We’re ramping up to auditions again, this time for a production of Geek! by Crystal Skillman. It’s an interesting take on Dante’s inferno where two girls navigate the levels of Hell, portrayed as the floors of a hotel at an anime convention. Initially, I would rather have gone with our original consideration for the spring, … Continue reading Time for Auditions
I said in my last post that I have an announcement, and I actually have two. First, I’ve switched jobs again and am working in Decatur with my previous company. It’s a better fit for me, and I’m excited to be back. It’s a little strange to come into a “new” job where I already … Continue reading New Job, New Business, New Year
I haven't been posting lately, mostly because I have been working on a project that I will be announcing after the new year. However, I had to comment on this: I received a pingback to one of my Colorful Colloquialism posts. Which is, of course, always great to see. I wasn't sure why this particular … Continue reading I Don’t Know What to Say!
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
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!
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.
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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I haven't really thought a lot about quantifying how I read differently on an electronic device, but it's definitely different. After this post, though, I'm going to give it a bit more thought. by Jillian Casey Although it is a bit cliché, on my bookshelf, I have a well-worn copy of Jane Austen’s Pride and … Continue reading EBooks are Changing the Way We Read and Write — A Writer’s Path
I just found a new internet happy place. As you may have noticed, I’m a writer, and I adore attractive and well-thought-out infographics. You can probably imagine my reaction to… a whole site filled with gorgeous infographics about writing! Still, take what you’re imagining and add 50%. That’s probably close. Meet Curtis Newbold at The … Continue reading Things to Do With The Scant Wall Space Still Remaining in My Office
In a webinar on internationalization, I was following along and minding my own business while the moderator changed slides. I was suddenly faced with something I’d never seen before: I18n. Pronounced “internationalization.” I spent a moment figuring out the logic there, and then thought, “Wait, this is a thing? How long has this been a … Continue reading If We Use Letters in Math, I Guess It’s Only Fair to Write with Numbers
The kids and I had a fun time at Rocket City Lit Fest in 2015. I hadn’t heard anything about it this year, so I checked their web site. It turns out there won’t be a Lit Fest this year, though they are discussing 2017. First, though, they are looking at a YA/New Adult event … Continue reading Focusing on Literature in an Engineering City Isn’t Always Easy