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    Wednesday, March 19, 2014


    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. 

    Tuesday, March 11, 2014

    The First Mythfest Review!


    If you like wonderful scripts, playful performance, and the idea of investigating greater openness in the portrayals of female characters, this play is for you. Give it a chance. This is really important theater.

    Sunday, February 23, 2014


    It’s all just a myth, unless it’s your own story! A bloodthirsty warrior leads her people to near extinction. A woman who has lost everything prepares to execute her final act of
    vengeance. The most beautiful woman in the world finally speaks her mind. This mini myth feast packs a Trojan wallop, exploring the bonds of friendship, the complexity of vengeance, and the universal nature of the things we do when pushed to our limits. Three new plays based on Greek myth by local playwrights, woven together in a ritual offering to gods long forgotten. Be careful what you wish for 

    March 7, 14, and 21 at Seattle Creative Arts Center

    Monday, January 6, 2014

    Inbox Zero

    I've seen a number of folks posting the common question "how do I deal with my email?" It must be a popular New Year's resolution. Here's my solution, which I got somewhere about 4 years ago.  I like to cite my sources, but there's no way I'll find it again.  4 years is a geologic era in internet time. 

    1) Pull out in some way (tag, create a new folder, etc.) email that you've gotten since January 1 that actually needs to be dealt with.  Not adverts about discounts for an online store that you might shop in by the next month, you'll have 4 more adverts by then. These are requests, bills, anything that requires action.

    2) Create another folder or tag titled "2013 Unfiled." Put every other email in there. All 758 of them. 

    Now you have a very clean inbox AND a searchable archive if you find that you truly did need something. 

    A potential Step 3 is to create more/better folders/tags to dump emails in.  If you had 758 emails in your inbox, then the folder system is probably not up to snuff.  For example, I need to use my "Little League" folder more often, because baseball emails tend to pile up.  I need to keep them to keep track of practice time changes, etc.but then they later become irrelevant.

    Next year, do the same thing. You'll have a "2014 Unfiled."  And each year there will be a bright shiny new inbox.  Then it's up to you when or if to delete the previous "Unfiled."

    2010, I'm looking at you.