Category Archives: Writing

Night at the Speakeasy Post Mortem

Well, after four months of planning, practicing and stressing September 19th came and our speakeasy event finally happened! And it didn’t crash and burn! Quite the opposite! It was a rousing success!

Two weeks later, my brain is somewhat recovered from the insanity of it all. It seemed like a good time to finally get some thoughts down on the evening. My previous blog post dealt with the actual creative process of writing for an interactive medium. This post will deal more with how the actual event turned out. Read the rest of this entry

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Simian Showcase Post-Show Report

On Saturday the Bride of Simian Showcase closed. It couldn’t have gone better (well, other than a couple of minor hitches along the way but the sort that come along with every theatre show). I was there for every performance and never once got sick of it. The audiences were fantastic, the plays were solid, and Errol ate a microphone. For serious.

But by now...I'm sure you're not all that surprised.

But by now…I’m sure you’re not all that surprised.

I have to say, it was a different and weird and wonderful experience watching my play being performed. I haven’t been writing long, but up until now everything I have written has always been performed by myself in some capacity. This time though, after spending time crafting the characters, hearing them in my head, and imagining the look of the play, I was handing off my script to a group of people to make their own. Read the rest of this entry

Fragile

Sooooo…I am known as somewhat of a worrier.

Just for tradition's sake, here's a good reference photo.

Just for tradition’s sake, here’s a good reference photo.

I worry about what I say to others. I worry about my worthiness. I worry about creative projects that might fail. I worry about my job, what I will eat, who I will hang out with, how unclean my apartment is, how squirrels look at me… Read the rest of this entry

Chronicles of NaNoRebel: IT’S OVER!

Well…here it is…

It is currently 10pm on November 29th…and I…have finished writing my NaNo project.

THIS is the chart I built in Twine for our time travel game. There are 47 different endings.
script1script2script3script4script5script6script7Script8script9And this…is what I looked like after…complete with celebratory bubbly and crazed, hollowed out eyes that make me look about ten years older than I am…

Let me tell you, it's an experience to hang out with me in tired skull state

Despite the incredible exhaustion I’m feeling now, despite the fact that I’ve never been so excited not to have to write anymore, I am feeling extremely happy and accomplished. It’s a wonderous feeling.

Thanks for joining me on my NaNoRebel journey, folks. It’s been quite an adventure. And with any luck, the adventure will continue with the game!

 

Chronicles of a NaNoRebel: So close…kill me now

This is my coffee table right now:

Yes, that is a can of nutella and parmesan cheese. I have taken to eating condiments now.

Yes, that is a can of nutella and parmesan cheese. I have taken to eating condiments now.

My eyes are having trouble staying open. My work day is occupied by this single thought: “Oh god oh god why am I updating bank accounts and not writing. I am so…so very sick of writing these timelines. Read the rest of this entry

Chronicles of a NaNoRebel: Full Time Jobs

There are many, many creatives in the world. There are painters and musicians and actors and writers and directors and web designers and video editors and game designers and so many more that I am probably missing.

Some of these creatives work full time as creatives. They work hard to promote themselves in order to get paid for the work they do. And if they are lucky, they get to make careers out of the work they are so passionate about.

Like this dude.

Why hellooooooo Neil Gaiman!

This article is not for them. Read the rest of this entry

Chronicles of a NaNoRebel: Distraction and the Dulls

First things first! It is Week 4! That means there’s a new ML update!

Note: You will notice a lack of pictures. Pictures take time. And in November, time is at a premium, so I am forgoing the hunt of amusing pictures to distract the ADD brains of the 21st century. Apologies.

Unlike Val, I am further than 500 words, but alas, I am still woefully behind at 31,000 (I should be at 36,000).

There are a couple of reasons for this. First is that I have these things called friends. Friends who I like and who like me and who lament when I go MIA which for the past year or so has been…always. Read the rest of this entry

Watch “ML Updates: Just Keep Writing!” on YouTube

In lieu of Dining and Dating Errol and I have been making fake ML Updates from Rick and Val, two characters in the NaNoMusical to celebrate NaNowrimo. Here is the latest one! I am feeling like Val is appearing right now.

Chronicles of a NaNo Rebel: Everything sucks.

It is the midst of week two for NaNoWriMo. Tomorrow marks the halfway point. I’m slightly behind but not terribly so. I have 22,000 words. That’s nothing to complain about. Sure, it’s a hodgepodge of blogs, articles, scripts and novel-style storylines, but they’re my 22,000 words and I should be proud of it.

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Chronicles of a NaNo Rebel

This year was supposed to be the year I fully got back into NaNoWriMo again. But then, as I wrote earlier, I got the oppurtunity to write a video game. Not just any video game either: it’s a time travel video game. This sort of project requires the time and effort that doesn’t allow for a novel to be written on the side. At least…so long as I have a full time job.

And yes, I do get really cranky when people take my stapler...seriously...

And yes, I do get really cranky when people take my stapler…seriously…

But, all was not apparently lost. I was told that I could still participate in NaNo, counting my script and video game planning towards my word count. However since it’s not an official, coherent novel I no longer can be considered an official NaNoWriMo participant. No, I have become what is known as…a NaNoRebel. Read the rest of this entry