New Year, New Goals, New Shows

2016 has come to a close and 2017 has begun. In the past I’ve talked about how I’ve wanted to spend the new year blogging more, writing more, producing more content. I think I write a variation of this blog every year. this year, the goals are the same; blog more, write more, create more content.

Lets look at what I’ve written in the past year though. I adapted my play  #JohnDoe from podcast format to stage format and had it performed by my local theater, Hays Community Theater, in late April/early May. You can watch these (not very well recorded but still) performances on my YouTube page.

In late May/early June I worked on three new short plays; The Suicide Club (based on a story by Robert Louis Stevenson), A Knack For Living (a play set in the old west), and Moonlight (based on The Moonlight Road by Ambrose Bierce). At least two of these will be performed in the upcoming season of Sherri’s Playhouse, heard on the podcast Chatting With Sherri (the same podcast where Murder At Home and #JohnDoe premiered). In addition, I wrote some new 10-minute plays including Thoughts And Prayers in response to the Orlando shooting in June, which was performed in Kalamazoo, MI.

In December, I started work directing a new play for Sherri’s Playhouse as well, Sherlock Holmes and the Terror By Night Train. I came up with the story, my writing partner wrote the script, and I added in additional material. I’m really proud of this cast and can’t wait to share this story with you. It’s coming January 29th.

What does 2017 hold for me? I’m hoping to get Warning Shots, my monologue for young female actor, into the hands of some students for forensic competitions this year. I’d also like to get Superstar, a 10-minute two-hander, into some students hands as well. Both of these are available here on my website, along with some other free scripts. I’m working on an adaptation of the medieval poem The Owl And The Nightingale,  that I think would make for an interesting contemporary political themed piece.

Other goals include getting #JohnDoe into other theaters, seeing more productions of Tom Sawyer and Allie in Wonderland, getting a production of my adaptation of A Christmas Carol and continue writing about the arts and arts advocacy as needed.

So here is to more blogging, more writing, more content creation in 2017 (it probably won’t happen by the way 😉 )

30 Day Challenge: Building My Platform: Goals and Milestones

Why are goals important in platform building? In my opinion, it gives a glimpse into me the writer and you can see where I’m going and what I want.

These goals are going to be broken down into three catagories: Very Short Term (month of two), Short Term (a year or two), and Bucket List. I might cheat a little bit on Short Term (with a year) but I’ll explain when we get there.

Thanks again to Sean O’Murphy’s Very Novel Blog for this challenge.

Very Short Term (A Month or two)

    • Finish first draft The Three Challenges of Puss in Boots
    • Write at least one, new 10 Minute Play
    • Finish the 30 Day Challenge
    • Write one new chapter in my novel, The Last Hand
    • Get marketing postcards for Allie In Wonderland in the mail

Short Term (A Year or two)

    • See The Absolutely True Story of Tom Sawyer As Told By Becky Thatcher published
    • See Allie In Wonderland produced by at least one school, children’s theater, or community theater
    • Reach at least 500 followers on my Facebook page and website
    • Graduate from Fort Hays State University and have secured a teaching job
    • Have The Three Challenges of Puss in Boots produced or workshopped
    • Have The Three Challenges of Puss in Boots submitted to a publisher
    • The Last Hand finished
    • At least 10 new, original 10 minute plays written
    • Have entered at least two writing contests
    • Have entered at least two specific playwriting contests
    • Have at least two short stories published
    • Attend a Broadway show in New York City

Long Term Goals and Bucket List

    • Able to make a living as a full time writer
    • Written at least one musical
    • Write at least one play a year
    • Won a least one national playwrighting contest or fellowship
    • Secured a publishing contract with at least one major play publisher (i.e. Dramatist, Samuel French)
    • See at least one of my shows produced in Los Angeles or New York City
    • Attend the Tonys
    • Be able to travel to NYC to see a Broadway show at least once a year
    • Have lunch with Stephen Sondheim, Lin-Manuel Miranda, or David Mamet
    • Have drinks (tea, coffee, etc) with Neil Gaiman, Alan Moore, Stephen King, Joe Hill, or Elmore Leonard
    • Collaborate with Lin-Manuel Miranda on a show
    • Written and produced a movie script
    • Have secured an agent
    • Have The Last Hand published and see it made into a movie