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27 June 2010 @ 06:05 pm
State of the Carrie  
We're well into summer now, and I've left town several times and have some thought-y thoughts I'd like to get down before they leave me, or are all sucked out by the sun, wind and chlorine.

Writing, once a panacea of escapism for me, has become a chore. The rpgs in which I write are 'on hiatus' for the summer, with no definite date of when they'll be back. I've started two stories that are slow going, but getting there. I like the premise for one of them very much, though I write a paragraph, get distracted and am a bit miffed when I return that no one has tagged in. I'm just out of practice writing by myself, is all. I've had a partner (or partners) or worked in collaboration with a group (like my playwrighting class) for so long that I have to figure out how to be comfortable with just me, again. And that's not a bad thing.

Having said that, I haven't used a regular beta reader in a very long time. I have a need for one in an R/P fic that may possibly be ongoing. I'm not looking so much for SPaG, as I've got a firm grasp on that, but for more a Britpicker and a content shaper. Someone that isn't afraid to shake me up a little (but kindly). If that's something that you wouldn't mind taking on, leave me a comment, if you would.

I didn't win an award at the theatre gala last night (big shocker). I knew who was going to win best supporting actress when she got cast. And really, I'm fine with it. More than fine, she deserved the win. And I say that without any sour grapes whatsoever. The evening was fun, anyway. Some dear friends won, and I was mentioned in two aceptance speeches, which was gratifying.

The girl that played Miss Mona in Whorehouse told this story:

"So Henry (age 7) and I were in line at the grocery store and there was a curvy redhead (who looked a lot like Carrie) in front of us and a little old lady behind us. Henry pointed at the redhead and said, 'Hey, Mom! Isn't that one of your whores?'"

I laughed. To be remembered by a 7 year old for a role I played is almost as good as receiving an award. :D

Also Nolan got a little squiffy, which is always a good time. As we walked to the car after, he said, "Theatre people are a lot more fun than the crowd I run with."

I have to agree.

The next thing I'm going to audition for is South Pacific (*sigh*) Mousetrap, and possibly, I heard through the grapevine, that the theatre's trying to get the rights to God Of Carnage (*excited squeal*). Wow. That'd be awesome. AWESOME, I tell you. Jeff Daniels and Marcia Gay harden were in it on Broadway last year when we were there. Mom saw it and said it was incredible.

In closing, we're going to the cabin in Childress this weekend for the plum picking, jam making extravaganza and the 4th of July. I'm actually excited. One thing about writing by yourself, you can do it even without internet access.

Have a great week, everyone!
 
 
I am:: the settee
I feel:: calmcalm
I hear:: Katie snoring
 
 
 
Leigh: am i a writer?leigh_adams on June 27th, 2010 11:40 pm (UTC)
You know, I think that joining a RPG was one of the best things that could ever have happened to me, creatively. My first few attempts at solo D/G fics were terrible. I mean, just awful. But joining up with other awesomely talented writers helped me to pick up on things that I'd otherwise not have known how to do.

Writing alone is scary, I'm right there with you. It's why I started off just writing drabbles, which gradually evolved to larger fic. And now?

I'm writing nearly 5k worth of words about an angsty werewolf. >.<

*SMOOSH* You're going to be terrific at ronpansy_ldws, I know it! I will be happy to lose to you. :*
Carrie Leigh: pic#102020182carrie_leigh on June 28th, 2010 12:10 am (UTC)
RPGs definitely help creativity along; working that closely with other writers, you can't help but be influenced by them.

I'm not scared, per se, just... lazy. Writing by myself is more work. :)

I'm thinking that ronpansy_ldws might help me along. I did the D/G ldws last summer, and it was a challenge, for SURE. I'm not concise. LOL
Leigh: F+TMleigh_adams on June 28th, 2010 03:21 am (UTC)
Dood, the drabble I wrote for this week's sortinghatdrabs was the first thing I've written in a long, long time that was under 200 words.

As stated Friday night, I am a wordy wench.