Want to help us make a story?

In six days, Vince and I are going to take A Big Risk. We’re going to get on a plane (Vince hates flying) and go to Minneapolis, Minnesota. There we’re going to hand a script to a room full of people, most of whom I haven’t met (first-draft readings take a pint of my blood),Continue reading “Want to help us make a story?”

we’ll find a place where there’s room to grow

Before you think this has turned into a Paul Williams Stalker Blog, let me give you a little bit of background. Matt Casarino (friend, playwright, singer-songwriter, performer and half of the band HOT BREAKFAST!) and I have been discussing the Paul Williams documentary, Still Alive. It stuck in our craw, collectively, as you might say.Continue reading “we’ll find a place where there’s room to grow”

You’ve almost convinced me I’m real

Last night we watched the documentary, Paul Williams Still Alive. It was okay, but problematic. It might be interestingly problematic. Stick with this, because there is a point. I promise. Basically, this guy, Stephen Kessler, was amazed to find out that award-winning, chart-topping soft-rock songwriter and television personality Paul Williams was not dead. In his joy andContinue reading “You’ve almost convinced me I’m real”

Are you in Southern California?

If you are, or plan to be, in the Los Angeles area on Thursday, November 13, you owe it to yourself to head down to Casa 101 Theatre in Boyle Heights to see Teatro MOZ. Tickets are now available for a showcase of Latino-American love for the man whose voice helped redefine masculinity, Morrissey.  TheContinue reading “Are you in Southern California?”

From the mystical land west of the Tacony-Palmyra Bridge

So, Vince and I have been working on a podcast, and I’d love it if you’d give it 20 minutes of your time, a listen and a look-see. It’s called Radio Free Tacony. Comments and criticism are welcome.

Comments and Search Terms, or SEO Writing and Pat Smear

  SEO (Search Engine Optimized) Writing seems to be the main topic of interest that anyone ever comments about here on this little blog of mine. It’s fascinating. With all of the writing that I and sometimes my husband do about pop culture, music, theatre and the occasional recipe for canine cuisine, the one weirdContinue reading “Comments and Search Terms, or SEO Writing and Pat Smear”

You have never been in love until you’ve seen the stars reflect in the reservoirs

  Earlier this summer, I was browsing through different lists of playwriting opportunities, and I found one that reached out to me like a beacon in the dark. TEATRO MOZ,  sponsored by Real Women Have Curves Studio, is sponsoring a short play contest. Do you have a dramatic memoir about the first time you fell inContinue reading “You have never been in love until you’ve seen the stars reflect in the reservoirs”

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”

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”

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”