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“What’s stopping people from performing my self-published play without my permission?”

Posted by on Aug 10, 2017 in Evergreen, Playwriting | 0 comments

“What’s stopping people from performing my self-published play without my permission?”

I covered this already in my Self-Publishing a Stage Play series in another post but this is far and away the most frequently asked question on this series so let’s have another go at it, shall we? “What if someone tries to perform my play without permission?” TD; DR Version: People will try to perform your play without paying no matter how you put it out there but it’s not difficult to stay on top of and make sure you get paid anyway. Long version: I have a bunch of self-published plays and a bunch with legacy play...

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July 2017: The Second Wind

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

July 2017: The Second Wind

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 working on anything specific, the Camp NaNoWriMo or NaNoWriMo months never fail to be some of my most productive and highest word count months of the year and I cannot recommend them highly...

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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

I finished my adaptation of The Myrtle… again.

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 first place. In the end, it’s a good thing that I forgot to officially announce the play. I realized, after I finished the standalone version, that I really didn’t like the...

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“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

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

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 write for the action sequence/chapter needed to resolve the story, but I find myself w/o motivation to complete it. I have several people willing to review it once finished, including a...

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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

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

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 and some contests state only plays of 10-15 minutes will be accepted) but these plays must have an ISBN number to be considered. Is it worthwhile to self-publish a 10-15 minute play and obtain an ISBN for it so I can market it to schools or what? Most submission...

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The Great Kermit Kerfuffle

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

The Great Kermit Kerfuffle

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 reportedly by Steve Whitmire himself (as of now unconfirmed) puts out a statement that he did not leave willingly. The plot, as they say, thickens. So the internet is ablaze with Muppet fans who...

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June 2017: plot bunnies and other distractions

Posted by on Jul 10, 2017 in Mummy Witch House, On Writing: Craft and Commiseration, Pentamerone (Tale of Tales), The Fourth Orange, Word Count Updates and Writing Goals | 0 comments

June 2017: plot bunnies and other distractions

Time is absolutely rocketing by and it is unacceptable. Baby is getting all big and stuff which is very rude when I want her to stay tiny and snuggly forever. But she said, “Mama” a week ago so I forgive her. The other one said just about every word in the dictionary before Mama so at least this one knows where her bread is buttered. Mama is feeling very wistful these days, when I’m not absolutely terrified AF for the future for me and my girls. It all has a mental toll. The world around us just keeps getting increasingly...

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Evolution of an idea: The (Completely Inaccurate) Legend of the Mummy Witch House

Posted by on Jun 27, 2017 in Evergreen, Mummy Witch House, On Writing: Craft and Commiseration | 0 comments

Evolution of an idea: The (Completely Inaccurate) Legend of the Mummy Witch House

I have a brand new play, The (Completely Inaccurate) Legend of the Mummy Witch House, which has just officially been published by Playscripts. You can read the play for free*, purchase scripts or license productions here. It’s a short, very silly, not-even-remotely-scary wacky horror comedy for middle school and up that I think you’ll enjoy for Halloween or anytime. But as the title suggests, this play is a really goofy mash-up of a bunch of random horror-related things and since the most frequent question authors usually get is...

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May 2017: Come what May

Posted by on Jun 6, 2017 in On Writing: Craft and Commiseration, Pentamerone (Tale of Tales), Personally..., The Fourth Orange, Word Count Updates and Writing Goals | 0 comments

May 2017: Come what May

I was going to make the title of this post a play on May Day and then fell into a Wikipedia hole about May Day, the spring holiday, vs MayDay, the distress signal, and barely escaped so that’s why you got a boring title instead. The fact that it is already June is absolutely mind blowing to me but, anyway, let’s talk numbers… Here’s what May 2017 looked like in writing… Total Words Written This Month 56,103 words Average Words Per Day 1,810 words Monthly Goal My only goal for the month was to finish the play… that I...

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Settling

Posted by on Jun 5, 2017 in External Stimuli, Personally... | 0 comments

Settling

Having bid our official farewell to Old House (as my 4 year old calls it), it’s time to talk a bit about New House.  To start with, it’s lovely and has much to recommend it, though there are also a fair amount of headaches we knew were coming because it’s an old house (irony that the house we call New House is older than the house we call Old House have been discussed at length). But we’re dealing with them one by one and, though we are still far from unpacked (my office is completely filled with boxes and my...

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