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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.

UBS Prequel 1

Just finished my first run through the prequel short story–although prequel may not be the right term. It certainly happens before the main story, but by a significant margin, and it doesn’t actually lead directly into what’s happening now. Just an earlier story.

At any rate, it’s provisionally done. Now to edit it and make sure it’s presentable, and then I’ll start putting it up for all to see on this site (so be on the lookout!). It won’t be quite as rigorously polished as a novel, but you should enjoy it nonetheless. I mean, if fantasy’s your thing. If it’s not… well, give it a read anyway. It’s free. What have you got to lose? (Don’t answer that)


Tomorrow I’m taking a break from my usual activities to go to a “writing retreat.” It’s not, like, an official writing retreat or anything. I’m heading to a hotel with a handful of creative-minded crazies to work on a script for an upcoming project that we’re putting together. Plays aren’t usually my bailiwick, nor is collaboration, but I do love dialogue and these people are a dangerous mix of intelligent, deranged, and inventive, so I’m excited to see what we come up with.

If you’re curious, our troupe is Off The Quill and the show is Violent Delights; it goes up at this year’s Capital Fringe Festival in (of course) Washington, DC. It will be a spectacle of one kind or another, I have no doubt. Come see what we managed to put to paper, and then what horrible, fantastic things come to life from that paper. Also, I suspect there will be violence, and everyone likes a good bloodsport, right?

Otherwise, it’s business as usual. Stealing time to write when I can, minding the day job, reveling with the people that tolerate me. The short story’s coming along nicely–there was a snag, but it turned into an opportunity that I am content to explore further. I’m also itching to get back to the rest of Under Broken Stone, but I know this needs to happen first. I am learning a lot about the world I’m building.

Fill this space!

Hi. JPL again.

I survived another year on this planet, which is cool and noteworthy, and always makes me consider what I am doing and why I haven’t finished it yet (this is a common thing writers do, as I understand it). I always kind-of know, in the back of my head, exactly what I’m working on at any given moment, but this is rarely narrower than 3 projects at once. I mean, I don’t actively work on them all, but like unwanted house guests, they refuse to go away. They get some brain time, whether I like it or not.

I talk a little bit about what I’ve got on the agenda in my FAQ, but I wanted to tease the idea that one of them will appear here very soon. I’m somewhere in the field of 20,000 words into my next piece, and to help some of the characterization, I started sidetracking to write some short stories in the same setting with, more or less, the same characters. They are small installments that I really have no interest in publishing in any kind of organized way since they were basically made for my selfish benefit, so I’m going to put them here! The first one looks like it’ll be a five-part short story (probably only like 10,000 words overall), so I hope you can swing by, read, enjoy, and let me know what you think.

No immediate plans to make another one in the same series, but you never know. I’ve always wanted to put some freebies on this site while I’m working on novel-sized stuff, so more of something will show up, I’m sure.