Hey friends! Lots of new things have been happening — or I've been happening myself up at all these new things — and it's time for an update. Here are some of the things going on...
So I may have loaded up my best friend's car with some of my more crucial possessions and traveled from Detroit (my hometown, whence I came from Boston) to Los Angeles several days ago. Here we are at the Grand Canyon.
Good canyon, recommended to all.
Now the fun part, presented without shame or sheepishness: good writing news! First, last week saw a couple more pieces go up at your beloved online joy library, The Toast.
One, a fairly accurate transcript of a conversation held by myself and my roommate at circa three o'clock in the morning some while ago: Let's Be Real: Two Women In Their Latter 20s Discuss The 2005 Pride & Prejudice.
Also, another pitch meeting! This time I dramatize the origins of everyone's fav non-narrative show in The Pitch Meeting for Jeopardy!
And I'm very excited to announce that I've been selected as one of the 2015-16 Vagrant Writers with Los Angeles-based theater group, The Vagrancy. This means I get to spend the next year collaborating with playwrights and theater artists on new work, culminating in a summer Reading Series (BLOSSOMING 2016). From the Vagrancy's mission statement, here's what makes me so excited to be involved with these artists:
The Vagrancy creates visceral work that seeks to touch the human spirit. We embrace fear, vulnerability, and embarrassment – inviting the audience to experience a communion. We hope to spark a dialogue of questions and compassion, exposing a shared universal truth.
I am about that life.
Ah yes. Now for the shame portion of the blog. The thing about my plan to move to LA with my actor-friend-muse to pursue our dreams of theatrical collaboration + commercial success is that it was about 90 percent dream, 10 percent plan. Since our magical journey cross the land ended, we've faced housing difficulties (cats, to which I'm terribly allergic! bed bugs, to which KILL WITH FIRE AND WRATH! credit checks, to which, hey past self, use a credit card sometime ever maybe!) car trouble, an uphill job hunt and some not-so-happy health reports from our dear ones back home. So if any LA-based friends know of job and housing leads or just want to grab a drink and laugh about our series of small crises, let me know! And other friends and writers going through anxious transitions... I feel you. At least we get to write about it, and I've done some of my most fruitful writing whilst unemployed. (And now I'll stop whining about my post-MFA worries while the human disaster of an international refugee crisis unfolds.)
And that's the news of late.