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I make stuff up...and collect dogs.



Last Build Date: Thu, 19 Apr 2018 19:23:12 +0000

 



Morning Mist

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 12:30:00 +0000

The rain had finally stopped, and the first rays of sun were beginning to penetrate the morning fog. She brought her mug of coffee with her to the deck that surrounded the cabin and lost herself in the view.



What We Do to the Faeries

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 12:30:00 +0000

They stuff their faerie in a box and lose the last of their innocence.



Waltzing in the Woods

Sun, 15 Apr 2018 12:30:00 +0000

And everyone knows that you shouldn’t wade while wearing velvet. It soaks up the water and drags you down to the bottom of the sea. The cold, dark Atlantic is unforgiving that way.



All I Ever Needed to Know I Learned from Improv

Thu, 29 Mar 2018 12:30:00 +0000

This essay was originally written as a lay-sermon for the Unitarian Universalist Church of Oak Cliff, and appeared in my “Sunday Brunch” column in the now-defunct e-zine ALL THINGS GIRL. It ran in January, 2010. A decade ago, I hadn’t done a lot improv. I mean, I’d done some in school, and had done some […]



Kill It With Fire

Tue, 27 Mar 2018 12:30:00 +0000

I tried to warn him. Tried to tell him that accepting living fire from an alien we hadn’t fully vetted was a bad idea. But did he listen? No. Caught up in the thrill of an (apparently) successful first contact scenario, he accepted their gift, brought it back aboard our ship, entrusted its care to me.



Capturing the Catbird

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 12:30:00 +0000

The professor activated the photo cube and watched as digital images sprang up before her in holographic glory. “This is a stray housecat, Lumley. Probably the one Dean Ferrington lost last fall.”



Daedalus, Diminished

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 12:30:00 +0000

  He’d been a maker, once. Architect. Designer. Engineer. Dreamer. He’d done it all. Create a labyrinth suitable for the great beast enslaved by the king? Sure, no problem. Make it twist and turn, winding back around itself until even he, the one who planned it, couldn’t guarantee a speedy exit. Or any exit. Build […]



One Play More

Sun, 04 Mar 2018 13:30:00 +0000

28 Plays Later – Challenge #28 We started with a “Brave Little Soldier” so let’s end with a “Coward Big Pacifist”. Bonus points to anyone who knows how many bonus points they have and incorporate that in the play. (Note: Mine is an extremely loose interpretation)     ONE PLAY MORE Excerpt: ME: So, this […]



Up In Smoke

Sat, 03 Mar 2018 13:30:00 +0000

28 Plays Later – Challenge #27 Pick a previous challenge and do it again. I picked #5 – the provided first line challenge.   UP IN SMOKE   Excerpt: SAUL (gesturing at the item): Is that it? GERTL: What, this? It’s just a lipstick, see? GERTL makes a show of opening the tube of lipstick […]



Be Seated

Fri, 02 Mar 2018 13:30:00 +0000

28 Plays Later – Challenge #26 Choose ten inanimate objects, go through a five-step process that helps you select one. Write a play about it.   BE SEATED   Excerpt: WHITE:          Fine. You go first. BLACK:          Well… WHITE:          Come on. Don’t get your wires in a twist. You want my confessional, put your […]