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    Saturday, December 13, 2014

    Snowglobed at the Schmee

    I find it interesting that we've come to expect a certain amount of mayhem in our holiday merriment.  Bickering siblings (no matter the age), the arguments over religion, the fight to keep the tradition alive (or to finally, for the love of Pete, not have to have that dish anymore because Grammy's been dead for three years now and she won't know!) are part and parcel of our peace on earth goodwill toward men (sic) as modern Americans.

    Monday, July 7, 2014

    We Built a Firepit

    Very simple actually.  Measure spot at least 25 feet from the house (the only regulation we could find).  Dig up grass (easy cause it's dried out and dead).  Line with bricks that had been stacked up ever since we moved into house.  Soak surrounding grass with water.  Put in sticks from the yard that haven't been picked up.  Light.  Enjoy.



    Sunday, July 6, 2014

    No and Yes

    I was not selected for the Amtrak Residency.  I was quite disappointed and hope they have an opportunity for next year.  I think what I'll do next time is write more about my works in progress in the application.  Thinking back on it, I suspect my application was a bit vague. They did offer a discount, so I may plan my own residency on my own time.

    The 'yes' portion of the post is that Mythfest was selected by lottery for the Seattle Fringe Festival!  Fringe is much smaller than it was in years past, but it is solvent and continuing to gain attention.  We've got a lot of work to do, but it's a huge get for us.

    First we need to update our marketing materials to include the actress last cast, and we're working on a rehearsal schedule now.  Finding reasonably priced (or at any price, really) rehearsal space is a big challenge in Seattle for some reason. Getting on the calendars before all the other Fringe acts will be key.  We're eagerly awaiting the news of which venue we'll be performing in so that we can spread the news far and wide.


    Wednesday, March 19, 2014

    Sigh...

    The backlash against the Amtrak Writer's Residency

    So even though it took a few weeks, it's no surprise Republicans are starting to come out against the delightful new writer residency program that has the public actually talking about Amtrak in a positive way. The program, which began with a whimsical tweet and recently became official, will send up to 24 writers on overnight journeys to take some inspiration from the American countryside. More than 9,000 people have reportedly applied.
    Personally I think having 24 grateful wordslingers spreading the Amtrak word far and wide would be a good thing.  How many people will start to consider taking the train because of the word of mouth?

    And this confirms that Amtrak will not be displacing paid customers.  The residents will occupy unsold rooms that would otherwise go empty.