas – check (see photo in this post)

Spend every free moment reading – check (and I’ve been able to read on my porch swing b/c of nice weather…bonus!)

I still have a few more to get done in the near future. Here is my full list of Spring Want-To-Do’s https://redcurlgurl.wordpress.com/2011/03/29/my-spring-want-to-dos/

But I’m feeling like I can cross the rest of them off in the near future.

I want to put my money where my mouth is (see 5/10 blog). I don’t remember the exact quote, but someone once said be the change you want to see happen (or something close to that).  So I promise at the end of each blog to post a moment of happy for you. It might be a quote, a photo or in today’s case a video. Enjoy!

Here is your happy moment for the day:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kavoAsYkjq4

P.S. It’s National Hug Your Cat Day. So if you got ‘em, squeeze ‘em.

The Final Countdown

25 Apr

That song by Europe keeps playing over and over  in my head as we push forward into the final six days of Script Frenzy.

I remember two years ago when a friend of mine told me about ScriptFrenzy. It was just two days before the challenge started and I madly read through what would be required for me to participate. I wondered if I could actually commit to 100 pages of scripted material. At that time, it could have been 100,000 pages. It was a crazy idea thinking I could actually write that much and do it in only 30 days. 

I mapped out a schedule which included trying to write as much as I could during the week and then really putting in the midnight oil on the weekends.

Life and a freelance gig writing for a newspaper made it  difficult. With around a week and a half left, I was stealing every free moment to get a few more lines of dialogue on the page. And I did it. I was a Script Frenzy 2009 winner.

I was filled with so much pride in myself and writing confidence I never knew I had that I took on the 2009 NaNoWriMo challenge. If I could do a 100 page play, then I could write a 50,000 word novel.

To say that I sweated the entire month of November was an understatement. Dishes were left in the sink, dust piled up, I resorted to wearing clothing I hadn’t in years because I didn’t have time to do laundry. But, what do you know? I became a 2009 NaNoWriMo winner.

Well, now that I knew that I could do it, I dove back into ScriptFrenzy and NaNoWriMo 2010. Some chores still didn’t get done, but my at least my wardrobe didn’t suffer and I was super pumped to be able to wear two winner t-shirts that year.

Now, here it is 2011 and I committed myself to a three-time win with Script Frenzy. And I’m in the final countdown—91 pages. Just a mere 9 pages left to cross the finish line. And I can taste the victory. I can see the ribbon I need to break through. I can hear the crowds cheering. And while I can’t wait to see the winner banner over my name, I don’t want to forget this feeling that I am having right now.

The feeling of knowing that anything is possible when you put your mind to it.

This year there hasn’t been any sweat. My dishes and dusting are done and I look fabulous.

What’s That Smell?

19 Apr

Hopefully, it isn’t the left overs you forgot about in the back of your fridge. But, then, maybe it is.

If one of your characters encountered the mold-growing-tofurky from last Thanksgiving, what would that do to them? Would the stench ruin their day? What if the hot new guy was coming over? Or worse, the hot new guy’s mother, the one your character agreed to cook for in order to win her over.

Elizabeth S. Craig tweeted today about using the sense of smell in your writing. The link she included led me to a post from Faith Hunter. In her post, Faith talked about the use of scent and smell in writing. She gives some excellent examples. This was my favorite:

“I pulled in scents, my nostrils widening. His boots smelled of horse manure, fresh. Local boy then, or one who had been in town long enough to find a mount. I smelled horse sweat and hay, a clean blend of scents. And cigar. It was the cigar that made me like him. The taint of steel, gun oil, and silver made me fall in love. Well, sorta. My Beast thought he was kinda cute, and maybe tough enough to be worthy of us. Yet there was a faint scent on the man, hidden beneath the surface smells, that made me wary.”

Does that pact a punch or what? You get a sense of the male character and insight into the female character that is describing him. What is it about the smell of the cigar that makes her like him? Perhaps her father smoked a cigar and so she is comforted by it. Maybe she flirted once with a good-looking man who puffed on a stogy. At this point, we don’t know but doesn’t it make you want to read more?

A Little Pick-Me-Up

15 Apr

Sometimes life goes zipping by so quickly that we forget to stop and take it all in. Whenever I go to a supermarket, I always make a point to stop and smell the roses. I figure no matter how busy I am, it’s good to just take a moment to enjoy some beauty. 

The other day I went to Whole Foods and picked up a petite bouquet. I had just received some really good news, my play was going well for Script Frenzy and my novel editing was soaring. I have the most gorgeous little bunch of roses, baby’s breath, gerbera daisies, greenery and some pretty little red berries sitting on my desk. 

All week, I have taken a few minutes here and there to stop and smell my posies and it has really been a great week for me.

So as you go into the weekend, make sure you stop and smell the flowers. And always remember it’s good to give YOURSELF a little pick-me-up.

Happy Weekend!

How Much Should I Reveal?

14 Apr

So it is a very busy writing month for me between the blog, Script Frenzy and editing my novel. I am all words all the time.

But writing for three different audiences is producing an “interesting” time for me. The biggest thing that I grapple with is  just how much I should reveal in a story.

