an august return

  I hate admitting to being excited about plans at the outset, because I’m always afraid I’m going to jinx myself. But, I have to say I’m pretty excited about The Second Annual Philadelphia One-Minute Play Festival.  Last night, Dominic D’ Andrea sent out the e-mail explaining the groupings of scripts and pairing with directors,Continue reading “an august return”

Getting CASL to let down the drawbridge

Come see my show, come see my show, come see my show, eh? Oops, I just got fined a million dollars. In Moses Avalon’s recent article about Canada’s new anti-spam law, called CASL (pronounced “castle”), he describes a Kafka-esque or Orwellian nightmare in which bands who use a web-based form to gather their fans’ emailContinue reading “Getting CASL to let down the drawbridge”

Maya Angelou and The Rainbow Connection

Some years ago, Maya Angelou gave the commencement address at the University of Delaware, where I was an (itinerant) undergraduate.  That year, many of my friends were graduating, so I wanted to attend the giant commencement ceremony to see them, but getting to hear Maya Angelou speak was A Very Big Deal. I Know Why TheContinue reading “Maya Angelou and The Rainbow Connection”

What’s the one weird trick for absolute success?

  Dermatologists hate me! Mortgage lenders curse my name! Why? Because I know the one weird trick that will help you, yes, YOU, pay off your mortgage, get rid of your wrinkles, reduce back and belly fat, and crack your script into shape to ensure total and immediate Hollywood screenwriting success in just minutes! AllContinue reading “What’s the one weird trick for absolute success?”

The beauty of borrowing

This past Tuesday was National Library Workers’ Day, which I completely missed because I didn’t even know it was happening. It’s the first time I’ve actually been something when there was a holiday to celebrate it. Now I know. I love my job. I love helping people get access to the information they need. I’mContinue reading “The beauty of borrowing”

Illness, health, and creativity

I know nobody’s looking at the Internet on a Friday evening in Spring (and if you are, please, step away from the screen and go enjoy some fresh air). But, I’ve had a cocktail, and since I haven’t posted anything here for a while, now seems like a good time as any to post.  Continue reading “Illness, health, and creativity”

Recommended listening for lonely Saturdays

This morning, my friend Clarence Wethern posted on the Internet that listening to the Doctor Who Season 5 soundtrack made everything seem much more urgent and important. When I read this, I was sitting in a 7-11, waiting to be let into the library so I could start my lonely early morning work shift. Because,Continue reading “Recommended listening for lonely Saturdays”

Knock knock. Who’s there? Hamlet.

Many years ago(okay, ten or so), my brother Ted asked me to write a script for him to perform with his puppets. So I adapted Hamlet into a five-minute version for him. The script was lost, found, lost again, and now found again, so I’m putting it up here. My father says it’s terrible, butContinue reading “Knock knock. Who’s there? Hamlet.”

First prize: Seven Days in Minneapolis

A weeknight in February is not when you most want to be standing on the side of a road, in the dark, alone, in Minneapolis. Local temperatures were less than a respectable grade point average and nearing a blood alcohol count. For the first time, I opened the compass on my phone and used itContinue reading “First prize: Seven Days in Minneapolis”

Free story writing advice, some of it might be good.

Lately I’ve been reading a lot about what constitutes good storytelling, in playwriting and screenwriting, and what I’ve read has seemed to miss the point. I’ve also seen some really bad plays lately, and life is too freaking short for bad plays. There seems to be a lot of “make stuff happen” or vague metaphorsContinue reading “Free story writing advice, some of it might be good.”