Hillary DePiano

playwright, fiction and non-fiction author

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Q2 Spring 2018: Planting the seeds for future growth

Q2 Spring 2018: Planting the seeds for future growth

Posted by on Jun 15, 2018 in Pentamerone (Tale of Tales), The Fourth Orange, Word Count Updates and Writing Goals | 0 comments

Spring took its sweet time getting here but when it finally did battle its way past all the snow it was nice… for the few days it was here before giving way to the sweltering hot summer-like temperatures… before it went back to a little chilly and now it’s hot again? Go home, Mother Nature. You’re drunk. But just like Spring is a...

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Q1 2018: Winter Writing Wrap-up

Q1 2018: Winter Writing Wrap-up

Posted by on Mar 15, 2018 in On Writing: Craft and Commiseration, Pentamerone (Tale of Tales), Word Count Updates and Writing Goals | 0 comments

This year, I decided to start doing my writing debriefs quarterly. Partly because I just don’t have time anymore to take the incoherent screeds from my private writing journal and make them pretty enough to post every month, partly because it better reflects the amount of work I’m doing (ie, this year I’m only doing about as much work in...

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I’m in the market for a new desk lamp. Preferable one that doesn’t randomly burst into flame.

Posted by on Mar 12, 2018 in External Stimuli, Personally... | 0 comments

I’ve been using the same desk lamp since middle school. It’s the world’s most generic black desk lamp with little cubbies on the bottom for paper clips and mouse skulls or whatever people keep in there. I’ve used it this long because it’s perfectly serviceable apart from the fact that the shade part is made from some kind of...

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Lit on Fire, a comic anthology of school reading list parodies, available now from YouthPLAYS

Lit on Fire, a comic anthology of school reading list parodies, available now from YouthPLAYS

Posted by on Feb 27, 2018 in Announcements, News, Contests and Giveaways, The Complete Novels of Jane Austen Now New and Improved | 0 comments

Remember all those annoying books they made you read in high school? Well, they’re getting the roast they deserve in this new collection from YouthPLAYS called Lit on Fire! Full of funny shorts for classrooms, competitions and forensics, the plays can also be performed in any combination for a full length evening. Featuring some of the most popular...

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Work / Life Balance or apparently, you can’t just not sleep?

Work / Life Balance or apparently, you can’t just not sleep?

Posted by on Feb 26, 2018 in On Writing: Craft and Commiseration, Word Count Updates and Writing Goals | 0 comments

When I was a sophomore in high school, I was in a production of Cinderella (as Cinderella, naturally) and it was the first time I was really starting to feel the struggle of balancing everything I want to do between extracurriculars and theatre and social life and academics and everything. There was a senior in the play with me, Dave, who was president of...

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