There are days when I just marvel at my life. Today is one of those days. I just finished Cinderella. It was an interesting experience. I haven't worked with high school students before. There have been shows where I've had one or two, but never an entire cast of teenagers. It was a lot of fun. It's different from middle school in many ways, but just as enjoyable. It's fun to work with creative young adults. They have some really great ideas! I was also impressed by the drive and positive energy that they brought to every rehearsal and performance. Amazing group of kids.
The end of a show is always bittersweet. It's nice to have time to rest. It's nice to get back into a normal routine. Still, I am bummed that I won't be seeing this group of kids every day. The last couple weeks have been a lot of fun (minus the week-long sickness). The best part of any show is the build-up to opening night and the performance itself. I love the feeling of unity at the end of a show. The cast, crew, and directors are all working as one perfectly (hopefully) functioning machine. You know the moment something happens (which is always does) that everyone is having the same collective thought. Then they come together to press on. It's incredible.
Now, it's on to the next show(s). I have managed to line up consistent directing jobs until next summer. Not this summer. The summer of 2016. I hadn't really stopped to think about it until last night. That is absolutely amazing to me. When I was in college, I wondered how I would ever make a living doing theatre. When my husband and I decided to stay in VT, that concern grew. I thought that I had to accept that I would only do it as a hobby, if at all. Somehow, I've been able to work fairly consistently for the last eight years. Incredible.
So, today I am looking at how amazing my life is and how grateful I am to work with so many talented artists. I'm excited about my future as a theatre person.
It's time for another giveaway!!
My birthday is this month, and to celebrate I am giving away one copy of any of my work (book or play) to one lucky reader. :)
All you have to do to enter is leave a comment on the blog or Facebook telling me your favorite (or least favorite) thing about February and the title of the book or play you'd like to win. Sharing/Tweeting count as extra entries - just let me know that you've shared or tweeted this giveaway!
Good luck and happy reading!
I've been completely absorbed in revising my new book. My favorite revision is the first one. It can get messy pulling apart the story and adding to the plot, but I love being able to watch the book grow. The first draft follows one character's storyline, and I felt like that wasn't enough. I decided to add in a second character's story, and I already love it.
I love being so involved in a story that the writing comes easy. It's doesn't always. I definitely appreciate when things are flowing. It does make it difficult to keep up with a blog, though. I don't want to spend time working on anything else.
I'm hoping that after this major overhaul I will be able to show it to a couple close friends for their editing and thoughts. I want to do this earlier in the process this time and see how it goes. I've learned a lot from self-publishing Do You Remember Ella?, and I want to try some things differently this time. More external input is one of them. I'm too close to the story to see all the flaws. Fresh eyes and a trusted opinion will definitely help.
I want to always be working to better my writing. I want to try to learn from every experience and try to improve each time. I feel like my writing has improved and hopefully will continue to do so. Growth mindset, baby!!!
Em is a writer, theatre director, and hiker. She likes mixing horror with magical realism and adding sci-fi twist.