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I wrote a thing that was performed, and now it’s over.

I wrote a while back about a show, Violent Delights, for which I did some script work (and also a shocking level of performance). Shortly after that post I got so heavily immersed in bringing that construct to fruition that I lost a lot of my other free time, including time spent here. It was worth it–good times were had, a troupe born, and I lost like 15 pounds from all the physical exercise–but it was definitely taxing, and anyway, that’s why I was quiet around here.

The show’s seventh and final performance was last Friday, and we reveled like madmen to celebrate its passing on the next day. I’m sure our deeds that day will be repeated as hazy legends for years to come. Or, at least, they should. But I digress. The show ended, and now I have time again to do things like, you know, write. (Which is good, because I was going a little crazy)

First order of business is a short story for Oliver, which will be submitted to a compilation of local writers. I’ll post if anything comes of it, but even if nothing does, it’ll be available for viewing (here, if nowhere else). This is separate from the other string of short stories I was working on, but I suspect they’ll crawl out of the woodwork sometime in… oh… Winter? Because between now and then, I will be working on the sequel to Into That Good Night.

Oh, yes. You read that correctly.

No details yet, but know that I’m working on it. I may also lend my hand to some of Off the Quill’s next endeavors, but not in quite so involved a way as I just did. I am staying off stage for a while. I’m sure you’ll hear about that, too.

I wrote some stuff that will be performed somewhere

I mentioned previously that I did some play-writing with Off the Quill (technically I am a Founder, though I am really the least of the Founders, if you want my honest, utterly biased opinion–these people are very devoted to theatre and very good at it, while I just kind of play at it); OTQ’s website is here and they will debut at this year’s DC Fringe Festival with Violent Delights. You will note that their website is younger and sexier than mine. Not that I’m bitter or anything.

Okay, important things about OTQ as it concerns me and what I do:

1. The name may sound familiar if you read my book. It is. They’re in it! Technically book-version is officially older than real-life version. But only officially! Because we were totally talking about it back when I wrote the manuscript. So, yes, the troupe mentioned in my book is a legitimate, real-world troupe, and this is your chance to interact with something actually featured in Into That Good Night. How cool is that? (Answer: Reasonably Cool)

2. I wrote parts of the script. There’s a lot of Shakespeare in it, so obviously not those parts–hell, I didn’t even get involved in the clipping and cutting of Shakespeare’s material. Trust me, it’s better this way; it’s just not my forte. But I did write and edit a bunch of original material, building mostly off of what the entirely-too-multi-talented Patrick Mullen had already put together. For sake of ease, just assume that the awesome parts were written by me and the ‘okay’ stuff was written by someone else. Any bad parts (heaven forbid) we’ll just blame on the actors or tech or something. They’re used to that.

3. I am also in it. I think my compatriots will soon see the error of their choice, but until then, I plan to perform to the pinnacle of my ability and constantly stress out about time away from writing Under Broken Stone (my personal deadline is not that far away). Still, if you frequent this site and don’t already know me and also are in the DC area, this is your big shot to meet the author.

4. I have been bribed with word that I might be able to sell copies of my book at our vendor table, so if you wanted one, or wanted something signed, this is also your opportunity. If I’m feeling particularly devious, I may stuff copies with something extra, just because.

That’s it!


P.S. Not it. Just reflecting: the last time I updated this site was a rain day; it is now a rain day again. I’d like these things to be a coincidence, but am making a personal notation just to track it in the long term.

PAX East

Heading to PAX today. I’ll have a copy of Into That Good Night on me for general “Look, I made this!” purposes, but mostly I’m just there to be there. And to assassinate people, which is possibly the best meta-con-game I’ve heard of.

I’ll be on the PAX train (Sonic line, if I recall correctly), ready for on-the-way games and some writing. I have some things to shake loose.

In related news, my first royalties have made their way to me, which is an excellent feeling. I am by no means capable of retiring into the lap of luxury, but it is nice nonetheless. It’s a symbol, really. Now I just need to get the hang of this self-promotion thing, something I have never been particularly great at. It always feels self-indulgent or arrogant, but I guess if you’re trying to write for a living, you’re already self-indulging.