What To Do With a Shitty First Draft

One of the reasons I write this blog dispensing unqualified [1] and unsolicited writing advice is that I’ve learned much more from my struggling peers than I have from successful writers, so I’m returning the favor. Learn from my pain! You should, of course, take everything my amateur self says with a healthy does of […]

London Theatre – III

Final installment of quick takes on London theatre shows. At last, the good stuff! [1] Matilda adapted by Dennis Kelly Another musical. Fortunately the songs are few and far between because, with one exception, they add little to the proceedings but some vocal and visual energy. The script is adapted from a short children’s novel […]

It’s Book-In-A-Month Season, Fellow Writers [1]

Yes, it’s National Novel Writing Month again. After a two-year hiatus, I’ve decided to take the plunge again, and just three days in I’m reminded of my love/hate relationship with NaNoWriMo [2] and why I took a break in the first place. First the love. For all its flaws, NaNo is remarkable at getting beginning […]

London Theatre – II

More quick impressions of shows I saw on my most recent trip to London, continued from part one. Please excuse my crankiness. I’m discussing these in the order I saw them, and this was a bad stretch As You Like It by William Shakespeare Shakespeare remains the greatest English-language playwright of all time [1], and […]

London Theatre – I

Every few years, I make a point of traveling to London to recharge my theatre batteries. [1] Here’s my take on what I saw on my most recent trip. Because this is a writing blog, I’ll try to focus on that aspect. Some critiques of the acting and directing will inevitably slip in, but I’ll […]

The Hardest Job in Theatre

There’s a recurring debate in theatre about which job is the hardest: acting, directing, designing, stage managing, etc. I’ve tackled just about every job there is at least once, including the best job (fight director [1]) and the worst job (producer [2]), but there’s no doubt in my mind which is the hardest—playwright. [3] As […]

Rise of the Author-vloggers

I am small-kine obsessed with YouTube right now, to the point that it has largely displaced Netflix and HBO for downtime viewing. My problem is that the emphasis on short, catchy clips makes it easy to lose track of time. With Netflix, I’ll watch an episode of something and get back to work. With YouTube, […]