Today my 10-minute play will have its first Source Festival showing in Washington DC as part of the “Ethereal Encounters” program. Note I didn’t say it was premiering at Source; it actually had its world premiere in Connecticut last February. I was lucky enough to get to see that show (at Valley Repertory in Enfield), and I’m excited that I’ll be able to see the Source Festival version in a couple weeks (June 23). There will be five performances of “Warm Bodies” over the course of the month. Here’s hoping the actors break, er, all their legs? Somehow that doesn’t seem right . . .
A couple months ago, I got a notification from the National Theatre in London (I and a lot of other people I’m sure) about how the filmed version of their staging of Frankenstein starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller (two Sherlocks!) would be returning to UK cinemas in June. You see, I’m usually in London in June, but this year I went in April instead because I wanted to avoid all the Jubilee and Olympics hoopla. So I sent them (and their distributor) a note that I would very much like it if they’d send that little reel of theirs over here to San Francisco. (More than one, actually. But less than many.) And they (bless them, and so terribly polite, too) said they’d look into it.
Which they did. And now Frankenstein will be available for viewing at a number of US locations in the first full week of June. I’ll be going on June 6th, and possibly also the 7th because they are, in fact, showing both versions at the Dublin, CA, location nearest me—a different one each night. YOU can see the show, too; just toddle off over here to find out where it will be showing near you.
I have two more business-related trips planned for this year. Next month, I’ll be in Washington DC for the Source Festival; my short play “Warm Bodies” is part of the program. I’m going for the weekend of 23 June.
In October I’ll be attending the Austin Film Festival. I won’t be there the entire time, just 18-21 October, but I hope to see a lot of great films and attend some good panels. Also, food. I miss Austin, and I miss my friends there, and I really miss the great food. So if you need to find me while I’m there, check all the Tex-Mex and barbecue restaurants first.
You may have noticed my Camp NaNoWriMo badge under “Coming Soon” in the sidebar. I got an e-mail about this yesterday, and I’ve decided to participate in August.
Camp NaNo is basically the same thing as “regular” NaNo except not in November. And since November is very difficult for me because of holidays and such, I’m thinking August might work out better. (June is another camp option, but I have other obligations for June.)
The other cool thing about Camp NaNo is how you get put in “cabins” with writing partners. Like bunks at camp. You can request certain roommates, or roommates who are your age and/or write the same kinds of things you do, or go with luck of the draw. Since I don’t know anyone who is planning to do Camp NaNo, I went with “Surprise Me!” But if you’d like to request me as a bunkmate, I’m mpepper on the site.
No idea what I’m going to write yet. I’ve put myself under “chick lit” for now, but that may change. Might go YA or something. Might do a sequel to “St. Peter in Chains.” I have a few ideas, just not sure which will demand the most attention come August.
Here were my goals for 2012, which I posted at the beginning of the year:
- Finish “St. Peter in Chains”
- Finish “The K-Pro”
- Finish the spec script
- Get at least one more play accepted for production somewhere
Items in green have been completed. Items in yellow-orange are . . . not quite? Let’s put it this way: “Warm Bodies” was accepted for another production (I’ve mentioned its forthcoming Source Festival run), but none of my other plays have been, and that was really my goal. On the flip side, however, I’ve had three flash fiction pieces accepted for publication. That’s something. And “The K-Pro” is half done. I thought it would be a novella, but it’s looking to be a novel, I think.
Now, though, I’ve had a spate of rejections and am also waiting to hear about various screenwriting competitions and such, and I’ve decided to go into a sort of semi-retirement. I haven’t decided yet what that really means for me except that I’m breaking from submitting and probably also from writing, at least at the rate I had been going. I’m teetering on burnout and a bit of depression, so I think it’s better to back away from the cliff. I may write from time to time—more likely dabble than take on anything serious—but I’m not going to make myself feel too guilty if I don’t, either.
This retirement kicks off this coming weekend. I’ll be staying at the Hotel Drisco and going to see Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers at the Red Devil Lounge. Maybe I’ll get inspired. Probably, though, just sotted with wine.
We’re just two weeks away from Flash Fiction Day, and I’ve had three flash fic pieces accepted to Daily Flash 2013: 365 Days of Flash Fiction, forthcoming from Pill Hill Press. I used to write flash fiction (we called it “sudden fiction” back then, and I guess some people still do) quite a lot, then dropped off about a decade ago because there was so little market for it. Still, I found it an interesting way to tell a story. Kind of the fiction equivalent of a movie trailer. You get a sense of the whole, looming tale without seeing [reading] all of it.
