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Problems to have

I notice this trend right after I have something published or about to be published, my productivity seems to go down. I spend more time on Twitter, Facebook, forums, and groups. I’m sure my publisher loves hearing this LOL I do strive to get something published every year (and so far have been successful, ALLIE was made available in 2012, TOM in 2013 [both from Heartland Play Publishers] and now BASED ON THE… hitting shelves in 2014) and 2013 was a banner year for me production wise (SUNDAY DINNER was performed in NYC, THE WAY OUT WEST GANG RIDES AGAIN was a hit in Meade, KS). But I get into this rut, where I don’t want to blog, I don’t want write, I just want to take a break.

 

But for someone striving to make it as a professional writer, until I hit it big, I don’t know if I can afford to “take a break”. Even my “playwright hero” Neil Simon strived to have a new production every year for a long time. I struggle to crank out some 10-minute plays and a one-act and he was cranking out 3-Act plays. Maybe it was his training with Sid Ceaser that helped?

It’s not like there is no shortage of ideas, right now my mind is awash with ideas. A 10-minute monodrama on Charles Sternberg (an early pioneer in palentology and part of the famed BONE WARS), a 10-minute play on Charles Wilbour (an early Egyptolgist), a 10 minute monodrama on the legendary Pope Joan, a 10-minute LGBTQ monodrama, complete my duet S:he Said (a twist on Little Red Riding Hood with a Rashomon influence), complete my full length The Three Challenges of Puss In Boots, expand The Way Out West Gang from a short one-act (25 mins) to a longer one-act (40 mins), expand my noir thriller 10 Minutes To Live from 20 minutes to 40-60 mins, find homes from some of my other plays, and I saw two opportunities just today for 10-minute Children’s plays. I have no idea what I want to write, how I want to write it or where to go!

Mystery, political, thriller, adventure, fairy tale, true life? 

Lots of ideas and yet…no motivation to write. I guess I just need to buckle down and WRITE and decide what happens, happens.

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Same Look, New Content

So the past couple of days, I’ve been doing some minor tweeking here and there to Emergency Room Productions website. If you haven’t poked around lately, I encourage you to do so. The look remains the same, but new content has been added.

It’s been an exciting couple of months for me, as yo can tell by some of the new content. The first thing I want to point out is that I’ve modified the right side of the page so you can see my tweets easier and join me on Goodreads. If you’re not my fan there or you don’t follow me on Twitter or like me on Facebook, why not?

Then I want to direct your attention to is a new video on my video page. It’s the second reading of my short play Sunday Dinner, this time presented by Spokane Stage Left in Spokane, WA. I’m toying with putting this up as a script sample as well, if that is something that might be of interest, let me know in the comments!

Next, I want to direct you to my News page, where you can listen to my entire interveiw with Sherri Ribbonwitz on the BlogTalkRadio show “Chatting With Sherri”. This was a fun 30 minute interview I did on December 24, 2013.

Finally, if you make your way to my Rights page, you will see that I’ve added a new script that can be purchased. Black Box Theater Publishing has published a collection of four of my short scripts, titled “Based On The…”. This script is available for purchase from Amazon.com, so help me out and put a little money in my pocket by picking up a copy today.

Thanks for sticking with me over here on my tiny atom (or would that be pixel?) of the web as we continue to grow Emergency Room Productions.

And Now A Word From Our Sponsor

Well, I don’t really have a sponsor per se, but  I am proud to announce OFFICALLY (although if you listened to my interview on Chatting With Sherri, I mentioned it) that a collection of my short plays (10 minutes or less) will be published by Black Box Theater Publishing Company.

These plays (THE REUNION, BLINK, THE MYSTERIOUS CASE OF LOT 249, & MIRIAM AND ISA) are all monodrams (for one actor) or duets (for two actors) and are adaptations. These plays were designed for and are perfect for young actors, particularly those in competitive speech and drama.

Now, for the cover reveal!

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