Again, it’s been quite a while since I’ve updated this blog. To account for that period of silence, I can announce the completion of the play Closing Night, the backstage murder mystery thriller, which turned out pretty well for a first draft. The characters are lively, the action is brisk, and the plot moves. At least, that’s how it reads to me, but every parent thinks their child is perfect. That’s why there is something called an editor, which I am sure I will make use of before submitting CN anywhere; at least a couple of objective readers who could point out glaring errors and rough spots.
The biggest news regarding artistic achievement for me this year, so far, has been an offer from a site called www.ReadFlicks.com, founded by a Paul Loobeek, who shares my interest in the concept of telling stories through mixed-media. My format of the “Film in Print” fits in exactly with his publishing goals, and he created a link to my blog Echo Forest (http://echoforest.wordpress.com) along with a biography page for me as the first writer on the ReadFlicks site. Paul described my work as “exciting” and he wants to see more of it. His site is in the fledgling stage, but we have already discussed a work to develop together; perhaps an adaptation of Dracula or the late-1700s Gothic novel Wieland, which was essentially the first popular American novel.
In addition, I am in the midst of adapting Dot’s Journey for a readers theatre group I hope to start soon, which I have dubbed Thinking Man’s Theatre, because it relies on audience imagination rather than elaborate sets and props, to tell (mostly original) stories. As the plays would be read by the actors, there would be minimal blocking, no lines to memorize, and very few rehearsals. Those I’ve shared the idea with have been enthusiastic, as am I. After adapting DJ, I will forward it to the owners of a local museum and theatre for their review, and if they think it can be done there, the next step will be to find the players and go to it.
Other than possibly taking a stab at a bona-fide screenplay later this year, that’s all I’ve got on the fire right now.