Now, it seems, flash fiction is quite the thing. I wouldn’t say it’s “in” as a trend, but it has a following, and a fair number of writers dabble in it, some even far preferring to write flash than long, tedious stories. For me it’s more that some stories need a lot of telling, and some only need a little. It’s the difference between an appetizer and an entrée.
Anyway, on the heels of some rejections, I’m pretty happy to have some work accepted. Maybe I’ll try flash fiction more often.
My short play “Warm Bodies” has been selected for the Source Festival in Washington DC this summer. It’s being produced with six other 10-minute plays under the banner “Ethereal Encounters” and will be directed by Rick Hammerly. Out of over 600 entries, “Warm Bodies” was one of 18 short plays selected for the festival. Coming on the heels of several recent rejections, this definitely feels like a win.
Schedule of Showings:
Sunday, June 10th at 8pm
Friday, June 15th at 6pm
Tuesday, June 19th at 8pm
Saturday, June 23rd at 1pm
Saturday, June 30th at 4pm
I’m still alive. In the middle of a cross-country move is all. You can read Sherlock’s take on all that is happening on his blog.
Call for scripts / Galwad am sgriptiau
We are accepting ten minutes plays or excerpts for Script Slam on May 31st 2012.
Five plays will be chosen, developed and performed script-in-hand by professional actors. After each play is performed a panel of industry experts—writers, actors and directors—will be on hand to offer their advice. The audience will then get to vote for their favourite. The winning writer will then have the opportunity to work with Sherman Cymru’s Literary Team to develop their playwrighting skills.
Rydym yn derbyn dramau neu ddarn o ddrama deg munud o hyd i SgriptSlam ar Mai 31ain 2012.
Fe fydd pump drama yn cael eu dewis, datblygu a’u perfformio sgript-mewn-llaw gan griw o actorion proffesiynnol. Wedi i bob drama gael ei pherfformio bydd panel o arbenigwyr o faes y theatr – awduron, actorion a chyfarwyddwyr – yn cynnig eu barn a’u sylwadau. Yna bydd y gynulleidfa yn pleidleisio dros eu hoff ddrama. Fydd yr enillydd wedyn yn cael cyfle i weithio gyda Thîm Llenyddol Sherman Cymru er mwyn datblygu ei sgiliau ysgrifennu ar gyfer y llwyfan.
Deadline / Dyddiad cau: Monday April 9th / Dydd Llun Ebrill 9fed
If you would like to take part please send your work to / Os hoffech chi gymryd rhan plis gyrrwch eich gwaith i:
Cynorthwyydd Llenyddol / Literary Assistant
Theatr y Sherman / Sherman Theatre
Ffordd Senghennydd / Senghennydd Road
Caerdydd / Cardiff
For more information please contact / Am fwy o wybodaeth plis cysylltwch a: firstname.lastname@example.org 02920 646 983
Poetry Competition on Climate Change
for adults and children
Closing date: 31st March 2012
Judges: Carol Ann Duffy (English entries) & Elin ap Hywel (Welsh entries)
Adults: 1st £500; 2nd £100; 3rd £50
Children: 1st £50; 2nd £30; 3rd £20
Adults: £3 per poem or 4 for £10
Children: £1 per poem or 4 for £3
All poems submitted must be original work of the entrant. They cannot be returned so please don’t send your only copy. Each poem should be no more than 40 lines on any aspect of the theme of Climate Change. It must be typewritten. Please don’t put your name or address on the poems. Instead, you should put your name, contact details and titles of all poems submitted on an accompanying piece of paper.
The closing date is 31st March 2012. Prize winners will be notified by May 2012.
A prize-giving evening will take place on June 8th 2012 at Pontardawe Arts Centre.
Copyright of each poem remains with the author, but Awel Aman Tawe has the unrestricted right to publish the winning poems.
You may submit as many poems as you like as long as your entry is accompanied by the correct fee. Cheques payable to Awel Aman Tawe.
Please send your poems, accompanying details and payment to:
Awel Aman Tawe Poetry Competition
76-78 Heol Gwilym, Cwmllynfell, Swansea, SA9 2GN
You can also enter online and pay via paypal: www.awelamantawe.co.uk
Awel Aman Tawe is a community energy charity (charity no: 1114492) committed to tackling climate change. This poetry project is part of its Arts and Climate Change programme currently being funded by Countryside Council for Wales and Environment Wales.