Missives from a snow-buried state

Winter came.

I've fallen off the blog-shaped wagon lately, and it's not because I have nothing to report—there's a lot of stuff going on, and I've been too busy with it all to write about it.

(That may have been what the kids these days call a "humblebrag." SO BE IT.)

Firstly, the "Books" section of my website lists the nonfiction titles I wrote for Hallmark Gift Books several years ago. Well, they've asked me to revise all five of them and to write a sixth, so I have found myself very, very busy with that. This project has an aggressive deadline, so I have not been allowing myself much in the way of sleep or haircuts. You will find me tired and my hair long. If you find me at all.

Secondly, I placed a couple short pieces from a longer play I had all but abandoned into two different forthcoming titles from Applause Theatre & Cinema Books: Duo! The Best Scenes for Kids Ages 7–15 and One on One: Contemporary Monologues for Kids Ages 7–15. So that's pretty exciting! New life for an old play.

Thirdly, my ten-minute social media comedy Going Viral was featured in the "Top 80" lineup at Short+Sweet Sydney last month. Here is a picture that I stole from the festival's Facebook page:

Big congrats to (left–right) Katherine Babatzanis, Max Mulvenney, and Tom Rose, as well as to director Christine Wykes. Wish I could have seen it! Also wish I could have seen Australia. It's probably warm there right now. And, you know, always.

Fourthly, and in other "wish I could have seen it" news, the Firehouse Center for the Arts in Newburyport, MA featured my ten-minute parental anxiety comedy The Formative Years in its 13th annual New Works Festival. Unfortunately, on account of obscene amounts of snow, they had to postpone the show until the following day, and so I couldn't see it. Snow. SNOW! I have been told, however, by not-at-all-biased parties who were able to attend that it went very well. "Funny," some even ventured to call it.

Fiftly, and lastly, the world premiere of my ten-minute existential comedy (oh yes) Character Development, Conflict, Scene Study, and Denouement happens tomorrow and Saturday, February 6th and 7th, at the Cohasset Dramatic Club in Cohasset, MA. This is a play cobbled together from various short things I wrote during my first 31 Plays in 31 Days attempt, and I'm very curious to see how it coheres as a whole.

That's it! That's everything. Stay warm, drink hot things, don't let the snow madness claim you utterly, etc.