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One hell of a year... [Apr. 2nd, 2011|11:42 pm]
Lupe
And it's only just started.

So last semester I started grad school, MA in playwriting. I wrote a full-length play, a one act, and a ten-minute.

The ten-minute was submitted to the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival's Region VI competition. I won. I am a national finalist (one of five), and I go to the competition in DC that runs from April 19 through the 23rd.

While I'm there, I'm going to be working with professional playwrights and dramaturgs in workshops scheduled for the week. The names and reputations nearly make me pee myself when thinking about them.

At the same time I submitted the ten-minute to the Kennedy Center competition, I sent it off to The Red Barn Theater in Key West, Florida. They want to include it in a ten-minute festival. They're paying me $525 for the run. My first paycheck for a script.

This semester I've got three full-lengths in the works. I dunno if I'll finish all three by the end of the term. But I'm gonna try.

I started this hard core training regimen based on Tim Feriss' "4 Hour Body." It works. I can see my abs, and it kinda freaks me out. But I'm always hungry, and I miss candy. And cheese - god, I miss cheese so much.

My kid is also doing the training. He's already lost a lot of body fat. He also got his driver's license two weeks ago. I decided since I needed a more economical ride for my drive to San Marcos, I got a Honda Civic, and gave my Ford pickup to my son. It was so strange and heart-breaking to see my baby drive off in my baby. I get it now, why my mother always tells me to "be careful" whenever I finish a visit with her. I can't help doing to him either.

Things have changed so much in such a short time, that I forget sometimes to miss some things. But I do, occasionally. I miss just sitting around playing video games. I miss reading, which I can't do because I'm writing.

I miss a lot of things. But overall, I'm pretty damn happy, if a little tired.
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[User Picture]From: trillian_stars
2011-04-03 05:15 am (UTC)
Wow! Congratulations!!! This is incredibly awesome news!!!

I have to admit, I am amazed by anyone who can sit down and write a play, of any length. I've been struggling with the idea for a one-person show (tired of waiting for opportunity to knock) and feel that it would take at least ten years of solid study and constant writing to pull off anything even vaguely worthy of performance.

So, well done! I know you've worked hard for this.
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[User Picture]From: argent_fish
2011-04-03 03:03 pm (UTC)
Thank you, ma'am. It HAS been a lot of hard work, but to be honest, it's been so much fun getting here that I've hardly noticed. Being in theatre kinda kicks ass.

And you'd be surprised how easy it is to bang out a script. Just write what you've always wanted to see on stage. Odds are, no one else has done it yet.
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[User Picture]From: la_luna
2011-04-03 02:43 pm (UTC)
Hey, I didn't realize your competition was so soon. That's my spring break, so I can be there. Do you know details about what date your piece will be performed? Want to get tickets. I imagine it will be a pretty intensive trip, but we'll go up and snatch you away for dinner or something one evening.

You are full of win.
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[User Picture]From: la_luna
2011-04-03 02:45 pm (UTC)
Hold up, the regional festival won't be in DC, ya? It's the nationsls? That's why I had July in my head. Have I got this straight?
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[User Picture]From: argent_fish
2011-04-03 02:54 pm (UTC)
Heh, the regionals already took place in Amarillo back in February. The nationals are April. The July event you're thinking of is The Playwriting Intensive, which is also part of ACTF but not part of the competition. That had been arranged before winning the regional, and Texas State was sending me, but now that I'm a national finalist, it looks like the Kennedy Center is picking up the tab. It's all rather confusing. Lettie and her husband are coming to see the Ten Minute Festival, so it'll be cool if you guys can join us. Here's a link to buy tickets (April 22nd Ten Minute Festival).

http://www.kennedy-center.org/calendar/index.cfm?fuseaction=showMonth&month=4&year=2011&time_slot=1,2,3,4,5,6,7&genre_filter=&view=calendar
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[User Picture]From: la_luna
2011-04-04 01:09 am (UTC)
Okay, that's MUCH clearer. How long will you be in town? I see on the website that the awards ceremony is the next day.

Going to pop over to the site and get some tickets.
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[User Picture]From: argent_fish
2011-04-04 01:45 am (UTC)
Excellent.

Everybody starts flying back on Sunday.
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