Hillary DePiano

playwright, fiction and non-fiction author

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Turning what I wanted to write into what I needed to write

Turning what I wanted to write into what I needed to write

Posted by on Sep 27, 2018 in The Fourth Orange, The Green Bird, The Love of Three Oranges | 0 comments

The 2016 election threw us all for a loop that we’re still dealing with. Shortly after the election, I saw a tweet to the effect that you’ll probably be able to tell exactly where writers were in their manuscripts when the election happened and I thought this was interesting because this absolutely happened to me during the writing of The...

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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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Hillary Writes All the Things 2017: my writing year debriefed

Hillary Writes All the Things 2017: my writing year debriefed

Posted by on Dec 27, 2017 in Goosed, Mummy Witch House, Pentamerone (Tale of Tales), The Complete Novels of Jane Austen Now New and Improved, The Fourth Orange, The King Stag, The Myrtle, WoC, Word Count Updates and Writing Goals | 0 comments

As 2017 draws to a close, let’s take a look at how my year in writing went. I’m going to try to keep this short. I’ll fail, mind you, but that effort surely counts for something, no? For more details on any of this, you can see my whole writing year month by month here. (Keep in mind that my Writing Year starts in December, ends in...

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The fantastic premiere production of The Tale of Tales at Rutgers Prep

The fantastic premiere production of The Tale of Tales at Rutgers Prep

Posted by on Nov 30, 2017 in Announcements, News, Contests and Giveaways, Goosed, Pentamerone (Tale of Tales), The Fourth Orange, The Love of Three Oranges, The Myrtle | 0 comments

Since early 2003, you’ve been hearing me talk about my project adapting the Italian fairy tale collection, Giambattista Basile’s The Tale of Tales aka the Pentamerone, into a whole bunch of plays. There are six tales plays from this project finished so (of what I think will eventually be twelve tales total), this fall, I wrote material that...

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September 2017: rocking the boat

September 2017: rocking the boat

Posted by on Oct 4, 2017 in Pentamerone (Tale of Tales), Personally..., The Complete Novels of Jane Austen Now New and Improved, Word Count Updates and Writing Goals | 0 comments

Here’s what September 2017 looked like in writing… Total Words Written This Month 31,753 words Average Words Per Day 1,058 words Monthly Goal didn’t set one Yearly Goal 477,587 / 500,000 (96%) Things completed: did an abridged version of Pintosmalto aka Arm Candy for a school doing it in competition an abridged version of The Complete Novels of Jane...

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June 2017: plot bunnies and other distractions

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

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...

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