2012 Thus Far
Thought it might be interesting to take a quick inventory of all that’s happened thus far this year. The good and the bad.
- Scott interviewed for a new job (mid-January).
- I made travel arrangements for my trip to London (mid-January).
- I wrote and finished my novella “St. Peter in Chains” (January).
- Scott was offered the job in San Francisco and accepted (early February).
- My play “Warm Bodies” was produced and was a finalist at the Valley Repertory 3rd Annual Lab Works (late February).
- Movers packed up our house, and after a couple nights at a hotel we flew to San Francisco and moved into temp housing (mid-March).
- I flew to Boston for a night, then on to London for a 10-day stay, then back to Boston and home to San Fran (March-April).
- While in London I: converted “St. Peter in Chains” into a short screenplay, saw two plays, and celebrated Easter alone.
- I submitted the screenplay version of “St. Peter in Chains” to the Nicholl Fellowship (April).
- An area agent and an agency in the UK asked to look at my Sherlock spec; the UK agency also asked to read “St. Peter in Chains” (April)
- We sold our house in Massachusetts (April).
- I found out three pieces of my flash fiction had been accepted to be published in a 2013 anthology (May).
- The agent declined to represent me and the UK agency did not respond to my follow-up query (May).
- Scott’s parents visited and Scott and I celebrated our 11th anniversary by staying at El Drisco, eating at a fancy restaurant, and seeing Roger Clyne & the Peacemakers play at the Red Devil Lounge. Scott also gave me a gorgeous ring (May).
- We moved out of temp housing and into a new house in Livermore (May).
- I flew to Washington D.C. to see “Warm Bodies” produced as part of the Source Festival, and also got a chance to meet and spend the day with one of Scott’s high school friends who until then I’d only known online (June).
- Scripts sent to Script Pipeline and the Page Awards did not advance (June-July).
- After repeated rejections, I self-published the novella version of “St. Peter in Chains” as an e-book; it’s had steadily increasing sales (late June).
- Encouraged by the success of “St. Peter in Chains,” I also self-published “Sherlock Holmes and the Mystery of the Last Line.” It has outpaced “St. Peter” by a large margin and has been especially popular in the UK (July).
- I did not advance in the Nicholl Fellowship (early August).
- I self-pubbed my Star Signs Operating Manual (August).
- I found out my play “Warm Bodies” was to be published in an upcoming anthology of short plays (August).
- I was invited to submit a full-length play to a competition that only accepts full-length plays via invitation (August).
- I did not advance in the Austin Film Festival screenwriting competition (August).
So . . . A mixed bag. I’ve left out the fact that a small army of query letters has gone without response. I’m chipping away, you see, but I wouldn’t mind a bit more success. The year is two-thirds over. Not sure what else I can hope to accomplish. I am working on another Sherlock Holmes story, and I am hoping to submit something to that playwriting competition. I’m also hoping some other plays I’ve submitted to various venues get selected for production. And more than anything I’d like these scripts I’ve written to get some notice. That, for me, would be the big win.