My New Play – and why it’s delayed

We had about six actors over to the producer’s house in Ohio City. One of our actors was a real doctor. One of the things that I love about writing plays is seeing the actors bring your characters straight off the page and into real life. Everyone was crammed in the living room. The actor playing Dante, the cook, had to sit on the floor. We even had a tiny audience and a big dog.

After the read through, I took notes from everybody and answered some questions about why I did certain things.

“It will only take me a few weeks to put the notes together.” I told the producer and the actor who portrayed Dante that day. She’s the director now.

However, once I sat down to the play again, the worst possible thing happened – my creative brain woke up with tons of energy. I changed, in one way or another, almost every line in the play. I added scenes. I changed the ending and parts of the middle. It was a beautifully destructive overhaul. And, of course, I HAND WROTE all of the edits because that’s how I roll. (I also hand wrote my entire novel, The Witch at Sparrow Creek). I did a lot of it at Moxxee coffee shop in downtown Charleston.

Months and months and months later, I am happy to announce that the play, entitled A Thing of Shadows, is written and has been submitted to the producer and director at Ohio City Theatre Project. Needless to say, the production, originally slated for the end of October this year – will be delayed because of my edits.

For those who haven’t been following, my play is a retelling of the novella “Who Goes There?” by John W. Campbell. The story was made into three movies, most memorable was the one starring Kurt Russell and directed by John Carpenter called “The Thing”.

I’ll keep us posted… thanks for sticking with me!




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Sure it’s clickbait. But, here’s the deal. There’s a prize for scrolling all the way down the post!

I’ve had several invitations over the past year to speak about the writing process and my debut novel The Witch at Sparrow Creek.  I hadn’t been able to accept earlier because we had a baby and bought a house in the same year (not recommended).

As a new novelist and a newbie in general to the WEIRD FICTION scene – this is extremely flattering and I am kind of freaked out IN A GOOD WAY by the invitations.

Most recently I’ve been invited to speak by two venues. The first being West Virginia’s annual ShockACon Horror Convention. The author panel is on Friday 9/30, other authors and time of day, TBA. On top of that, I will be scheduled to speak at the Mountaineer Montessori School later this year to grades 6-8 about creative writing and story-telling. I’ll keep us updated on this one too.

I’ve also been able to make a few connections with very talented writers and creative types that I never imagined I would be able to be remotely associated with.  I won’t name names –  but those who have answered my awkward PM’s on Facebook – you have truly galvanized my creative spirit and here’s to you (clink).

Just finishing up my first stage adaptation of John Campbell’s “Who Goes There?” The play is going to presented in some form toward the end of the year by Ohio City Theatre Project in Ohio City, Cleveland…

Your PRIZE FOR SCROLLING down this far is a snippet of dialogue from the new play:

There’s nothing microscopic about what’s in this goddam ice block.

                                                                             DR. ELSON
You only see the outside. From the outside, everything appears large. But, uh, well, it only appears that way. Macroscopic, you see? Aggregated. Generalized. But that’s only your perception. That’s the human experience, everything from the outside, separated, generalized. It’s false. It’s a false perception. An illusion. Separate. Individual. Apart. Illusions created by the organizing principle / from the psychophysical experience of the brain and body.

/ Very interesting. Grab that end. I think we can heave it onto here and then slide it out the door on the rollers.


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