Walk Away: This Writer's Process
Monday, 01 June 2009
In the past few weeks I’ve been asked to describe my writing process: where do my ideas come from, how do I make up the characters, and how do I know when I’m done? When I first started talking about this I thought my head was going to explode. I mean, who really cares? But then I realized when I met abstract painter, Kyle Jordre, last month that I basically asked him the same questions.
Stick the Landing
Thursday, 21 May 2009
Fly.” The final sentence in Bryn Chancellor’s short story Any Sign of Light turns a sweet story into a three-tissue rain. That one word sucked the air right out of my lungs. It was my first lesson in writing: stick the landing – a step will cost you points.
Words and Wants
Wednesday, 13 May 2009
It’s easy to take words and wants for granted. I know what I want, and I know how to ask for it. Most of the time. Characters need the right words to articulate what they want. When I focus on their unique language and motivations, I am being true to their story. Artists, like characters, bring their own perspectives to a project: these are the words and the wants of the playwright.
Let's Talk
Tuesday, 05 May 2009
At the end of April, I crossed the mid-line and celebrated 45 years mostly lived in the Valley of the Sun. I still feel the same – like I did when I drove my bitchin’ pea-green camaro in high school, got married on a San Diego harbor cruise (really), and the first time each of my children grasped my finger. I feel the same. But I know more.

I know more because I know so much less. There is very little relevant information in my world other than relationships. Partnerships with other people, whether they last for a single transaction or for a lifetime, are links to the next right action. And this is why I love theatre.
Whose Story is it?
Tuesday, 21 April 2009

I read over a dozen theatre blogs every day. I learn, I ponder & I laugh. Most definitely in my top five is 99seats. You can pull it into your reader, which of course, already has my postings in the feed. Right? Here, in part, is the comment I posted in response to their blog entry from this morning: