Back on October 4th, I mentioned on Twitter that I was working on a new play. People were very interested for whatever reason and, every time I mentioned the play I got a couple of replies/retweets/favorites so I kept talking about it which I never really do on Twitter with works in progress. You can see some of the tweets below. It actually shows a pretty good timeline of how long it took me to finish it with the little bit of time I get here and there. (Tweets are in reverse order because that’s how Twitter rolls.)
I started it on October 4th, 2013 and I finished the first draft on March 21st, 2014. I just finished a BETA draft on April 26th, 2014 that I’m willing to start showing to people. This is a very pathetic timeline for a one-act but my life is chaos so it is what it is. Because I was tweeting about the play as I was writing it and also crowd-sourced some ideas for it from my Facebook friends, people have been asking me for updates on it so it only seemed fair, instead of only sending it to a couple of beta readers, to just let anyone who wanted to read it, read it. Lord knows I can always use all the feedback I can get!
It’s only 23 pages and it’s a stage play at that so it’s a quick read. If you feel like taking a look, I’m going to leave it up until at least May 15, 2014 so, please, feel free to read and let me know what you think. You can either comment directly below or email or tweet me your thoughts, whatever is easier. I’m still working on getting a reading off the ground so I can still make changes so please don’t hesitate to tell me what you like, don’t like, think is funny, think is god-awful stupid… whatever!
If you want to just jump over and start reading it, go for it! If want to know a little bit more about how this project came about, read on!
Last year, I was fixated on this weird imagine of a talking coat rack. It wasn’t just random, it was very specifically the result of my spending way too much time over-thinking a certain beloved holiday character that very much belongs to someone else’s active copyright. I kept putting the idea aside because, what’s the point of writing something I can’t do anything with? I didn’t have the rights to the character and that was that.
Or was it. Because the more I toyed with the idea, the more I realized maybe it was possible after all. I “began to dance around” the issue, if you will, and realized that I could do quite a bit without every actually spelling things out.
I pictured this story as happening in the same universe as my other holiday play, Polar Twilight, and finally just decided to make them companion pieces. Though a standalone play, this new play borrows characters and the setting from Polar Twilight and works as sort of a sequel if you put them back to back. I started doing this for the simple reason that I pictured it taking place at the North Pole and I already had my mental image of what that was like from the other play and why reinvent the wheel? I also originally pictured this as a Christmas play and thought this would give schools the chance to do a double feature to equal the length of a single, full-length holiday play if they wanted.
But then I stalled out. I had this really clear character in my head but didn’t know what to do with him.
In the meantime, I was kicking around this other random idea about luck and how our perspective on the world can effect how we live our lives and just generally wanted to explore what it means to have a fresh start. This idea finally started to consolidate into an exploration of why we celebrate New Year’s Eve the way we do and it was going to be a short story. But, as often happens in the bizarre Play Doh factory that is my brain, the two ideas merged together into the one single weird idea you see before you.
I’ll be honest with you, I think this play is completely freaking ridiculous and I’m not really sure if that’s in a good way or if it’s too much. I worry there’s too much comedy. I worry there’s not enough comedy. Too much and not enough heart. I find myself asking why I wrote it the way I did instead of some more logical (read as “normal”) way but all I can give you is the writer’s cop-out that this is the way the story wanted to be written.
I don’t know if it’s good. I just know it’s SOMETHING. That’s the instinct as a writer that I know to never, ever ignore. If my brain is telling me that what I have in front of me is SOMETHING then it’s worth working on, even if I’m not really sure what that something is.
I look forward to hearing what you thought of it…