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Heavens to betsy! [Apr. 11th, 2014|12:48 pm]
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What is this? A post? What is evening happening?!

Oh man, reading the last post I made to this journal a year and a half ago is kind of hilarious. "I got goals, maaaan! I got ambition!" Smash cut to me curled up in the foetal position on my couch, watching "Wayne's World" on Netflix at 3 in the morning and shovelling Life cereal into my face with both hands. Caption: PRESENT DAY.

I dunno, man. This winter was hard. My whole time in Toronto up to this point has been school-related. I saw people! Every day! I even lived with room mates and occasionally had to interact with them! Then we had a "stay at home FOREVER" kind of winter, and for me, that meant many, many days of not even stepping foot outside my basement. I underestimated how hard that would be on my poor brain and even poorer body. (I also learned just how hermitish I am. Sheesh.)

So in an effort to embrace the GLORIOUS, GLORIOUS WARMTH OF SPRING, I'm giving myself a light mental workout by doing Camp NaNoWriMo. With a goal of just 10k, I'm pretty sure I'll make it. Here's the stuff I'm going to be working on:

- 4 Commercial Reviews (500 words each)
- 1 Rough Draft of a one-person show (2-5k words)
- 1 Rough Draft of a one-act play (2-5k words)
- 20 Mini-Stories (100-200 words on a prompt)

The commercial reviews are a project I've been wanting to do for a while. As a voice actor, I listen to a lot of ads; the choices in voice-types and read-types are interesting (and telling.) I'm going to take a critical look at that in short, funny videos (maybe a minute long? I'm writing to excess so I can pare 'em down later.)

I wanted to finish the one-person show in time to submit for fringe stuff this year, but I don't have enough time now. Next year. NEXT YEAR. This month I just want to get SOMETHING out that I can pick at, maybe even pull sections and perform them as I hone it.

The one-act play will be my palette cleanser after finally getting my spec script out of the way (for now - I've sent it to a friend/mentor for feedback.) I intend to HAVE FUCKING FUN.

And the mini-stories are a one-a-day project until the end of the month. Writing to prompts, zero pressure. Just getting the gears turning. And I'll be posting them here!

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NaNoWriNope [Nov. 20th, 2012|11:04 pm]
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For the first time in eleven years, I'm not doing NaNoWriMo. I'm kind of sad about this. Not sad enough to know that I secretly wish I was doing it, though. This is the kind of sadness where you realize that your life's totally different now than it was a decade ago.

Not worse - way better. One of the things I'm glad of is the focus I have now. I have goals, somewhere I want to be, specific things I want to do, and a plan to make those things happen. These are things that 18-year-old me really craved. NaNoWriMo gave me something to focus on, something straightforward to achieve.

I've been more and more of a rebel every passing year, usually focusing on short stories because that's where my brain was happiest. This year, most of my writing has been re-writing scripts. That's awesome, and a huge step for me. But that's not what NaNo is about. Twisting my goals to meet that challenge is just a distraction. I already have the focus I need to get it done.

I hope to come back to NaNo in the future, and I plan to keep honouring Script Frenzy in the coming years. But this year, I'm out.
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Writerly Updates [Jul. 15th, 2012|01:14 pm]
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Only two and a half months since I last updated this thing? Somebody stop me before I set the internet on fire.

I got news the other day that my one-act play, "Clever Girl", won third place with the League for Innovation Student Literary Competition (after having won first place at Humber). Woo! I am accumulating some stuff that will look nice in a writing portfolio.

Speaking of which (somewhat tangentially), I decided to end my run of short story writing at 21 weeks. I feel pretty good about it. It's been a while since I've had a prompt that sparked an idea that I really loved, so I've been treating them like speed-writing exercises. But if I'm going to do that, I'm going to change up the rules a bit - maybe write shorter pieces, focusing on style, images, characters, etc.

What I really need are published stories. I have a backlog of more fleshed-out stuff that has been fermenting out of sight. I need to focus on making that into fine, fine fictional wine - as well as edit/rework a bunch of sketches and write a spec script for the show Community.

And maybe organize and put on a sketch show.

SUMMER!
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Yearly Update [May. 1st, 2012|12:52 am]
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So there's a major benefit to only updating this journal once a year: I wind up with lots of awesome stuff to post about!

My general life update is over at cassaclyzm, but there's some pretty sweet writing-specific stuff. In chronological order:

  • My short story, You in the Mirror, was published in Khimairal Ink last summer. I am technically a published short story writer now! Yay!


  • Two of my one-act plays, "Trivial Things" and "Don't Jump!", were produced by the Saint John Theatre Company last year as part of the "Theatre on the Edge" festival. (I also directed a third play. They say my head grew three sizes that day!) So I guess this makes me a "produced scriptwright" as well? WHO KNOWS?!


  • I was accepted into Humber College's Comedy Writing and Performance program, which I moved to Toronto to pursue in September. I've written and performed in sketches, worked on character impersonations, performed as a clown, and - most surprisingly - written and performed a bunch of stand-up comedy in little open mics around the city. I've decided that next month (May) is "Stand-up-a-palooza", meaning I'm going to write an hour of material and perform as much of it as I can (twelve sets is my minimum.)


  • I've started writing a short story every week again, over at tamingthemuse. I have an 11 week run so far. Since I was busy this year, some of them are more like quick writing exercises than short stories. One of my goals this summer will be to spend more time on them, so I wind up with more to work with in my first drafts.


  • I submitted a One-Act play, a short story, and an essay to a college writing competition. The short story and essay netted me honourable mentions, and the One-Act won fist place and netted me two hundred and fifty bucks! It's now being submitted to the inter-college level where I could win another chunk of change.


