Hillary DePiano

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July 2017: The Second Wind

July 2017: The Second Wind

Posted by on Aug 6, 2017 in Pentamerone (Tale of Tales), Word Count Updates and Writing Goals | 0 comments

If my records are correct, this July was my 9th Camp NaNoWriMo victory, lucky 13th time participating. While there’s a lot about the event that is wonky and ways it can improve, it’s still amazing how the accountability of having other people aware of my word count for the month motivates me to write more and more often. Even when I’m not...

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I finished my adaptation of The Myrtle… again.

I finished my adaptation of The Myrtle… again.

Posted by on Jul 31, 2017 in Announcements, News, Contests and Giveaways, Pentamerone (Tale of Tales), The Myrtle | 0 comments

In all the moving / having a baby madness of the last year, I finished a play but forgot to actually tell anyone about it for almost an entire year! (Like, seriously 11 months almost to the day as I finished it on August 29th, 2016.) This play is The Myrtle, the fairy tale adaptation that actually started this whole gigantic Tale of Tales project in the...

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“Help! I have no motivation to complete my book. What should I do?”

“Help! I have no motivation to complete my book. What should I do?”

Posted by on Jul 25, 2017 in Evergreen, National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), On Writing: Craft and Commiseration | 0 comments

You can always tell when I’m catching up on my inbox when I do a lot of mailbag posts in a row. Relatedly, here’s another one: We met last year during NaNoWriMo (October 2016) in preparation for our arduous month ahead. Thanks for all the great info. I wrote 50K words that month and almost completed my suspense novel. I have perhaps 20 pages to...

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Do you need an ISBN to submit your play to schools and other opps?

Do you need an ISBN to submit your play to schools and other opps?

Posted by on Jul 24, 2017 in Evergreen, On Writing: Craft and Commiseration, Playwriting | 0 comments

This is post 14 of 15 in the series “Self-Publishing a Stage Play” Here’s another one from the old mailbag about self-publishing a stage play… I recently read your article about self-publishing and wanted to reach out and ask. I recently saw that several contests for schools require schools to perform one-act plays (under 30 minutes...

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The Great Kermit Kerfuffle

The Great Kermit Kerfuffle

Posted by on Jul 13, 2017 in External Stimuli | 0 comments

There was drama in the world of Muppets this week. Steve Whitmire, the puppeteer that Jim Henson himself personally trained and picked to succeed him in the role of Kermit the Frog, one of two original Muppet performers left, is no longer with the Muppets. Kermit has been recast to (as?) puppeteer Matt Vogel. Dramatic as it is but then a blog post...

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