When I blog, I try to keep it short and sweet. Since I don’t have a lot of time to spend reading pages and pages of other blogs, I figure someone else might appreciate it if I returned the favor.

For Script Frenzy, I am working on a new play. The best part of writing a play is the dialogue. I love creating snappy interactions between characters. And, unless there is a specific prop or a particular look that needs to happen on stage, I don’t get bogged down in those details. That’s why there is a director, a scenic designer, a costume designer, a sound designer and a prop mistress. It’s their job to handle all those little details.

But when it comes to my novel, I am all the aforementioned and then some. Since I come from a theatre background, dialogue is my strong suit. And, just like with the blogs, I don’t like to get smothered in the details of how someone is dressed, what the  curtains looked like or whether or not the tires on a car make a humming sound. I want to be in the middle of the action and hearing characters engage one another.  That’s why I don’t tend to write a lot of the other descriptive stuff in my novels. I set it up, give a feeling for what’s going on and then assume the reader will fill in the missing pieces for themselves.

Now, I have friends that think exactly as I do. They can see in their mind’s eye what the patrons at the restaurant look like or how that old wool sweater feels. They don’t want to have the author lay it out for them.

But, I also have friends that want to know every last detail right down to the speck of dust on the lamp. They want to know EXACTLY what I am seeing in my head so they can see it in theirs. So since I am editing my novel, thought I would pose the question: How Much Should I Reveal?

Well, I didn’t expect that

4 Apr

I sat down and wrote today’s blog post and ended up with a one minute play. Well, who woulda thunk?

Does that ever happen to you? You start doing one thing and it winds up being another? 

It must be a theme for me right now because I started my new play for Script Frenzy on Friday with something entirely different in mind. Then, I found some notes I had jotted down on a piece of paper which reminded me that I had expected to write a slightly different version of this play.

But, I actually think I can incorporate both ideas and the play is going to be stronger for it.

In the meantime, I am completely psyched to have a new play for the The International One Minute Play Festival.

Yeah, me!

The Decision Has Been Made…

1 Apr

Well, I narrowed down my choices and this evening I will begin my Script Frenzy efforts with a play that involves a survey, a high school reunion and cupcakes. I am most eager to get this party started and see where it takes me.

Script Frenzy T-shirt…check
Script Frenzy Travel mug…check
Script Frenzy page counter on blog…check

And away I go!

Are You My Inspiration?

30 Mar

I love to multi-task. It’s probably the reason why I also love to create across multiple mediums. At any given time, I can be working on a piece jewelry, while sewing a purse and painting with my acrylics or watercolors.

When inspiration strikes, I just give in to it. I learned (the hard way) that when a scene pops into my mind, to grab my laptop or nearest piece of paper and write it out. I’ve tried jotting down notes to remind me of what I wanted to say but it is never as good as when I am in that moment and text is flowing freely. It’s the same way when I paint. A color combination will present itself and, unless I grab those brushes and get that paint on the canvas, I won’t be able to recapture that feeling I had towards that palette.

I’ve been gathering ideas in preparation for Script Frenzy but I don’t know which ones will turn into that new play until I put fingers to keyboard on Friday.  And honestly, it might all depend on when I decide to start. If I go out for lunch and bring my laptop, I’m quite sure I will choose something different that if I begin writing Friday night. Yes, my environment influences my creativity. 

A few years ago, I was having a conversation with a friend who couldn’t believe I didn’t cook. I told her I wasn’t any good at it. She found this hard to believe. She told me cooking was just being creative with food instead of paints, paper or material.

Hmmm…

So I put on a gorgeous damask apron, played some opera and worked my artistic ways on a yummy Italian dinner.

And that tradition has continued three years later. Everything from the weather (a warm summer breeze makes me want to concoct delicious salads with watermelon, pine nuts and feta) to clothing (I am seeing a lot of pink this Spring, so I am eager to make cupcakes with a strawberry glaze), stirs something inside of me to express myself in a creative way.

So where do you find inspiration?

My Spring Want-To-Dos

29 Mar

In my first blog post, I talked about how Script Frenzy helped me to manage one of my want-to-dos (writing!)

Today Cait, who writes the Pretty and Fun blog, (which is FABULOUS) posted a beautiful list of the things she wants to do this Spring.  I was so inspired that I created one of my own.


What is on your Spring Want-To-Do list?

An Elevator Pitch Play

28 Mar

What can you say in one minute? Unless you have a grocery list of things in mind and you’re hyped up on some mega caffeine, most folks don’t actually say a lot in just 60 seconds.

That is why I am completely fascinated with Gi60 (Gone in 60 Seconds) from Screaming Media Productions—the world’s first international 60-second playwriting festival. It’s like Twitter for the stage.

What a fantastic challenge to write a beginning, middle and end that conveys a story to the audience and have it all done in one minute (without a second to spare). It is writing, re-writing and editing at its best. Be succinct or be eliminated from the submission pile.

If you read my post on Script Frenzy, you know how I love a good deadline. The final day to submit to Gi60 is midnight on April 30, 2011. That is over a month away and I find myself wanting to use that time to make sure there aren’t any holes in my play. After all, if an audience only has one minute to enjoy my writing, I best choose my words wisely.