  • And last, but not least...

  • I won Script Frenzy this year, for the first time since it began in 2007! I wrote comedy sketches all month - twenty two of them in total, which works out to 100 pages of script.




Phew. Anyway. I'm staying in Toronto for May, but I'm moving back to NB for the summer. I have a ton of things that I want to accomplish before school starts up again, so I might actually be back here soonish to lay down some goals.

Oh gosh, look at the time! It's BEER O'CLOCK!
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Updates! [Mar. 7th, 2011|07:52 am]
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I'm going to keep this short because I want to make an entry over on my primary journal and I'll be going into more detail about these things. But in a nutshell:

  • My short story, "You in the Mirror", is going to be published in this summer's edition of Khimairal Ink. My first publishing credit, and at a (token, very token) paying market!


  • Two of my short plays, "Don't Jump!" and "Trivial Things", are going to be workshopped by the Saint John Theatre Company with an eye to producing once of them in this year's Theatre on the Edge festival. "Don't Jump!" was particularly well received, and I'm really looking forward to working on both plays in the coming months.


  • I've applied to Humber College and am working on my distance audition, which involves writing and performing some stand-up material, writing a short skit, and making a four-minute video essay about my life.


  • I'm stage managing a production of The Pride of Parnell Street which we will be taking to Calgary in May.


  • Speaking of May, I'm leaving my job on May 4th. "May the Fourth be With You!"


All in all, pretty exciting. I haven't written much since NaNoWriMo ended, so this month I'm rolling up my sleeves and digging into some stories that need editing so that I can submit them for publication. Other than that, most of my energy this month is going to the Humber audition.
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Thirty Straight Weeks of Short Stories [Nov. 26th, 2010|05:04 am]
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I've finally done it. Thirty straight weeks of writing a short story (or significant slice thereof) every week for thirty weeks. Last year when I tried this I got to twenty weeks before I had a brain fart and tanked. I took a break for a while after that. But this spring I started feeling pretty down on myself for not writing enough and decided that I needed to do this thing and see it through to the end.

I am REALLY glad I did, because now I have a body of work to edit and build on. But man, I am relieved that I'm through with it before the Christmas season (aka: Dinner Theatre MADNESS). Not to mention that I need to get my arse in gear and apply for grad schools, finish a few one-act plays, and complete my Sketchbook Project (*cough*which I haven't even started yet*cough*) - all by mid-January.

And I should probably plan my trip to Europe, too. Y'know, the one I'm planning to take in the late spring? Yeah. I'll get right on that.

ANYWAY, with the end of NaNoWriMo just around the corner (and one more short story to go to finish that off - I have no regrets about being a rebel), and with this thirty week challenge behind me, I am feeling pretty damn accomplished. I am allowing myself a whole five minutes to feel accomplished before the brainstorming/researching/gnashing of teeth begins again.
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Flash Fiction: Thin Vineer [Aug. 21st, 2010|08:12 pm]
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Written for prompt 213 over at tamingthemuse.

I'd written some of a different, more involved story for this week, but even though I've been picking at it all week, when it came right down to it I couldn't make it happen. It needs SO much fiddling (and even more outlining / backstory planning). So I abandoned it and wrote this one off the cuff in about 45 minutes as a brain exercise. I'm marking it as "flash" and leaving it open because I don't intend to come back to it (and even if I do, it'll be unrecognizeable by the time I'm done.)


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Flash fiction: It Always Takes More [Aug. 18th, 2010|06:32 am]
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Written for word 148 over at 15_minute_fic.


Just a warmup before I do some brainstorming and outlining.


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Short Story (fanfiction) - Dare Not Speak [Aug. 14th, 2010|04:46 am]
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Written for prompt 212 over at tamingthemuse.

Sherlock Holmes (ACD) H/W slash fanfic! Set against FINA. This is approximately the most chaste slashfic ever, but I can't help it - my Watson voice squicks at the idea of writing out sex, particularly deviant sex.

Sort of a sequel to a story I wrote a couple of months ago, though it's basically a stand alone piece. The idea is that this story was written later during the hiatus, and Watson is remembering some things differently. (Translation: this story is closer to the original vision that I had for the first story, but time constraints forced me to bang out something quick before. This go is more detailed and does more of what I wanted, but it still feels a bit "Reader's Digest" to me - who knows? Maybe I'll come back and write this story AGAIN at some point.)


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Writing goals for August [Aug. 3rd, 2010|06:57 am]
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I'm up to thirteen weeks of writing for my tamingthemuse run. I'm really glad I'm doing it again. It's a strict enough deadline to keep me producing and thinking through new work on a regular basis without being too strict (aka: locking me into a particular setting, or fandom, or group of characters). Most of my stories have been really rough-cut runs this time around, which is fun now and then, but it doesn't usually leave me with a draft that I'm all that eager to work with because it needs SO much work.

Also: editing has been super slack. Lots of new stories = good. No progress on old stories = bad.

And then there's scripts. They also need some love.

Anyway, with that in mind, here are some writing goals for this month:


  • channel the "write it rough" tendencies into weekly 15 minute fics

  • do at least an hour of planning / outlining for the weekly tamingthemuse stories

  • produce a new draft of an older story at least once a week

  • flesh out the script version of A Bright Girl (which I'm calling "Clever Girl" but I'm sure that'll change at some point)

  • submit at least three stories for publication



I've got a head start - I just finished my third draft of Rainy Day. I'm going to give it ONE more solid red pen treatment and then submit it to a couple of magazines. (I should probably come up with a better title for it. "Rainy Day" sounds pretty boring.)
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