Colorful Colloquialisms – “to buy a cat in the sack” (English, German, French… most of Europe, really)

This may be the easiest colloquialism I’ve ever researched. (Read: There is actually information available about this one!) I ran across this particular phrase, “to buy a cat in a sack,” in a forum thread talking politics (which I will not get into here – we all deserve a break). Once again, I understood what … Continue reading Colorful Colloquialisms – “to buy a cat in the sack” (English, German, French… most of Europe, really)

If All the World’s a Stage, Am I a Good Enough Actor?

Today I am confronted with two psychological phenomena that are different, yet essentially the same. We had a new employee come into my department today. We have long awaited filling this position, and it will certainly make my life easier. Because her position and mine work closely together, it fell to me to show her … Continue reading If All the World’s a Stage, Am I a Good Enough Actor?

Another Lesson (Still Being) Learned from the Fall Production: Facebook Marketing

Let’s face it: Marketing is not my thing. It’s not my director’s thing, either. We realized, though, that we need to up our game, and that this production, with a new theater and a visiting celebrity playwright, was an opportunity we couldn’t miss. The university does have a marketing director, and we work with him … Continue reading Another Lesson (Still Being) Learned from the Fall Production: Facebook Marketing

“Verdigris” by Jim Beaver -In the New ACA Theater Now!

Normally I wait to post about the lessons learned from our productions. This one, though, has been so full of challenges I feel like I've already collected enough for several posts. Before I start, though, just a quick note: We have shows going on NOW, and Jim Beaver (Bobby Singer on Supernatural and Whitney Ellsworth on Deadwood, … Continue reading “Verdigris” by Jim Beaver -In the New ACA Theater Now!

Why NaNoWriMo is noble nuttiness–and 8 steps to make it easier

Well, I admit I’m currently a sleep-deprived wreck who vaguely remembers having a spouse and kids (and if I try really hard, I can remember what my house looks like), but it’s not currently for this reason.

Honestly, if November weren’t the exact opposite of the best time for me to do it, I might have given NaNoWriMo a go, if only to get in the habit of writing more, more often. My husband is doing it, and so far managing to keep up. But I have to say, this post from The Red Pen of Doom sounds like a better strategy, and it also includes some great tips no matter what your target word count is.

And, well…

The Red Pen of Doom

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Every year in November, writers around the world attempt something noble and worthwhile: to not just write a novel–the Toughest Writerly Thing A Writer Can Do–but finish the thing in an insane amount of time, as in the 30 short, rainy days of November.

This is a huge, organized thing, nicknamed NaNoWriMo, the kind of acronym only writers could come up with after a marathon viewing of BLADE RUNNER and THE MATRIX trilogy. (Spoiler alert: first one with Neo is perfect while the second and third will ruin your childhood).

HOWEVER: writing an entire novel in 30 days is would be more accurately described by the non-acronym of Crazytown.

With logic and numbers, I’ll show you: (a) why this is nuts, even if you really, really want to do it, and (b) how an alternative is easier while (c) giving you better results.

When logic and math fail, I’ll resort…

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