fringing from afar… (updated)

August 18, 2015 bits and pieces  One comment


If you can call it that… perhaps trolling for reactions would be more accurate. Over the last few days I’ve been on all sites IndyFringe checking out reactions to “Dancing in the Mist“. So far so good. Here is the first straight up review of the show from IndyFringe Talks with the accompanying photo of the fabulous actors.


by Amelia Barnes | Aug 16, 2015

What’s it like to care for an aging parent with dimentia? In the beginning, singing snaps Mike’s Mom, Gillie back into reality. The show portrays the deep love of a son’s gentle and compassionate care of his Mom as she descends into the stages of Dementia...

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that play I wrote…

July 30, 2015 rogueshameless promotiontheatre  No comments


… opens at the IndyFringe in a couple of weeks. It might seem strange but I’m more interested than excited to find out how the audience reacts to it. The only reason interest trumps excitement is because I’m still in “writing mode”… or more specifically “tweaking mode” on the piece.

show13The show performed reasonably well at this year’s Rogue Festival. As part of the continuing writing process I watched every performance to spot possible needed tweaks. The show even had a two camera shoot so that I could pore over and pinpoint said tweaks.

I think… O.K. actually I’m pretty sure I know where those tweaks should be. I’m choosing not to embark on them yet though… until after the run at the IndyFringe...

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on the 11th day of July…

July 11, 2015 bits and pieces  One comment

meh1… I am desperately trying to slash through the backlog of work that has accumulated. Not an easy task considering I am 3 weeks behind. I just completed one in that pile but the usual elation of accomplishment eludes me. There is still more to go… even though the pile is a little shorter.

And why was there a backlog in the first place? Lets just say the reason was of a medical nature. But that is now water under the bridge and I’m resolute about making that dreaded pile diminish by the end of the coming week.

So, I’m taking a break and blogging. (Heck, there needs to be at least one July post, right?)

And what of my mood at this time? Kinda meh actually. Not the best frame of mind to work… but work I must. There are clients to satisfy and food to put in my mouth...

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june 21

June 21, 2015 bits and pieces  No comments


Years ago, a character in one of my plays unveiled a painting on stage and said,

“I call this one ‘parent’. You see, my Dad passed away when I was 12 and my mother became both to me from that point on”.

That was true in my life and ended up in my play.

Today is Father’s Day. On this date in 2009 Mum passed away. In so many ways the celebration of the day belongs to both of them.

Since their passing, both have directly influenced work for the stage. In Dad’s case it was “Lies My Father Told Me” and with Mum it was “Dancing In The Mist”. (The latter is currently on tour.) My parents provided rich material to mold into plays… and for that and my upbringing I am grateful.

I can say with confidence that my parents were good people...

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it is the middle of June…

June 16, 2015 bits and pieces  No comments


… and so far we have survived the first of the hot days of Summer. (105 F last Saturday, yo!) Oh, there will be more. We’ll survive those too.

It is Summer in the valley afterall. Heat is what is to be expected. Yet, there are those who still whine and groan about it. As if that will make things any cooler.

At least, so far, the humidity has stayed low. Though I don’t hold much hope for that if the last 3 years has been any indication. Humidity levels has risen from what it was when I first arrived on these shores. I hold the sprawl of development partially responsible.

Added to all of this is the drought we are going through. Last week over 5 days I noticed as many incidents of branches of trees in the neighborhood crack off and fall...

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sometimes I get these ideas

May 28, 2015 bits and pieces  No comments


Everyday, actually. Lots of them. They hover in my mind like gnats in a warm dusk. Most are fleeting. Some stick. Many don’t.

Of those that stick… I make them wait. Because some will fade. And the ones that don’t… I set aside to brew or cook.

I used to cook a lot faster than I do now. I used to treat them like produce to be used before they go limp… convinced of it’s lesser value with it’s bright crunch gone.

I stopped doing that.

Now I treat them more like spices set on the shelf awaiting to enhance a particular dish. Although I am aware that even in this shelf state there is a limited life. One can’t wait too long.

Any good dish is a blend of flavors. So, it is not just one idea that makes it. More like a cluster. There may be one or two that dominate...

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because it’s May…

May 25, 2015 bits and pieces  No comments


… and I didn’t want this month to feel left out of me posting here on the blog. Yeah, I know it is bad form… my lack of postings. Still I’m doing it now and that’s what counts, eh?

If you must know, I’ve been up to my eyeballs with video work. This is a good thing. Brings in an income allowing me to buy food and stuff my face so that I don’t wither away into a mist. Plus, like any other skill… the more you do it the better you get at it. That’s a good thing too. Though, I am 4 editing projects behind and yet to be compensated for at least 3 jobs. That… that is not such a good thing. Still, forward is the desirable motion.

And what else has transpired since I last posted? Lots. Mostly the day to day. There was a storm cell that drenched the town a couple of weeks back...

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