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.”

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.”

as beautiful as comet bugs in jars

Need some hot fresh dance music for your Saturday night? Vince has spent the last snowy nasty cold wet afternoon weaving some hot guitar licks and classic beats for your booty-shakin’ pleasure. One of the things which has been keeping me from going completely bonkers from seasonal affective disorder this winter has been The ThrillingContinue reading “as beautiful as comet bugs in jars”

Winter baking and sweet treats without sugar shock

The colder it gets, the more my urge to bake crawls up to the surface. It’s very hard to ignore the desire to heat up one’s kitchen and make comfort food. A few winters ago,  I went on a quest to make the perfect oatmeal-cranberry cookie,* and the perfect red velvet cupcake. I learned aContinue reading “Winter baking and sweet treats without sugar shock”

Cinema studies in a snow storm

Because I’m awesome, I agreed to take the early shift at work on the last day of the semester, so no one else had to. Whoa Nellie, it is off the hook here. I’ve seen a grand total of six human beings in the library today. It is so quiet that it’s creepy. It’s ActContinue reading “Cinema studies in a snow storm”

Here’s my punishment.

I realize that there is a long tradition of writers with cat companions.  Ernest Hemmingway and the fifty-five or so who lived at his house in Key West, Rita Mae Brown and her claim that cats will only lie on good finished pages, Neil Gaiman and his furry wandering minstrels, make up only a few.Continue reading “Here’s my punishment.”

Twins. I’m having twins.

  No, I haven’t been posting lately, although I have been writing.  To say I’ve had a lot on my mind would be an understatement. Last night I was sitting in an armchair in a hallway at school, waiting for Screenwriting class to start. I was tired and cranky, looking over my script pages andContinue reading “Twins. I’m having twins.”