Month: May 2015

A Good Idea to Steal: A Table of Contents

I admit it. I’m a notebook jumper. It is rare that I fill a notebook to capacity before skipping to a new one. Because I’m a little neurotic and slightly OCD when it comes to my writing (my family would tell you I’m nowhere near… Continue Reading “A Good Idea to Steal: A Table of Contents”

Nothing Sets My Teeth On Edge Like Pretentious Writing Essays

There are two books that I go to pretty regularly when I’m struggling with writing. I head straight to On Writing by Stephen King when I’m thinking my Life As A Writer is useless and when I think I Should Never Dream of Writing Again.… Continue Reading “Nothing Sets My Teeth On Edge Like Pretentious Writing Essays”

Childhood Flashbacks, Stephen King, and Visceral Toy Stories of Terror!

I grew up loving Barbie. My closet was filled with Barbies and Skippers and Kens. These toys had dream houses and cars and closets with more clothes than any human being I’ve ever met, before or since. My parents spent hundreds — if not… Continue Reading “Childhood Flashbacks, Stephen King, and Visceral Toy Stories of Terror!”

Two Days of Nothing — I’m Scared the Crickets Are Staging a Revolution

Yesterday and today have been the first days in a looooooong while where I haven’t had to do anything. There’s no rehearsal, no performance, no kids activities, no nothing. Which left me feeling a little weird because I felt like there was something I was… Continue Reading “Two Days of Nothing — I’m Scared the Crickets Are Staging a Revolution”

Story Sharing on the Playground; or, Talking with Perfect Strangers About the Miracle of Your Vagina

Last week SET opened Motherhood Out Loud, which is a series of monologues about motherhood. We’re going into our last weekend, which means I’ve seen this show…a lot by this point. And every single time I see this play, I’m reminded of my own experiences… Continue Reading “Story Sharing on the Playground; or, Talking with Perfect Strangers About the Miracle of Your Vagina”

How Do You Bounce Back From Time Away?

Last Tuesday I outlined my plan to exercise my writing muscles back into shape. Now, I haven’t written much in a few months so I’m feeling like I’m doing some heavy lifting without warming up. And apparently I’m not the only one feeling like… Continue Reading “How Do You Bounce Back From Time Away?”

Directing Isn’t So Different From Being a Mom

Opening tonight: My directorial debut! (Well, my co-directorial debut — my co-director Sarah Shaver is AMAZEBALLS.) Over the last couple weeks I have had the pleasure and the panic of trying to shape a series of short scenes and monologues about motherhood. Motherhood Out… Continue Reading “Directing Isn’t So Different From Being a Mom”

Deadlines and Word Counts and Themes: Oh My!

Since November a huge amount of my creative energy has gone into my theatre instead of my writing. Which makes me neither happy nor sad, it’s just how it worked out — the focus went to one area and I produced good work in… Continue Reading “Deadlines and Word Counts and Themes: Oh My!”

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