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okay, so i think this forum was created for me. it's kind of hysterical b/c i was the most goody two-shoes, rule-following kid my whole school career. now i'm the naplwrimo rebel.
i truly don't want to be special and cause all hell to break loose. i just want to work on what i really want to work on. i will still write at least 75 pages during November (or shoot to). i just happen to have written 15 pages six months ago. i got stuck and this seems like a great way to bust through the stuck places.
can i only post here in my super special rule breakers section? or can i post at the starting line and check-ins?
the stress at being a rule breaker is causing all kinds of personal introspection. i'm thinking it may be character building for me to do things wrong.
Here is a link to a mix tape I made recently. It has a lot of what I am listening to lately. Actually the song "Here We Go" by Jon Brion is what gave me the idea for this "solo" show I am going to write for NaPlWriMo. 2 hours to go over here ! Wee.
Second in a trilogy of plays bringing stories of women saints to the 21st century, Brigid Kildare's Steel Works is based on the combination of fact and legend that has arisen about St. Brigid of Ireland who lived and died in County Kildare in the fifth century.
Like her fifth century predecessor, Brigid Kildare in the 21st century is the best friend of a hero, Patrick, and the daughter of a local chieftain (the town mayor) and a pagan slave (not sure what her modern vocation will be). Ancient Brigid started an art school for metalworking. Brigid Kildare welds public sculptures in a garage she shares with a group of charitable bikers. Ancient Brigid multiplied one keg of beer so numerous churches could have enough ale to celebrate Easter for over two weeks. Brigid Kildare makes sure the bikers have enough beer to celebrate, too. Like the star of the first play in the series, "The Feast of Jovi Bono," Brigid Kildare has a Facebook page connected with mine.
I hope in evenutally producing these plays (the third will tell the story of St. Clare of Assisi for our time) to create community through social networking, not only posting video trailers for the plays on YouTube and Facebook but also presenting opportunities for the (I hope) succession of actresses who play these title roles to add to their Facebook pages and in so doing further create the characters.
"The Feast of Jovi Bono" has guests who come to the table and tell their stories in the form of slam poetry. I don't see "Brigid" as having the slam poetry component at this point but we shall see.
Like her ancient predecessor, Brigid is best friends with Patrick and together they will challenge their community to come together in a crucial situation and triumph.
Having finished twice in Nanowrimo, and having had some plays produced both here and in AZ, I'm ready to give naplwrimo a whack. Anyone else up for the challenge in this small state?
Who else is here or in the bay area ?
I don't much about this play yet but there's a young boy and older woman and there's home renovations involved. That's enough to write a play isn't it? Yes, of course it is. And as Dorothy has just mentioned it is Nov 1 in Australia so it's go, go, go.
It is officially 12:00am November 1st in parts of Australia. Australians, you may now begin !!!
If you haven't already done so, make sure to go to your user profile and set the clock for your correct time zone.
We are just a few hours away, over here on the west coast from officially declaring this playwrighting party open. At 12:01, San Francisco time, I will open my playwrighting template and write at the top NaPlWriMo 2008. We'll see what I do after that but at least I will have begun !
Welcome to all of you who are already here and to these of you who are just now joining us. If you think you can write 75 pages of script by the end of November, it is not too late to join !
This year, we have a few official bloggers who will be blogging their process live on the site. Joshua Conkel, N.Y Playwright extraordinaire is our 2008 forums moderator and if you haven't yet met him, head to the forums and introduce yourself and your play. For these of you who are used to script frenzy or nanowrimo, we do things a bit differently around here, but I think you'll find yourself right at home and amongst a fun nurturing community.
I will let our official bloggers introduce themselves as they post and it should be very helpful and fun listening to these NaPlWriMo pros share their tips, tools and struggles as weeks go by.
If you are experiencing doubt and fear at the moment, let yourself be spooked and remember that courage is simply acting in spite of fear. No one is asking you to succeed or be brilliant. We're just asking you to put words on a page and let us know you're doing it. Look at it this way : if you write 2 1/2 pages a day you can win NaPlWriMo. This is a breeze compared to 50 000 words on a novel and 100 000 people are doing it ! When the clock turns to 12:00am, wherever you are, turn your computer on, grab your favorite pen and write 2 1/2 pages.
If you need a jumping off point, this thread in the Forums has some great ideas and suggestions.
Please make sure you review The Rules of the Rhino.
I am thrilled to have you all here. It is an honor to spend November in your company.
Happy Playwrighting !
A play that has been trying to work itself out in my head for months. A little bit of comedy, a little bit of farce...hopefully a little bit of twisted fun. Sometimes you can get away with tricking fate...
People take a chance, because sometimes a chance is the only thing left to take.
I may change title to "Have Breakfast, Will Bed" or something completely different.
Jackson and Imogen Maddox are a young couple in dire financial straights. Jackson is unemployed, Imogen is working as much as she can, and their home is twenty-four hours away from foreclosure.
This is the reason Kyle Bryant is coming over. Kyle expects to see Jennifer Hoyne, a girl he met online. A girl he believes is only fifteen. A girl he thinks is home alone.
Jackson and Imogen lie in wait for their only hope to save their home.
Ephebophlia: Attraction to those in the process of maturing
A slighty surreal comedy
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